Daresbury Open Week - Schools

Daresbury Open
Week School Events

As part of the Sci-Tech Daresbury Open Week we are dedicating two full days delivering activities for school children from upper primary schools through to upper secondary school. These exciting days of talks, tours and interactive workshops will fire your students’ imagination and inspire them towards pursuing a future career in STEM.

 

Wednesday 6th July will be dedicated to Key Stages 2 and 3 and Thursday 7th July will be dedicated to Key Stages 4 and 5.

Places are limited and we want to give each school an equal opportunity to gain a place. Registration is therefore now open to enable schools to express an interest in participating. Successful schools will have their place confirmed by email by Friday 20th May 2016. Information about the activities that we will be running for each key stage and the workshop choices available can be found in the relevant sections below.

 

Where do I register my schools interest in attending?

If you want your students to find out how science is changing the world, then please register your school’s interest via the link below!

Register Now

 

Important information you should know before registering

  • Entrance to the event is entirely free
  • We have places available for over 1000 students
  • Registration is now open and will close on Monday 16th May 2016
  • A separate registration form will need to be completed for each class that you would like to apply to bring, therefore schools wanting to register more than one class will need to complete multiple registration forms
  • Schools will be notified by email about their success in gaining a place at the Open Week by Friday 20th May 2016
  • All successful schools will be required to pay a refundable deposit of £100 which will be returned following their attendance at the event
  • Schools will be required to arrange their own transport to and from Daresbury Laboratory
  • Students are asked to bring a packed lunch and wear school uniform on the day
  • A full information pack will be sent out to successful schools prior to the event

This event is being run in association with the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) which is being hosted this year in Manchester (the European City of Science 2016). As part of the ESOF Great Science Share it would be great if you could encourage the young people who attend the Daresbury Open Week to share their favourite STEM activities and learning with new audiences after the event. 

If you have any queries that aren't answered by this page please contact Wendy Cotterill by email, or alternatively ring 01925 603408 

 
 

For more information about the schools days and the activity choices that we have on offer, please click on the appropriate box below.

 

Time

Arrival Option 1

Arrival Option 2

Arrival Option 3

Arrival Option 4

09:15 - 10:00

Allocated Coach Drop off Time Slot

 

 

 

10:00 - 10:45

Introduction and Inspiring Science Talk

Allocated Coach Drop off Time Slot

 

 

10:45 - 11:30

Tour & Short Break

Introduction and Inspiring Science Talk

Allocated Coach Drop off Time Slot

 

11:30 - 12:15

Workshop

Tour & Short Break

Lunch (please bring your own)

Allocated Coach Drop off Time Slot

12:15 - 13:00

Lunch (please bring your own)

Workshop

Introduction and Inspiring Science Talk

Science Fair

13:00 - 13:45

Science Fair

Lunch (please bring your own)

Tour & Short Break

Lunch (please bring your own)

13:45 - 14:30

Allocated Coach Pick up Time Slot

Science Fair

Workshop

Introduction and Inspiring Science Talk

14:30 - 15:15

 

Allocated Coach Pick up Time Slot

Science Fair

Tour & Short Break

15:15 - 16:00

 

 

Allocated Coach Pick up Time Slot

Workshop

16:00 – 16:45

 

 

 

Allocated Coach Pick up Time Slot

Key Stage 2 Combination Option 1

Coding without computers Workshop

Did you know that computer aren’t very smart? Sure they can do lots of mathematical calculations or help you search the internet, but if you asked it to vacuum your house or draw a picture of a bird for you could it do it? The simple answer is no, computers will only do what they have been programmed to do. In this fun and interactive workshop we will use our SKA (Square Kilometre Array) Beebot’s to learn a little more about why instructions are so important. We will programme our beebots to recreate the journey of the very earliest forms of light in the Universe, created just after the Big Bang. Pupils will learn how these light waves can still be detected today and how the data that we can collect from this light can be interpreted by High Performance Computers to tell us the history of our Universe.

 

3D Data Visualisation Suite Tour

Pupils will be taken to our state of the art 3D Visualisation Suite, where they will be shown a demonstration, using 3D glasses, of how the visualisation suite can be used to visualise data using sophisticated virtual reality. Our 3D visualisation suite, has been used by major British companies like Bentley and Unilever to quickly test complex designs ’virtually’ without having to create costly and time-consuming ‘physical’ prototypes.

