The Biochemical Society wishes to support scientific outreach activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community.
Applications are invited for sums up to £1000 to assist with the direct costs associated with an event and expenses incurred (e.g. transport and/or teacher cover). The aim of the outreach grants is to increase participation in the molecular biosciences at school level and beyond through engagement activities.
There are two round of applications per year, in September and April. The deadline for this round is 25 September 2015.
For the rest of this week and next (until 17 July) the funders of Science Learning+ (SL+) are hosting an online discussion forum entitled ‘Bridging the practice-research gap’, which you are all welcome to join. The forum seeks to bring together participants from the UK and the US to share promising practices for creating practice-research collaborations, a key goal of SL+.
All are most welcome to share all kinds of experiences and to ask questions. This is a great opportunity for newcomers to informal STEM education, those interested in applying for SL+ Phase 2 grants, and anyone interested in learning or sharing about partnerships, especially across the practice-research gap.
At-Bristol Science Centre would like to share the brief summary and outcomes from ‘Brain Lab: Thinking Tissue’, a partnership project with Brain Tumour Bank South West based at Southmead Hospital, the Centre for Ethics in Medicine at the University of Bristol, and At-Bristol Science Centre.
The project explored the impact of using real human tissue on visitors’ learning through development and delivery of an immersive workshop to recreate ‘behind the scenes’ science happening in hospital labs to diagnose brain tumours.
Champion the Researchers was an engineering engagement pilot project, funded through an RAEng *Ingenious* grant. It consisted of 5 university-hosted events, where engineering researchers ran workshops and presented the basics of their work to hundreds of KS3 pupils. The most engaged pupils from each event made a film of their favourite researcher, and competed to engage as many people as possible with their film for the Maximum Exposure Award.
The project inspired 15 engineering and research-based classroom activities. You can find them, as well as the pupils' films and a few engineer case studies, at http://www.championtheresearchers.co.uk/
The Potential Trust is running a conference for those who offer out-of-school provision for children of high learning potential – children who are much brighter than a button, are keen to learn, who want to ask questions, who want to know What? and How? and especially Why?
An opportunity to meet and discuss…
how to make the best provision possible and, anyway, what IS the best provision;
how to make the most of whatever factors are in favour of making good provision;
what problems might be encountered in (any aspect of) trying to make good provision and how to minimize their effects;
whether there any ways of collaborating that would be of benefit to participants;
Starting with lunch at 1 o’clock on Tuesday 6th October and ending with lunch on Wednesday 7th; there is no charge for the event itself, or for meals or accommodation. Contact Anna Comino-James, a Trustee of the Potential Trust, on 01844 351666 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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