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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

Call for UoM Community Festival 2019

Would you like to be part of the next University-wide Community Festival being held on Saturday 15 June 2019?

Manchester University Community Festival.
Pictured Manchester place

As part of our commitment to enhancing our relationship with members of our local communities, we will be holding our annual University-wide Community Festival on 15 June 2019 from 11.00am-4.00pm.

Last year over 2,000 people, many from our local neighbourhoods enjoyed the day with many speaking of seeing lots of friendly smiley faces having fun and enjoying themselves. Find out more about the 2018 event here.

Next year’s Festival will be centred round Manchester Museum, University Place and Brunswick Park. Building on the success of the last two years, we would like to offer our local neighbours the opportunity to discover the wide variety of things we do, to meet us and to find out what opportunities are available for them.

If you are interested in taking part, then please register your interest by completing the attached form: Community Festival Expression Interest Form 2019[1] (doc) by 19 January 2018 and return it to suzanne.spicer@manchester.ac.uk

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival next June.

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