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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

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.