British Science Week 2018 is a highly anticipated and an exciting 10-day celebration. It aims to celebrate all sciences and their importance in our everyday lives providing people of all ages across the UK to take part in science, engineering, maths, technology events and activities!
The main aim is to stimulate figures in our society such as teachers, professional science communicators and more to perform and participate in science events and activities to help create a wider understanding and enjoyment of science. Anyone can host an event and also anyone can take part in pre-existing events.
Citizen science is where the general public is encouraged to get involved and collect data as part of a collaborative project usually ran by scientific professionals. This year’s Citizen Science partnership is with a project called The Plastic Tide, from Zooniverse. They’re encouraging people globally to take pictures of non-recycled plastic floating a stray in natural waters and seas to really get the message out about the plastic pollution that’s happening right now.
As we all know, the oceans are massive, pulsing and powerful bodies of water that serve humanity in hundreds of ways, from providing food to just being a beautiful scenery. But these oceans and the marine life are not invincible. Each year, the plastic and materials we dump into the ocean terrorise everything that depends on these waters.
At least 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year and over 100 million marine animals are killed due to plastic debris.
This project is important and Zooniverse is asking you to “train our algorithm to automatically detect plastics and marine litter on beaches” by taking pictures of plastic you find and ‘tagging’ them which will eventually help scientists and professionals to monitor and calculate how much plastic is being thrown in our precious waters. To get involved, click here!
Run The Deep
Following British Science Week’s highly popular virtual race, ‘Run the Solar System’, where people could download the app and sign up during last years British Science Week and walk, run or race through the different levels in order to play a virtual reality of outer space and get fit, this year, the virtual race will be ‘Run the deep’ – connecting with the connotation of water.
It’s available for anyone to take part and runners and racers will be put on a live leaderboard for participants to view their performance. Packs will be available to buy along with a certificate and booklet with an interview with Pierre-Yves (the famous explorer) himself.
Activity Packs have a theme each year. For 2018 it’s ‘exploration and discovery’ they’re running live now and the main agenda is to get young people to think about everyday discoveries and how it affects their lives and the people around them. Find the 2018 Activity Packs below:
Secondary Resource Pack
This resource pack aims to be your ‘one-stop-shop’ for supporting you during British Science Week but it can be used at any time. Feel free to adapt or extend the activities to suit your students’ needs and the curriculum you are delivering. In addition to the activities in this pack, there are lots of other ways to enthuse and engage your students throughout the Week.
Primary Resource Pack
This resource pack aims to be your ‘one-stop-shop’ for supporting you during British Science Week but can be used at any time. Feel free to adapt or extend the activities to suit your students’ needs and the curriculum you are delivering. In addition to the activities in this pack, there are lots of other ways to enthuse and engage your students throughout the Week.
Early Years Resource Pack
This resource pack aims to be your ‘one-stop-shop’ for supporting you during British Science Week, but it can be used at any time. Feel free to adapt or extend the activities to suit your students’ needs and the curriculum you are delivering. In addition to the activities in this pack, there are lots of other ways to enthuse and engage your students throughout the Week.
Exploration and Discovery Poster Compeition
This year, based on the exciting theme, there will be a poster compeition being held with an array of prizes to be won! Students can make their poster about anything to do with exploration and discovery and the best 5 posters from schools can be neteretd into the UK-wide compeition.
Last year around 13,000 individuals took part and a panel of judges will select the best, most creative posters. British Science Week’s partners, Guniess Worl Records, have put together some wonderful ideas that will spark anyone’s imagination, click here to see!
For more information about the competition and for the form to enter, please visit this link.
Events for British Science Week in the Midlands and South Yorkshire
It’s your time to get involved, view the events below
Explore Science and Engineering at SHU
Students and staff from Sheffield Hallam University will host an interactive family afternoon showcasing research in biology, chemistry, forensic science, engineering and health. Find out about the brain and conditions like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, how venom from animals can be used to develop therapeutic agents, detection of ‘fake’ money with forensic science as well as all of our exciting engineering and robotics work. New for this year, there will be mini-talks and demonstrations.
Family Fun for British Science Week
Discover how science helps us to look after museum collections and learn how archaeologists use it to uncover the past! Families can come and take part in a number of hands-on activities situated around the Museum & Art Gallery.
We’ve got ongoing demonstrations, experiments, competitions on a variety of topics but with a focus on the environmental side of things. From professional scientists to hobbyist gardeners to kids who want to learn something new, we’ve got something for everyone!
Back for a 6th year, on Friday 16th March, 4pm – 8pm, the University of Sheffield’s laboratories and lecture theatres will be open to the public for an evening of talks, demonstrations and hands-on activities based around our research in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. There will be plenty of fun science activities for younger visitors, and lots of opportunities to put on a lab coat and have a go yourself.
Science Bite Cafe
Join us in the learning space for a slice of cake and a bite-sized piece of science, learn about how the fun rides at Wicksteed Park work and let us show you some of the science behind them.
Big Bang Event at NEC
Immersive experiences have been invited as one of the UK’s leading and progressive multi-purpose planetariums to the Midlands largest Big Bag Event at the NEC. We will be showcasing some of our newest creative educational experiences inside their state-of-the-art multi-purpose planetariums.
Design, 3D Print and Fly!
A lecture by Moataz Attalah of the University of Birmingham regarding the wonderful world of 3D printing. Come and hear about current research in Material Science and learn a little about the range of uses for 3D printers for FREE.
What happens when art meets science? Eight artists have been paired with scientists and the scientific glassblower, Gayle Price, at the University of Leicester.
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