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National Science and Engineering Week Fair: Volunteers needed

For the National Science and Engineering Week Fair we need 3 volunteers for each of the time slots below and even if you can only volunteer for either the first or second half of a slot, we would be grateful for your help.

This is great event to be part of and there are lots of different stalls running amazing activities. For our stall, the activity is to get the school children to place pictures of different sounds e.g. a jet, alarm clock on a scale of increasing sound intensity. You do not need a background in audiology as you will be given full instructions on the day.

  • Tuesday 18 March: Science Fair for pupils in Y7 – Y9 10am – 12:30pm
  • Wednesday 19 March: Science Fair for pupils in Y7 – Y9 10am – 12:30pm / Science Fair for local primary schools 12.30 – 2:30pm
  • Thursday 20 March: Science Fair for pupils in Y7 – Y9 10am – 12:30pm
  • Friday 21 March: Science Fair for pupils in Y7 – Y9 10am – 12:30pm

The events will take place in the Sackville Street Building.

Please contact me as soon as possible if you would like to take part in the event – hannah.brotherton@manchester.ac.uk

Posted by Hannah Brotherton, PhD student audiology|Widening Participation Ambassador

National Science and Engineering Week 2014: We need you!

A reminder that the deadline for your involvement with National Science and Engineering Week 2014 is fast approaching! If you would like more information on how you can get involved, please read on…

I’m really grateful to the many academic colleagues, researchers and students who gave up their time in March last year to make the most successful NSEW programme we’ve had to date – and I hope we can build upon this success for 2014. Full details of how you can get involved are below – and also a request for you to let us know what you’re doing in addition to our Science Extravaganza days!

National Science and Engineering Week 2014 (www.britishscienceassociation.org/years-nsew) will be taking place from 14 – 23 March 2014. Building on the success of last year, we will be hosting a 4-day programme of Science Extravaganza activity days for schools in the North-West, featuring a Science Fair, a Science Workshop delivered by WP Fellows and a Guest Lecture by a University of Manchester academic.

How you can get involved: We are looking for academics and/or research groups to get involved with our interactive Science Fair. You would be required in Sackville Street Great Hall on Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19, Thursday 20 and Friday 21 March 2014. We ask that although staffing of the stands can change; that the actual stands themselves do not change for the four days. We appreciate that it’s a big time commitment for those colleagues who can get involved; but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to communicate your research and passion for your subject to up to 900 young people who we are expecting over the week. The timeline is as follows:

  • Monday 17 March: Set Up Day
  • Tuesday 18 March: Science Fair for pupils in Y7 – Y9, 10am – 12:30pm
  • Wednesday 19 March: Science Fair for pupils in Y7 – Y9, 10am – 12:30pm & Science Fair for local primary schools, 12.30 – 2:30pm.
  • Thursday 20 March: Science Fair for pupils in Y7 – Y9, 10am – 12:30pm
  • Friday 21 March: Science Fair for pupils in Y7 – Y9, 10am – 12:30pm & Set down of stands from 12:30 onwards.

What we’re looking for: I will plan the logistics of the event and recruit attendees. We are looking for academics and/or research groups to coordinate a stand to showcase your research area and communicate it to young people. The main aim of this programme of activities is to enthuse and inspire young people about science, technology, engineering and maths and increase their desire to study it to A-level and beyond. This might take the form of table top games or activities to explain your research, perhaps some engaging demos or maybe some fantastic communicators, able to explain your research to a captive audience. However you choose to run your stand – the main requirement is enthusiasm!

How to express your interest: If you would like to take part in this event, please complete this Science_Fair_Expression_of_Interest_2014 (word) form and return to me by 24 January 2014.

Additional Events: I will also be advertising to schools details of additional events which are being run by University of Manchester colleagues as part of NSEW. Please let me know if you are planning any other events so I can assist you with promotion.

I do hope your school and/or research group is able to get involved with this event to help inspire the next generation of scientists, if you have any questions about this event – please do not hesitate to get in touch with me – email: emma.lewis@manchester.ac.uk or tel: 0161 275 2106

Posted by  Emma Lewis l UG Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer (Academic Enrichment STEM)

Calling all budding STEM communicators – National Science & Engineering Week Stand: Big Bang Fair 2013

The British Science Association is looking for 12 budding science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) communicators.

We are looking for volunteers willing to spend at least half a day performing fun science-busking and other hands-on activities to enthuse and inspire visitors to our National Science & Engineering Week stand at The Big Bang Fair, the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK.

This is an ideal opportunity to visit this exciting Fair and gain valuable experience in STEM communication. The Big Bang Fair is primarily aimed at young people aged 7 – 19, with thousands of school groups and families taking part across the four days (14 – 17 March 2013). London ExCeL.

Please email Hannah Stretton, Regional Programmes Officer, for a full role description and details: Hannah.Stretton@britishscienceassociation.org

If you are interested in volunteering, please register via the following link by 15 February 2013 – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bigbang-volunteer

Successful candidates will be invited to a volunteer induction session on 27 February 2013.

Find out more about the Big Bang Fair.