 

 

Key Stage 2 Combination Option 2

Starlab Planetarium Show

In this show, pupils will visualise the night sky in all its glory from the comfort of our spacious and portable Starlab planetarium. Our demonstrators will show pupils the constellations with some of the mythical stories behind them. In a journey around the Milky Way, children will appreciate just how old and far away the stars that they can see in the sky actually are. Although we love night time observing sometimes it is nice to sit back and observe in the warmth of the fantastic Starlab!

 

+ Light Works Trail

 

Key Stage 2 Combination Option 3

Space and Telescopes Show

In this interactive show, pupils will learn about some of the world’s most amazing space telescopes and the missions that are being undertaken to learn more about space and the universe around us. Children will see and interact with invisible light to tell the story of the amazing James Webb Space Telescope. Pupils will also learn about the inspiring Rosetta Mission to land on a comet, where an icy cold comet will be made in front of their eyes!

 

+ Light Works Trail

 

Light Works Trail

Pupils will need to have their observation skills on hand as they undertake a treasure hunt activity based around this amazing photographic exhibit. Light Works explores ways of looking at ourselves and the world around us, with images taking pupils from inside the human body to the very edges of space. The exhibition features 50 amazing images, from organisations including NASA, the Natural History Museum, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the British Museum, and the European Space Agency. With images including a ‘selfie’ taken by the Curiosity Mars Rover on the surface of the Red Planet, Light Works has content chosen to appeal to everyone, of any age or level of science knowledge. The accompanying captions on each photograph explain what people are seeing in the image and how it relates to everyday life.

 


Time

Arrival Option 1

Arrival Option 2

Arrival Option 3

Arrival Option 4

09:15 - 10:00

Allocated Coach Drop off Time Slot

 

 

 

10:00 - 10:45

Introduction and Inspiring Science Talk

Allocated Coach Drop off Time Slot

 

 

10:45 - 11:30

Tour & Short Break

Introduction and Inspiring Science Talk

Allocated Coach Drop off Time Slot

 

11:30 - 12:15

Workshop

Tour & Short Break

Lunch (please bring your own)

Allocated Coach Drop off Time Slot

12:15 - 13:00

Lunch (please bring your own)

Workshop

Introduction and Inspiring Science Talk

Science Fair

13:00 - 13:45

Science Fair

Lunch (please bring your own)

Tour & Short Break

Lunch (please bring your own)

13:45 - 14:30

Allocated Coach Pick up Time Slot

Science Fair

Workshop

Introduction and Inspiring Science Talk

14:30 - 15:15

 

Allocated Coach Pick up Time Slot

Science Fair

Tour & Short Break

15:15 - 16:00

 

 

Allocated Coach Pick up Time Slot

Workshop

16:00 – 16:45

 

 

 

Allocated Coach Pick up Time Slot

Key Stage 3 Combination Option 1

Accelerators - The road to New Science Workshop

Using a Van der Graaf generator, and a particle accelerator in a salad bowl amongst other things, this workshop will provide a simple introduction to particle accelerators (such as the Large Hadron Collider) and how they work. Learn about the principles of accelerating a particle; discover how accelerators are used for everything from making chocolate taste better to the discovery of new particles. Pupils will realise how accelerators and physics help make their life better!

 

 

LHC Roadshow and Particle Accelerator Tour

STFC’s Large Hadron Collider roadshow aka LHC supports the UK particle physics community, in partnership with the Institute of Physics, celebrating the UK’s involvement in the world’s biggest scientific experiment – the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The exhibition features a life-sized, walk-through section of the LHC tunnel and accelerator alongside interactive exhibits, informative artwork and digital media highlighting what scientists hope to learn in the next phase of working on the world’s biggest scientific experiment. Through the use of eye catching visuals and hands on exhibits pupils will have the opportunity to interact with UK scientists and hear what they hope to learn in the future whilst working on some of the world’s largest scientific experiments, bringing the exciting world of science to your students. This tour concludes with a visit to Daresbury Laboratory’s own innovative particle accelerators (ALICE & EMMA).

