by Ellie Chambers, Project Officer

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This year during British Science Week (11-20 March), a number of flagship education events will be taking place across the UK with a focus on young people.

A key part of British Science Week activities for young people is to encourage people through their locally organised events, to reach out to their wider communities through science, link art and science in a really creative and engaging way or work with groups that maybe don’t normally engage with science so interactively.

These flagship events are a great example of schools and groups doing just this, and showing the benefits of getting involved.

These events, listed below, are not open to public booking, but if they inspire you to get involved there is still time to arrange your own activities for British Science Week!

 

Flagship education events:

Exhibition on astrophysics and birth of stars

14 March, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology)

Around 100 students from Liverpool will attend a day of activities and workshops around astronomy and space exploration. Astrophysicists and artists-in-residence will guide them through the ideas and their own hands-on investigations using electronics, data visualisation and cinema shows.

This event combines art and science in a creative way, allowing young people to interact with professional scientists and artists, and reaches out to a wide variety of people across the area.

Ratty HAM

14-16 March, Harris Academy Merton

Students, parents and carers will take part in a series of events and workshops looking at human organs and the importance of transplants and donation. Practical experiments, assemblies and a blood drive for the adults will take place across  three days.

This event links to wider communities, by allowing young people and their families find out more about a section of medicine which is often misunderstood and allowing them to become practically engaged with the science behind the treatment.

Zombie Apocalypse

14-16 March, The Boulevard Academy

Year 8 and 9 - they will be looking at how diseases spread and how some can be controlled/ prevented. They will develop skills in aseptic techniques - creating plates for analysis and using antibiotic discs. Linking across PSHE, history, geography, maths and drama as well as science.

This event combines art and science along with a host of other subjects in a creative way, allowing for teachers, parents and carers to interact with their young people 

Carlton Digby Science Extravaganza!

14-16 March, Carlton Digby School

The school caters for children from 3 to 19 years old with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties. They will provide a variety of science experiments and experience that cater to their students unique needs, with parents and carers being invited to participate in some activities.

This event works with students that don’t normally engage with science so interactively and works with the wider community through engaging with their parents and carers.

CSI: Willow Bank

17 March, Willow Bank School

Linking science and literacy in the school, the students will have an interactive day as amateur detectives – undertaking interviews, collecting data and samples and undertaking experiments. The activities will help to build the confidence of the more vulnerable students and help them access their learning in a more imaginative way.

This event creatively links science and literacy, working with students that don’t normally engage with science so interactively.

 

Behind the Scenes of L’Oréal UK and Ireland

17 March, L’Oréal UK and Ireland

L’Oréal is supporting British Science Week by offering students the chance to visit their UK and Ireland Head Office and learn about the science behind the beauty products we all use every day. Five year 8 students from five different schools will be invited to attend this exciting behind the scenes event, which is also a flagship education event

This event links to wider communities, by allowing young people to interact with professional scientists in situ. A great way of understanding the importance of science in our everyday lives and the potential future careers.

The S Factor! – spectacular science showcase

18 March, St Anthony's Primary School

Pupils will demonstrate a number of different science experiments they have investigated at home through an 'X Factor' style event/competition called 'The S Factor'. They will work on experiments at home encouraging all of the family to go science crazy!

This event links to wider communities, by allowing young people to interact with their family with simple science experiments that they are interested in. It also links to art and performance, putting the ‘S’ Factor spin on the humble science presentation.

Minerva Scientifica

18 March, Electric Voice Theatre

Performances linking science, music and dance, by 110 pupils from the three schools, inspired by the life and work of Rosalind Franklin, the incredible exhibits in the Museum of Life Sciences and their personal encounters with scientists, singers and composers. Students will be putting their questions on women in science and music to a ‘Question Time’ style panel of expert scientists and artists.

This event combines art and science in a creative way, allowing young people to interact with professional scientists and artists, and reaches out to young women in London who might not normally engage with science in such an interactive way.

Find out more about events in your area, or plan and register your own event via the British Science Week website, where you will also find competitions, quizzes and lots of helpful resources.

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