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Call for sustainability activities for the Festival of Manchester 31 August

Public engagement opportunity with the Science and Industry Museum

Festival of Manchester – Saturday 31 August, Platt Fields Park
This one day festival of music, food, sport, crafts and culture began in Platt Fields Park, Manchester in 2018, when it was attended by over 10,000 people. The festival organisers have shown a keen interest in having content related to sustainability and climate change, so we are looking for activities on this theme. As a major cultural organisation in the city, the museum will be attending this year and encouraging the festival’s diverse family audience to engage with contemporary STEM content.

What we’re looking for
We’re looking for a group of volunteers that could deliver 1-3 family friendly activities on our stand at the festival – exact timings are tbc but are expected to be 12pm-6pm.
Activities should be as hands-on and interactive as possible, and could include live experiments, make and takes, games or demonstrations.

What we can provide
We are able to provide lunch and travel expenses to all researchers taking part.
Museum staff will also be present at the event to help engage festival attendees and to support with the smooth running of the stand.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please get in touch with Georgina Wells (Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator) by Thursday 8 August.
Georgina.wells@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk
Tel: 0161 6967786

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

Call for: Artists & Scientists – Castlefield Gallery

Artists & Scientists @ Castlefield Gallery – 29 May 2018, 18.30 – 20.30

The May Castlefield Gallery Associates session takes a look, from both sides of the lab bench, at artist/scientist co-operation. Jon Biddulph and Dave Griffiths will talk about their experience of working with astronomers, forensic archaeologists, microbiologists and nuclear scientists, and microbiologist Jo Verran will provide a scientist’s perspective on working with artists. This session is especially aimed at artists wanting to know how to go about working with scientists, and at scientists looking for creative links.

No prior experience of art-science collaboration needed, just an interest in exploring new options.

More information on the event here: https://www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk/event/artists-and-scientists/

Any questions, please contact Jane at associates@castlefieldgallery.co.uk

Posted on behalf of Jana Wendler, Course Unit Lecturer, Geography, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester

MakeFest 2017 – call out for Makers

MakeFest is the Museum of Science and Industry’s annual celebration of hands-on, do-it-yourself making. Artists, makers, crafters and coders will take over the museum for a whole weekend to show off their skills and encourage everyone to have a go at making something for themselves.

Be a Maker at MakeFest 2017 –  19-20 August.

We need all kinds of people to make MakeFest happen. High tech or low tech and anything in between, if you want to be a Maker at this year’s MakeFest then we want to hear from you.

You can apply to:

  • Have a maker station to show your work and get people making
  • Run a workshop
  • Give demonstrations
  • Have another idea? Let us know on your application

Applications can be submitted from individuals or groups. Your creation doesn’t even need to be finished – works in progress are always welcome. All applications must be submitted by 23.59 on Friday 26 May 2017.

Please click here to apply:
https://manchestersciencefestival.wufoo.eu/forms/q1gob8hh1t5voic/

Posted on behalf Georgina Wells, Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator, Museum of Science and Industry

Terrific Scientists – Closing date for submissions 30 Nov 2016

This is an amazing opportunity to engage with school children through BBC Learning.

Our FMBH digital media team can help with making the videos – if you are intending on being part of this – please contact Dr Sheena Cruickshank (University Academic Lead for Public Engagement with Research) to discuss further, in the first instance.

BBC Learning is launching a bold, ambitious science campaign aimed at inspiring primary-age teachers and their pupils through exciting, innovative and accessible mass-participation investigations that every school can take part in.

We’ll also host exciting content on our website and social media channels which launch in November.

As part of this content, we’re curating a series of “Terrific Scientists” in which real life scientists like you have the chance to nominate their most inspirational scientific hero.

Children will have the chance to vote on which they think is the most “Terrific Scientist” of them all, with more in depth web content appearing around the winning scientist.

We’re keen to get a mix of male and female nominations from across disciplines and nationalities. They can be world famous or lesser known, dead or alive but the key is inspiration!

We’d like you to record a short film in the following format:

  • 30s – 45s maximum
  • Say who you are and what you do.
  • Introduce your terrific scientist. (please use the word “terrific” or phrase “terrific scientist” somewhere if you can)
  • When did they live?
  • What they did/discovered/were known for?
  • Why they inspire/d you?

Technical Stuff:

  • We’re happy with self-shot footage on a smartphone or camcorder
  • Please make sure sound/speech is legible (avoid lots of wind noise etc, use an external mic if you can)
  • Please film in LANDSCAPE mode
  • Please film down the lens (Look straight into the camera)
  • Remember, you are talking to primary age students around 10 years old
  • Please submit clips and forms to matt.gallop@bbc.co.uk using a file-sharing service of your choice

Legal Stuff:

  • We’ll use as many submissions as we can on our website as part of our campaign but might not be able to include them all
  • Please sign and return (scan and email is fine) our consent form below or we won’t be able to use your clip
  • Please avoid any corporate or other branding

Download the contribution consent form (doc).