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    Science & Discovery Month

    Celebrate Science & Discovery Month at W5!

    This November, four American ice hockey teams, Northeastern, Princeton Colgate, and the University of New Hampshire will travel to Belfast to participate in the Friendship Four Tournament at the SSE Arena, Belfast. The Friendship Four Tournament is currently in its fifth year, and was an initiative led by the Odyssey Trust, the sister cities of Belfast and Boston, and the US Secretary of State’s Office of Global Partnerships.

    The key focus of the Friendship Four is Education – ensuring that young people and communities from all areas are engaged with education and provided with opportunities to identify relevant areas of study and future potential career paths.

    To celebrate this unique sporting and educational event, we’ve developed the ‘Friendship Four – Science and Discovery Month’, a fantastic programme of events being rolled out for schools and the public over the month of November, aiming to raise awareness of the role of STEM and Sport in our society and highlight our commitment to STEM education, lifelong and life-wide learning and community engagement.

    All of these events are FREE for schools to attend and each school will receive up to £100 to help transportation costs. This payment will be sent to schools after the event.

    Check out our exciting events:

    Smart Materials: Building the Future

    This is a show about the future of stuff. Within our lifetimes, solid objects will react, sense, change and move according to their surroundings. This won’t be a result of fancy robotics or cunning electronics, but rather the fundamental properties of the materials themselves. In years to come, we will be living in self-regulating houses, riding self-fixing bicycles, and driving on self-illuminating roads, all thanks to smart materials. These are metals, plastics, fabrics and fluids that react to the outside world without any human involvement, and they promise to change the way we live our lives forever. Expect to see matter doing things you’ve never seen it do before!

    Dr Anna Ploszajski is an award-winning materials scientist, engineer and communicator. By day, Anna is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Making, researching 4D printing and metamaterials. By night she communicates materials science on stage, on radio, on TV and on the page. In 2017 she was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Royal Academy of Engineering, and in 2018 won the Silver Medal from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

    This event is running at two times: Monday 11 November from 10.30am - 11.30am, which is suitable for KS3 and 1pm - 2pm and is suitable for KS4.

    The Physics of Martial Arts

    Dr Robert Howard has been training in Taekwon-Do since 1979 and is an 8th degree Master in this martial art. Combining his love of physics with his love of Taekwon-Do Robert explains the physics behind the awesome power of martial arts. Using the basic physics principles of force, energy and momentum he calculates how much power a martial artist can generate in his or her punches, blocks and kicks. But it’s not all theory, and Robert puts his faith in Newton’s laws to smash his way through timber and tiles.

    This event is running on Wednesday 13 November from 11am - 12pm and is suitable for KS3 & KS4.

    The Future of Work: In Partnership with Ulster University

    Ulster University Business School is an entrepreneurial, innovative and dynamic School that is committed to shaping future growth and learning through innovative approaches and new educational models. It is the 6th largest business school in the UK.

    In partnership with W5, Ulster University Business School is delighted to deliver a keynote presentation with Dr Nicola Millard, Head of Customer Insight and Futurology at BT, focusing on the Future of Work. The event will include an interactive 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.

    Dr Nicola J. Millard is head of customer insight and futures in BT’s global innovation team. Despite working for a technology company, Nicola isn't actually a technologist and combines psychology with futurology to try and anticipate what might be lying around the corner for both customers and organisations.

    This event is running on Tuesday 26 November at 12pm and is suitable for KS4 & KS5.

    For each event, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book your place for any of our events please ring 028 9046 7790/7793 or email bookings@w5online.co.uk.

    The above events are part of the 2019 Microsoft Science & Discovery, a celebration of the NCAA Friendship Four Ice Hockey Tournament. For further information about the NCAA Friendship Four Tournament click here

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