Great Science Share for European City of Science

Posted on behalf of The Great Science Share Team:

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Wednesday 6th July, 18.00 – 20.00 at the Museum of Science and Industry

Young people from secondary schools and colleges are invited to take over the Museum of Science & Industry for a unique evening as part of the Great Science Share. Students will host a science stall and share their STEM activities and experiments to the whole city in an inspirational environment. If you would like your school to be a part of this, please register here to express your interest in hosting a stall and see full details of how to apply.

Your students can be as imaginative and creative as they like with their activities for the Great Science Share. They may want to showcase exciting experiments, a project or competition entry they’ve been working on in school or some new technology they have created.

Closing date for applications is extended to the 30th June.

If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch info@manchestersciencecity.com.

With best wishes

The Great Science Share Team

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Two Manchester pupils win North West schools science competition

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Left to right: Jo Beggs (Manchester Museum), Daisy Wilson (year 8 winner), Miliani Fraser-Flectcher (year 7 winner), Jenny Clucas (NWBLT) 

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 from across the North West Region have been battling it out to be crowned winners of the prestigious North West Schools Science Competition, run by the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT).

The challenge was to submit an essay stating “Why I want to be a scientist” in less than 500 words, with the chance to win an iPad Mini and £250 for their school to spend on science equipment.

A 13-strong shortlist was drawn up by a panel of judges (including me to represent the Museum). The shortlist were then invited to compete in the ‘Competition Final’ held last night at the Museum.

The Winner in Year 8 was Daisy Wilson from Cheadle Hulme High School.  She said “This evening has been a great opportunity.  I am delighted to have won the iPad Mini and my school is going to be really pleased to receive the £250.”   The Runner Up was Opeyemi Lamina from Withington Girls School.

The Winner in Year 7 was Miliani Fraser-Fletcher from Cheadle Hulme School who commented “I was very nervous but thought that everyone who presented tonight did really well.”   The Runner Up in Year 7 was Lottie Burnett also from Cheadle Hulme School.

It was brilliant to hear the pupil’s passion and enthusiasm for science and the high level of entries gave us judges a difficult time when making the decision over the winners!

 

Half term ideas for science pupils!

NWBLT science competitionHave 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  info@nwblt.co.uk 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.

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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.

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And remember to look out for our Science Buskers along Oxford Road.

We hope you have a fun half term!

Science-related residential summer school opportunity for AS students

Green_Vs_Polluted_CityInterested in how we can create a more sustainable future? Brilliant chance for AS level students to be part of our first ever residential Sustainability Summer School here at Manchester Museum. Bringing objects, technology and innovation together. Supported by the NWBLT, as part of our Lever Prize 2015 year. Find more info and how to apply here.

Lever Prize winners 2015

“Fantastic. Exactly what the students wanted” – Teacher feedback

We are thrilled to announce that Manchester Museum has won the prestigious Lever Prize 2015, for our Real Life Science programme. So we are eagerly  getting started with the plans for this year’s developments.

The Lever Prize is judged by the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) in partnership with Arts & Business. As the 2015 winners, the Real Life Science programme will receive a generous contribution of £10,000 and the opportunity to collaborate with some of the region’s most influential business leaders.

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“It was good to have the experts talk to us about their work” – Student feedback

Our successful Real Life Science programme encourages secondary and post-16 students to develop practical investigative skills through an array of science workshops, supported by Manchester Museum’s collection and displays. Currently we have strong links with academic research, with all of our workshops being delivered by scientists from across The University of Manchester. We are excited to work with the NWBLT to enhance this programme by incorporating cutting-edge applications of science in industry.

“Our demonstrator was very knowledgeable and delivered an excellent session” – Teacher feedback

In addition to enhancing existing sessions, we hope to introduce new innovative sessions based on real life industry examples, including topics such as:

Biomimicry – Engineering and science innovations inspired by nature

Sustainability –  Current issues challenging industry, modern solutions and eco-design 

We are very much looking forward to a productive year working with the NWBLT. So keep an eye out for updates on our progress and new opportunities during the year!

