The Festival of Tomorrow - Secondary
The Festival of Tomorrow - Secondary

Secondary Schools and Colleges, February 2023

TOGETHER, WE SHAPE THE FUTURE . .  .

Book now for FREE from the range of inspiring and engaging shows, workshops, activities and programmes from our partners, below.

These sessions are available to book for Swindon and White Horse Federation Trust schools and have been made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners.

Featured Events

BUILD A NEURON CHALLENGE PART 1 Secondary
Show

BUILD A NEURON CHALLENGE - Part 1&2

6 February 2023
Pre-record - available Monday-Friday
Booking advised
Key Stage 3 & 4

AVAILABLE TO WHITE HORSE FEDERATION TRUST SCHOOLS ONLY

Part 1: Pre-recorded introduction video. Watch at a time to suit you.
Part 2: Optional hands-on class activity
(Part 3: See Friday session)

Build a Neuron Challenge (watch on-demand & complete optional challenge in class)
This action-packed session introduces students to the wonderful world of neurons- the cells that make up their brains. It challenges them to build their own neuron rube goldberg machine, guiding them through the engineering design process as they imagine, plan, create, test and improve their machines. Then, the whole class connects up their neurons into a giant brain-like network! Complete this challenge with your class at a time to suit you throughout the week.

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Artificial Intelligence & its uses in the real world
Workshop

Artificial Intelligence & its uses in the real world

Tuesday 7th (11am), Wednesday 7th (1pm), Thursday 9th (10am)
Microsoft Teams
Booking advised
Key Stage 3 & 4

Artificial Intelligence is one of the most common phrases to be brought up in conversation, but what is it, and where do we use it?

This session introduces Artificial Intelligence, briefly explains its history, what goes behind it, how it compares to other technology and it's use cases in the real world. The session will include many videos demonstrating AI, questions throughout to keep the students engaged and the session will end with a group activity where students can match AI solutions to Real World problems.

Sessions will last approximately 40 minutes

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Cyber Cryptography
Talk

Cyber Cryptography

7 February 2023
10am - 11am
Via Zoom
Booking advised
Key Stage 3, 4 & 5

'Break the Code and reveal the characters

Can you find out who these characters are and what famous saying they are associated with?   This exciting intro to the mysterious world of cryptography and code-breaking will cover from Caesar cyphers to One-time Pads and beyond, giving you the opportunity to decrypt codes and become a real-code breaker!

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Python and Machine learning
Workshop

Python and Machine learning

7 February 2023
9:30am - 11:30am
Via Zoom
Booking advised
Key Stage 3, 4 & 5

Students will use a software package called Jupyter Notebook in an introduction to coding in Python.

We will then explore the link between coding and the exciting world of Machine Learning, using algorithms to manipulate a data set.

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HOW WE'LL LIVE ON MARS - WITH ASTRONOMY AUTHOR, COLIN STUART
Talk

HOW WE'LL LIVE ON MARS

With author Colin Stuart, supported by the UK Space Agency

6 February 2023
2pm
Via Zoom
Booking advised
Key Stage 3 & 4

ARE YOU TEACHING THE  FIRST MARTIAN?

Today's schoolchildren are the Martian explorers of tomorrow. The first person to walk on the Red Planet is probably already alive and under 18 years old. Are they at your school?
 In this awe-inspiring talk, packed full of stunning visuals and the latest scientific thinking, astronomy author Colin Stuart takes you on a journey to Mars.

Based on his latest books, including The Astronaut Selection Test Book with Tim Peake, you'll hear just what it'll take to achieve the most audacious feat of exploration ever attempted. Strap in for the voyage of a lifetime!

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BUILD A NEURON CHALLENGE PART 1 Secondary
Show

BUILD A NEURON CHALLENGE - Part 1&2

Braintastic! Science - WHFT only, sorry!

6 February 2023
Pre-record - available Monday-Friday
Booking advised
Key Stage 3 & 4

AVAILABLE TO WHITE HORSE FEDERATION TRUST SCHOOLS ONLY

Part 1: Pre-recorded introduction video. Watch at a time to suit you.
Part 2: Optional hands-on class activity
(Part 3: See Friday session)

Build a Neuron Challenge (watch on-demand & complete optional challenge in class)
This action-packed session introduces students to the wonderful world of neurons- the cells that make up their brains. It challenges them to build their own neuron rube goldberg machine, guiding them through the engineering design process as they imagine, plan, create, test and improve their machines. Then, the whole class connects up their neurons into a giant brain-like network! Complete this challenge with your class at a time to suit you throughout the week.

Book now
ADVENTURES IN ECO-SCIENCE
Show

ADVENTURES IN ECO-SCIENCE - AN EXPLOSIVE SCIENCE SHOW

By Gastronaut, Supported by Catalent

7 February 2023
2pm
Special pre-record, plus quiz and worksheet
Booking advised
Key Stage 3 & 4

BBC Gastronaut Stefan Gates takes you on an unforgettable, explosive  adventure exploring the latest eco-science. 

Stefan is renowned for his world-class science and food shows. 

This will be a pre-recorded show, made especially for the Festival of Tomorrow, available all week. The show will also include a quiz and worksheet for follow-up use in class.

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How to Protect Your Privacy online KS3
Workshop

How to Protect Your Privacy online (KS3)

With Intel UK

Monday 6th (1pm), Thursday 9th (3pm)
Microsoft Teams
Booking advised
Key Stage 3

This is an interactive session about how to be safe and protect your personal information online. The internet is a great tool if utilized in the right way and being a part of a global tech company, we are strong advocates of the same. The students will benefit from this session and understand the right way of using social media and using it to promote their career through tools like LinkedIn and learn more about internet safety. 

