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Inspiring the next generation - virtual workshop   Fully Booked

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24 November 2021 19:00 - 20:30
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This is a virtual workshop funded by the University of the West of England (UWE) aimed at encouraging adult participants to inspire and enthuse the next generation about STEM. It involves a practical session
in which participants will be guided through the construction of their own working models; a Cartesian diver, a balloon buggy and a vibrating brush monster. These activities have gone down a storm at events such as the Big Bang Fair and Cheltenham Science Festival.

The workshop will be led by engineer Caroline Alliston, who is a Fellow of the IMechE and has 10 years’ experience in STEM education. It will include insights into STEM engagement, instructions on how to build each of the models and explanations of how they work. If you have a child of a suitable age (about 7-13) then you can build your models together. There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the workshop and afterwards. The parts needed to construct the models will be posted out in advance to those who are booked onto the workshop (this is why we need your address).  

Some participants may be interested in conducting the activities in class. UWE holds a number of free class packs of materials and components for this purpose. The activities have proved very popular with schools who are keen to provide their pupils with enriching cross-curricula activities. The activities are designed to tie in with the curriculum learning objectives (materials, forces, electricity and D&T), whilst providing a fun, engaging design and build experience.

(Note: If you have any problems booking onto this event please email me (Caroline) at and I will book you on.)


Caroline Alliston is a mechanical design engineer and Fellow of the IMechE. Nowadays she specialises in creating fun, educational design and make projects to inspire and enthuse children about STEM. For more information and ideas check out her website


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