Evolution Solutions CPD event: Rescheduled for 10/2/14

rescheduled flierCPD update: the Evolution Solutions CPD event  for primary science teachers has been rescheduled for 10th February 2014.

Evolution and inheritance will be entering the primary science curriculum for the first time in September 2014. Join us for a day of inspiring hands-on activities, talks and ideas for teaching evolution in your classroom. This CPD event aims to:

  • Equip teachers with the skills and knowledge that they will need to teach evolution in the primary classroom with confidence
  • Provide teachers with ideas for hands on activities and resources, both in and beyond the museum
  • Generate a digital resource that compiles the activities included in the Manchester and Oxford CPD events, along with useful resources and links

animalWhen: Monday 10th February 2014

Where: Manchester Museum

How much: £50 per person, including lunch

Bookings: If you would like to book a place, please email: school.bookings@manchester.ac.uk.

Queries: For enquiries or further details, please contact: Hannah-lee.chalk@manchester.ac.ukEmily.robinson@manchester.ac.uk

Download the new flier here

Science Spectacular

Science SpectacularThis Saturday as part of the Manchester Science Festival, The University of Manchester is hosting ‘Science Spectacular’ here at Manchester Museum and in our ajoining building Whitworth Hall.

Come and join us on a whistle-stop tour of research at the University and take part in some great science challenges. Explore the insides of a nuclear reactor, go on a journey through the hidden body, take a closer look at the moon, and snuggle up to some unusual creepy crawlies.

You’ll get to meet the scientists and engineers behind the amazing research and the chance to take part in fun activities throughout the day including face painting, craft making and science busking. See if you can also spot the pop-up scientists who will talk about their science in 60 seconds or less!

With over 40 interactive exhibits and hands-on science activities it will be fun for all the family!

Science Spectacular | Saturday 2 November 2013 | Whitworth Hall & Manchester Museum | 11am-4pm | Free Entry

Discovering Diabetes A-Level Study Day with CADET

Students working with researchers on the ‘Dragons Den’ task

Giving students access to the fascinating cutting edge research that happens at the University of Manchester is a key priority for the Secondary and Post-16 science programme at Manchester Museum.  So when i was approcached by Elizabeth Pawson, a postdoctoral researcher in a research instutite called CADET (Centre for Advanced Discovery and Experimental Therapeutics) to help them develop an A-Level Study day about their research on diabetes i jumped at the chance.  Below is a blog post written by Lizz about their experience and the study day which took place on 18th October:

14 members of CADET (ranging from PhD students to professors) took part in the first Discovering Diabetes Study Day on October 18th. The study day, which was developed and designed by researchers at CADET, in collaboration with Alexa at Manchester Museum, to specifically complement the A ‘Level syllabus and was attended by AS and A2 Level students from Cardinal Newman College in Preston and Salford City College.  The study day enabled students to find out about diabetes, diabetic complications and how diabetes research is carried out whilst working closely with the range of scientists and clinicians who work at CADET.

Students presenting their 'pitch' to the DragonsAfter an opening talk which introduced the students to diabetes and to the role of CADET within the University, the students then participated in a “Dragons’ Den” style activity. In this the students worked in small groups and learned about different secondary complications of diabetes, how they are investigated at CADET and how scientific research is funded. They then had to pitch for future funding for research into the different complications, with the chance of winning £1 million. As shown by the evaluation at the end of the study day, the students very much enjoyed this activity and as such were very vocal during the pitching process! They were also very interested in learning about how academic research is conducted and felt that this session provided them with new insights into scientific research careers.

In a second activity the students were taught about the different technologies that CADET scientists use regularly as part of their research. The students had a work book of data and analysed results from a series of experiments with the aim of identifying biomarkers of importance in diabetes. They then had to decide which molecules could be potential future therapeutic agents and justify future research into their role in the disease.

