[Press and Publications] National Science Week at the University of Leicester



March 2001

No 27

Schoolchildren set to experience the fascination of science

Photo opportunity details below

More than 300 Leicestershire schoolchildren are set for a journey through time and space when the University of Leicester stages a series of events to mark National Science Week.

Building a town on Mars, discovering Pharaoh’s Secrets or journeying into the night sky in a Planetarium show are among the activities planned.

National Science Week takes place from 16 to 25 March. The University is engaged in a number of activities in Leicestershire and further afield and is also holding a University Science Day on 21 March.

Among the topics are:

  • From Garbage-To Knowledge
  • Rainfall Simulation Tower
  • Pharaoh’s Secrets
  • Fluorine Frolics
  • The Extraterrestrial Roadshow
  • Jean Collins, who has helped to co-ordinate activities at the University of Leicester, said: “Schoolchildren are looking forward to spending time on campus. Some will be looking at bones or learning about erosion while others will attempt to build a town on an alien planet!

    “It is important for children to understand science and be comfortable with it- more scientific discoveries have been made in the last 10 years than in the whole of human history. Events organised by the University of Leicester aim to share the excitement of science.”

    National Science Week is a celebration of science, engineering and technology co-ordinated nationally by the British Association. A list of University events can be found in the events diary at the University of Leicester website: www.le.ac.uk

    PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Wednesday March 21, 10.30am, Physics and Astronomy Building, first floor. University students with school children build a town on an alien planet! MORE INFORMATION FROM JEAN COLLINS: 0116 252 2675.

    THE UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK PROGRAMME OF EVENTS IS AS FOLLOWS:

    Saturday 17th - Snibston Discovery Park - Adventure with Paper

    Carolyn and Claire from UKSEDS help to run the Snibston Young Investigators Science Club on Saturday mornings, this week they will be extending their activities into the afternoon so that all visitors to the Park may try their skill at Origami, Suspension Bridge building with paper or Kite design.

    Monday 19th - Roe Farm School in Derby - Physics in Force

    Dr Sean Lawrence from Earth Observation Science will set the Physics in Force week off for this Derbyshire primary school with his Key Note ‘Climate Forces’ talk. He will then spend the morning observing a number of the workshops, the material for these fifteen sessions having been produced by the BA East Midlands Office. (Nursery to Year Six)

    Countesthorpe College Leicestershire - Dangerous Volcanoes

    Dr Mike Branney from the Geology Department will talk to a combined audience from Countesthorpe and Thomas Estley Colleges about what happens to the environment and local population when an explosive volcano blows its top!

    Tuesday 20th - University of Leicester Engineering Department - P.I.G. (Pipe Inspection Gadget)

    Ian Jarvis and his team have invited students from three City secondary schools to test their engineering skills against each other by designing and producing a P.I.G.

    Wednesday 21st - University of Leicester Science Day:

    Adventure with Paper - Maths Department - 10.00 – 11.00, 11.30 – 12.30, 13.30 – 14.30

    Cereal Events - Biology Department - 12.30 – 13.30

    Come Surf with Me - Computer Centre - 10.00 –11.30

    Fluorine Frolics - Chemistry Department - 12.00 – 13.00

    Looking at Bones - Archaeology Department - 10.00 – 12.00, 12.30 – 14.15

    Muscles at Work - Pre-Clinical Sciences - 09.30 – 10.30, 13.30 – 14.30

    Numbers are Magic - Maths Department - 11.30 – 12.30, 13.30 – 14.30

    Our Kind of Town - UKSEDS - 10.00 – 12.00, 13.00 – 14.30

    Pharaoh’s Secrets - 10.00 – 12.00

    Space School UK - 13.00 – 14.00

    Planetarium Shows - 10.15 – 11.15

    Physics & Astronomy - 11.30 – 12.30, 13.00 – 14.00

    Rainfall Simulation Tower - Geography Department - 10.00 – 13.00

    The Extraterrestrial Roadshow - Physics and Astronomy - 10.30 – 11.30, 12.30 – 13.45

    Thursday 22nd - University of Leicester Engineering Department - P.I.G. - Three more schools to compete - see Tuesday

    Saturday 24th - New Walk Museum Leicester - Two Windows on the Universe - Dr Martin Barstow Physics & Astronomy chairs a panel of Scientists discussing the interaction of their work with their religious beliefs.

    Pharaoh’s Secrets - A chance for everyone to take part in these fun packed activities including Numbers in Ancient Egypt, Erastothenes and the Spherical Earth, Breaking the Code, Mummies’ Hidden Lives, Explore a Pyramid with a robot and a video camera


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