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30,000 children to take part in Great Science Share for Schools 


The Great Science Share for Schools’ UK flagship event will take place at The University of Manchester’s Whitworth Hall and Manchester Museum on Tuesday, 19th June. Asianlite reports.

 by . Cllr June Hitchen (Lord Mayor) – will cut the ribbon to open the event . The Lord Mayor will then spend some time looking around the event. Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell (Vice Chancellor) – will present an opening speech.

Prof Maggie Aderin-Pocock  will speak to children about the Great Science Share for Schools and BBC Terrific Scientific from 14.20 – 14.27. She’ll then remain on stage for the presentation of certificates to schools Prof Danielle George – Will be on stage to present certificates (along with Maggie) from 14.27 to 14.35. She’ll then remain on stage to talk about the Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge. She’ll also be around the event generally from 13.30.

  • 00    Arrival and set up
  • 30    Opening address with Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell and the Lord Mayor of Manchester
  • 45    Investigation carousel – Group A
  • 30    Investigation carousel – Group B
  • 15    Speeches and awards with Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Danielle George
  • 14:35    The GMEC Marble Run Big Build with Danielle George
  • 45    Great Science Groove
  • 15:00    Conference close

More than 30,000 children from around the UK have registered to take part in this year’s Great Science Share for Schools.

The national campaign aims to inspire young people from across the UK and overseas to share their science learning with new audiences.

Children from right across the UK are getting involved but now, and for the first time, young people and teachers from as far afield as South Korea are organising satellite events.

The Great Science Share for Schools’ UK flagship event will take place at The University of Manchester’s Whitworth Hall and Manchester Museum on Tuesday, 19th June.

This will see hundreds of children from around 40 primary schools across Greater Manchester demonstrating their own science investigations to each other on campus. They will be joined by TV scientists, Professor Danielle George, from The University of Manchester, and physicist, Dr Margaret Aderin-Pocock.

Dr Aderin-Pocock, who, like Professor George, has presented numerous science documentaries for the BBC, will be attending as part of the BBC’s Terrific Scientific campaign which is a partner for this year’s event.

Our TV scientists will be helping the children answer important scientific questions on issues such as ‘How can we catapult a cow over the moon?’ and ‘What’s the best shape of hull for a never-sinking boat?’

Professor George says: “I always love being part of the Great Science Share for Schools. It is a brilliant event to inspire the next generation of young people into science. This issue is extremely important to me and something I will continue to help promote.  I look forward to seeing children sharing their science investigations, hearing how they have gone about doing them and the fascinating questions that have come from them!”

But it won’t just be those in attendance who can get involved! Scientists from across the University will be answering children’s science questions as part of the Great Twitter-Takeover on @GreatSciShare.

Other VIPs attending will be The Lord Mayor of Manchester and the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell.

Professor Rothwell added: “The Great Science Share for Schools is an excellent campaign and I’m delighted to have its flagship event on our campus this year. It gets bigger and bigger every year and to find out it has gone UK wide is fantastic! The more children and young people we can inspire and engage with and get involved in science makes me confident that we can truly make a difference to the global challenges we face around us.”

Beyond the activities on campus, over 150 schools nationwide and overseas will be taking part in 25 satellite events. Now in its third year, after launching in 2016 as part of Manchester’s year as European Capital of Science, it was pioneered, and is run, by Dr Lynne Bianchi, Director of the University’s Science &Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub (SEERIH).

She says: “We are always fascinated by the learning that Great Science Share for Schools can stimulate – with many more collaborations this year we know that children won’t just be involved in science on the day, but in the run up to prepare for it.

“Teachers too have come together to learn more about science and engineering education and this all feeds into making the shares so great1 We’re learners too, so each year we encourage ideas and feedback so that the campaign can be even better.”

For more information on the event you can visit the website or email the project administrator, Katherine Platt. For all other enquiries email greatscishare@manchester.ac.uk.

Follow them on twitter @GreatSciShare using the hashtag #GreatSciShare to ask your questions and share your experiences. You can also read the helpful Great Science Share for Schools FAQs