Online, free, aimed at secondary schools – Barts and Queen Mary Science Festival – 15-16 June 2021 ^JB

This event from our QMUL colleagues is aimed at secondary schools with pupils interested in studying science / medicine / dentistry / nursing etc at university (this event is not about computer science though, but keep an eye out for our new schools computing magazine on ‘Smart Health’, CS4FN issue 27, coming soon). Please tell your colleagues.


The Barts & Queen Mary Science Festival moves online this year for its tenth annual event, running virtually via Zoom or MS Teams from 15-16 June. The events are aimed at older secondary school pupils interested in a career in science and medicine and the capacity will be small (this is also the first time they’ve done the event virtually). Below is a short video illustrating what happened (in real life) at the 2016 festival.

If your school would like to sign up please email sciencefestival@qmul.ac.uk. For the history of the festival please see the festival website.

There will also be a number of recorded talks and other fun virtual activities on science festival website (from 15 June). These will include a virtual activity pack on pollution, a virtual science dashboard and a virtual video play on rheumatology with a doctor and patient volunteer.

Timetable of live virtual activities currently as follows – schools can email the festival organisers and indicate which events they’re interested in attending. Please note that capacity will be lower as this is the first time the event has been run online. Here is a copy of the Science Festival Virtual Rules.

15 June 2021

10am-10.30am – virtual talk on nursing careers. Suitable for 6th formers. Format TBA. – Interested yes/no

11am-11.30am – Community Smiles (dental student volunteers). Suitable for 6th formers. Format Teams. – Interested yes/no

11.30am-12 noon Rose McCabe (City University). Mental health talk for young people. Format Zoom – Interested yes/no

1- 1.30pm – Centre of the Cell Neuron show. Format Teams.
Registration now open see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/barts-queen-mary-science-festival-centre-of-the-cells-the-neuron-show-tickets-150751502803

1.30pm-2pm Talk on genes and giants, details tba

2pm-2.45pm – Clinical Trials What’s the Story? Suitable for 14-16 year olds. Run with the assistance of Paul Bowers Isaacson, patient volunteer, trials participant and ex chemistry teacher who himself designed an NVQ on the topic of clinical trials.  – Interested yes/no

16 June

10am-10.30am David Collier (Queen Mary) talk on business and science. suitable for 6th formers. Format tba. Interested yes/no

11am- 12 noon Tower Hamlets Archives. Talk on medicine and science history. Suitable for 6th formers. Format: Zoom. (capacity 40)
Registration now open see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/healthcare-histories-of-the-east-end-tickets-151953315457

1-1.30pm Dr Nikolas Lemos (Queen Mary). Talk on his work in forensics. Suitable for 6th formers. Format tba. Interested yes/no

2pm-3pm – Heart and Genetics talk (various Queen Mary staff). Suitable for 6th formers. Format tba. Interested yes/no

If your school would like to sign up please email sciencefestival@qmul.ac.uk. Indicate which events you’re interested in.

 

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Free family fun: come to @QMUL’s Festival of Communities weekend on 12 and 13 May 2018.

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The text below is from QMUL’s page on the two-day festival. Prof Paul Curzon will be have a CS4FN stall at the festival so come along and say hello.

Our main campus building is the Queen’s Building on Mile End Road next to the People’s Palace. Buses: 25 and 205, nearest tube Stepney Green (Mile End a little bit further away, but not much).

Festival Programme 2018
Sat 12 and Sun 13 May 2018
The Festival of Communities returns on 12 and 13 May 2018. Get hands on with Queen Mary research through games, sports, crafts and other activities at the Festival of Communities. [Facebook]

Over two days, you can:

  • Trek over a tooth using Virtual Reality and meet the brain scanner made of Lego.
  • Jump on a bouncy castle, or Trial a new computer game
  • Get your face painted or play a life-size game of operation
  • Encounter the women who explore harsh Arctic environments for their scientific research and marvel at the award-winning images of life all around us.
  • Play with puppets while contributing to Queen Mary research or find out if your taste buds can predict whether you will get cancer.
  • Discover how 3D printing a new set of teeth can revolutionise healthcare, or find out just how much sugar is in your favourite fizzy drinks.
  • Share your wish for Tower Hamlets in our wishing tree and test your football skills or take part in the basketball hoop challenge.
  • Discover what’s under your skin by looking at your own skin cells under a microscope, and find out who will win in the slime races.
  • Build a musical instrument out of paper or strut your stuff in Britain’s next scientist top model
  • Explore how trauma affects the body in a game of giant jenga and design the ultimate blood cell
  • Become a bioengineer for the day or go on minibeast safari

…and much more to be added!

 

 

FREE: Paul Curzon ‘Computational Thinking’ workshop @QMUL for Computing teachers, 19 January

Our first free workshop of the year will be Paul’s exploration of ‘Searching to Speak’. This uses the example of a case of locked-in syndrome to explore the use of computational thinking in solving human problems (human-computer interaction) as well as considering when a technological approach might not actually be the most appropriate solution.

The workshop will take place on Monday 19 January from 5.30pm to 7pm at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL, Mile End Campus) and is free.

These workshops are aimed at Computing teachers in London and demonstrate a number of ways that teachers might introduce computational thinking and computer programming topics into the classroom, as such a workshop is not a ‘show’ (not suitable for pupils for example) and there will probably be some audience participation. There will also be a second workshop, with details to be confirmed, which will take place on Monday 26 January also at 5.30 to 7pm at the same venue.

Computational thinking: searching to speak

Monday 19 January 2015, 5.30pm to 7pm
QMUL
Eventbrite tickets
Nearest tube: Stepney Green, Mile End also close by
Buses: 25 and 205 to ‘Ocean Estate

For full details of the workshop and to download some accompanying free classroom resources please take a look at the workshop’s page: Computational thinking: searching to speak

A new CPD course for A-level Computing teachers – 18-22 August @QMUL

Teaching London Computing will be running a new one-week intensive course for A-level Computing teachers, from Monday to Friday (10-4pm) 18-22 August 2014. The teaching will take place at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and will be led by Dr William Marsh.

Eligibility
The course will follow on from our GCSE Computing courses and those attending will need to be familiar with Python.

More information
There will be more details about the course on our dedicated A-level Computing CPD course page and places can be booked at Eventbrite (see button below).

Fees
Thanks to funding from the Mayor of London we are able to offer London teachers a 50% reduction in fees (£150), for teachers outside London the full fee is £300. Please see our Fees and Fundingpage for more information.

Book a place for the next “A-level Computing CPD for teachers” course which runs during 18-22 August 2014, (10am-4pm) Monday – Friday, at QMUL
Eventbrite - Teaching London Computing - A-level Computing CPD course