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] Virtual but interactive! You will join in - wherever you are - with poet Paul Cookson as he shares poems from his latest collections. Fun and laughter guaranteed. Like pantomime, but with better rhymes! [/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="12968" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Paul Cookson [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Paul has worked as a poet since 1989 and since then has visited thousands of schools and performed to thousands of pupils and staff. With over sixty titles to his name, Paul has sold well over three-quarters of a million books and his poems appear in over two hundred other books. First joining Potential Plus UK at the Big Family Weekend in 2019, Paul has since run a series of poetry workshops...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Solving certain types of problems can take billions of years on our current conventional computers. Quantum computers, however, could potentially solve these types of problems in just seconds. Quantum computers have the potential to impact many fields, such as machine learning, medicine, and energy systems. What is possible in the future? How do quantum computers work? Jessica Pointing will explore these questions and more during this primer on quantum computing. This session is a repeat of the Family Session from Wednesday 17th February, adapted for a younger audience. [/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="13217" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Jessica Pointing [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Jessica Pointing is a PhD student in Physics at the University of Oxford specializing in quantum computing. She got...

[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] A fun, informal social session for ages 5-12 - use your creativity to interpret each mission and enjoy meeting some new people! You don't need anything specific to take part but will have time to find different objects from around your house or room. To join in, keep your webcam on to show what you find! Age groups: 5-6, 6-7, 7-8, 8-10, 10-12 Times: 13.00-13.30, 14.00-14.30, 15.00-15.30, 16.00-16.30, 17.00-17.30 This is a 30-minute session running 5 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="12986" img_size="full"...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] SESSIONS FULLY BOOKED A fun, informal social session for ages 5-12 with some silly and thoughtful challenges to get your creative juices flowing and meet some new people. Bring along something you can build things out of - this might be lego, playdough, blu-tac, or some (clean) junk such as empty cereal boxes, sticky tape and string. Anything you like!  Keep your webcam on to show what you build! Age groups: 5-6, 6-7, 7-8, 8-10, 10-12 Times: 9-9.30, 10-10.30, 11-11.30, 12-12.30, 13.00-13.30   [/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="12975" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Tom Briggs [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Tom Briggs taught maths for seven years before moving to a cracking job at Bletchley Park as Enigma Outreach Officer (and then Learning Manager), during which time...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] While scientists are working hard to try and explain how our brains work, we are a long way from having all the answers. We will explore some of the ideas and try out some techniques for understanding our thinking a little better. From the basics of the electro-chemical processes to how we can practise positive thinking and reinforce our thinking pathways, we will examine some of the ways we can be influenced and how to sift through the enormous amount of information we are exposed to everyday. [/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="12965" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Rowan Bendall [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Having flown aeroplanes for the last 20 years, Rowan found herself without gainful employment at the beginning of the...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Let your imaginations loose and take an adventure on a pirate ship, as we bring the magical story and characters of Peter Pan to life in this exciting drama workshop for 5 to 8-year-olds. Feel free to grab your fairy wings or pirate patches and come dressed ready to step into this glorious tale. Creative play is facilitated and stagecraft is sprinkled throughout this session to help build confidence and enhance creative expression. [/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 Presenters [/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="13253" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Mary Benzies and Rachel Lewin [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Tolethorpe Youth Drama offers a full, immersive, year-long programme of classes, workshops, productions and festivals. Children and young people are trained in and exposed to all aspects of Drama, Theatre-Making,...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] This session will focus on identity. In nature no two things are exactly the same and everyone is unique and special. Using props to illustrate my talk, I will explore what it means to be unique and what the world would be like if everyone were the same. Maximising our talents and being proud of who we are and what we have achieved will be a theme running throughout the session. During the workshop I will share a poem of mine called It’s Okay to be Different which explores and celebrates difference and uniqueness. [/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="13235" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Judy Morris [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Judy Morris trained as a teacher and taught hundreds of pupils before...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] During this Name In Motion presentation you will gain an insight into how some of the great StopMotion Animation films were created. Using the free “StopMotion Studio” app you will learn the fundamental basics by putting your name into motion! In order to take part in the session the children will need a smart device and an app called “StopMotion Studio” which is free on Android & Apple. Some paper and scissors will also be needed.[/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="13222" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Gordon Parsonage - 20Twenty [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]My name is Gordon and I am the Junior Content Producer here at 20Twenty Productions. I joined as an apprentice straight after school and realised from that moment I...