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Can you support a Greater Manchester Primary School with an Engineering Project?

Call for researchers in engineering to take part in primary school engagement! This volunteer project focuses on raising aspirations around engineering in some of the most deprived areas of Greater Manchester. We are particularly looking for support in the areas of Rochdale, Wigan, Oldham and Salford.

Project background: The Royal Academy of Engineers have funded a project with 93 primary schools in Greater Manchester to raise aspirations and enthusiasm for engineering. As part of the project teachers from these schools received free CPD to improve their confidence and knowledge in teaching Science and Engineering and all the schools will be receiving a kit to build FM radios with one of their classes. We would like to provide the children with the opportunity to meet someone who works/worked or has an interest in engineering (any discipline, including software engineering), sound, technology or electricity.

Our ask: We are looking for volunteers who would be able to visit one of the project schools (we can provide you with a list) and be part of a Q+A session with a class. The children will be aged between 7-10 years old (each school have selected a different age group) and will be very excited to be able to meet someone with a passion for engineering. The Q+A session would last around 30 minutes and we will provide you with some questions in advance, however we will be suggesting that the children prepare a few questions to ask you before you arrive. There wouldn’t be very much preparation before visiting the school, but if you have a few images or some objects that related to your area of engineering that you could bring in it would really spark the children’s curiosity and their questions. The Q+A session is only a suggestion and if you have something else you’d prefer to deliver, we are flexible with what this looks like. We are looking for the visit to the school to happen between February and April 2020 on a mutually convenient date for you and the school.

If you are interested in supporting this initiative:
Please email: holly.jones@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk and who will send you the list of project schools taking part so that you can let us know which school would be most convenient for you to visit.

You do not need to be signed up to the STEM Ambassador programme to take part, but by signing up as an ambassador you will receive a free DBS check and be covered by our insurance when taking part in activities. This could be a good first experience to see what taking part in a STEM Ambassador activity is like if you’re unsure about signing up for the programme would involve. You can find out more about the STEM Ambassador programme here: https://www.stem.org.uk/stem-ambassadors

Posted on behalf of Holly Jones, STEM Ambassador Hub Manager for Greater Manchester, Science and Industry Museum

The Brilliant Club – Tutoring Opportunity for PhDs and Postdoc

The Brilliant Club Placements: A meaningful, paid opportunity for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to teach their own research!

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve communities with a low participation rate in Higher Education.

Over the course of the academic year 2015-2016 we placed almost 400 researchers to work in schools across London, the South East, the Midlands, the North East and North West of England, where they worked with over 8000 high performing pupils.

Tutors are placed in a school to work with two groups of four or six high-performing pupils, delivering a series of tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and help to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition necessary to secure places at top universities. Tutors will be supported by a training programme consisting of two full-day sessions and will accompany their pupils on a university trip, which will include their introductory tutorial.

In addition to earning £450 per placement, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials drawing on elements of their own research with a chance to disseminate it to a non-expert audience. As well as this, they will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities.

The Brilliant Club will be running an information event where doctoral and post-doctoral researchers can find out more: Tuesday 31 January, University Place 5.209, 13:00-14:00

If you are unable to attend but would like to find out more, please visit our website where you can a video including past PhD Tutors: http://www.thebrilliantclub.org/the-brilliant-club-for-researchers/get-involved/

Or download this leaflet – The Brilliant Club – Placement information – Manchester Uni (pdf)

Applications have now opened for the summer term placements and early applications are encouraged.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email us at apply@thebrilliantclub.org.

Animation16 has launched!

Animation16 – the 9th Annual UK Schools Computer Animation Competition run by the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester, has launched!

The competition is open to all UK school students aged 7-19.

The Awards Ceremony will be at the National Media Museum in Bradford on 12 July 2016.

The competition is open now, for teacher registration, at http://animation.cs.manchester.ac.uk

Teacher registration is FREE and carries no obligation to submit any entries. All registered teachers will receive FREE colour A2-sized Animation16 posters for their school, sent out in early-October.

To get your free posters — while stocks last! — register at the website or log in using your existing credentials.

Entrants can create their animations (time limit: 1 minute) using any of the following programs: Scratch, Adobe Flash, Alice, Blender, Maya, 3DS Max, Muvizu, Synfig Studio, Serif Draw Plus, KoolMoves, or SWiSH Max4

3DS Max and Maya are free from Autodesk to all Schools: see http://www.autodesk.co.uk/campaigns/design-the-future-uk

There are great prizes for the winners, and trophies for schools. Winners will be announced in May 2016.

Last year’s Animation15 competition was bigger than ever, with over 820 entries from 127 schools across the UK, from 1,057 students. We awarded prizes to 42 students (working as individuals, or in groups, max size 4) from 26 schools. You can see all the winning entries on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AnimationComp/

Key dates

  • 18 March 2016: Deadline for submitting entries
  • 12 July 2016: Awards Day at the National Media Museum

Key contacts

Website: http://animation.cs.manchester.ac.uk
Enquiries: toby.howard@manchester.ac.uk
Twitter: @AnimationComp #Animation16
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnimationComp

Animation16 is funded by Electronic Arts, Autodesk, and Microsoft, in
association with Computing At School and cs4fn.

Posted by Toby Howard, Chair, UK Schools Computer Animation Competition, Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester

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