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British Science Festival Family Day

What is the Family Day?

To close the British Science Festival’s residency at the University, Warwick will also host a special science themed Warwick Family Day. This event builds on the University's existing programme of Family Days and Christmas Lectures, aiming to bring families from across the region onto campus.

The day will involve talks, workshops and stalls across the campus, including indoor and outdoor spaces. We'll make use especially of the Arts Centre, Oculus, the Piazza, Academic Square and the new Sport and Wellness Hub. We'll aim to have a broad range of content, including craft activities, treasure hunts, and performances.

When is it?

The event will take place Saturday 14 September, 10am-5pm. You (or a team of people working in shifts) will need to be available to run the activity for all of that time (with the exception of talks which will be scheduled for a set time) and to set up/ break down around those times. You will not be able to break down before 5pm.

Who attends?

We want to encourage young people from all walks of life to see that university is interesting, fun, and accessible to them. We'll be advertising this event across the region to families of all types with children primary school age or below (0-11 year olds).

There are separate activities being planned for older children, and the main British Science Festival content is for adults aged 16+ so those audiences are not the focus of this event (although older children may attend with their families).

What kind of activity are we looking for?

Over 5,000 people attend the Family Day so we need activities that lots of people can have a go at. We want workshops people can turn up at and have a go at something, stalls where people can see things in action or try stuff out for themselves. We want a variety of activity to suit everyone and we're happy to work with you to shape your activity so it will work in this busy setting. Although we're going for a science theme, we are welcoming applications from all departments as we believe science can take many forms.

We'll also be seeking out some of our best speakers to deliver short talks that will entertain, amuse and inspire young people to ask questions

We welcome applications from academic and non-academic staff, as well as student societies and other groups.

When do I need to send you details by?

Please let us know what you'd like to contribute using the form below by 12pm Thursday 14 March.

How can I find out more?

You can email us at any time, visit a Public Engagement Team Drop-In (Wednesdays 1pm-3pm in University House Cafe) or come to one of our Family Day Activities Development Sessions.

Idea Development Sessions

To help you tailor your content specifically for this event and this audience we'll be running some development workshops where you can come to talk through ideas and get advice on how to make your activity a sucess. Join us in S0.10 (Social Science's Building) between 1pm-3pm Monday 4 March. You can register your place here.

What if I've submitted to the main festival already?

You should hear back from the main festival team in late Feb/ early March about if you've been successful in your application. If you don't want to commit to doing both events then you can wait until you know if you've been accepted by the British Science Association before committing to this call. That said if you wish to do both activities you are more than welcome to run activities for both.

If you submitted an idea to the main festival that you think should have gone through this call instead then please contact us to ensure we've seen this (unless we've already discussed this with you).

I've already told you I want to run something, do I still need to complete this form?

Yes please. This form will ensure we have all the details we need in order to schedule events, and also ensure we haven't missed anyone.

When will I hear back from you to know I was sucessful?

We aim to include most people who submit an activity. If we don't think your activity will work in it's proposed format we will be in touch to identify if we can adapt it to suit the Family Day format/ audience. If budget is required for lots of activities we willl have to prioritise who we can support. We will aim to confirm the programme by Easter.

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