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Option 2

Arrival: 9.30-10.00

You will be met by PGCE Festival staff at the Bus terminal who will guide you to the Arts Centre and remain with you for the duration of your visit.

Activity 1: Interactive National Grid Discovery Zone

The Butterworth Hall will be transformed to house some of the University's most exciting research and teaching. The children will have the opportunity to have hands-on experience with equipment and take part in exciting interactive activities. Discover how the five senses shape our lives and meet some of our talented students and expert professors, keen to share their knowledge.

Activity 2: My Life in a Freezer – Tales from a Modern Day Explorer

Hear from inspirational polar explorer and Coventrian, Mark Wood as he talks about his experiences of travelling in some of the most remote regions of the planet. From survival in sub-zero temperatures, to coming face-to-face with polar bears, find out more about how he prepares for such journeys, what he eats, how his specialist clothing protects him and why he keeps on succeeding. Mark is resident explorer for IGGY, the University’s educational and social network for the brightest students around the world. The University is a keen supporter of this remarkable man whose adventures will thrill and spark the imagination as he describes battling the elements during Everest ascents and lone expeditions to both Poles.

Activity 3: Facing the Future

As social animals, humans often rely on the messages from faces around them to be successful in their social world. We need to recognize the people we know and understand when people are likely to be threatening to us. In fact, our brains have developed specialised systems to process faces quickly and efficiently for just these reasons.

Elisabeth Blagrove looks at how, with the use of technology, the human race is changing the way it communicates! More and more of our lives seem to happen over the internet- and we seem to spend less time literally ‘face-to-face’. In the ‘future', what will this mean for the way we act socially? Will friendly faces still be important to us- or will we rely on technology to remind us we’re human?

Departure: 12.45-13.00

The PGCE Festival Staff will guide you back to your coach when your activities have finished.