Our South England Branch is Officially Open for Business!

Last week saw science made simple host a launch party to celebrate the opening of our newest branch at The Open University in Milton Keynes. Following its success, we are proud to announce that the branch is now officially open, allowing us to spread our passion for science to more people than ever before. 

science made simple's new branch is based at the Open University.

Wendy, Becky, and Leanne toasting the new South England branch!

Wendy, Becky, and Leanne toasting the new South England branch! CC-BY science made simple

The Launch Party

We had a fantastic turn out to the launch party with guests from local schools and home educators along with Open University staff, all keen to find out about science made simple.

The event began with a welcome from Dr Arlëne Hunter, Head of The Environment, Earth and Ecosystems Department at The Open University.

Our director, Wendy Sadler,  spoke about our company’s mission and history. She spoke of changing the perception of science amongst young people and inspiring them to become the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The manager of our new south England branch, Dr Leanne Gunn, gave an impassioned speech about her journey from starting her studies in volcanology, to working for science made simple and her inspiring vision for the south England branch:

“I don’t want this new branch to just be an outpost of science made simple, I want it to be a vibrant hub of creative people, passionate about science communication – much like the Cardiff office is today”

Leanne Gunn

Becky finding a guest carotid artery using a portable ultrasound machine.

Becky finding a volunteer’s carotid artery using an ultrasound machine.  CC-BY-science made simple

The Entertainment

It wouldn’t be a science made simple event without some science, so it was over to Becky Holmes to showcase some of our most popular demonstrations! These included a live ultrasound scan on members of the audience, making giant and cube shaped bubbles, and generating sound with straws, wine glasses and a blowtorch.

The office was declared officially open when Becky used centripetal force to spin cava around her head in a full circle, to the general amazement of the assembled guests.

“The children absolutely loved the science demonstrations, and the adults were very receptive to our mission with collaborations already beginning to form during the event.”

  -Becky Holmes

Here is a collection of the feedback left on social media following the event. feedback

 

Thank you to all of you who came along to help us celebrate we hope to work with each and everyone of you in the future!

 

If you missed the event, you can still access great science articles and activities for all ages on the science made simple website, or get in touch to enquire about a science event or communication training tailored for your needs.

If you would like to find out more about science made simple: South of England, please contact science made simple on 02920 876 884, or contact Dr Leanne Gunn directly at leanne@sciencemadesimple.co.uk.

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Science made simple are an award-winning independent outreach company with over 13 years’ experience of developing educational performances that tour to around 450 schools each year. We are a social enterprise with a mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and to encourage learning in a fun and interactive way through live performances. We have reached over 750,000 people to date through our performances and many more through our work taking science onto TV and radio shows.

Our reputation for quality and innovation has led to us receiving a number of high-profile awards including the  ‘Innovator’ award from Learning outside the Classroom, the Rooke Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering (for the promotion of engineering) and the EU Descartes prize – a European award for innovation in the field of science communication.

Contacts

Dr Leanne Gunn, Manager of science made simple Milton Keynes

02920 876 884     leanne@sciencemadesimple.co.uk

 

Ms Wendy Sadler, Founding Director of science made simple

02920 876 884     wendy@sciencemadesimple.co.uk

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