Some events are yet to be added to this calendar, contact W5 for further information on each event.

Event 1

How will we power the UK in the future?

Tuesday 3rd November 2015
6pm-8.30pm

W5 is delighted to host Sir Mark Walport, the Government Chief Scientific Advisor (GCSA) and Head of the Government Office for Science, for an evening talk on the societal impacts of energy generation.  We would like to invite you to attend this interesting talk and discussion on Tuesday 3rd November, the launch event of the Friendship Four Festival of Science taking place at W5 over the month of November.

How will we power the UK in the future?

We rely on energy every day to run our homes and power our cars.  How we get this energy is changing.

Sir Mark will take us through everything we need to know about how we could power the UK in the future.  His talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Guests are invited to arrive from 6pm with light refreshments available and an opportunity for guests to mingle and network. The event will start promptly at 7pm and finish by 8.30pm.

This event is being delivered in partnership with NI Science Festival.

Booking Details

Places are limited. To book free tickets please register here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-will-we-power-the-uk-in-the-future-an-evening-with-sir-mark-walport-tickets-18713608908.

Event 2

The Physics of Martial Arts (KS4)

Wednesday 4th November 2015

Master Robert Howard (7th Degree Master in Taekwondo) will give a lecture on The Physics of Martial Arts. The lecture and demonstration is aimed at KS4 students and will explain the physics behind the breaking of wood and tiles with Taekwon-Do hand and foot techniques.

Master Howard who also has a PhD in physics will be explain the concepts of; velocity, momentum, force and energy, while at the same time checking if his physics is correct by smashing timber and tiles.

 

This event is being delivered in partnership with the Institute of Physics Ireland.

Booking Details

This event includes free admission to W5 and a contribution of £100 / bus for schools. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and can be booked by contacting the Bookings Team on 028 90467790 / 7793 or emailing bookings@w5online.co.uk.

Event 3

The Science of Sport, Exercise and Health (AS/A Level)

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Physical activity and health is a growing area of the sport and exercise sciences, and Ulster University is one of the first in the UK to offer an undergraduate degree in this discipline.

This innovative one off event aims to provide young people with an opportunity to see the application of science and technology across sports on a local, national and international level and showcase some of the fantastic research that is taking place in Northern Ireland prior to making their UCAS applications. As well as looking at the science behind sport, this event will aim to showcase and highlight careers, placement and scholarship opportunities.

This event is being delivered in partnership with Ulster University School of Sport.

Booking Details

This event includes free admission to W5 and a contribution of £100 / bus for schools. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and can be booked by contacting the Bookings Team on 028 90467790 / 7793 or emailing bookings@w5online.co.uk

Event 4 & 5

Decision Makers! Academic Routes into STEM (Year 12)

Friday 13 November 2015
10.00am-12.00pm

Tuesday 17 November 2015
10.00am-12.00pm

A hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers event run by W5 in partnership with the STEM Ambassador Programme.  Students will have the opportunity to attend a series of practical STEM demonstrations, attend STEM lectures and visit information stands to collate information and discuss STEM qualifications and careers with local employers. The focus of this event will be on students interested in studying A-Levels and going on to University.

Booking Details

This event includes free admission to W5 and a contribution of £100 / bus for schools. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and can be booked by contacting the Bookings Team on 028 90467790 / 7793 or emailing bookings@w5online.co.uk.

Event 6

Fantastic Females: The Business of Sport (A Level/Undergrad)

Thursday 19th November
12pm-1.30pm

To celebrate its Ruby Anniversary, and in partnership with W5, Ulster University Business School is delighted to welcome back one of its renowned alumni, Margaret Byrne.

Margaret, originally from Dromintee, was appointed CEO of Sunderland AFC in 2011, becoming one of only a handful of women to hold such a senior post within football and one of the youngest football CEOs ever appointed. Her passion and drive are renowned throughout football and in this one off unique event, part of W5’s Fantastic Females series, Margaret will provide an insight into her career and the path that has led to her success within this traditionally male dominated sector.

This event will be targeted at a Girls Only audience, and is ideal to inspire our young business leaders of the future. The event will include a Q&A session and there will also be an opportunity for students to find out more about careers and opportunities for study through Ulster University Business School.

Booking Details

Free admission to W5 and a contribution of £100 / bus for schools. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and can be booked by contacting the Bookings Team on 028 90467790 / 7793 or emailing bookings@w5online.co.uk.

Event 7

‘Design It; Build It, Use It! Stadium STEM’ (KS3)

Friday 20th November 2015
10.30am-2.00pm

This event, targeted at post-primary Key Stage 3 (year 10) pupils will showcase the links between major capital development projects with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and related careers. The event will include guest speakers who will explore the design, construction and operations of a major stadium, followed by a hands-on construct-and-build challenge.

Booking Details

The event includes free admission to W5 and a contribution of £100 / bus for schools. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and can be booked by contacting the Bookings Team on 028 90467790 / 7793 or emailing bookings@w5online.co.uk.

Event 8

Destination Space! Astronaut Training (KS3)

Tuesday 24th November 2015

Join W5 as we take you to infinity and beyond with an interactive lecture theatre show specially developed with help from the European Space Agency and the UK Space Agency.

Explore what life is like for the entire space crew in our Destination Space Lecture Theatre Show celebrating astronaut Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in December. With amazing demonstrations and supersonic science experiments including building rockets, launching astronauts and learning about life on the ISS, this awe inspiring show is an out-of-this world experience not to be missed!

Booking Details

Suitable for KS3 pupils, this event includes free admission to W5 and a contribution of £100 / bus for schools. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and can be booked by contacting the Bookings Team on 028 90467790 / 7793 or emailing bookings@w5online.co.uk.

Event 9

Celebrate Chemistry: ‘Fantastic Plastic!’ (Year 12)

Wednesday 25th November 2015
10.30 and 1.00pm

What’s the link between Lego™ blocks, zero pollution cars, disposable nappies, liquids that flow up hill, hockey sticks and false legs? How is this linked to the perfect recipe for slime? And how can you use all this to make a Million?

After a brief overview of the great variety of physical properties of plastics that make them suitable for various intriguing and surprising applications, students are reminded of the basic concepts of solid, liquids and gases. From there, students are introduced to the idea of polymers consisting of long chain molecules. Polymers can exist as solid and liquids but often have properties of both (as in slime). Lively demonstrations show the effects of increasing the temperature, crosslinking the molecules, “tangling up” the polymer chains, and dissolving them in liquids. Some examples are given to show how by controlling what happens at the molecular level, the characteristics of the final material are determined.

This event is being delivered in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Booking Details

To book, please email the Royal Society of Chemistry events@rsc.org.