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] 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] A lively insight into one of Shakespeare's most famous plays. This session from Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation will explore plot, character and language, with the chance for you to try out what you learn at home! Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation (Coram SSF) is a cultural education charity that gives young people across the UK the confidence to succeed in life. Their annual youth drama festival sits at the core of their transformative process, and they also deliver a range of standalone workshops and bespoke projects for schools. [/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="13965" img_size="full" alignment="center" style="vc_box_rounded"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Ffion Williams [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Ffion Williams is an actor, facilitator and producer based in Cardiff. She has vast experience of working with young...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Join Ben for an online music-making experience to remember!  Learn some great fun songs, then discover how to record them and create your own choir by using multi-track recordings on everyday devices like phones and laptops.  Note this presentation will make use of free software for both Apple devices (Garageband) and PC (Audacity) as well as headphones. [/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="13224" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Ben England [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Ben England BEM is a conductor, educator, singer and animateur based in Bristol, UK.  Ben qualified as a music teacher in 2003 and has taught classroom music to students of all ages as a Head of Music and subsequently Director of Music for a large Multi-Academy Trust.  Ben worked...

[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] Join us as we create the world of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Walk in the shoes of the colourful characters we find deep in the enchanted forest. This fun and practical workshop for 8 to 11-year-olds, will bring to life Shakespeare’s classic tale of magic, mystery and mayhem through games, characterisation and lively storytelling! [/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, and Performing Arts. As an integral part of the renowned Stamford Shakespeare Company, TYD benefits from its association with...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] This session invites you to think about what you eat and how it impacts on your own health and the environment. It will invite you to consider why some people think we should eat insects and explore insect farming and cooking with our six legged friends. [/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. She led the first research of its kind that asked children under 14 years old – would you eat bugs?[/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] Do you love to dance to your favourite song? Do you remember the words to the first song you ever learned? Music is everywhere! But why do we love music, and why does it make us think, feel, laugh, cry, and dance? Does music change our brain, and can it be used as medicine? More importantly…can music make us happy and make us feel better? Join Emer Maguire, to solve the mystery of music (according to science!) [/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="40"][vc_single_image image="13230" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Emer Maguire [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Emer Maguire is an international award winning science communicator turned musical comedy success story. She is a double Irish Radio award winning BBC presenter, and a unique event host...