On the 9th of March, Manchester Girl Geeks and ScienceGrrl will be marking International Women’s Day with an afternoon of events at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.
ScienceGrrl are organising an afternoon of fun events at MOSI, and Manchester Girl Geeks have been invited to run some workshops as part of the events! We’ll be running two different workshops, details of which are below.
Soft Electronics Workshop – make your own light-up bag/item of clothing!
Tickets £5, 1pm-2.30pm
Bring your own item of clothing or accessory, or use one of the stylish ScienceGrrl canvas bags – we’ll be customising it using LEDs and conductive thread to make simple switched circuits, and jazz it up with technology!
You’ll need some hand-sewing skills, but our volunteers will be on hand to advise and guide you and we’ll provide everything else you need. You can keep everything you make and take it home with you.
Book your tickets here.
We recommend a minimum age of around 10 for this workshop, as there’ll be needles and the project might be quite difficult for smaller children. All under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Mathematical Magic Workshop – learn tricks to amaze your friends!
Free entry with booking, 3pm-4pm
Katie Steckles, who’s a mathematician, is here to show you some cool card tricks which don’t need any sleight of hand or magician’s trickery – they’re based on mathematical principles, which means not only can you figure out how the trick works, with a little bit of thinking, you can also easily learn to do the tricks yourselves!
Bring a deck of playing cards if you have your own, but we’ll be able to provide some if not.
Book your tickets here.
This workshop is suitable for ages 7 upwards. All under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Other activities going on at MOSI
Female scientists will be wandering through the museum, dressed for work, carrying a tool or prop they use in their work, and wearing a big badge saying ‘I’m a Scientist – talk to me!’.
They’ll be inviting people to guess what they do for a living and being available to talk to them about it. Every 15 minutes or so, one of them will jump up on the ScienceGrrl Soapbox and give a 5 minute talk about who they are and what they do.
There will also be a speed-networking event in the evening at a nearby pub, for undergraduate science students to meet postgraduate science students, professional scientists, and those in science-related careers. To book a place on this event, click here.
ScienceGrrl is a network of (mainly) female scientists who are passionate about passing on their love of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to the next generation.
Last year they produced and sold the ScienceGrrl Calendar for 2013, to raise money for projects than enable girls and young women to engage with STEM role models, to encourage their aspirations and open their eyes to the range of potential futures available to them within STEM.
For more information about ScienceGrrl and the causes they support, visit www.sciencegrrl.co.uk.