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Oct
20
Sat
2:30 pm The Platonic Solids’ Lesser Know... @ MALL 1, School of Mathematics
The Platonic Solids’ Lesser Know... @ MALL 1, School of Mathematics
Oct 20 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Platonic solids need no introduction. But what makes these five shapes so special? They are the only polyhedra satisfying the following conditions: every face is a regular polygon, every face is identical to every other, every edge is identical to every other, every corner is identical to every other, and finally the shape is convex (roughly, it contains no holes or spikes). In this session, we will investigate some of the less famous (but no less beautiful!) shapes that arise when we relax or amend these conditions. The session will also showcase three of the speaker’s current favourite things: a children’s construction toy (Magformers), a piece of software (Robert Webb’s Stella 4D), and a rare book (Adventures Among The Toroids by Bonnie Stewart). This is a Yorkshire Branch of the Mathematical Association event (www.ybma.org.uk). Non-members are welcome, free of charge. 2pm for a 2:30pm start.

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Be Curious public event 2016

‘Be Curious’

A free, interactive public event

Ever been curious as to what studies and research are taking place in Leeds? ‘Be Curious’ is an exciting, free, interactive event, suitable for everyone with an interest in health, wellbeing and the human body. Held at the University of Leeds, members of the public can come and see, play with and learn about our work!

For ‘Be Curious 2017’, click on the image below:

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

Past programme - 2016

A copy of the 2016 programme can be downloaded here:

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2016 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!

Stalls in 2016

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.

Family events in 2016

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

 

Talks in 2016

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 in 2016

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'

This event has now passed

25th March 2016 – 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.

Event details

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

Address
Parkinson Court
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT

Directions and campus map can be found here

Costs
The event is free, all day.

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

Parking
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

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

Contact

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