 

 

Key Stage 3 Combination Option 2

It’s basically Rocket Science Workshop

Designing and sending rockets up into space is a complicated business! One of many aspects to consider is the engineering required to prevent rockets breaking up due to the extreme vibrations generated as the rocket attempts to exit the Earth’s atmosphere. In this workshop students will make rocket structures capable of carrying a payload (an egg) using spaghetti and marshmallows. These structures will then have their endurance tested using a vibration table built by our colleagues at RAL Space, up to a frequency of 50Hz. Will your students rockets survive this eggstreme (groan) engineering activity?

 

 

The incredible Power of Light Roadshow

The Incredible Power of Light roadshow is a celebration of the laser and of the science, applications and technology that it has enabled. The roadshow features demonstrations, information and hands-on exhibits that will enthuse students on the impact that this special invention has had. Our STFC Central Laser Facility science and technology is heavily featured in the roadshow content, alongside contributions from BBSRC and EPSRC, who have supported the roadshow development. Volunteers will be on hand at to engage and answer questions, further adding to the interactive experience.

 


Time

Arrival Option 1

Arrival Option 2

Arrival Option 3

09:15—10:00

 

 

 

10:00—10:45

Allocated Coach Drop off Time Slot

 

 

10:45—11:30

Introduction and Inspiring Science Talk

Allocated Coach Drop off Time Slot

 

11:30—12:15

Tour

Introduction and Inspiring Science Talk

Allocated Coach Drop off Time Slot

12:15—13:00

Workshop

Tour & Short Break

Science Fair

13:00—13:45

Lunch (please bring your own)

Workshop

Lunch (please bring your own)

13:45—14:30

Science Fair

Lunch (please bring your own)

Introduction and Inspiring Science Talk

14:30—15:15

Allocated Coach Pick up Time Slot

Science Fair

Tour

15:15—16:00

 

Allocated Coach Pick up Time Slot

Workshop

16:00—16:45

 

 

Allocated Coach Pick up Time Slot

Key Stage 4 Combination Option 1

Explore Your Universe Workshop

The STFC work with researchers and industry to keep the UK at the top of international science and engineering. We are responsible for some of the most ground-breaking research and discoveries being made in the world at the moment. This workshop picks a selection of the most state of the art projects that are changing what we know about our planet, our universe, and the very stuff we are made of. Using a variety of hi-tech equipment such as an infra red camera and a particle accelerator in a salad bowl, we will explore the atomic world and the electromagnetic spectrum to show students how from atoms to astrophysics, STFC scientists and engineers are changing the world.

 

 

Seeing the Universe in all its Light Roadshow Tour

STFC’s Seeing the Universe in all its light roadshow supports the UK astronomy community, in partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society. It showcases the ‘big telescopes family’ - both ground and space based - focusing on the UK science expertise and economic benefits.

The exhibition, features scale models of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) ground based Very Large Telescope (VLT), and Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) with space based astronomy missions Herschel and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) alongside an 8metre interactive wall, an SKA interactive exhibit, a telescope control desk, infra-red astronomy, adaptive optics and Micro Autonomous Robots.

 

 

Key Stage 4 Combination Option 2

Ada Lovelace Earth Observation Coding Challenge

In this computing and electronics workshop, students are led through simple code / circuit design before being set the challenge to repair the Ada Lovelace, an imagined spaceship to Mars, that has damaged critical hardware and software systems following a solar flare. Students will be assigned one of the damaged systems to design and implement hardware and software replacements using Arduinos and Ardublock. Can student creativity, ingenuity and enthusiasm successfully land the Ada Lovelace on the surface of Mars and usher in a new era for all humanity?

 

 

3D Data Visualisation Suite Tour

Pupils will be taken to our state of the art 3D Visualisation Suite, where they will be shown a demonstration, using 3D glasses, of how the visualisation suite can be used to visualise data using sophisticated virtual reality. Our 3D visualisation suite, has been used by major British companies like Bentley and Unilever to quickly test complex designs ’virtually’ without having to create costly and time-consuming ‘physical’ prototypes.

 

 

Key Stage 4 Combination Option 3

Lego Mindstorm Engineering Challenge

Robotics is all around us from the home, to automotive, aerospace and medical environments. It requires a combination of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science to design, construct, and operate robotics and remote sensor systems. Robots will revolutionise the world's economy and society over the next twenty years, working for us, beside us and interacting with us. Successful robotics requires robots that can interact with their environment by actively sensing the world around them. In this workshop students will utilise their science, maths and team work expertise to become robotics engineers and solve a Lego Mindstorm based engineering challenge in a fun environment.

