The team of three students took part in online discussions and competitions with over 120 participants from 22 countries worldwide. The event, which spanned three weekends, gave students the opportunity to interact and exchange ideas through a series of video conference calls.
All participating teams submitted a video presentation of a research project they had completed during lockdown. Each team then gave a “live” presentation with an extended question and answer session. The Camborne team, led by Aidan Kingshott, had built an antenna, capable of detecting the radio rays reflected from the tails of falling meteorites.
“It was great to be able to share my project” said Aidan. “There was quite a lot of discussion after my presentation and they asked some really interesting questions”.
In addition to attending the meeting, CSIA was invited to host the discussion group for the western time zones. Student MCs, Molly Clemens and Niamh Kemp took centre stage as they compered student presentations and guided presenters through submitted questions.
“It was quite nerve-wracking to be ‘on camera’ but I quickly got the hang of it” said Molly Clemens.
Dr Gower, who had been preparing the students for the event, said “It has been a really unique experience for our students. It’s likely that this is how a lot of meetings and business is going to be conducted so to have had the opportunity to engage in a prestigious conference like the JSSF is invaluable”.