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Wonder Day – Sat 3 August, Holy Trinity Church, Stalybridge

Wonder Day Volunteer Recruitment

Are you interested in sharing the excitement of science in the local community? Do you want to help create a buzz while inspiring tomorrow’s scientists? Or do you simply want to share in the pleasure of helping others to discover new things? If so we are looking for volunteers to help at the first ‘Wonder Day’ on Saturday 3 August 2019 at Holy Trinity church, Stalybridge!

This event will be a community-driven, family day of science-themed experiences, workshops and hands on activities. We aim to bring the excitement and wonder of science and nature to those who might not normally get a chance to encounter it. Featuring everything from a mobile planetarium to a robotics workshop to drop in zones for all your favourite physical sciences our aim is to leave visitors feeling amazed, inspired and keen to find out more. The whole event is being actively supported by and hosted in a large local church right in the heart of Stalybridge.

We are looking for volunteers to help deliver this exciting day. The only requirements are that you should be able to have great fun while helping to perform some simple experiments/demonstrations and chatting science with our visitors. Most of all though we are looking for people who are willing to come and share their passion and enthusiasm for science with others. If this is you and you can spare an hour, a morning, an afternoon or even the whole day then please get in touch as it’d be great to share the day with you.

Also if you have an amazing idea for a science demo that you think people would love on the day then please share your ideas as well. We’d love to make some space for and to support you in this!

And if you can’t volunteer, but live nearby, then please pop by on the day itself and see what we have going on!

To volunteer or if you have any questions please drop a message to Dr Gavin Merrifield (g.d.merrifield@gmail.com)

Posted on behalf of Dr Emma Nichols, Public engagement manager, School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester

Longsight community festival – 23 June – call for volunteers

I’m planning on taking some demos out to a family community festival in Longsight on Saturday 23rd June and am looking for volunteers.

An ad from the organiser is below: I’m looking for either –

  • People to come along and talk a bit about the science of lightning and/or electricity with some demos I’ll provide (TBD but potentially static electricity and balloons)
  • People to come along and talk a bit about the science of lightning and/or electricity with activities of their own, or
  • Suggestions of simple demos to explain electricity that can be done without any power in a field

It’ll be picking up from Oxford Road campus about 11.30am and getting back about 5pm, and lunch is provided.

Bigger Book Bash Saturday 23rd June

A large scale book themed free family festival. We are looking for scientists who can explain how lightning or electricity works for the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Zone in a fun and interactive way. It could be fun activities about static electricity using bubbles and balloons- it could be anything you like! The activities run from 1pm- 4pm and we expect around 3000 visitors so whatever you choose to do will need to be something simple and repeatable! We suggest you will want to be on site by 12pm to set up. A delicious free curry lunch will be provided. You will be working in gazebo in a field across from Stanley Grove Primary Academy (M12 4NL) in Longsight.

Get in touch with me if interested!

Dr Emma Nichols, Public engagement manager, School of Physics and Astronomy,  The University of Manchester

Email: emma.nichols@manchester.ac.uk | Tel: (0) 161 306 8744

Pint of Science ’18 – Volunteers needed!

The Manchester team are looking to recruit volunteers for the next Pint of Science Festival (14-16 May 2018)!

Pint of Science is a three day festival taking place across Manchester, where scientists are brought to the pub to share their research with the public. The festival has been a great success and now simultaneously takes place in over 10 countries. This year marks the 5th year that the festival has taken place in Manchester.

We need volunteers to organise the following themes, as well as one-off events throughout the year:

  • Atoms to Galaxies – e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Materials.
  • Beautiful Mind – e.g. Neurosciences, Psychology, Psychiatry.
  • Planet Earth – e.g. Earth Sciences, Plant Science, Zoology.
  • Our Body – e.g. Biology, Medicine, Health.
  • Tech Me Out – e.g. Technology, Engineering, Computing.
  • Our Society – e.g. Sociology, Public policy Law, History, Archaeology

Don’t be put off if you’re not a scientist! There are numerous roles in organising this event and we need plenty of creative minds. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in event organisation and public engagement, as well as meeting new people. There will also be positions on the committee such as promotion, social media officer, website organisation etc.

We will be holding out first meeting in the University of Manchester Students Union Council Chambers (room 2) at 17:00 – 18:00 on 7 November 2017.

*It is important that you register your interest using the following link*:

Please have a think about which theme you might be interested in being involved with before the first meeting. It doesn’t have to be your own speciality!

If you have any questions or cannot make the first meeting, please do not hesitate to email posmanchester@yahoo.co.uk

Best wishes,
Lucy and Becky
Pint of Science Manchester Team

Judging and Mentoring Opportunity for Youth Grand Challenges 2017 Competition

The Youth Grand Challenges is a new STEM competition inspiring young people, aged 11-to-19, to use science and technology to change the world. The competition calls on students to come up with innovative solutions to address global health issues, and builds on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges programme for researchers.

See: http://www.crestawards.org/youth-grand-challenges/

We’re calling on STEM professionals to support the young people involved in the competition, and we hope you can join them. We are on the lookout for:

Volunteer Judges: will donate their time and expertise to help select the most deserving finalists. Judges will be registered on the online entry platform, where they will explore entrants’ innovative solutions and score their work. Judges are free to judge as many, or as little, projects as their time will allow, and will be assigned projects that fit in with their own expertise and interests.

Project Mentors: We are also looking for a smaller number of mentors to support students during their projects. Mentors play an important role by offering their experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to encourage students and provide guidance where required. Whilst the time offered by mentors varies depending on the complexity of the project and the agreement in place with their mentee, mentoring typically involves donating between 15 minutes – 1 hour a week.

Interested? To register your interest in either opportunity, please complete this short expression of interest form: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YGC2017

If you have any questions or would like more information on the programme, please get in touch with the Youth Grand Challenges team at: youthgrandchallenges@britishscienceassociation.org

Posted on behalf of Jacob Ohrvik-Stott, Project Officer, British Science Association
T: +44 (0)20 7019 4967 E: jacob.ohrvik-stott@britishscienceassociation.org