The TEN selected organisations will need to commit to the following:
To embed the workshops and public activities into your schools and public programme and run them into the future.
To engage the prescribed number of participants by running the target number of workshops between January 11th 2013 and November 15th 2013, as outlined below.
To have a quality control system in place that maintains the integrity of the science into the future.
To ensure two members of staff participate fully in the training academy*
To market the workshops in accordance to guidelines given by ASDC and the project team
To ensure two members of staff participate in the National Meeting to share best practice in 2013.
*Organisations wishing to apply should refer to the training and delivery schedule to ensure that their chosen members of staff on this project are available to attend the academies and keep to other deadlines.
Numbers of participants you will need to engage
The ten selected ASDC members will need to commit to engaging the following numbers of people via the specified mechanisms between January 11th 2013 and November 15th 2013. Please note, that it is the overall numbers of people that are your target, and we give the numbers of workshops and shows as a guide. We appreciate that schools groups vary in size and that every centre delivers family shows to vastly different sized audiences at weekends and holidays. Each centre should tell us how they will play to their strengths and deliver in a way that suits them.
Target 1: Schools workshops: 900 students
We recommend this would be as follows:
12 masterclasses for 14-16 year olds with 25 students in each (=300 students)
20 schools workshops for 10-13 year olds with 30 students in each class (=600 students)
Target 2: Family Shows: 2000 children and adults
Have a space-themed or physics-themed special season, running the show for families at weekends for three months (35 people per show, three times each day on Saturday and Sunday, x 13 weeks = 2730 people)
Run the family show over the Easter holidays (16 days) and a half term (nine days) = 25 days. (35 people per show, three times each day x 25 days = 2625 people)
Run the show with 70 people once a day for four weeks of the summer holiday (=1680 people) and then take the show to a science festival and run variations of it seven times with 50 people (=350 people) totaling 2030 people
Target 3: Meet the expert events:
Ten days of events reaching an audience of approximately 5000 people*
You are free to mix and match the audience and location for these meet the expert events. For example, your activities could be families during weekends and holidays meeting the experts on the busy exhibition floor, or perhaps events within your local science festival or city hall. You might also want to include these meet the expert activities as part of a big schools event or competition, or to celebrate World Space Week in October, or as part of a special evening event for adults such as a research-themed evening, stargazing night or even alongside a lecture or cafe scientifique. One option is outlined below:
As part of an 'Explore your Universe' special season, you could invite scientists from your local university, or ask researchers and engineers from the project to meet your visitors using the project's amazing equipment as a talking point. If two scientists are talking to visitors on a busy floor from 10am -4pm, and each talks to a family of four for ten minutes, whilst another four people look on and listens, they will engage 96 people per hour. Across six hours they will have interacted with 576 people. Running ten days of events over the holidays will reach 5760 people.
*Please note, we appreciate that 5000 is a large number of people. If you prefer to engage fewer people more 'deeply' with the researchers please tell us what you plan, and details of your target audience.
Target 4: Brownies and Guides, Cubs and Scouts
We would like a commitment from all the partners to explore ways to engage more Brownies and Guides, Cubs and Scouts through the project in a way that works for each centre. Ideally you will use the new equipment and activities with your existing groups of Brownies and Guides, Cubs and Scouts to inspire them with the latest science whilst cultivating new relationships. In addition we hope many centres will consider running sleepovers and activity badges with these groups as part of the project. ASDC would like to discuss the options with the ten centres once they are selected and will look to promote the activities nationally with Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scouts to drive visits to their centres. In time we would like 1000 Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scouts to be linked to the stories and science of STFC via each partner centres via the web resources and directly through activities.