Programme launch 2021-2022

Programme launch 2021-2022

First events announced for our upcoming season

We are delighted to announce the launch of our 2021-2022 programme, featuring talks, days out and family-friendly activities. As we emerge from the Covid pandemic, and following the success of the British Science Festival and ARU Family Science Day, we are beginning to return to "in-person" events and hope to resume our social programme in 2022.

Please save the dates for our exciting events for autumn / winter 2021:

Note that some details are still to be confirmed; we will update the listings on our website in due course. Please do register your interest in the meantime by booking where appropriate.

Also a reminder that our Centenary Photographic Competition 2021 is still open until 15 October, and our Fresh Air – Fresh Thinking project is kicking off this month. We are still looking for volunteers!

We hope to see you at these events and more in 2022. Stay safe, and thank you for supporting CSES.

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British Science Festival: 7-11 September

British Science Festival

The British Science Festival 2021 is underway in Chelmsford, transforming the city into a celebration of science and culture

BOOK NOW for the British Science Festival 2021. One of the most ambitious science festivals in the UK since the start of the pandemic, with over 100 free events taking place over five days.

This year's programme has been specially curated to highlight the region’s strength in sustainability, healthcare and social sciences. The British Science Festival will offer a mix of outdoor talks, immersive installations, and indoor events that delve into the stories, ideas and the people behind science and innovation.

On Saturday 11 September, join us at Anglia Ruskin University’s Chelmsford campus, for a fun filled Family Science Day. Take part in lunar expeditions, have fun with bubbles and clouds and explore your health and fitness. From Medical Mavericks and an appearance from Spiderman, there is truly something for everyone.

To book your FREE tickets for the Family Science Day, visit www.aru.ac.uk/events.

BODY: An outdoor immersive journey through six different body zones mixing human biology with light, special effects, sound and fire. Open 8-10pm daily, Guy Harlings (Chelmsford Cathedral).
BODY: An outdoor immersive journey through six different body zones mixing human biology with light, special effects, sound and fire. Open 8-10pm daily, Guy Harlings (Chelmsford Cathedral).

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British Science Festival Programme Launched

British Science Festival

The full programme for the British Science Festival 2021 has been launched and will transform the city of Chelmsford into a celebration of science and culture

The British Science Association (BSA) has unveiled the full programme and opened bookings for the British Science Festival 2021. The rescheduled event is set to be one of the most ambitious science festivals in the UK since the start of the pandemic, with over 100 free events taking place during the five days of the Festival.

This year's programme has been specially curated to highlight the region’s strength in sustainability, healthcare and social sciences. The British Science Festival will offer a mix of outdoor talks, immersive installations, and indoor events that delve into the stories, ideas and the people behind science and innovation.

On Saturday 11 September, join us at Anglia Ruskin University’s Chelmsford campus, for a fun filled Family Science Day. Take part in lunar expeditions, have fun with bubbles and clouds and explore your health and fitness. From Medical Mavericks and an appearance from Spiderman, there is truly something for everyone.

To book your FREE tickets for the Family Science Day, visit www.aru.ac.uk/events.

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The Buildings that Fought Hitler - Featuring Baddow Tower

The Buildings that Fought Hitler - Featuring Baddow Tower

UKTV's Specialist factual channel Yesterday is airing an eight part series on the buildings that helped fight Hitler. CSES's Chris Neale tells the series about Baddow Tower.

Airing every Monday from April 19th, The Buildings that Fought Hitler is an eight part series exploring the range of buildings, structures and engineering that would help defend Britain in the case of Nazi invasion.

Chris Neale, CSES's Programme Manager, helps present a segment describing the role that Baddow Tower, one of the original Chain Home Radar Towers, played in the defence of the country.

You can see Chris in episode 4, broadcast on Monday 10 May at 8pm. Catch up on UKTV Play.

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Ask Us Anything on Reddit

Ask Us Anything on Reddit

CSES to host Ask Me Anything (AMA) event on 15 March 2021

In an exciting new development for CSES, we will be hosting an Ask Me Anything (AMA) event on Reddit.

If you are not familiar with the AMA format, it is where notable groups and individuals invite the community to ask them any question, which they will do their best to answer in near real-time.

LIVE link to Reddit: https://redd.it/m5i6g5

Click here to find out more.

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Teaching GCSE Science with Circus Skills

Teaching GCSE Science with Circus Skills

Science + Creativity = Education

GCSE Science is one of the backbones of modern education. Diana Entwistle had a hunch that circus skills could help teach GCSE Science. With the help of Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society, that hunch has really paid off!

Watch her video covering combustion and the properties of hydrocarbons below!

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Arkwright Engineering Scholarships: Celebrating 30 Years

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships: Celebrating 30 Years

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are the most prestigious of their type, supporting engineering minded students during their A levels and equivalent qualifications.

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship Program and their focus is on making more schools and students from all backgrounds aware of Arkwright Scholarships and the opportunities they provide.

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CSES Centenary Calendar

CSES Centenary Calendar

Featuring winning entries to our Centenary Photographic Competition

Konica Minolta

As you may know, last year we ran a photographic competition for students, which received some amazing entries.

We are delighted to announce that Konica Minolta very kindly agreed to sponsor a calendar with the shortlisted photographs.

The print version was unfortunately delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we are nonetheless very pleased to offer the calendars for sale now (cost covers postage and packaging).

Download PDF Download a free PDF copy of the calendar here.

Buy Now Click here to get your CSES Centenary Calendar for just £2.50 (minimum donation).

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Essex County Council Laptop Donations

ECC Laptop Donations

With many places of education opting for a more blended learning offer and homework increasingly becoming an online activity, it has become increasingly important for young people to have access to computers.

Essex County Council (ECC) has donated 160 laptops to colleges across the county with an additional 200 soon to be distributed. The 160 laptops, which include unused ECC stock and donations, will be given to young people who do not have access to technology. A further 200 laptops have been purchased from the proceeds of parts of devices that have been donated.

If you have an old or unused laptop device gathering dust or hidden away somewhere, please earmark it for the scheme as it will make a real difference.

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A Great British Railway Journey... to Sandford Mill?

A Great British Railway Journey... to Sandford Mill?

By Tim Wander

Episode to be shown at 6:30 on Tuesday 4 May 2021 on BBC 2. Catch up on iPlayer.

A strange title in strange times. Many readers will know that the Museum's Sandford Mill site sits as one of 13 mills on the 13.8 mile-long Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation canal. This was opened in 1797, and connects Chelmsford with the tidal estuary of the River Blackwater at Heybridge Basin.

But it is a long way from the main Chelmsford railway station located on the Great Eastern Main Line that runs across the East of England. Westbound trains terminate at Liverpool Street and eastbound trains run to a number of destinations including Braintree, Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester Town, Ipswich and Norwich.

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