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As well as on-going drop in activities, our Nottingham pop up shop in the broadmarsh also held interactive workshops for school groups to book into. Here’s what went on during the first three weeks of opening:

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Tuesday 16 October

Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron, and arguably the first publicly recognised woman in science, worked on a series of discoveries and technological innovations. In addition to the workshops to be confirmed, the day will be targeted at girls only, and will comprise a series of group discussions, presentations and debates designed to address the question:

What needs to change to encourage and support more girls and young women into STEM? 

See separate programme to be announced Monday 1 October. Further details also available at https://ignitionpopupshop.wordpress.com

 

Wednesday 17 October

Steffie Richards

2D- 3D Transference

Paper Sculpture – angles, lines, shapes how does the 2D formation of an object get adapted into the 3rd dimension?  This workshop from artist and sculptor Steffie Richards crosses the boundaries of maths, geometry and art. A combination of paper engineering and origami, the workshop will encourage pupils to work collaboratively in teams and creatively across the disciplines.

Nottingham University

What’s inside your Brain?

The workshop involves a tour around the brain, learning about the functions of the four different lobes using examples, images and demonstrations.   The workshop is targeted at primary phase.

 

Thursday 18 October

Jennie Pedley and Rob Pedley

Geology App and Mini Shadow Theatres

Geologist Rob Pedley from the British Geological Survey will introduce an astonishing App that allows you to see what rock formations are beneath your feet.  Artist Jennie Pedley will work with pupils to convert the Triassic layers into magical shadow theatres.  A true collaboration between art and science.

 

Mark Beeston

Kinetic Sculptures

This workshop will explore balance, mathematics and physics through designing and making kinetic sculptures.   The science and maths of mobiles as first created by Alexander Calder is a source of creative fascination for adults and children alike.

Scientific and math processes, and ideas will be explained, discussed and demonstrated through hands on making and understanding, followed by imaginative and creative ideas and making.

Friday 19 October

Ignite!

SCAMPER

SCAMPER is an acronym for Invention; creativity and engineering will be required skills for many of the challenges and opportunities of the future.

Ignite! will offer a 2 hour workshop on creativity and invention, suitable and tailored for primary and/or secondary phase students.

SCAMPER combines creative thinking skills, engineering and quite a lot of science.

By solving an invention challenge, students will exercise the skills of envisioning a solution, testing materials and learning through trial and error.

By the end of the workshops, students will have learned where their talent for invention lies, and how to enhance their creative thinking capacities.

 

Royal Society of Microscopy

Introduction to the micro-world

A Royal Society of Microscopy workshop is based on their highly successful activity kits that contain everything that you need to reveal microscopic life and structures.

Whether it’s daphnia, rock crystals or their own belly-button fluff, pupils will be enthralled by the micro world. And, they will develop fine-motor, problem-solving, observational and describing skills as they use the equipment and insist on telling you all about what they see.

After Half-Term holiday

Monday 29 October

Medilink

DNA Necklaces and DNA fingerprinting

The Medilink Education Lab offers students the experience of participating in real practical science. We offer workshops based on the GCSE and A Level curriculum. From solving a murder mystery using the latest DNA fingerprinting techniques to bottling DNA and taking it away in a necklace, we have workshops that are both educational and fun. Medilink is the East Midlands region life science association. We run this lab as part of our activities, recognizing that students need to make informed career decisions, and that opportunities for them to be able to go ‘hands on’ during this critical decision making process.

Evening session

Teachers CPD session

Creativity in teaching STEM subjects

An open session for teachers to share their ideas and experiences, and to explore the activities and displays in the 3-2-1-Igntion* pop up shop – refreshments will be provided

 

Tuesday 30 October

Royal Institute of Microscopy

Introduction to the micro-world

Royal Society of Microscopy workshop is based on their highly successful activity kits that contain everything that you need to reveal microscopic life and structures.

Whether it’s daphnia, rock crystals or their own belly-button fluff, pupils will be enthralled by the micro world. And, they will develop fine-motor, problem-solving, observational and describing skills as they use the equipment and insist on telling you all about what they see.

University of Leicester

Spectroscopy in a suitcase

A hands on workshop targeting A2 students.  Students will be using an Infrared spectrometer and possibly a UV-Visible spectrometer.

Wednesday 31 October

Hand on Science

BANG – The science of Fireworks

An investigation into the science behind how the colours and effects of fireworks are made.

We will test a number of substances and observe how they react. We will then record our observations. We will use our observations to identify a mystery sample. Detective work, a link to astronomy and even the periodic table are thrown in there somewhere.

You can see more details at http://www.hands-on-science.co.uk/workshop/flame-colours/

Sophie Jones, University of Loughborough

 

New technology and engineering; Sophie is a Global Fellow and engineer, with experience of advanced manufacturing in Brazil and recently with Econolyst in Derbyshire, a leading specialist company in 3D printing technology.

Thursday 1

Bilborough College -Magnets and Motors (10am-12pm) (new – session still available)  A chance to find out some interesting ideas about the science of magnets –from what they are, to how we can make stronger and stronger magnets. How does magnetic energy create electricity and produce electricity?

Nottingham Trent Uni –The Slick Side of Science-  Samantha Tang (1-3pm aimed at Yr 5 students) (session still available)

The activity comprises of two parts: firstly to look at the use of crude oil and its importance and the next part is the environmentally friendly oil spill, where the students create their own sea and oil spill.

Friday 2 November

Institute of Physics  – David Wilkinson–The License to stun The physics of less lethal weapons (1-3pm aimed at KS 3/4/5) (session still available)

Have you ever been asked in a physics class – but what does this have to do with the real world? In this workshop we will use KS3/4/5 physics to explore how less-lethal weapons work, how they are evaluated and which weapons systems made it through the process for use by the police.  The workshop will demonstrate that the physics learned in school is highly relevant to the world around, often in unexpected ways.

We are extending the shop opening to the following week beginning Saturday 10 November.

For latest information, or contact hasmita@ignitefutures.org.uk

 

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