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] We often hear that beauty is subjective – but does this mean that beauty has no use? This workshop will aim to show that the purpose of beautiful things is not understood in the sense of immediate usefulness, but in a deeply spiritual sense of the need for human beings to beautify their world. [/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 conservatism.[/vc_column_text][edgtf_separator position="center" color="#888888" thickness="1"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481625599062{padding-bottom: 30px...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] An opportunity to learn about the history of Black British Artists, highlighting the contributions of some key artists throughout history across the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture and photography [/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="13970" img_size="full" add_caption="yes" alignment="center" style="vc_box_rounded"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Lisa Anderson [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Lisa Anderson is a writer, curator and arts advisor specialising in Black British Art. She founded the educational and promotional platform Black British Art on instagram in 2015 and runs her own Arts Advisory, Lisa Anderson Art Advisory. Event Header: Installation shot of work by Lakwena Maciver: https://www.vigogallery.com/artists/104[/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] Roma will share three of her favourite bridges with you, and tell you how they were built! Her very first project as a structural engineer was a footbridge in Newcastle which she had to make sure wouldn't wobble. She will also share the story of her engineering hero who was behind the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, and tell you how to make your own yummy bridge with jelly babies! [/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="13483" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Roma Agrawal [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Roma Agrawal MBE is a structural engineer and author. She is best known for her work on The Shard, the tallest tower in the UK, and her book Built which was published in 2018. Roma is...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Looking for fun ways to engage your child in maths?  Rob Eastaway demonstrates some of his favourite games, puzzles and tricks that will bring out the creative side of maths and stimulate curiosity – not just for children, but for parents too! [/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="13246" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Rob Eastaway [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Rob Eastaway is an author, speaker and broadcaster, whose bestselling books include Maths for Mums and Dads and Why Do Buses Come in Threes?. He is the puzzle adviser to New Scientist magazine, and the Director of Maths Inspiration, a national programme of theatre-based lecture shows for teenagers.[/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] Drop in on the childhood and school life of World War 2 codebreaking hero and computing genius Alan Turing. What was life like a century ago as a young person with Asperger Syndrome? Discover how Alan’s insistence on marching to the beat of his own quiet drum led to his saving millions of lives and ushering in our Computer Age. And just what did a boy genius borrow from the school library…? [/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....

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Whether you’re spending a lot of time with your family these days or missing those who live far away, the pandemic has highlighted the joys and challenges of domestic life. What better time to gather and learn about families on the other side of the world. This session will look at modern Canadian history through the lives of some of its most famous families - historical and fictional - including the Trudeaus and the beloved cast from Kim’s Convenience. This hour of history will include games and film clips—fun for all ages as we explore the lives and meanings of Canadian families past and present. [/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="13232" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Esther Rzeplinski [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Esther Rzeplinski...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] There is nothing more exciting than budding young writers finding the pen flowing at home or at school! Bob will be exploring ways in which this can be supported, including the encouragement of a varied and challenging reading diet, ways in which challenging reading habits inspire creative writing and a few bits of advice on how young writers with whom he has worked have excelled. He will include examples of pupils’ work and show how improving at writing is one of the biggest joys of all! [/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="13225" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Bob Cox [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Since becoming a freelance educational consultant in 2007, Bob has worked with a range of schools cross-phase and has delivered...

[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 will be repeated on Tuesday 23rd February at 9.30am with a presentation adapted for ages 5-8. [/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] Places on This Session are Now Fully Booked If you've watched and enjoyed the hit Netflix series The Queen's Gambit, you might be interested in taking on a genuine grandmaster in a simultaneous exhibition for yourself. Grandmaster Peter Wells is one of the UK's best known and most experienced professional chessplayers and coaches, who as a prodigy once drew with Anatoly Karpov in a simul the reigning world champion gave for England's leading junior players. Peter can't match Beth Harmon for style and beauty (who can?), and he doesn't take tranquilisers, but he can still make the chess pieces dance to his tune. This afternoon there will be an opportunity to play chess against a Grandmaster, when Peter Wells...

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1481557972295{padding-top: 20px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text] In this session, Jason Buckley will share a tasting menu of mind-bending questions from philosophy, some involving thought experiments you can try at home, some involving true stories and some not-so-true. Enjoy having a family argument about something more profound than whose turn it is to do the dishes! [/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="12971" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Jason Buckley [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]Jason runs GIFT, the organisation which runs activity programmes for gifted young people. He is also known as The Philosophy Man and runs philosophy based activities in schools and in the community.[/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]...