STEMpunk quiz Sydney Science Festival 2017

STEMpunk quiz in action:
On Tuesday August 15 2017, The STEMpunks, Tom, Christie and Shane hosted our third STEMpunk quiz as a part of the Sydney Science Festival and supported by National Science Week at Wayward Brewery in Annandale, Sydney. It was a huge success with a huge audience, and a great vibe. 

This time we invited Gid M-K and Bish Marzook who were great! Massive thanks to all involved, especially Linda and the team at Wayward Brewing Co. and the Sydney Science Festival for such an awesome venue and event.

We had an incredible turnout of 85 people including some school students and a lot of awesome people and prizes (in fact tone of the reasons for the poor sound quality at times was due to the large crowd. This is a great problem to have. We had a lot of fun and we hope those who were there did also. In this episode, for something different, we've included the pre-quiz interview with Gid and Bish and we pick up the action from the quiz about halfway through Round E.

Congrats again to Team Christie for winning the event, and to all for everyone in the audience for participating.

Here are the questions we asked:

Round Science:
1. What does a manometer measure?
2. Who invented the microscope?
3. What is a blype?

Round Technology:
1. What does the POP in POP3 mean?
2. In 1970, there were 15 computer languages in use. How many are there now? a) 500, b) 2000 c) 5000 d) too many to count.
3. In Gartner's Hype cycle, what comes after the trough of disillusionment? 
  a) Technology trigger, 
  b) Peak of inflated expectations, 
  c) Slope of enlightenment, 
  d) Plateu of productivity

Round Engineering:
1. Scientists at Cornell University in New York manufactured a playable device about the width of a five human blood cells. What was it? a) A miniature transistor radio b) A propeller c) An animated smiley face d) The world's smallest guitar.
2. The Mars Climate Orbiter space probe was designed to orbit Mars to study its weather but crashed into the planet. What was the cause of the failure of the mission?
  a) Mission control lost communication with the probe,
  b) A solar flare destroyed the electronics in flight,
  c) Confusion between English and metric units in thruster subsystem,
  d) Its fuel tank exploded as the thruster ignited,
3. What is the oldest type of engineering profession?

Round Mathematics:
1. A happy number is a number defined by the following process: Starting with any positive integer, replace the number by the sum of the squares of its digits, and repeat the process until the number equals 1. if it does not end in 1, it is an unhappy, or sad, number. Is 44 a happy number?
2. What power does the prefix Yocto represent?
3. Arithmophobia is a fear of numbers, Name a number that is one of the most feared.

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Outro Music: STARSET -Let It Die. Used with permission.

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