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British Science Week at the UCLan and Ri YSC

British Science Week takes place next week from 13-22nd March and we have a fun filled week of activities in place at the UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre (YSC).

We have the official opening of the UCLan and Ri YSC which takes place on Wednesday.

The centre is a state-of-the-art lab used to deliver interactive workshops, allowing young people to creatively explore science. It is the first national branch of the YSC outside of London and it is a beacon for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in Lancashire.

Staff and students battled it out last week at our Demo Day heats to secure a place to perform for us at our Demo Day 2015 which lands on Thursday, March 19.

From daring demonstrations to exceptional experiments we had a variety of demos and it was a very hard decision to choose the final five performances who will showcase their demo at the YSC. The final winner will be chosen by school children on Thursday. This will be our first event in the centre after its official opening.

We will also be performing some of your favourite #scistories so don’t forget to share with us your most memorable science experiments/demos from school. You can share yours by tweeting us @YSCUCLan using the hashtag #SciStories or share your experiences on our Facebook page.

Demo Day is an annual campaign aimed at inspiring school teachers and technicians to explore ideas and promote discussions through exciting science demonstrations.

Here are some of the best parts from our demo day heats…

Follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the week.

Lancashire Science Festival fun at Open Day – Nov 14

Lancashire Science Festival added a splash of yellow to Open Day’s showcase floor on Saturday 15th of November. The team wore their famous bright yellow t-shirts, put up the yellow gazebo, fairy lights and were ready for action! Lots of visitors wanted to know more about the festival, and how they could get involved.


After collecting some local pond water the morning of the Open Day, the team put droplets of the water under microscopes for the public to examine what algae looks like close up. On the whole the public were shocked at how intricate and interesting the algae was under the microscope. We then asked people to create the algae in green plasticine and hang it in our fish tank. This was (as you can imagine) incredibly popular with the younger visitors, engaging them with science and letting them get hands on creativity.


Amazon vouchers could be won, by telling us your favourite/worst part of science, or what you love/would like to see at Lancashire Science Festival on luggage tags and adding them to our science tree.

We had some great entries, such as:

‘‘Life is like a proton, stay positive’’

‘’I want more robots in science’’

Overall the team had a fantastic day, enthusing, engaging and exciting the public with science!

Jo and Jen Selfie

Engage UCLan Steering Group

We’ve formed an Engage UCLan steering group- the main purpose of the group is to share best practice, contacts and ideas for engagement, and to ensure that we continue to embed the core principles of the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research and remain true to both the Manifesto for Public Engagement and our own internal definition of Public & Community Engagement, which reads: 

Engagement is by definition a multidirectional process, building connections, exchanging knowledge and sharing expertise with the goal of generating mutual benefits and understanding. 

Appreciation of the breadth of this activity is essential; inclusive of public and community engagement, innovation, enterprise, research, volunteering, dialogue and debate. We are all each other’s publics.

In the spirit of being transparent and open, the group agreed that notes from each meeting will be posted on this blog. This will enable us to share more widely the ideas and opportunities that are brought to the meeting and be receptive to any suggestions, criticisms and ideas from the wider community. 

The first meeting took place on 17th September and the main purpose was to agree how the steering group would operate. The following was agreed:

The Engage UCLan steering group will:
1. Provide guidance to Schools in setting and meeting the public engagement aspects of the delivery plan.
2. Drive engagement opportunities across the institution
3. Raise the profile of public and community engagement and ensure a coordinated approach
4. Create partnerships
5. Ensure integration with regional projects and activities
6. Receive reports from the Creative Communities Group, and ensure coordination of activity
7. Ensure progress against the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research
8. Receive reports from the Lancashire Science Festival steering group and ensure coordination of activity
9. Share information and best practice

Our next meeting takes place on Wed 30 October, and every 6 weeks from then on. If you’d like to bring any matter to the groups attention, please comment below and we’ll add it to the agenda. We will also look to open up the meeting to external partners- let us know if you’d like to be involved