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STEM Mentoring Opportunities – 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures and The Junior Academy

Two exciting opportunities for individuals to take part in the Global STEM Alliance. “1000 Girls, 1000 Futures” and “The Junior Academy” are two innovative, virtual education programs recruiting mentors from around the globe to support students who have a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The Junior Academy is a global community of problem solvers made up of talented students, STEM experts, and companies around the world dedicated to solving real-world problems during 70-day innovation challenges. Learn more or apply now at http://thejunioracademy.org/mentors/

1000 Girls, 1000 Futures pairs STEM-focused high school girls with dynamic, motivated female mentors for a year-long, one-to-one mentorship that exposes students to innovative programming focused on helping them develop essential 21st century skills. Learn more or apply now at http://bit.ly/1000GApp

We would love it if you would pass along this opportunity to mentor the next generation of STEM leaders. And good news – all mentor applications are now due by 18 July 2016.

If you have any questions or would like more information on these programs, please let me know.

Posted on behalf of Carla Y. Emanuele-Giza, Program Manager, Education

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British Science Week 2015: Tell us what switched you onto science! #My1stExperiment

What was the first experiment which sparked your scientific curiosity? What did you do? Did you realise you wanted to become a scientist? It might be the first experiment that you did as a child or perhaps the first experiment you did once you started studying science at university.

Next week is British Science Week – and we will be welcoming over 1000 school pupils onto campus for 4 days of super science. In the run up to British Science Week (13 – 22 March 2015, see www.britishscienceweek.org/) we are asking staff and students from the University of Manchester and beyond to tell us about the first experiment which sparked their interest in science.

Please use #My1stExperiment and #UoM so we can identify your tweets. We’ll be retweeting as many as we can from @UoMSchools – and sharing the tweets with teachers and pupils at our Science Fair from 17 – 20 March.

Please share the word with your colleagues and students, and if you have any questions contact me on emma.lewis@manchester.ac.uk

To watch a video of our British Science Week event days from last year, check out www.manchester.ac.uk/STEM

Emma Lewis, UG Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer (Academic Enrichment STEM) The Directorate for Student Experience, The University of Manchester

Skills Days for STEM Outreach delivery – 20 – 21 April 2015

Do you work in Outreach? Is it your role to manage, develop and deliver research engagement? For example, based in a university or research centre?

Over a number years there has been a steady increase in the number of BIG members whose role is managing public engagement of research. With lots of ideas and emerging issues in the field we’re enthused to get these like-minded people together. It will be an opportunity to network, share ideas and experiences with people who work in the same field and identify developments and issues we can work on together.

This workshop will run over two half days (lunchtime to lunchtime) with an evening social in between. We have a workshop structure that combines pre-determined themes (Insight sessions) along with creative time that will be filled with attendee sessions on themes that arise before or during the workshop.

20 April (starts 12pm) – 21 April (ends 12.30pm), Edinburgh University


  • £45 for BIG Members which includes a light lunch on arrival on the first day and refreshments on the following day.
  • £75 for non-members (which includes £30 for annual membership)

More information here: www.big.uk.com/outreach

Thinking of becoming a STEM Ambassador?

STEM Ambassadors use their enthusiasm and commitment to encourage young people to enjoy Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. They open the doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEM subjects and careers.

If you’ve been thinking of getting involved in outreach activities with school groups – then becoming a STEM Ambassador might be for you.

In a new series of videos, STEM Ambassadors give you a picture of what is involved in supporting an activity. They share how they got started and where they want to go, as well as sharing some of their tips on preparation and delivery.


Find out more about STEMNET and opportunities for becoming a STEM Ambassador at http://www.stemnet.org.uk

Posted on behalf of Greater Manchester STEMNET

The Big Bang Fair 2015 – Call for activities OPEN

Applications to run an activity at The Big Bang Fair 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham from 11 – 14 March 2015 are now being accepted!

