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Thursday, 1 September 2016

Engagement opportunities in schools this Autumn

There are lots of opportunities in schools engagement this term, including training, presenting you work to teachers and offering your research expertise to students.

Networking Opportunities

Schools' Engagement: Next Steps, 22nd September, 10.00am-12.00pm
This informal session is aimed at participants of previous school engagement training sessions, particularly those looking for guidance in putting your training into practise. The workshop will be an opportunity for you to reflect on how the training you have received has influenced schools' engagement you've done since or other aspects of your work at the university. If you haven't done any activities since your training, don't worry! We would still like to hear your reflections on the training. We will also be discussing funding options and schools engagement activities that are coming up both in and outside the university to ensure you have plenty of opportunities to build on your experience. Sign up at http://schoolsengagement-nextsteps.eventbrite.co.uk

Schools Engagement Fair: 1st December, 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Do you want to engage with local schools? Whether you’re a researcher with one activity or responsible for a whole outreach programme this event aims to display the range of school activities on offer at the University. The Schools’ Engagement Fair will take place on the 1st of December from 5 to 7pm at the Graduate School of Education. This is a good opportunity for researchers involved in outreach or engagement activities for schools to network and publicise their activities with local teachers. If you want to run a stand about your school’s engagement offer or want to know more about it, email ellie.cripps@bristol.ac.uk.

Schools Engagement Training

Schools Lecturette Training, 31st October, 10.00am – 12.00pm
For STEM postgraduates interested in developing a short talk for secondary school students about your research, this training by STEM outreach expert Tim Harrison will offer support and practical advice, including information on linking your research to the curriculum and how to design an engaging talk. For more information go to: https://schoolslecturettetrainingoctober.eventbrite.co.uk

Introductory schools engagement training, 19th October, 10.00am - 1.00pm
For researchers from any department and career stage who are new to schools engagement, this introductory session by engagement specialists Graphic Science will help you to prepare for working with schools, covering communication skills, confidence as well as practical advice for working with schools and designing activities for schools. For more information go to: https://introductoryschoolstrainingoctober.eventbrite.co.uk

Engaging with schools workshop, 24th November, 9.30am – 12.30pm
If you are looking to build on your experience in engaging with schools and are looking to develop an activity that links to your research, this workshop led by Ed Drewitt will cover practical advice including learning outcomes and evaluation as well as case studies from other colleagues in the university and tips from a teacher. For more information go to: https://engagingschoolstrainingnovember.eventbrite.co.uk

PERFORM, from January

The Centre for Public engagement are recruiting early career researchers (ECR) in science to join the 2017 cohort of the PERFORM project. PERFORM is an European Union Horizon 2020 research project investigating the effects of the use of innovative science education methods based on performing arts in fostering young peoples’ motivations and engagement with STEM in selected secondary schools in France, Spain and the United Kingdom. Selected ECRs will participate in a unique training programme which will encourage them to critically consider scientific practice and develop skills to communicate this thinking to secondary school students. For more information, please email vivienne.kuh@bristol.ac.uk.

Activities at the University

EPQ Mentoring, 16th November 1.30pm - 3.30pm

The University supports local sixth form students (Age 16-18) in their completion of the Extended Project Qualification, where students to a self-motivated research project around a topic of their choice. As part of this programme, there is a mentoring fair where small groups of students spend an hour discussing their projects and getting advice from researchers who work in similar areas. Full training by the public engagement team and a local teacher will be given (training date: 3rd November) and no previous experience of working with schools is needed. If you are interested in being a mentor, email ellie.cripps@bristol.ac.uk.

Women in Science and Engineering Day, 16th November, 10.00am – 12.00pm
The University is running a Women in Science and Engineering day on the 16th November on campus to celebrate females in Science and Engineering. The day will involve students in Y8 and Y9 from local state schools in the area taking part in a poster competition and then attending a range of demonstrations, designed to be interactive, showcasing the research that is happening at the University. The event will run from 10:00-14:15, we would need academics/students to run demonstrations or help to judge the posters from 10:00-12:30. If you would like to volunteer to be involved with the day, please email adele.ruston@bristol.ac.uk

Activities in Schools

NSETC STEM Careers Fair, 20th October, 4.00pm – 7.00pm

An opportunity for academics in STEM departments to speak to local secondary school students about STEM qualifications and careers in academia. The event will be a hands-on careers fair where you can run a stand with some interactive activities about your work or your department. If you would like support in developing ideas for your activities or need funding for consumables, please get in touch. For more information email ellie.cripps@bristol.ac.uk.   

SMRT TrED lunchtime talks, several dates available, 12.25pm – 1.10pm

The sixth form are looking for researchers to give lunchtime talks about your research. This could be in a specific topic aimed at students specialising in your subject or a more general topic that could be of interest to any students. The school are particularly interested in controversial topics or something that will get the students talking such as politics, ethics or philosophy but all ideas welcome. Email ellie.cripps@bristol.ac.uk for more information and to develop ideas for your talk.

Winterbourne International Academy Science Week, w/c 5th December

The school are hosting a week of science activities for their students and the local community. We are looking for people to lead workshops or demos that are 1-2 hours long for groups of students from a class of 30 to a year group. These can be around any science subject and we can support any ideas you’d like to develop and provide funding for consumables. Academics are also invited to give 1 hour evening lectures (including a Q and A) about their research to interested students, their families and members of the community. For more information, please contact ellie.cripps@bristol.ac.uk.

Other opportunities

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here! and I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here!, 7–18th November

These online competitions for scientists and engineers are an opportunity to interact live with students all over the country. Students ask questions in live chats about anything from your research to your first pet and favourite band. Throughout the competition, people are gradually “evicted” until the winner is left, who receives £500 to spend on public engagement. For researchers looking to do public engagement from their desk – this is an ideal opportunity! The deadline to apply is 26th September. For more information or to apply, go to: http://imascientist.org.uk/2016/08/november-2016-zones or http://imanengineer.org.uk/2016/08/november-2016-zones