Following on from the success of the Manchester Branch Science Poster Competition  in which school students solved problems faced by a mission to Mars, the Branch is launching two new competitions for schools.
3-Minute Science: The 2013 Manchester Schools' Science Documentary Competition
We're inviting school students in Greater Manchester to create their very own 3-minute science documentary on the theme Manchester: The Science of the City.
The competition is supported by STEM Ambassadors - scientists and engineers who volunteer their time to inspire students about science, engineering and maths. STEM Ambassadors are available for interviews, which can be filmed for the documentaries. The best documentaries will be hosted on our website where visitors can watch and vote for the winner in our online poll.
The competition is open to teams from schools in Greater Manchester, Years 7-11. Go to our website by clicking on the image above for more details.
BEST Competition: Business, Education, Science & Technology
BEST is a new biotechnology business competition for teams of up to six students from schools and colleges in Greater Manchester in years 11-13 (ages 16-18).
The teams have to think of a brand-new idea for a biotechnology business. The idea only has to be theoretically possible, but it must be based on real-science. They then have to pitch their idea to our ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel of scientists and entrepreneurs during our competition day on the 17th December 2013. The winning team will be the one that impresses our judges the most, and convinces them that their idea is the one that could work.
We’ll provide a brief explaining what biotechnology is, and how it is used, to help with the ideas. We'll also invite the teams to our special half-day biotech workshop, as part of the competition, on the 6th November 2013 to be held at the University of Manchester. They will hear from leading scientists and business people, who will share their experiences of how science can become a business.
The teams will be able to discuss their ideas with the speakers, and maybe get a few hints and tips on how to put together a great pitch. To enter, schools and colleges must first register with us by clicking the image above and completing the registration form by the 25th October 2013.
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BEST competition 
The Manchester Branch has a firm relationship with the Manchester Museum  supporting the monthly Big Saturdays with a science stand to match the theme. Branch volunteers have delivered hands on activities at a number of festivals and celebrations including the Kendal Calling Festival  and Live From Jodrell  where they delighted the audience with their home-made guitars and carrot kazoos. For Manchester Science Festival  2012 the Branch held 'Sensored Science', an adult event with comedy, live band, pub quiz and maggot experiments!
See what the Branch does with your own eyes at the Branch Flickr photostream .
Chairperson: Amelia Markey
Treasurer: Michael O'Toole
Secretary: Karen Mitchell
If you would like to support the branch and help raise some vital funds at no extra cost for you when shopping online, please visit their easyfundraising page . It’s easy, it’s free, and you will even receive vouchers and special offers! You could also support your branch by joining one of Discover Adventure 's sport fundraising challenges and/or our new recycling scheme privded by Recycling Appeal .