If your organisation would like to participate as an activity provider in The Big Bang Fair 2015, please submit an application via www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/addactivity.

Application assistance
Before starting an application, please read the submission guidelines carefully to ensure that your application tells us everything we need to know when reviewing your submission. These are available to download from the activities page of our website.

Strong competition
As the popularity and success of The Fair grows, so too does the competition for activity space. Activity space is limited and will be allocated via the Activities Working Group to those organisations who have either proven the quality of their activity in previous years, or who have put together an application that is of convincingly good quality and is educational and engaging enough to excite our visitors.

Working with others
In order to make your activity more unique, you may like to consider working with others on a joint application for space. This will also enable you to share costs and resources with another group, and may give you the edge over other submissions.

To apply for activity space, please go to www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/activities where you will find a link to the activity submission form.

The deadline for submissions for the UK fair is midnight on Wednesday 3 September 2014.

BIG newsletter – call for contributions

Do you have anything you’d like to share with 500-or-so members of the STEM engagement community? Any project ideas or snippets of information? Maybe you’d like to feature in the Day in My Life column?

This is a call for contributions for the Summer edition of the BIG newsletter to be published on 1 July.

Your article must be no longer than 500 words in length and can contain an image/logo. Please send by Friday 20 June (latest) to admin@big.uk.com

What is BIG?
The British Interactive Group (BIG) is the skills sharing network for individuals involved in the communication of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Posted on behalf of Sarah Vining, Administrator, British Interactive Group

Keynote Speaker for BIG 2014 Event Announced

Looking for a reason to join us at the BIG Event in Oxford this year? Apart from the chance to spend three days with 150+ good STEM engagement folks?

Apart from the 45+ sessions you can see in the latest draft of the programme at www.big.uk.com/bigevent14 ?

Apart from spending some quality professional development time, taking a peek around Oxford University Natural History, Pitt Rivers and History of Science Museums with others who like to do the same? Ok, well come and hear what Steve has to say then.

We’re terribly pleased to be welcoming Steve Crabtree to join us for our Welcome and Keynote at the BIG Event this year, 23-25 July at Oxford University Museum of Natural History. We do like the sound of him and we’re sure you will too.

Steve took the position of Editor of Horizon at the BBC this year, so he probably knows a thing or two about creating ways to engage folks with current and relevant science. But that’s not all.

He has produced & directed much of the BBC’s Science, Arts and Business programming, and worked across all four TV channels – making programmes such as ‘Child of Our Time’ with Professor Robert Winston, The Culture show, and The Money Programme. In 2008 Steve became a Series Producer on the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, before returning to the Science department full time to create a BBC2 Engineering series called ‘How to Build…’ Steve then produced BBC4 series ‘Shock & Awe: The Story of Electricity’ and Pain, ‘Pus & Poison: The Search for Modern Medicines’.

But that’s not all.

Steve knows how to paint a submarine. So he must be all right.

Join us; register now for the BIG Event at www.big.uk.com/bigevent14

Volunteer opportunities for sci comm enthusiasts in Manchester

Attention science communicators and enthusiasts!

Our Manchester Branch are currently looking for enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers to join their committee. A Branch of the British Science Association, we are a registered charity whose mission is to promote public understanding and engagement across the sciences.

Our branches who are responsible for delivering exciting events; well as being great fun, getting involved with the local branch will also allow an individual to develop skills and build strong networks within the science communication sector.

This is a perfect opportunity to get involved in organising innovative and exciting events which engage the public with science. You needn’t be a scientific expert – non-scientists with an interest in marketing, events management, volunteer development and finance may also find valuable opportunities with the Branch.

For more information about who we are, please see: http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/local-branches/join-our-team. You can also check out our Twitter, @BritSciBranches.

If you’re interested and want to find out more about volunteering with British Science Association branches, check out our website, or email Sabah Adams (regions@britishscienceassociation.org).

Posted on behalf of Sabah Adams, British Science Association