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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

Looking for a co-organiser for Cafe Scientifique Manchester

We are looking for a volunteer to help organise Café Scientifique talks in Manchester.

The role involves seeking speakers and hosting 5 sessions per year. This is a great opportunity for public engagement and networking with the speakers of your choice.

We have good links with MOSI and MSF and are based in MadLab in the Northern Quarter.

You may find further information on our website: http://www.cafescientifique.manchester.ac.uk/

Please get in touch with me directly if you are interested.

Email: Bo.Yao@manchester.ac.uk | Tel: 0161 275 2696

Dr Bo Yao Lecturer in Psychology | School of Psychological Sciences | University of Manchester 


Event Volunteer – applications now open for Manchester Science Festival 2016

Do you enjoy working with people? Do you enjoy talking to and helping people? Are you interested in being involved in live events in and around Manchester?

What are we looking for?

Manchester Science Festival is looking for a team of people to help deliver an exciting programme of fun, stimulating and creative events this autumn. This year is Manchester Science Festival’s tenth birthday and we will be celebrating Manchester as the European City of Science with a diverse and vibrant programme of events happening that we would love your support with.

What will you get from volunteering with us?

Meeting new people, discovering science in a variety of different ways and getting hands-on with making activities, volunteering with us will give you lots of opportunities to get to know people and give you memorable experiences. You can also join our team of year-round event volunteers to support events after the festival.

What does the application process involve?

The event volunteer role description outlines the activities and responsibilities that we ask our event volunteers to undertake during the festival. Please read that before completing the event volunteer application form.

We get lots of applications, so we cannot guarantee to take on everyone who applies. When you complete the application form, please give as much detail as you can to show us why you would like to join us and how your previous experience meets the role description. It is an opportunity for us to get to know you a little bit and see what you can bring to our volunteer team.

Successful applicants will be invited to an informal group interview. Having read your application, we will want to get to know you a little bit better and for you to meet us and find out more about volunteering at Manchester Science Festival.

People who are taken on to be part of this year’s volunteer cohort will be given a Museum of Science and Industry induction, manual handling training, a basic disclosure check and an induction about Manchester Science Festival before the festival kicks off on the 20 October 2016.

Download role description and application form here – http://www.manchestersciencefestival.com/getinvolved/volunteer-opportunities

Need more information?

If you would like to apply, but would prefer to come in for an informal chat , I will be in the Museum of Science and Industry Warehouse café from 2-5pm, Tuesday 19 July. If you do plan to come along, please let me know by phone or email. If you cannot make that date and time, please do let me know and we can arrange another opportunity.

If you have any questions or want to know more please email or call Penelope Hill at volunteering@msimanchester.org.uk or 0161 606 0169.

Application deadline: 12noon, Friday 5 August 2016

STEM Mentoring Opportunities – 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures and The Junior Academy

Two exciting opportunities for individuals to take part in the Global STEM Alliance. “1000 Girls, 1000 Futures” and “The Junior Academy” are two innovative, virtual education programs recruiting mentors from around the globe to support students who have a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The Junior Academy is a global community of problem solvers made up of talented students, STEM experts, and companies around the world dedicated to solving real-world problems during 70-day innovation challenges. Learn more or apply now at http://thejunioracademy.org/mentors/

1000 Girls, 1000 Futures pairs STEM-focused high school girls with dynamic, motivated female mentors for a year-long, one-to-one mentorship that exposes students to innovative programming focused on helping them develop essential 21st century skills. Learn more or apply now at http://bit.ly/1000GApp

We would love it if you would pass along this opportunity to mentor the next generation of STEM leaders. And good news – all mentor applications are now due by 18 July 2016.

If you have any questions or would like more information on these programs, please let me know.

Posted on behalf of Carla Y. Emanuele-Giza, Program Manager, Education

The New York Academy of Sciences
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