As part of Manchester Science Festival, on the 20 October the University is hosting the Science Spectacular – a family fun science fair event. And we need enthusiastic students who are interested in inspiring and engaging the general public in some science fun. It’s a great way to share your research and knowledge and learn new skills in public engagement.
What is Science Busking?
Science Busking involves approaching people, showing them intriguing and entertaining science demonstrations or tricks – much like street magicians! As a Science Busker, you will help to enthuse and engage with hundreds of Festival visitors. You will get to meet and work with like-minded people and enjoy a positive and memorable experience.
Whether this is your first foray or you are already experienced in the art of science communication we want to hear from you!
You need to be:
- Outgoing, friendly and confident: You’ll be working with family audiences from children to grandparents, so you need to be comfortable talking to a range of people.
- Intrigued by science: you don’t need a qualification, but an interest and enthusiasm for science and the ability to communicate scientific concepts clearly.
- Willing to learn: We’ll put you through science busking training, so you are fully prepared.
- Reliable and committed: You’ll work as part of a team to engage the public and will be asked to commit to a time slot (typically 2.5hrs) for each event you sign up to attend.
What you can expect from us:
- Training and mentoring.
- All the busking kit you’ll need to become a Science Busker.
- A UoM Science Busker branded t-shirt to wear on the day.
- Valuable experience of working on a high-profile public engagement event.
- Refreshments and snacks to keep your energy levels up
Information and Training Day
There is an information and training day on Wednesday 3 October 2018, 1pm – 4pm. You can attend the training and then decide if science busking is for you. Sign up to join here.
After the training, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in the Science Spectacular on Saturday 20 October 2018., and you’ll be eligible to take part in other science busker calls throughout the academic year (for example Science X, Community Festival, Widening Participation school events and more!)
How can I find out more?
For more information about becoming a science busker please contact: Dee-Ann.Johnson@manchester.ac.uk.
Interested in find out more about public engagement in general? Read our quick guide here