Explorathon Extravaganza – Meet Researchers During European Researchers’ Night

Issued: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:03:00 BST

European Researchers’ Night returns to Scotland in 2016 for an ‘Explorathon’ of research from noon Friday 30 September to noon Saturday 1 October.

The event, which is now in its third year, will see researchers from across Scotland take to the streets, visit local schools, pop-up at shopping centres, museums and cinemas, to showcase the latest research.

This year we will focus on school engagement, with around 50 schools in Glasgow taking part. Researchers from Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities will pair up with local primary and secondary schools to deliver hands-on activities, discussions, debates and interactive workshops, based around their research.

Ross Brisco, PhD student and STEM ambassador, from the Department of Design Manufacture & Engineering Management (DMEM), at the University of Strathclyde, will be delivering a workshop at a local secondary school during the Explorathon event.

Ross will interact with pupils about his research on communication for engineering design. Pupils will take on the ‘cardboard chair challenge’ and find out about engineering design, teamwork and the vital communication skills required to build a simple chair structure.

The fun doesn’t stop there, with a packed programme of events for all ages in the afternoon and evening of the 30th and a selection of activities to choose from on Saturday morning (1st October).

Highlights from the programme include, a Pokémon Go Tour of the Glasgow University campus, and our popular Explorathon Extravaganza at the Glasgow Science Centre, with planetarium shows, spotlight researcher talks, hands-on activities. New this year, we will be swapping our shopping bags for science, at the Forge Shopping Centre. You can play in our eco-playground and discover Scottish scientists with the Glasgow Science Festival Team.

For more information about Explorathon 2016 and how you can get involved in events in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews visit our website or follow us on social media (@ernscot #explorathon16). Booking may be required.

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