 

 

Engineering Facilities Tour

The Engineering Technology Centre and Campus Technology Hub is home to a number of our engineers and technicians, who work in teams to deliver our large scale engineering projects. In the building itself we manufacture mechanical and electrical equipment for use on large scientific facilities, including particle accelerators. During this tour students will learn how we train our future engineers before entering our electrical engineering workshop, where they will be able to see and discuss our current electrical projects. Students will see our 3D printer at work and view production examples, visit our precision machine shop, see our large assembly areas and ultra-clean rooms, where we build and integrate our accelerator projects. Finally students will exit through our world class vacuum cleaning laboratory, where they will see how we clean our accelerator parts, to create better vacuums than outer space.

 

 

Key Stage 4 Combination Option 4

Lego LHC Challenge

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator, running for 27km in a circular tunnel beneath the French-Swiss border. It takes protons up to almost the speed of light and smashes them together in head-on collisions inside four enormous detectors  named  ATLAS,  ALICE, CMS  and LHCb. The collision debris can contain a whole host of rare and unstable particles that these detectors then record using multiple subsystems, and physicists can use the data gathered to learn more about the fundamental building blocks of our Universe. This workshop teaches students the basics about the LHC whilst they build a stylised model of the LHC, showcasing all four of the detectors at a micro scale size. Each detector model is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but crammed with detailed internal systems revealed by cutaway walls - every major detector component is represented by a Lego piece!

 

 

LHC Roadshow Tour

STFC’s Large Hadron Collider roadshow aka LHC supports the UK particle physics community, in partnership with the Institute of Physics, celebrating the UK’s involvement in the world’s biggest scientific experiment – the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The exhibition features a life-sized, walk-through section of the LHC tunnel and accelerator alongside interactive exhibits, informative artwork and digital media highlighting what scientists hope to learn in the next phase of working on the world’s biggest scientific experiment. Through the use of eye catching visuals and hands on exhibits visitors have the opportunity to interact with UK scientists and hear what they hope to learn in the future whilst working on some of the world’s largest scientific experiments bringing the exciting world of science to you.

 

 

Key Stage 4 Combination Option 5

Its Basically Rocket Science Workshop

Designing and sending rockets up into space is a complicated business! One of many aspects to consider is the engineering required to prevent rockets breaking up due to the extreme vibrations generated as the rocket attempts to exit the Earth’s atmosphere. In this workshop students will make rocket structures capable of carrying a payload (an egg) using spaghetti and marshmallows. These structures will then have their endurance tested using a vibration table built by our colleagues at RAL Space, up to a frequency of 50Hz. Will your students rockets survive this eggstreme (groan) engineering activity? 

 

 

The incredible Power of Light Roadshow

The Incredible Power of Light roadshow is a celebration of the laser and of the science, applications and technology that it has enabled. The roadshow features demonstrations, information and hands-on exhibits that will enthuse students on the impact that this special invention has had. Our STFC Central Laser Facility science and technology is heavily featured in the roadshow content, alongside contributions from BBSRC and EPSRC, who have supported the roadshow development. Volunteers will be on hand at to engage and answer questions, further adding to the interactive experience. 

 


Time

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

08:45 - 09:30

Allocated Coach Drop off Time Slot

Allocated Coach Drop off Time Slot

Allocated Coach Drop off Time Slot

Allocated Coach Drop off Time Slot

Allocated Coach Drop off Time Slot

09:30 - 09:45

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome and Introduction

09:45 - 10:45

Inspiring Particle Physics Lecture

Inspiring Particle Physics Lecture

Inspiring Particle Physics Lecture

Inspiring Particle Physics Lecture

Inspiring Particle Physics Lecture

10:45 - 11:30

Accelerator Science and Technology Masterclass

Nuclear Physics Masterclass

Electron Microscopy Masterclass

Particle Accelerator Tour

Scientific Computing Masterclass

11:30 - 12:15

Nuclear Physics Masterclass

Electron Microscopy Masterclass

Particle Accelerator Tour

Scientific Computing Masterclass

Accelerator Science and Technology Masterclass

12:15 - 13:00

Lunch (please bring your own)

Lunch (please bring your own)

Lunch (please bring your own)

Lunch (please bring your own)

Lunch (please bring your own)

