The project will provide the ten selected organisations with all the equipment they need to run all of the activities and workshops. This will include:
A thermal imaging camera
A solar telescope
A Van de Graaff Generator
A particle accelerator in a salad bowl
An iPad pre-loaded with exceptional apps for space and the physical sciences
A levitating magnet experiment (including superconductor, magnet and liquid nitrogen Dewar for those who do not currently have the facilities to store liquid Nitrogen)
A specialised optic box
A specialised materials and magnets box
The project provides flexible workshops, family show and other activities
We understand that all ASDC members are different and have different strengths and existing partnerships. We also know that every centre will want to run slightly different activities and events and will want full freedom over how they choose to run these with their visitors. We fully endorse this approach and indeed a key part of the way the project has been designed has been to maximise this flexibility. We want the ten selected centres to have the freedom to evolve these workshops if they wish to take advantage of their expertise and existing relationships with universities and others to enhance the way their audiences engage with the physical sciences.
The ten selected centres will be offered the following:
Full and detailed training on how to use all the equipment, carrying out hands-on experiments and the science behind these.
Places for two staff at the two-day residential training academy. Their travel, food and accommodation will all be paid by ASDC.
A master class for 14-16 year olds and a schools workshop for 10-13 year olds developed by a team led by the National Space Centre and National Space Academy. Both workshops are fully curriculum-linked and will involve all the equipment provided by the project.
A lively and entertaining family show for 8-13 year olds and their parents. The family show will be flexible and modular. It will be developed by a team led by the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre with input from the National Space Centre and ASDC.
A meet the expert format, including personal introductions to some top experts.
A set of resources to use with groups of brownies and guides, cubs and scouts to help them achieve their badges.
Details and introductions to scientists involved in the project's national training programme to train 50 scientists and researchers associated with STFC programmes. This training will link these experts to the project, explore ways they can use the variety equipment to talk about their work, train them on how science centres work and share with them some methods of public engagement.
A full marketing pack, including logos and branding material, photos of the workshops for your schools leaflets and curriculum links for teachers
Forms for the project evaluation
An 'Explore Your Universe' Website, including social networking opportunities in 2013
A place at the National Meeting in mid-2013 to share with all the other centres that are running activities
All the project's resources will be licensed under creative commons (attribution). To allow centres and scientists to keep innovating together and to find ever more brilliant ways to engage school students and the public with the physical sciences, we ask that all participating centres share any new activities that evolve from the project in the same spirit of collaboration.