Exhibit Prototyping Skills Days - intermediate level, 2 days
15-16 July 2019, 10am -7pm both days
£100 for members, £130 for non-members
Do you have an idea for a demo or an exhibit that you've always wanted to prototype, but have never had the chance? Or would you just welcome the chance to do some Sci-Comm-related making in the company of other BIG members? Then you might enjoy our Exhibit Prototyping Skills Days.
In this Skills Day offering, we’ll spend two days in the workshop of the Edinburgh Tool Library working on our own projects. You should be prepared to work largely independently: some familiarity and confidence with hand tools and machines is a must. We're offering the workshop facility and a community spirit, not a training event (a day for people with little to no experience is scheduled for October).
However, you need not be a workshop master to benefit from this event. Don't worry if you haven't used some of the woodworking machines before - everyone will be given an induction to the machines.
The workshop is equipped for woodworking. Drilling and hand-sawing metal is also possible.
And if you are staying in Edinburgh for the BIG Event, you'll have the chance to try out your prototype with BIG members on Friday 19th at Dynamic Earth.
Preparation: You'll get the most out of the event if you come with a clear idea of what you'd like to make. This way you will be able to get stuck in and start making straight away. We'll provide the basics: a collection of reclaimed timber, wood screws, and all the tools and machines* you'll need. For other materials and components, Screwfix and B&Q are not far away, but it will save you time if you do your shopping in advance.
Chop saw ( 2x )
Pillar drill press ( 2x )
And all the basic DIY tools (saws, hammers, screwdrivers etc)
About the session leader: Ben Craven
Ben is a vision scientist by training, but now makes his living teaching Product Design Engineering at Glasgow School of Art, and gentle maths and stats for the Open University. He also does freelance work in informal science communication, and arranges efficient networking events.
BIG members: cost £100 login as a member first to be able to register for the member rate. To login as a member, use the email address you used to join BIG. If you can't remember what this is, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-members: you first need to join BIG costing £30 for the year and then come back and register for this Skills Day at the £100 member rate.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO BE BETTER EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ALLIES?
17 July, 2019
The science engagement sector is increasingly talking about diversity, and the need to make our activities available and inclusive to as wider group of people as possible. Many of us working in science engagement are freelance, part of small organisations, or cater to a specific established audience – but there’s a role for us all to play as allies.
This event will explore how we can make better use of the facilities and resources we control to support equality, diversity and inclusion. The aim is to identify the actions we can all commit to doing to make a difference, and support diverse practitioners, organisations, and organisers even when they aren’t directly involved in our work.
Join us for a panel discussion and networking session to share practical actions that engagement managers, venues, event organisers, and presenters can use.
Full list of panel members to be announced soon.
Date and Time
Wednesday, 17 July
Arrive for 9:45am. The event begins at 10am promptly and ends at 12 noon.
Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.
Venue: Hemma Kafe, 73 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AU
Hemma is a few minutes’ walk from Dynamic Earth, where the BIG Event will be taking place from 13:00 on Wednesday, 17 July to Friday, 19 July
This event is FREE to attend and is open to everyone.
BIG and the BSA are committed to ensuring that the event is accessible to everyone. If you need to confirm access needs before booking a place, please email.
We will set up a hashtag to enable remote participation and we’ll publish a summary of the event on the BSA blog.
If you would like to contribute ideas in advance, email Clio Heslop at the BSA: email@example.com
For more information about the event and the programme please return to the main BIG Event 2019 page.
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*Note that Early Bird requires full payment on or before 23rd April, 2019. If full payment isn't received by 23rd April, your registration will be honoured at the Full Price until 7th May, 2019. After this point, if we still haven't received full payment, your registration will be cancelled.
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Cancellation and Refund Policy
Payment for all events must be received by the day of the event. If payment is not received by the day of the event, your attendance cannot be honoured at the event.
We can, by prior arrangement only, honour your attendance at the event if an official purchase order number has been generated and is being processed by your organisation’s finance department.
If you wish to cancel your registration:
You may transfer your registration (and membership) to a colleague for no charge with up to 24-hours’ notice of the event.
In the event of non-attendance at the event, refunds will not be given.
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Exhibit Prototyping: Skills Days for Beginners, 2 days
Booking opens 16 July, 2019
1-2 October 2019, 10am -7pm both days
Lunch is on your own
Do you have an idea for an exhibit or demo that you'd like to make, but feel that you don't have the confidence, the skills or the facilities to make it? In this two day skills event, we'll show you how to use hand tools and woodworking machines to turn your idea into a useful prototype.
In this Skills Day offering, we’ll spend two days in the workshop of the Edinburgh Tool Library working on our own projects. This event is aimed at people with little or no workshop experience, but independent working will be required. There will be experienced staff available to help you get the most out of the workshop and the two days. (If you already have some experience, check out our Intermediate-level event in July.)
The workshop is equipped for woodworking; drilling and hand-sawing metal is also possible. Don't worry if you haven't used some or all of the woodworking machines before - everyone will be given an induction on safety and machines’ capabilities.
Preparation: Although this event is aimed at people with minimal experience, everyone should come with an exhibit or a demo idea in mind. You'll get the most out of the event if you do as much of the thinking as possible beforehand, so that you can get stuck into making straight away. We will discuss your idea with you in advance so that we can advise on any details that you're unsure of. This will help you arrive with an idea that has the best chance of being completed in the time available.
In addition to tools and machines, we'll provide the basics: a collection of reclaimed timber, wood screws, and all the tools you'll need. For other materials and components, Screwfix and B&Q are not far away, but it will save you time if you do your shopping in advance.
BIG: the skills sharing network for STEM
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