The Big Bang Northants @ Silverstone 2018!
Date: Wednesday 28th February 2018
The Big Bang Northants @ Silverstone is brought to you thanks to The University of Northampton and the NCOP outreach partnership University of Northampton’s School Engagement Team
Did you know that you can block a tickle? Or that we share 50% of our DNA with a banana? Would it surprise you to discover that snakes can bite you even when they’re dead? That cows with names produce more milk? Or that there’s a planet on which a day lasts longer than a year? And could it be possible that there’s an animal that does square poos? Is it true that we make better decisions when we need a wee?! In this fun and interactive science quiz show, Emily explains some of the world’s weirdest science facts.
Dr Emily is an internationally acclaimed science author, public speaker and TV personality. An expert in molecular biology and genetics, Emily also trained and worked as an actress and singer and now combines her skills as a science broadcaster, writer, educator and trainer.
Emily explains science for a wide range of TV and radio programmes, writes books and articles about science, and is best known as a resident science expert on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Sky1’s fact-based celebrity panel-show Duck Quacks Don’t Echo.
She loves making science exciting and accessible by explaining complex concepts in a fun and engaging way, bringing simplicity and clarity to others.
Duck Quacks Don’t Echo: Do Women Get Belly Fluff Too?
The comic books are filled with mutants; heroes and villains whose special abilities are genetic in their origin. But what are real mutants like, and could we one day use genetics to make us superhuman?
Simon Watt is a biologist, writer, science communicator, comedian and TV presenter. He runs “Ready Steady Science”, a science communication company committed to making information interesting and takes science based performances into schools, museums, theatres and festivals.
Simon is the co-creator and host of the new science panel show podcast, Level Up Human. He has also written dozens of articles for national newspapers and websites, is a regular contributor to TV, radio and web and is perhaps best known as a presenter on the BAFTA winning documentary series Inside Nature’s Giants and the Channel 4 special The Elephant: Life After Death.
BBC Radio 4: Should we Pander to Pandas?
Chromosome 8 – Stem Cells: A Gnome’s Destiny
Ever wonder how a plane stays in the air or how a rocket fuel tank works? This show will blow away these questions and many more about how we move around our planet and the science we use every day to do it. This show comes with guaranteed learning, laughing and lots of audience participation…. Also the occasional shout!
Forensic Science is a multi-disciplinary subject and this practical, hands-on workshop reflects this by drawing together and building on aspects of other core curriculum subjects, covering a range of scientific practices, to extend the learner’s knowledge of practical applications of science principles and techniques. This workshop introduces and develops the skills set, understanding and knowledge of scientific processes and their application to Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation. Students will be equipped with a greater understanding and appreciation of our Criminal Justice System.
This workshop covers the effect robots have had in modern times and how quickly machines have transformed from assembly lines to astronauts. Young people will spend the majority of the session deciding which robotic attachment will assist their remote control robot and complete a challenge using practical skills and teamwork.
FUZE specialises in teaching text based coding from KS2 and above. Actually we teach students as young as five so we can also provide a tailored session to include late KS1 as part of the day(s) activities. We have enough learning material to accommodate KS3 students on the understanding they are not already proficient in Python.
Students will be introduced to a coding environment using real programming terms like [LOOP – REPEAT], [IF – THEN – ELSE – ENDIF] along with variables, graphics, audio, digital input and output controls, robotics and interaction with sensors.
Hands on workshop where you can take blood, record and print an ECG, try keyhole surgery, see inside your body with an ultrasound machine and take a picture of the inside of your eye! Introduces dozens of careers in the NHS to your students!
Science and mechanics are very much applied to our Mouse Trap Balloon Show which explains simple machines. Simple mechanisms including levers, pulleys, inclined planes, and screws are part of the primary science curriculum and the unusual application of balloons to demonstrate these concepts really grabs children’s attention.
Some of the biggest moments in sport have happened here at Silverstone? But what’s the science behind that story being told? Come and have a go at commentating on an F1 race and see Behind The Scenes of the commentary box with the University of Northampton’s Multimedia Sports Journalism team. University course leader Marc Webber (no, not the old F1 driver!) will steer you through his experience of commentating on live sport, so you can have a go.
You will be given more information on how to book your workshops and shows once you have registered.
Thank you all for your time and we look forward to seeing you on the 28th!
See last year’s successful event here.