1 class of around 30 students per session

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How to Protect Your Privacy online KS4
Workshop

How to Protect Your Privacy online (KS4)

With Intel UK

Tuesday 7th (3pm), Friday 10th (11am)
Microsoft Teams
Booking advised
Key Stage 4

This is an interactive session about how to be safe and protect your personal information online.

The internet is a great tool if utilized in the right way and being a part of a global tech company, we are strong advocates of the same. The students will benefit from this session and understand the right way of using social media and using it to promote their career through tools like LinkedIn and learn more about internet safety. 

1 class of around 30 students per session

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Artificial Intelligence & its uses in the real world
Workshop

Artificial Intelligence & its uses in the real world

With Intel UK

Tuesday 7th (11am), Wednesday 7th (1pm), Thursday 9th (10am)
Microsoft Teams
Booking advised
Key Stage 3 & 4

Artificial Intelligence is one of the most common phrases to be brought up in conversation, but what is it, and where do we use it?

This session introduces Artificial Intelligence, briefly explains its history, what goes behind it, how it compares to other technology and it's use cases in the real world. The session will include many videos demonstrating AI, questions throughout to keep the students engaged and the session will end with a group activity where students can match AI solutions to Real World problems.

Sessions will last approximately 40 minutes

Book now
Cyber Cryptography
Talk

Cyber Cryptography

Swindon & Wiltshire Institute of Technology

7 February 2023
10am - 11am
Via Zoom
Booking advised
Key Stage 3, 4 & 5

'Break the Code and reveal the characters

Can you find out who these characters are and what famous saying they are associated with?   This exciting intro to the mysterious world of cryptography and code-breaking will cover from Caesar cyphers to One-time Pads and beyond, giving you the opportunity to decrypt codes and become a real-code breaker!

Book now
Python and Machine learning
Workshop

Python and Machine learning

Swindon & Wiltshire Institute of Technology

7 February 2023
9:30am - 11:30am
Via Zoom
Booking advised
Key Stage 3, 4 & 5

Students will use a software package called Jupyter Notebook in an introduction to coding in Python.

We will then explore the link between coding and the exciting world of Machine Learning, using algorithms to manipulate a data set.

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Internet of Things
Workshop

Internet of Things

With Intel UK

This event is now fully booked!

Esports
Talk

Get your game on: Esports streaming with Twitch

Swindon & Wiltshire Institute of Technology

8 February 2023
10am - 11am
Via Zoom
Booking advised
Key Stage 3, 4 & 5

This exciting session will introduce students to the professional ESports industry, exploring the teams, players and competitions that captivate millions of viewers around the world. ESports lecturers will discuss the games students and teams play, identifying the big names in ESports. We'll explore the wide variety of roles in the ESports industry, and the skills and characteristics that will take you to the top of the leaderboard; whether you're interested in live events, streaming, coaching or being the star player!

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UNMASKED - THE SCIENCE OF SUPERHEROES - SUPERHUMANS
Talk

UNMASKED - THE SCIENCE OF SUPERHEROES - SUPERHUMANS

With Dr Cat Tennick, University of Central Lancashire

8 February 2023
2pm
Via Zoom
Booking advised
Key Stage 3

The incredible world of the superhero intrigues and excites people the world over; TV, books, film franchises and comics all document the amazing adventures of shape shifters, web slingers, super strength, incredible speed… and more!

Join Dr. Cat Tennick as she talks about amazing abilities of the human body and whether we can have superhuman abilities! 

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Spaceport Cornwall & the first ever UK launch
Talk

Spaceport Cornwall & the first ever UK launch

WITH DAVE POLLARD, FROM SPACEPORT CORNWALL

9 February 2023
2pm
Via Zoom
Booking advised
Key Stage 3, 4 & 5

In 2023 Spaceport Cornwall becomes the home of the first ever satellite and rocket launch into space from the UK.

The UK Space sector is growing quickly and this presentation will highlight some of the opportunities within the sector and look at the positive developments taking place in the South West.

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BUILD A NEURON CHALLENGE PART 3 Secondary
Show

Mastering Memory: BUILD A NEURON CHALLENGE - Part 3

Braintastic! Science - WHFT only, sorry!

10 February 2023
2pm
Via Zoom
Booking advised
Key Stage 3 & 4

AVAILABLE TO WHITE HORSE FEDERATION TRUST SCHOOLS ONLY

Can you trust your memories? Maybe not!

In this interactive science show students learn how memories stored in the brain can play tricks on you, through a series of memory games and quizzes. We’ll also share top memory tips and explore psychology and neuroscience research that can help boost your learning and revision skills. Plus, after the show, there will be time to ask our brain expert any questions you might have about your incredible brain!
This will build on the Build a Neuron Challenge activity, as we look at how the structure of and connections between neurons change as you learn new things. But it will still work for anyone who hasn’t done the optional activity. 

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Space - Planetarium Shows
Show

Space - Planetarium Shows

ExplorerDome, supported by the Science & Technology Facilities Council (UKRI)

This event is now fully booked!

Swindon teacher
Swindon teacher
Swindon teacher

Engaging and insightful workshop

The workshop was very engaging and insightful. The children and staff both loved all of the activities and all could feel like they could join in.

- Swindon teacher

It linked in really well with our Science topic!

It linked in really well with our Science topic and helped children link their learning to a wider range of topics.

- Swindon teacher

Simple activities that evoked so much discussion!

The activities were simple, but evoked so much discussion amongst the children and staff. Each activity brought science into the real world and helped children make that link between what they learn in class and everything they experience around theme that link between what they learn in class and everything they experience around them

- Swindon teacher

There's more FREE fun science, art and entertainment throughout half term and in the Festival of Tomorrow 2023 family festival on 17 and 18 February.

Download Festival of Tomorrow flyer for parents