13:00 - 13:45

Science & Careers Fair

Science & Careers Fair

Science & Careers Fair

Science & Careers Fair

Science & Careers Fair

13:45 - 14:30

Electron Microscopy Masterclass

Particle Accelerator Tour

Scientific Computing Masterclass

Accelerator Science and Technology Masterclass

Nuclear Physics Masterclass

14:30 - 15:15

Particle Accelerator Tour

Scientific Computing Masterclass

Accelerator Science and Technology Masterclass

Nuclear Physics Masterclass

Electron Microscopy Masterclass

15:15 - 16:00

Scientific Computing Masterclass

Accelerator Science and Technology Masterclass

Nuclear Physics Masterclass

Electron Microscopy Masterclass

Particle Accelerator Tour

16:00 - 16:45

Evaluation & Allocated Coach Pick Up Time Slot

Evaluation & Allocated Coach Pick Up Time Slot

Evaluation & Allocated Coach Pick Up Time Slot

Evaluation & Allocated Coach Pick Up Time Slot

Evaluation & Allocated Coach Pick Up Time Slot

Key Stage 5 Activity Details

Inspiring Particle Physics Lecture

Scientists have long been attempting to find the basic building blocks which make up the Universe. This quest has prompted the development of large particle accelerators such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and has reached the strange sub-nuclear world of quarks, gluons and leptons. This engaging and humorous lecture given by Prof Fred Loebinger of the University of Manchester will give an insight into the development of the subject, with a particular bias to the prominent part played by Manchester scientists. The latest discoveries, including that of the Higgs Boson, and pointers to the future will also be reviewed.

 

 

Accelerator Science and Technology Masterclass

This masterclass will be based in the Cockcroft Institute at Sci-Tech Daresbury, and we will show students how a Van de Graaff generator can not only be used to make your hair stand on end, but also how we can use the same effect to accelerate a charged particle.  Students will learn how superconductivity can make a train ‘float’ above a magnetic track, and will be shown why superconductivity is an important technology in particle accelerators.  Our scientists and engineers will demonstrate how magnets can be used to steer and focus particle beams, and also show off some of the amazing properties of laser light, which plays a crucial role in particle accelerator technology.  Students will leave with a greatly enhanced understanding of the underpinning physics behind particle accelerator technology.

 

 

Nuclear Physics Masterclass

This masterclass will be run by members of the University of Liverpool Nuclear Physics Group and will enable students to investigate the principle of radiation detection and imaging. Students will have the opportunity to measure radiation emitted by environmental sources using radiation detectors and will be challenged to identify the nature of unknown samples.

 

 

Electron Microscopy Masterclass

Students will be taken to one of the world’s most powerful electron microscopes located in the EPSRC SuperSTEM laboratory here at Daresbury for this masterclass. They will witness live data coming from the microscope that will enable them to visualise individual atoms. Students will complete hands-on activities that will teach them how and why we need to use electrons to visualise individual atoms, and how technological developments incorporated into the SuperSTEM microscopes form some of the most precise optics used in science.

 

 

Scientific Computing Masterclass

Drawing on the expertise of the chemistry group within our scientific computing department, this masterclass will invite students to undertake some chemistry on a computer. Ths computational chemistry will allow students to explore solar cell materials. Students will explore some solar materials in a way that is not possible to do experimentally, and help us build some input files to process on our supercomputing system. This computational chemistry exercise will show students how their contribution will lead to efficiently designed solar cells.

 

 

Particle Accelerator Tour

Students will have the amazing opportunity to experience a walking tour through the ALICE (Accelerators and Lasers In Combined Experiments) accelerator, and see how particle accelerator hardware fits together to make a complete machine.  Students will be able to view presentations at key parts of the machine, explain what is happening and why this is important, and they can also speak with staff members on the tour route who will answer their questions.  The ALICE accelerator is itself a scientific tool for research purposes, and we will show off some of the ground-breaking work which has been done in recent years using the ALICE accelerator.  Students visiting ALICE will leave with a sense of wonder, and a much better understanding of what a particle accelerator is all about.

 

 

Science and Careers Fair

The Daresbury Open Week Science and Careers Fair will be a celebration of the Science and Technology being delivered both locally in the North West of England, Nationwide and Internationally. Over 20 exhibitors (including local Universities, Science Discovery Centres, National Sci-Tech companies and National Laboratories) will be on hand to engage pupils in a variety of hands on activities and demonstrations, to showcase the excitement that comes from working within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

 

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