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Makefest at home

May half term is always the Science and Industry Museum’s big celebration of making, engineering, crafting and creating, culminating with our festival of making, Makefest.

Although the museum is currently closed and Makefest cannot go ahead as normal, we still want to engage our audiences and encourage as many people as possible to get creative at home.

So this year we are bringing Makefest to our social media channels using #Makefestathome and we would love you to get involved. From 25-29 May, we will be sharing photos and videos of things we have made at home and challenging everyone to do the same.

Each day will have a new themed challenge, inspired by Science Museum group learning resources. You can find out more here.

We’d love it if you could join in, make something and share photos and videos of what you’ve made with us on Twitter (@sim_manchester), Instagram (@scienceandindustrymuseum) or on our Facebook event (scienceandindustrymuseum) using the hashtag.

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

Get involved in Makefest 30-31 May 2020 – our making and engineering festival

Calling all makers, innovators, engineers, crafters, artists and hobbyists. Makefest is back at the Museum of Science and Industry and we’re looking for all sorts of playful ideas, activities and workshops to be part of the celebration.

What is Makefest?

Makefest is our weekend family festival of making, engineering, technology and crafts that takes over the museum galleries from Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 May, 11am – 4pm. We’re looking for hands-on activities, big or small, that will encourage our visitors to have a go at making, get creative and learn new skills.

To see the festival pack and to propose an activity – visit: https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/take-part-makefest-2020

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 8 April 2020

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

Call out for Science Fiction: Late – 18 March 2020, Science and Industry Museum

The Science and Industry Museum are looking for individuals and groups working on projects inspired by science fiction to support the delivery of their next Late on Wednesday 18 March 2020, which is going to look at how science fiction has predicted developments in technology and engineering, and reveal the science facts behind the fiction.

We’re looking for:

  • Demonstrations of new technologies
  • Entertaining shows or TED-style talks
  • Hands-on activities, crafts and challenges

They should be inspired by science fiction and appeal to an adult audience. There’s more information about the event in the call out document here.

GEORGINA WELLS
CONTEMPORARY SCIENCE PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

+44 (0)161 696 7786 | Georgina.Wells@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk

Science Museum Group Research Conference 4-5 November, Manchester

Join us on 4–5 November 2019 at the Science and Industry Museum to discuss ‘The Place of Industry’ – a conference organised by the Science Museum Group.

Tickets and full programme are available here: https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/smg-research-conference-2019

The conference features a number of contributors from the University of Manchester from across multiple disciplines and offers a diverse programme exploring:

  • Place-based approaches to science and industry. From the coffee house to the technical school, from bricks and mortar to regional strategies. What does a focus on place and space bring to our understanding of science and industry?
  • Interfaces and juxtapositions of industry with other disciplines and frames. From applying a science, technology, engineering and maths lens to industry to making space for artists and creative practitioners to extend industry’s meaning. What potentials are there in pushing and exploring the boundaries of industry?
  • The proximity of industry. From the haptic perception of technologies to the sensory qualities of industrial cities and spaces. How does industry being close-at-hand alter human experience? And how does experience design respond to industrial spaces?

The Place of Industry will be the fourth Science Museum Group Research Conference.

This annual conference is an opportunity to showcase research activity, gather together new thinking that resonates with the collections and practices of the Science Museum Group, and draw out emerging work from our research community. Its offers a great opportunity for anyone based at the University of Manchester to get a sense of the research activities, interests and opportunities of the Science and Industry Museum and the wider Science Museum Group.

Find out more at here: https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/smg-research-conference-2019

Call for activities for Platform for Investigation at the Science and Industry Museum

Platform for Investigation is part of the Science and Industry Museum’s Contemporary Science programme that will run for nine days during October half term. It is a platform for scientists, researchers and STEM professionals to demonstrate their work and research through high quality and participatory experiences, showcasing the latest developments in STEM.

There are currently three dates in need of activities – 19, 20 and 27 October – and each day has a different topic. More information about this opportunity is below:

Dates: Saturday 19, Sunday 20 and Sunday 27 October
Time: 10.30am-3.30pm
Target audience: family groups with children aged 7-14
Activity number: approx. five hands-on, drop in activities or demonstrations on each date.

More information about what kind of activities are required at each event day is in the attached brief (Platform for Investigation – October half term brief). This may be a great opportunity for colleagues within a Department/School/Research Group or across these units to work together to deliver a variety of great activities on one day.

If you are interested, please contact Georgina Wells, Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator, with an outline of your topic and ideas for activities:

Email: Georgina.wells@scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk
Phone: 0161 696 7786