Do you love communicating science? Are you interested in helping out with one of our events? Then become a volunteer with Science Brainwaves!
We run numerous fun, science-themed activities for children of all ages (adults can join in too!) at fairs throughout the year at various locations around Sheffield. Recent activities have included extracting strawberry DNA, sweet chromatography and pathogen modelling and much more! We also run an after-school club called Neutrinos, which you are more than welcome to come and help out with!
If you are participating in the Sheffield Graduate Award, keep track of the hours you volunteer for us with this form.
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To blog, simply send us an email with a brief explanation of what you'd like to write about. If you've got any written work already published online, please link us, we'd love to see it!
We'll get in touch and you can start right away!
Why get involved?
I truly believe that I wouldn’t have got where I am without Science Brainwaves on my CV. I learnt how to write properly for a range of audiences through blogging, writing news articles and preparing grant proposals to get money for our events. It gave me so many experiences to draw upon in interviews: how I’ve worked in a team but also been a leader, how I’ve dealt with pressure or worked to a deadline and how I’ve approached seemingly insurmountable problems. But most of all I’ve been able to show that I’ve taken the initiative to achieve something quite unique. The great thing about Science Brainwaves is that it’s run by students and so you can have the opportunity to make it what you want, to be creative and really have something significant and different to show for your hard work."
One of the highlights from my year as Chair in 2011-12 is successfully gaining funding and training for us to carry out the nationwide Wellcome Trust funded project ‘Hands on DNA: A Question of Taste’. I also have fond memories of supporting the wonderful committee in establishing a radio show, outreach events with local Scout groups, schools, after-schools clubs and developing new workshops. It was a fantastic year and I am very proud to have been part of such a wonderful adventure, I’ve made some wonderful friends and the icing on the cake for me was when we won the Sir Walter Bodmer Award in 2012."
Michaela is now a Science Communications Officer at the University of Oxford, managing and coordinating the activities and development of the Oxford Sparks programme. This includes website maintenance, online communications, video and podcast and associated learning resources production, public engagement training for researchers and strategy development.