Daresbury Laboratory Events
June 14th 2015

Daresbury Laboratory Events

There’s so many STEM-sational activities coming up at Daresbury Laboratory!

Annual Daresbury School Science Prize (Year 9)

Daresbury Laboratory is holding its 20th Annual School Science Prize. This is a competition in which students submit a 500 word entry to explain why they like science. Entries should be sent to [email protected] and must include the pupils name, school and teachers name, including teachers email address.

 A selected group of finalists will be invited to an evening event at the Laboratory on Thursday 16 July 2015. Selected finalists will be required to speak for 2 minutes and answer questions on the same topic.

The closing date for entries is 6pm Monday 29 June.

All finalists will all receive a prize and certificate with the overall winner receiving an iPad Mini. We will also have a special 20th Anniversary prize to mark the occasion.

For further information, please email Wendy Cotterill, or call on 01925 603 408.

Nuclear Physics Masterclass: 24 June 2015 (AS and A2 level)

The Nuclear Physics Group at Daresbury Laboratory will be hosting a Nuclear Physics Masterclass on Wednesday 24th June,  supported by the Physics Department from the University of Liverpool. This daylong event will provide year 12 and 13 students with the fantastic opportunity to meet world class scientists and gain a better understanding of nuclear physics through a variety of activities.

This unique masterclass combines lectures with hands on practical sessions to give an overview of nuclear physics and how it impacts our lives. The day will include:

– Introduction to nuclear physics
– Lecture on nuclear energy – the facts behind the fuss.
– Practical radiation experiments supplied by the University of Liverpool.
– Medical physics workshop.
– Computer workshop – detecting ionising radiation.
– A quiz (with prizes) on material covered during the masterclass.

The class runs from 09:30 until 15:45, and lunch the participants will be included – this is a great opportunity for students to talk to real physicists about what they do.

For further information or booking, please email Wendy Cotterill, or call on 01925 603 408.

Festival of Code: 27 July to 2 August (All students interested in coding)

Last year for the first time, Daresbury Lab got involved in Young Rewired State which is a worldwide community of digital makers age 18 and under. YRS introduce students to like-minded peers, and expert mentors, at free events around the world, where they use freely available open data to build apps, websites and algorithms to solve real world challenges.

Every Summer Young Rewired State runs the largest annual hack event in the world. The ‘Festival of Code’ is a week in the summer holiday which sees over 1200 young people gather all across the UK to prototype digital solutions and culminates in a single Festival weekend.

This year (for the second time) Daresbury Lab is acting as a centre for the Festival of Code.

From Monday to Friday (27 July to 2 August 2015) the young coders will attend Daresbury to team up and build digital solutions to real-world problems using open data. They get the opportunity to develop their skills with the assistance of expert mentors and connect with technologists and businesses on campus.

We will provide lunch and plenty of refreshments – all you have to do is get here!

Festival participants will then travel to the finale Festival weekend to present their projects to parents, mentors, press, industry and expert judges. By demonstrating what they are capable of we hope to validate their skills and inspire the next generation. We also want to help organisations to recognise and discover young people pushing the boundaries of digital making. The Festival weekend is the exciting culmination of their hard work where they get to meet like-minded peers, build new friendships and eat their body weight in pizza!

If you think you may be interested please click on the following link for more information:

Talking Science lecture 19 June age 12+

Daresbury laboratory hold a series of free public lectures throughout the year. Our final one in this series is being delivered by Prof Alison Woollard (University of Oxford) entitled ‘A Journey Through Life Fantastic’.

Details as follows:

19 JUNE 2015, 7.00pm – audience 12+

Abstract: We all start life as a single cell – but how do we end up as extraordinarily complicated machines composed of trillions of cells? What is behind the remarkable transformation that sculpts a ball of cells into a human, or a mouse, or even a lowly worm? How do your cells “know” what to do? And where? And when? And what explains the variation that we see around us? Why don’t we all look the same? Life is the greatest show on earth, with its staggering diversity, complexity and beauty, and we humans have the extraordinary privilege of having brains large enough to be able to appreciate it, and even start to understand it. Come with me on a journey to discover more about the inner workings of the biological world, and to share in the excitement of Life Fantastic.

This promises to be a wonderful lecture exploring the frontiers of developmental biology and uncovers the remarkable transformation of a single cell into a complex organism.

For more information on Alison’s lectures and to book please use the following links:

For further information, please email Wendy Cotterill, or call on 01925 603 408.

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