Winning group

Evaluations carried out at the end of the day showed that the over 90% of the students felt the day directly contributed to what they were learning in college and felt that had a better understanding of diabetes research. In addition they were keen to study science at degree level and found the interactions with the scientists a useful and invaluable experience. Moreover the staff who attended with the students recommended that the day is repeated again next year. The researchers at CADET thoroughly enjoyed themselves too, and are currently working on extending the study day so that more students can attend. Then next day is scheduled for March 2013 and will hopefully become a regular, biannual event.

Researchers from CADET

 Some comments from students who attended the day:

“ ..Really enjoyed the Dragons’ Den session as it was a good insight into the real scientific world”

“..New found knowledge was very interesting and relevant to my future interests and courses…”

“The workbooks will be very useful in future study”

 “I not only learnt about the effects of diabetes but also about how funding is gained for research”

 “I learnt a lot and would really like to do more events like this”

“Everyone is nice and helpful”

“It was fun, hopefully coming back soon”

 “I really enjoyed working with scientists and asking them questions, that was the most important and interesting part”

Working with scientists investigating biomarkers of diabetes

Our engage with the experts A-Level Study days are always very popular and this one was no different.  It was fully booked within a couple of days of the date being advertised on the website!  We are delighted to annouce that we will be running it again on 21st March 2012, so if you would like to give your students the opportunity to take part and work with the scientists, please do get in touch.

Alan Turing: Maths and Morphogenesis workshops

Want to know how maths is applied to the real world? Bring your KS4 students to our Alan Turing: Maths, Modelling and Morphogenesis maths session that accompanys our Alan Turing and Life’s Enigma exhibition to find out. Led by University mathematicians, this workshop explores mathematical modelling, and enables students to find out more about the pioneer of biological mathematics who lived right here in Manchester: Alan Turing and how he used maths to investigate the secrets of life. The 2 hour session is available at selected times on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until 15th November 2012.

For AS/A2 biology and Maths students, we are running A-level study days that would be perfect for them to understand the link between these two subjects. One of our Engage with the Experts A-Level study days Alan Turing: Maths and Morphogenesis works with University researchers to unlock the mathematical mystery behind patterns in the natural world and discovers how Alan Turing began to tackle this problem. It is a full day (10am-3pm) on Monday 15th October 2012, Monday 22nd October 2012 and Tuesday 13th November 2012

If you would like any more information or would like to make a booking, please contact Alexa on alexa.jeanes@manchester.ac.uk or 0161 3061764.

Matrix in the Museum 2012

Making a Cartilage model

On 10th, 12th and 13th July, the Manchester Museum hosted our annual ‘Matrix in the Museum’ events which are run in partnership with the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Matrix Research in the Faculty of Life Sciences.    This year we had three schools visiting over the week; Stretford High School, Manchester Academy and All Hallows RC High School, all bringing year 8 classes to take part in the days’ activities.

The students were split into 5 teams for the day; Team Mucus, Team DNA, Team Cell, Team Cartilage and Team Matrix, all with a research scientist as their team leader.  The day started by having a tour of the research laboratories in the Michael Smith building.  The students get to see real scientists at work and find out about the work that they do. It was then over to the Manchester Museum to complete their team challenges! 

 Each team had a different challenge to do about their respective area of research i.e. team name, from making a model, to writing a song/poem or rap to preparing a presentation to show the rest of the class. The students worked brilliantly to complete these challenges, coming up with some fantastic ideas and creative ways to showcase what they have learnt.  After lunch, during their final preparations, two  ‘judges’ or Professor and research group leaders came round to talk to the students about what they had been doing over the course of the day. 

Team DNA (Team Pro) from Manchester Academy with Dr Keith Brennan and Dr Pat Caswell

It was then time to show off the work they had been doing.  Each team presented their topic to the judges and the rest of the group and demonstrated their model and song/rap/poem.  The judges then had to pick a winner – itwas often a very tough decision with all groups performing really well and showing how much they have leant from the day.  A special mention has to go to Team DNA or Team Pro as they were known from Manchester Academy whose constant energy and enthusiasm throughout the whole day was just fantastic!  It was a brilliant few days and I hope the students enjoyed as much as we did!

Thank you to all students, researchers and PI’s that took part which made it such a successful event.