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Series 2 of The Engineering Edge podcast from DesignSpark

09 February 2021

RS Components (RS) has released a second series of its factual podcast The Engineering Edge, developed by DesignSpark, which examines the extraordinary possibilities of everyday technology.

In this new series, Dr Lucy Rogers, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Professor of Creativity and Communication, is once again on a mission to discover how everyday technology can be used in extraordinary ways to create an engineering edge. She travels the globe – virtually – to track down how inventors, engineers and an astronaut are using technology to help keep bees buzzing, give humans a sixth sense, and transform the future of space exploration. Across 12 episodes, Dr Lucy interviews guest experts, including entomology specialist Professor Christina Grozinger, award-winning technologist Jude Pullen, and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. She also recreates some of the technology in her home lab.

Mike Bray, Group Lead – Innovation, R&D and DesignSpark at RS, said: “Lucy’s podcast shows how engineers continue to innovate and create amazing new products and concepts using everyday technology. DesignSpark members have a passion for creativity, which this podcast series helps us celebrate.”

Series 2 of The Engineering Edge is published weekly in 12 episodes and is available on all major podcast platforms. Six main episodes explore a new way everyday technology is being used, while in six bonus episodes Lucy gives listeners a behind-the-scenes look at her ‘makes’ and talks to other guest experts. 

Professor Rogers said: “It was so exciting to hear and share the stories of incredible people doing amazing things with components available to everyone.”

Series 1 of The Engineering Edge took the number one spot for iTunes’ new technology shows and was rated 9/10 by Hackspace magazine. Both series are available at

This is the fifth podcast series commissioned by DesignSpark and hosted by Dr Lucy Rogers. It follows on from Series 3 of the highly rated, light-hearted show The DesignSpark Podcast, which features comedians Bec Hill and Harriet Braine alongside Professor Rogers and was a pick of the week in The Guardian newspaper in 2020.

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