British Science Association – Science Journalism Competition
The Manchester Branch of the British Science Association are launching a competition for 6th form and college students across Greater Manchester to try their hand at science journalism and, they invite you and your students to participate.
Students will have the opportunity to Research a topic of their choice, interview an active researcher working in their chosen field and then create their own 500 word article explaining this work to a lay-audience. The winning entry will receive a £50 Amazon voucher.
Today a wonderful group of Year 2’s from Saint Willibrords Primary School came to visit us and learn all about animals and their habitats.
The group were really focussed, asking some wonderful questions when meeting the live animals in our Nature Discovery Gallery.
Later in the day the children began to come up with ideas for the sorts of features their very own creature designs will have. I think you’ll agree they look like they will be impressive creatures for sure.
We can’t wait to see the end designs!
Well done to all the children and thank you for a great day.
Are you a EYFS teacher or nursery practitioner? Do you work with under 5s in a children’s centre, cultural venue or within the community?
If so then join us at the Whitworth for a day of show and tell exploring the role of culture and creativity in developing enabling environments for young children and their families.
We believe museums and galleries are brilliant spaces for young children and their grown ups. They are packed full of amazing objects and artworks, have lots of space to explore and plenty to do to inspire curiosity, develop communication and build confidence.
Join artists, researchers, early years and museum professionals to explore why the learning environment is so important in the early years.
Special guests will include Wild Rumpus who will be doing what they do best; transforming our Grand Hall into a magical, immersive environment setting…
What a fantastic school Haveley Hey Primary school is, and what a credit to the school the Year 6 children were. The classes who took part in fossil handling and investigative work this morning and they were remarkable! The children were very clued up; so many of the class knew how to recognise, and knew the name for, ammonites! Vanessa, Mason and Leo, well done! I was very impressed by the extensive knowledge of how fossils were formed, words like ‘deterioration’ used by Harrison and ‘disintegration’ by Olivia really impressed me.
The children were all impeccably behaved and handled the precious objects with care and attention at all times.Lewis was the quickest to identity the shark’s tooth and Casey even counted the numbers of incisions along the edge of tooth, 180!!! I wouldn’t like to be under attack from that shark!
I was taken very accurately through how a fossil is formed by Charlotte and loved hearing about the different types of shark from Callum. Marley gave me a wonderful description of the differences between Carnivores and Herbivores which was really articulate and full of fascinating facts.
What a brilliant group, certainly a few future paleontologists and museum experts of the future!
Well done to everyone and thank you to Ms Straker for inviting us along.
Have your pupils entered the NWBLT science competition yet? If not, why not set it for homework over the half term break. The closing date for entries is 6th November 2015 and the winner receives an iPad mini and cash for their school. To enter the competition pupils need to email firstname.lastname@example.org on “Why I want to be a Scientist” in no more than 500 words. Please make sure your pupils include their name, school name and whether they are in Year 7 or Year 8.
There is also plenty science for all the family to get involved with at Science Spectacular at Manchester Museum and Whitworth Hall on Saturday 31st October 11am – 4pm, as part of Manchester Science Festival.
This full-on family science day means a chance for all budding scientists to enjoy over 40 interactive experiments and demonstrations.
Create a mini tornado, snuggle up to some creepy crawlies, talk to scientists and crack secret DNA and computer codes, play the imitation brain game, explore science on a microchip, build a world of fungus and work with mini robots.
And remember to look out for our Science Buskers along Oxford Road.
What do these portraits tell us about ancient people?
Exciting news! We are extending our closing date for Creative Practitioners to apply to work with us and up to six partner schools on our Art of Identityproject. The opportunity is part of our third year partnership with Children and the Arts who are funding Manchester Museum as part of their Start programme.
We are looking for Artists to deliver our project outcome of a piece of artwork that demonstrates the collective identity of each partner school using a particular artistic tenchique. Two Practitioners will work with all the pupils involved, and will be required to deliver a workshop at the Museum and another workshop in each school. Project work will be taking place in either the Spring or Summer Terms and there will be a celebration event at the Museum in 2016 to showcase the work.
If you missed it the first time around, don’t miss your chance now! Take a look at our Creative Practitioner Brief, with details on how to apply. The new closing date for applications is Friday 16th October at 5pm.
Thursday 24th September saw the Learning Team welcome the University of Manchester’s newest Primary PGCE cohort for one of
three ‘Teacher Twilight’ events. This was a chance for the students to gain an insight into the collections at the Manchester Museum and engage with some of the activities and spaces they might bring their future classes to enjoy.
After an introduction to our learning programme and ‘Discovery Centre’ learning spaces, the group was asked to step into the shoes of their prospective students and explore our Ancient Worlds, Fossils and Living Worlds galleries. In these spaces, the students put their enquiry skills to the test, by sampling some of our workshop activities and getting to grips with some of our Ancient Egyptian and pre-historic objects.
Seeing the students engage with the museum in a similar way to the many school groups who visit us every day was hugely valuable for us and we hope the group took just as much away from this experience. It was also hugely inspiring to see so much enthusiasm, energy and interest from the next generation of primary teachers.
Thank you to everyone who gave up their time to join us for this evening and we wish you a very enjoyable first school placement. We look forward to seeing the PGCE students again in January for our follow up event!
We are searching for two Creative Practitioners to help us deliver our project outcome of a piece of artwork that demonstrates the collective identity of each partner school. Both Practitioners will work with all pupils involved, and will be required to deliver a workshop at the Museum and another workshop in each school. Project work will be taking place in either the Spring or Summer Terms and there will be a celebration event at the Museum in 2016 to showcase the work.
Full Adult programme: Science Uncovered – Manchester
European Researchers Night
Friday 25th September
Ever wondered where meteorites come from or why a scientist would mummify a pigeon? Join us at Manchester Museum after dark – meet Museum and University of Manchester scientists and researchers, see Museum objects as you’ve never seen them before, enjoy spotlight talks, interactive science stations or debate hot topics.
This European Researchers’ Night project is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions and is delivered in partnership with the Natural History Museum.