MakeFest is the Museum of Science and Industry’s annual celebration of hands-on, do-it-yourself making. Artists, makers, crafters and coders will take over the museum for a whole weekend to show off their skills and encourage everyone to have a go at making something for themselves.
Entry is free and booking is not required, though some activities may be chargeable. MGG will be there both days, making soft toys using conductive thread, electrical components and felt.
For our July event, we’re going out and about in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, with two goals in mind: to clean up the streets, and to Catch ‘Em All.
Yes, that’s right, we’re literally that stupid – our event will be a litter picking walk around Manchester city centre, while simultaneously playing Pokémon Go on our phones. We’re nearing the one-year anniversary of the game’s release, so even if you find you haven’t played on it for… just under a year, or if you never got into it in the first place, now’s your chance to give it a spin.
We’ll be meeting at MadLab on Edge Street at 1pm, with a half-hour intro to Pokémon Go for anyone who needs to learn how to play or would like a refresher, and heading off from there at 1.30pm for an hour and a half of picking and Pokéing around town. We’ll split into small groups, or you can choose your own route, as long as you join us at the finish – Travelling Man on Dale Street – at 3pm. We’ll then collect in all your rubbish bags, and head next door to Nexus Art Cafe for a cup of tea and some cake (included in your ticket).
We’ll provide rubbish bags, litter pickers and rubber gloves, but you’ll need to bring a smartphone with the Pokémon Go app installed – and make sure it’s fully charged, or bring a spare battery pack, as it uses up the battery pretty fast!
We’ll also be awarding cool prizes – generously donated by Travelling Man – to the attendee that catches the most Pokémon during the hour-and-a-half (in order to enter, make sure you’re at MadLab before 1.30pm and show us your current Pokémon tally – we’ll check again at the end) and to the attendee that picks up the most litter (to be judged as we collect in the bags).
Dear Friend and Manchester Girl Geeks: Women in STEM.
Want to know who the first woman in space was? Or the first woman to graduate with a degree in Medicine? This workshop is for you! Dear Friend and Manchester Girl Geeks are exploring the many roles that women have played in STEM.
Come learn more about women such as Catherine Chisholm, Emily Roebling, or Kathleen Ollerenshaw and the roles that they played in their respective fields.
Know about a woman in STEM who has not received the attention she deserves? Write a letter to her and raise her profile.
Don’t know who to write to? No problem! There will be plenty of time and opportunity to find women who have contributed to STEM and look up some information about them. We are very happy to assist in getting you started on this process, and the workshop will include a short research skills training session from Girl Geek and librarian/knowledge manager Emily Hopkins.
Take part and write a letter to a woman in STEM and help correct the balance of history, and we’ll have our usual tea and cake!
Dear Friend is a letter-writing project celebrating women who stood up for others, past and present. We’re now welcoming submissions! Write a letter to support a woman who inspired you or who made a difference in an area of equality: such as the fight against slavery; racial discrimination; or the ongoing fight for peace. We’ll digitise and transcribe it, put it on the website, and help raise the profile of whoever you think we need to celebrate. You can write anything from a postcard to a full letter, and hand-write or type it.
Sun 26 March 2017, 14:00 – 16:00
We’re joining forces with one of our annual sponsors for 2016/17, SSR, to run an intro Games Development, with their amazing team.
This taster session is taken from SSR’s five day Summer School course, and during the session, participants will look at the key concepts of game development using Unreal Engine in SSR’s brand new studios, using high specification games development kit. You will enjoy a hands on, interactive session looking and working on level design in a game made at SSR for teaching purposes. After the taster session, you will have had a solid introduction to Unreal Engine – a major games development platform – and will leave the course having taken a first step in understanding the concepts behind games development.
We’ll have our usual tea and cake, and a chance to see some of SSR’s amazing facilities and find out about the courses they offer, as well as making new friends!
The workshop should be suitable for ages 11+, although under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.
For more details and to book, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ggtp-68-games-development-with-ssr-tickets-32094753271
Do you have a passion for technology? What brilliant gadget did you get for Christmas? What wonder of science do you think the world should know about? Come to the next Manchester Girl Geek Tea Party and share your knowledge with people who want to know more.
We’re having another of our famous Girl Geek Show and Tell tea parties, and you’re invited to come along, learn something new and teach us about the things you find fascinating. Science, engineering, technology, maths, or anything geeky – wherever your interest lies, you’re welcome to talk for 10-15 minutes (or less if you’d rather) on a subject of your choice.
If you don’t have anything to share then just come along for the talks, a cup of tea and some cake. Feel free to bring some homemade cakes if you want to share the love, too. There’ll be a relaxed atmosphere where you can share your thoughts and ideas with like-minded ladies. If you’re new and just want to learn more, then come to listen and meet some great people.
For more details and to book, visit mancggtp67.eventbrite.com.