Science Summer School
Council is delighted to be working in partnership with Well North Enterprises and Professor Brian Cox OBE to bring the prestigious Science Summer School to Northern Ireland on Tuesday 24 November 2020 at The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena.
Science Summer School NI aims to encourage curiosity, inspire the next generation of local talent and future workforce and raise the importance of STEAM activities with young people and their parents. This initiative was established in 2012 at St. Paul’s Way Trust School in east London by Lord Andrew Mawson OBE and Professor Brian Cox OBE. The project is now expanding nationally with the aim to make ‘the UK the best place to do science’.
"Science is about exploring, and the only way to uncover the secrets of the universe is to go and look."
- Professor Brian Cox OBE
We are bringing world-leading STEAM academic and industry leaders to inspire and activate the curiosity of the student attendees at Science Summer School NI. In addition to an enjoyable and challenging daytime programme for students including speaker presentations and participatory workshops, students, their parents/guardians and special guests will be invited to an evening reception followed by a panel session led by Professor Cox with some of the keynote speakers. This will provide a valuable opportunity to highlight the evolution of career pathways and opportunities available for the future workforce drawing on the experiences of the speakers.
Schools will receive the registration details directly. Follow our Social Media Channels for further information on speakers.
Professor Brian Cox OBE
Professor Brian Cox MBE is Professor of Particle Physics at The University of Manchester, The Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society.
As a broadcaster, he has presented a number of highly acclaimed science programmes for the BBC, boosting the popularity of subjects such as astronomy and physics and garnering a host of accolades, including two Royal Television Society awards and a Peabody Award for Wonders Of The Solar System.
He has also authored a series of best-selling books, including the widely acclaimed Human Universe and Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos, and is recognised as the foremost communicator for all things scientific. His critically acclaimed BBC series, Forces of Nature, aired in 2016, and he hosted a new series of Stargazing Live, as well as Stargazing: Moon Landing Special in the summer of 2019.
He holds two Guinness World Record titles for his sell out live tours, the most recent of which – for most tickets sold for a science show - was set during his current world tour which is taking in venues around the world and saw 11,433 people attend his show at The Arena Birmingham (he also holds the current records for most tickets sold for a science tour at over 150,000).
Brian’s latest BBC Two series, The Planets, aired in May 2019 and was greeted by rave critical and audience reviews, becoming one of the channel’s most watched series of the year with huge consolidated audiences. It is also airing internationally and was watched by half a billion people in China.
The Young STEM Ambassador Programme provides an opportunity for young people (age 16-17 years) to develop their personal and technical skills to deliver short science based workshops in primary schools and junior years of their secondary school. The Young STEM Ambassadors and younger pupils will all receive a British Science Association CREST Awards for their involvement. The Young STEM Ambassadors will also act as guides at the Science Summer School on Tuesday 24 November 2020.
Activate Your Curiosity Competition
We are asking the pupils of Mid and East Antrim to ‘Activate Your Curiosity’ by designing an innovative idea that could improve our lives for the future. There are fantastic prizes on offer and the winning design will be made into a prototype by one of our local manufacturing companies!
What do you need to do?
Tell us about your innovative idea that could improve our lives for the future. Provide a detailed sketch of the design and an explanation outlining:
- What is your idea?
- What or who inspired you?
- Who would benefit from your idea?
- How would it work?
- Why would it activate the curiosity of other people?
How to Enter:
- Students must be under 18 years of age and attend school in Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or guidance.
- The closing date for entries is 12 noon on Friday 12 June 2020. The winners will be notified by Friday 19 June 2020.
What Can I Win?
- All entrants will receive a Certificate of participation and pencil. Prizes are available for the winners of KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4 as well as an overall winning design.
- The overall winning design will be made into a prototype by one of our local manufacturing companies.
- The best ideas will be included in the Gallery of First Attempts in the Braid Museum, Ballymena to coincide with the Science Summer School NI hosted by Professor Brian Cox OBE in November 2020.