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Science Week and Lates event at Eureka! Halifax

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax, West Yorkshire are hosting a range of activities to celebrate British Science Week.

Alongside our own events we are looking for STEM professionals with a passion for inspiring and enthusing primary age children (and grown-ups!) to bring some hands on activities and demonstrations about their stories, work, innovation or research, and engage the school groups and families that visit us. Eureka! is celebrating British Science Week from 8th – 15th March with the exception of 11th March as the museum is closed.

In addition to our family and school events, Eureka! is also hosting an adults only Late event on 7th March from 6.30pm – 9.30pm. Again we are looking for people to bring some hands on activities and demonstrations and talk to our visitors about their work.

For further information please contact Chris Snowden, STEM & Public Engagement Manager via email: chris.snowden@eureka.org.uk

Would you like to be part of our Science Fair for British Science Week 2017?

Closing date (expressions of interest) 16th December 2016

In 2017 – we will once again be running a programme of events for British Science Week; which will include the Science Fair in the Great Hall, Sackville Street. We already have 400 pupils booked onto this event, and the capacity to welcome 1000 pupils onto campus over the four event days – but rely on your support to make this event happen.

We are looking for academics and/or research groups to coordinate a stand to showcase your research area and communicate it to young people. The main aim of this programme of activities is to enthuse and inspire young people about science, technology, engineering and maths and increase their desire to study it to A-level and beyond.

We ask where possible you have the stand on all four days – but staffing can change – with input from UG and PG students encouraged. The science fair dates for 2017 are:

  • Monday 13th March – Set Up Afternoon
  • Tuesday 14th March, PM – Science Fair for pupils in Y7 – Y9 10am – 12:30pm
  • Wednesday 15th March – Science Fair for pupils in Y7 – Y9 10am – 12:30pm AND Science Fair for local primary schools 1pm – 2:30pm
  • Science Fair for pupils in Y7 – Y9 10am – 12:30pm
  • Science Fair for pupils in Y7 – Y9 10am – 12:30pm AND Set down of stands from 12:30 onwards.

For more information, please read the EOI_BSW_2017 form and return if you’d like to take part.

Emma Lewis

British Science Week 2015: Tell us what switched you onto science! #My1stExperiment

What was the first experiment which sparked your scientific curiosity? What did you do? Did you realise you wanted to become a scientist? It might be the first experiment that you did as a child or perhaps the first experiment you did once you started studying science at university.

Next week is British Science Week – and we will be welcoming over 1000 school pupils onto campus for 4 days of super science. In the run up to British Science Week (13 – 22 March 2015, see www.britishscienceweek.org/) we are asking staff and students from the University of Manchester and beyond to tell us about the first experiment which sparked their interest in science.

Please use #My1stExperiment and #UoM so we can identify your tweets. We’ll be retweeting as many as we can from @UoMSchools – and sharing the tweets with teachers and pupils at our Science Fair from 17 – 20 March.

Please share the word with your colleagues and students, and if you have any questions contact me on emma.lewis@manchester.ac.uk

To watch a video of our British Science Week event days from last year, check out www.manchester.ac.uk/STEM

Emma Lewis, UG Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer (Academic Enrichment STEM) The Directorate for Student Experience, The University of Manchester