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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:

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

MakeFest at Museum of Science and Industry – call for science maker activities

MakeFest is a makers fair that is held annually at the Museum of Science and Industry, this year on the 20th and 21st August, and aims to explore a wide range of making and maker techniques, and to engage audiences with makers and making in a hands-on, creative and inspiring environment.

We’re looking for makers to engage the public with workshops, hands-on making activities or to integrate a hands-on experience into their contribution. The museum has a wide ranging visitor base but is mainly composed of families so people experiencing MakeFest can range from an 8 year old, 30 year old or 80 year old. So far programmed activities range from soldering workshops, pattern crafting with mine craft, creating theme tunes, mono-printing on fabric, the Manchester Robot Orchestra and more!

We’re looking for makers in the field of science to bring interesting, hands-on, interactive and visual activities to MakeFest.

Science based maker activities currently include

  • Examining the effect of force with catapults
  • Grown your own crystals
  • Make your own torch workshops
  • Making and racing electric model cars

If you have an idea or activity that you’d like to bring to the Museum of Science and Industry’s visitors contact Jamie and Rosie at makefest@msimanchester.org.uk

Come play with nuclear science, 1-2pm, 23 June, Roscoe Building, room 3.2

This Tuesday our Next Generation Nuclear CDT + Sellafield grant students will be demonstrating interactive table top science activities, for their outreach event at MOSI in September.

If you happen to be in or around or the Roscoe Building (room 3.2), Brunswick Street, on Tuesday 23 June 2015, btn 1-2pm, then do pop in and say hi.

You’ll get the chance to explore the role nuclear energy plays as a low carbon energy source, see how modern nuclear reactors are operated, and discover why radioactivity is a part of our every day world.

You can stay for as little or as long as you like. All staff and students across the University are welcome!

#HookedOnMusic – help unlock the secret science of songs

The Manchester Science Festival Team at MOSI would like to ask for your help unlocking the secret science of songs. All you need to do is play and promote a great new online game, #HookedOnMusic – and share it with friends and family.

You’ll find it at www.hookedonmusic.org.uk

This game is the latest stage in a citizen science experiment that was launched at the 2013 Manchester Science Festival in October, with celebrities and members of the public being asked to vote for their catchiest tune, and no surprise, Kylie’s ‘I can’t get you out of my head’ came out on top – resulting in Kylie Minogue tweeting about it.

Leading cognition scientists from the University of Amsterdam, who are involved in the project, want to analyse the data they retrieve from people playing the game to predict the catchiest musical fragments, and devise ways to trigger memories and provide therapeutic benefits.

The team is keen for as many people as possible to play the game, so they can get enough results to make this mass participation experiment a real success.

So go on what are you waiting for? Play the #HookedOnMusic game and do your bit for science.

Call for Volunteers – MOSI Baby Computer

Are you enthusiastic about looking after technology and keen to tell stories about it to a wide range of people from around the world? Then the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) wants to hear from you. We operate the world’s first stored programme computer, the 1948 Manchester Baby, or Small Experimental Machine. Our vintage Baby weighs in at just five tonnes.

This wonderful machine was reconstructed by a small team of volunteers and is now operated by a friendly volunteer team. We are keen to recruit volunteers who would like to join this team on either: Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.

You need to have an interest in technology and good interpersonal skills to help our visitors to understand the Baby. High level electronic or computer skills are desirable but not essential, because there are four levels of volunteer work available. These range from explainer all the way to engineer, so there is something for everyone, from the beginner to the expert.

Volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of one day a month with additional days welcomed. Most volunteers come in on the same day each week. All volunteers are required to complete a routing Disclosure Barring Service application as the post involves regular contact with children who are visiting the museum.

About MOSI
Located on the historic site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway station, housed in five listed buildings, MOSI’s amazing galleries and outstanding collections tell the story of Manchester’s scientific and industrial past, present and future.

Previous experience in meeting or greeting people is ideal, but the key skill is to actively enjoy dealing with the general public and to be good at making a technical story easy to understand. A friendly disposition, enthusiasm and good communication skills are key qualities. Electronics, computing or electrical engineering skills are obviously very welcome indeed.

How to apply
You will find a full role description and volunteer application form on this page. Alternatively, please e-mail recruitment@mosi.org.uk or call 0161 606 0105 to request details.

Closing date:
None – this is an on-going opportunity, so please apply now.

Find out more and download the job description and application form.

Manchester Mini Maker Faire 2013 – call for proposal

This year, the Manchester Maker Faire will take place on 10-11 August 2013.

You can find out more and apply to be a Maker here.

The organisers are hoping to make this year’s programme of event bigger and better than last year’s and are already planning some big outdoor making activities and a wider range of hands-on workshops.

One thing they have added this year is a small programme of brief, exciting talks and presentations; so please do consider whether you have anything to offer this section of the programme.

Also, for those of you who work with young people in any capacity, Manchester Maker Faire are particularly keen to encourage young makers; they were well-represented last year but the more the better. So please encourage young people to submit their work. If you (or they) are uncertain about whether what they want to exhibit is suitable, please feel free to have a chat with the organisers first.

We’re looking for all sorts of people to create a community weekend event that brings together science, art, craft and engineering in a fun-filled tribute to the DIY spirit in everyone.

For more information about Manchester Maker Faire, and details of how to apply, visit makerfairemanchester.com