February 15-26. The vPlus Festival is an online festival from Potential Plus UK, full of workshops, webinars and discussions for young people with enquiring minds, their families and schools.

 

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[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Love Chess - want to play against new people? Join our online tournament! Due to popular demand (lovely to hear people enjoyed it!) we are running further online chess tournaments where you can challenge each other using https://lichess.org/. Lichess is a free, online open source chess server that allows people to play against friends or against a computer. We will be holding a 1 hour chess tournament on this server for anyone aged 18 or under.  This online tournament will operate with chat turned off. What you need to know: Preregister with lichess.org Log into the Festival Noticeboard At 3.45pm we will post up a link to the lichess tournament. These will be on the relevant day pages - Wednesday...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Bring along your favourite book, story or poem to take part in this social session for young people who love reading - a chance to meet with others and hear some fantastic book recommendations! What do you like about the book you have chosen? Who is your favourite character and why? Keep your webcam on so you can show your book! Age groups: 6-10, 10-13, 14-18 Times: 14.00-14.45, 15.00-15.45, 16.00-16.45 This is a 45-minute session running 3 times; there are a limited number of places on these sessions. Log into the festival website noticeboard to register for this event where you will be able to select your time slot according to age group [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Session Presenter [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557797062{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="12929"...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Places on this session are now fully booked This is a social and collaborative event for ages 11-14, where we turn up the challenge level of the game, ‘Consequences’, where not only what you choose to write has an impact, but also the style in which you write it.  Be inspired by the other participants as well as by music, art and words. There are a limited number of places on this session.  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Session Presenter [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557797062{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="13527" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Susannah White [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]With 25 years’ experience of teaching and learning, Susannah is a passionate educator, drawing on a background of working with adults and children of all ages.  She has worked in a wide range of educational...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] One reason I chose to be a scientist is that I love making things. I think science is a creative activity that explores how the universe works. In this talk I want to show you three experiments you can try at home using inexpensive and easy to get materials. These include: parabolic solar heater, electricity generation and light beam communications. Many of these experiments were demonstrated in the challenges set during the six Open University BBC Rough Science TV series that I appeared in. The talk will include demonstrations and video clips from the TV series. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Session Presenter [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557797062{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="13250" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Jonathan Hare [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Jonathan Hare is a physicist, science communicator and television presenter....

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] This session will encourage you to explore some of the journeys our clothing has been on – from the maker to our wardrobes. We will discuss the impact some clothing has on the people that make it and the planet and you will be invited to be curious, find out and do something! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Session Presenter [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557797062{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="13279" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Verity Jones [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Dr Verity Jones is an educational researcher at the University of the West of England, Bristol and is the co-author of the online course:  Who Made My Clothes? She is presently working with The Global Goals Centre and undertaking international research with children about what they think is important to think about regarding...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] A group workshop for 11-14s offering an introduction to critical and creative thinking. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how and when you need to apply critical thinking skills, from working out what you think about important, controversial issues, what is and isn’t fake news and whether to sign an internet petition, to deciding which points should be included an essay or are mostly likely to help you win an argument. You’ll also learn some practical techniques to enable you to develop and practise your critical thinking skills in everyday life, see things from different perspectives and develop a creative approach to problem-solving. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Session Presenter [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557797062{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="13223" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Alex Elliott and Tom Ziessen [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Computing genius and World War 2 codebreaking hero Alan Turing grew up as a young person with Asperger’s Syndrome before it was even recognised as a condition. Discover how Alan’s daringly different way of thinking changed all our lives, helped to put humankind on the Moon, and even made your mobile phone possible. Think out of the box! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Session Presenter [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557797062{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="13243" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Paul Morris [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Paul Morris’s published books include history-mystery adventure Time Traveller Danny and the Codebreaker, featuring codebreaking genius Alan Turing, and chart-topping poetry book Beyond the Morning Sun released in support of services charity Combat Stress. He has judged in national writing competitions, edited several books including fiction, poetry and academic works, and is an educational...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] A presentation aimed at teen autistic girls in which Siena shares her coping strategies, and the tips and tricks that she used to overcome her social anxiety, minimise her sensory overloads, and succeed in school. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Session Presenter [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557797062{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="13248" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Siena Castellon [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Siena Castellon is the bestselling author of “The Spectrum Girl’s Survival Guide: How To Grow Up Awesome and Autistic.” She is a multi-award winning neurodiversity advocate and founder of Neurodiversity Celebration Week, an international campaign that encourages schools to recognize the strengths and talents of students with special educational needs. Siena is also a United Nations Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals.[/vc_column_text][edgtf_separator position="center" color="#888888" thickness="1"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481625599062{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}"][vc_column][tt_event_hours][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Art and science are often presented as totally different areas, when we all have so much to gain by bringing them together. Hear about how Hana Ayoob uses art and science in her work and discover how art has always been a part of scientific discovery. Have a pencil or pen, and some paper with you for a few drawing activities along the way. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Session Presenter [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557797062{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="13219" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Hana Ayoob [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Hana Ayoob is a science communicator and illustrator based in London. She enjoys bringing people together to enjoy exploring the world around them. Hana has a background in Zoology, and will draw and talk about animals whenever possible.[/vc_column_text][edgtf_separator position="center" color="#888888" thickness="1"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481625599062{padding-bottom:...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] The purpose of this presentation is two-fold: first, to demonstrate to an audience of any age the applicability of political theory to the real-world, and what political theorists do on a daily basis; and second, in terms of that demonstration, to explore the possibility of a conservative revolution in the thought of Edmund Burke, and what that means for conservatism today. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Session Presenter [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557797062{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_single_image image="13218" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Jake Scott [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Jake Scott is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Birmingham, specialising in populism and political theory. He is the editor of the online publication the Mallard, and has a history of advising political figures and politicians, and delivering talks to organisations on the topic of...