This year there will be three lectures, taking three great British inventions—the light bulb1, a telephone, and a motor—attempting to show you how to adapt them and transform them to do extraordinary things. For the first time the lectures will feature tinkering, and hacks and projects by the maker community, using the full array of today’s technology—from 3D printers to new materials, to the Raspberry Pi.
The series, titled ‘Sparks will fly: how to hack your home‘ represents a real departure for the Royal Institution, and may well prove to be a watershed moment in the growth of the maker movement here in the Britain.
The lectures, filmed this week, will be broadcast between Christmas and New Year on BBC Four, and for the first time ever will be accompanied by interactive guides—simple hands-on guides for kitchen scientists aged 8 to 80. The team at “I’m an Engineer, get me out of here” will also be answering online the science, maths and engineering questions raised by the lectures.