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Darwin comes to Nottingham

by Guest Blogger: Amy Turner 2. November 2009 16:36

Local students films are now ‘up in lights’ on the side of the Royal Centre in Nottingham. Passers by will be able to marvel at the student’s short films on the theme of evolution.  The film projection takes place at dusk and shows a glimpse of four films (images only and no sound) which support Darwin200 and celebrate how Darwin’s ideas on evolution have affected our lives.

Students from St Pauls Catholic School in Leicester, Robert Smyth School in Leicestershire, St Thomas More Catholic School in Buxton, and Queen Eleanor Technology College in Stamford, have all worked with professional filmmakers to communicate the concept of evolution in a creative way.  The films form part of Ignition*’s Sci-Art Fusions project and will be running until February 2010.

Guest Blogger: Amy Turner, Ignition*  

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Ignition* in search of Sparks

by Guest Blogger: FionaO 3. February 2009 16:13

 

We are on the lookout for Creative Sparks… and are looking for young people aged 14–21 who have exceptional creative abilities, whose capacities in science, technology, engineering or mathematics would benefit from the opportunity of funded creative development and personal growth. In return we ask that they act as a role model for their peers and help to raise their educational and career expectations and aspirations.

If you work with a young person with these qualities, please nominate them today.  We have 15 awards to offer in the region in the next two years.  Contact me () to find out more or go to the website.

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Do you know a school which could be the location for the next Lab 13?

by Guest Blogger: FionaO 26. January 2009 11:51

Lab 13 is like the Doctor Who Tardis! Lab 13 is no ordinary classroom, it's where science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experiments and ideas are created and de-constructed by young people!

Theories old and new are tested and learnt in new and exciting ways...no teachers! A STEM specialist-in-residence is on hand to help pupils try things out, build things, test and probe...this is off the curriculum, imagination-engaging work.

School children cannot go to the room until they have finished all their normal class work - there's the incentive! A school pupil management team organises all details, from room design, which specialist in resident, equipment and marketing, experiments, science trips, etc. They have their own democracy which they share with the school so that every pupil can participate in the room. It's a STEM delight!

If you know of a school (primary or secondary) who would be interested in learning more about having a Lab 13 please send expressions of interest asap to we have funding for 5 more in the East Midlands!

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The views expressed in this Blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the East Midlands STEM Partnership, its partners or funders, including East Midlands Development Agency.

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