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STEM@Leeds Team

Educational Engagement
University of Leeds
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Events Calendar

all-day EDT Engineering Summer School @ University of Leeds
EDT Engineering Summer School @ University of Leeds
Jun 27 – Jun 30 all-day
This residential course for Y12 provides a fun introduction to the study of electronic and electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computing at university.  During the course we will give you the information, support and materials that you need to make a functioning wheeled robot. What will you be doing? • Working in teams to build your own self-guided, unmanned wheeled robot • Testing your wheeled robot against other teams • Experimenting with friction, aerodynamics, materials, motors, ultrasound sensors, embedded systems and programming • Learning about a range of engineering topics • Meeting our students and hearing about being a student at Leeds University • Taking part in a full social programme Update from Headstart: This course is now full and applications are no longer being accepted.  Unfortunately Headstart could not offer all applicants a place on a course as places were very heavily oversubscribed.    
all-day Year 12 Chemistry practical days @ University of Leeds
Year 12 Chemistry practical days @ University of Leeds
Jun 27 – Jun 30 all-day
The School of Chemistry will be opening up their undergraduate teaching laboratories to A level chemists and their teachers from Monday 27th to Thursday 30th June 2016. For more information click here.
all-day Food Science Summer School @ University of Leeds
Food Science Summer School @ University of Leeds
Jun 28 – Jun 30 all-day
Our two night residential Food Science Summer School will provide students with a chance to find out more about the science of food, whilst enjoying the full University of Leeds experience. You will carry out experiments in our labs, learn about food science in a taster lecture and spend the night on campus in one of our halls of residence. More information about our 2016 summer school will be available shortly. Duration: 2 nights Number of pupils: 30 students (Maximum of 2 pupils per school) Suitability: year 12 studying one or more science A levels. The deadline for applications is 22nd May 2016. For more information and to apply please visit the food sciences website.


Be Curious public event 2016

Be Curious

Saturday 19th March 2016
Free, interactive public event

Ever been curious as to what studies and research are taking place in Leeds? The Be Curious Festival was an exciting, free, interactive event, suitable for everyone with an interest in health, wellbeing and the human body. Held at the University of Leeds, Parkinson Court building on Saturday 19th March 2016, 10am-4pm, members of the public could come and see, play with and learn about our work!

This event is ran during the Leeds Festival of Science public events programme

A copy of the 2016 programme can be downloaded here:


Colouring competition results

Thanks to everyone who had a go at colouring in our ‘Be Curious’-themed sheets! The winners are displayed below – congratulations Shakila, aged 8, and Daisy, aged 6!


At the University, Parkinson Court will be filled with a range of stalls allowing everyone to ‘have a go’ at activities such as knitting a 3D sculpture, finding out more about joint replacements, looking at the effects of energy generation on the human body and having your face 3D scanned. There will also be an inflatable planetarium where you can lay down and see films about how your body works, throughout the day.

A finger-knitted sculpture in action!

As part of Knitville – the hands on knitting of 3D sculptures – tours to visit the Mitzi Cunliffe sculpture on campus will leave at 12:00pm and 3:30pm.


The family room, for younger children, will invite them to look at how an MRI scanner works, and taking samples of the inside of their cheek and looking at them down a microscope as well as having a go at re-designing neighbourhoods so that walking and cycling become easier ways of transport.

Be Curious - mini lab 2



Throughout the day there will be sessions aimed at the grown-up audience too, which include some short talks presented by researchers at the University on topics such as combating back pain, dealing with blood pressure issues and personalised medicine.

Guided Tours

There will be 5 guided around the University leaving every half hour from the Parkinson Building. These will cover:

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Health and Wellbeing through time

Visit the scientific and medical museum displays and food tasting of medieval recipes.

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Virtual Health and Wellbeing

Visiting demonstrations of the use of robots in care homes and understanding how maths can be used to understand the immune system

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Engineering in Health and Wellbeing

Activities will include looking at surgical technologies, use of robots in rehab and meet Frank the cycling skeleton.

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Mind, Brains and Bodies

Hands on interactive activities for all ages looking at how we work as humans, from our brains, teeth, to the control of our bodies.

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Senses in Health and Wellbeing

A smelly pop-up café to see if you can identify smells and what they remind you of and also see come and feel the effect music has on your health and wellbeing

Theatre show - 'People Are Messy'

6:30pm to 8:30pm
Clothworkers Music Hall, School of Music, University of Leeds
Suitable for age 14+

People Are Messy, by award-winning playwright Judith Johnson, is a comedy drama examining the complexities of patient and public involvement through the eyes of two teenagers with very different ways of confronting a future made uncertain by a serious medical condition.

Democracy, autonomy, personal responsibility and loss are all explored in this engaging, entertaining and accessible production. The play is followed by a facilitated debate, allowing the audience to further explore these issues.

It aims to engage people aged 14+ in an informed debate about the practical, ethical and social issues around decision-making and health research. It is equally engaging for adults and young people alike.

People Are Messy, by award-winning playwright Judith Johnson, has been devised and produced by Theatre of Debate with support from NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award.

For more information, see the Theatre of Debate website.

Admission is free, but booking is required. Book online here.

Event details

‘Be Curious’, Saturday 19th March, 10am – 4pm
Please note the ‘People Are Messy’ theatre show is 18:30-20:30

Parkinson Court
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane

Directions and campus map can be found here

The event is free, all day.
The ‘People are Messy’ theatre show in the evening is also free but requires advance booking.

Age groups
Everyone is welcome, and there is something for everyone too.

Free parking is available for the day on campus in our new multi-storey car park. You will be given a code at the event, to enter into the parking meters before leaving.

Publicity to take away

Download the flyer here:
University of Leeds Be Curious 2016 flyer


If you have any questions, you can contact the Be Curious organisers through peteam@leeds.ac.uk, or 0113 3431149