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University helps make festival go pop

Posted on 17 June 2003

The University of York will be adding a dash of fun to the York Learning Festival this week (Thursday 19 June) when chemistry experts show how to make a nice loud 'pop' using simple chemicals and equipment found at home - and you can make another type of noise by jumping up and down on a giant keyboard.

The York Learning Festival officially starts on Saturday 21 June and runs for a week; the events on Thursday are part of the pre-festival promotional activities.

The chemistry stand on Parliament Street will be part of the University's contribution to the annual Learning Festival. There will also be displays about the summer school it is running through the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth, and Green Apples, the scheme which tries to raise the aspirations of pupils whose families do not have a history of going to University. This is a scheme run jointly by all the higher education providers in York.

Martial arts students will demonstrate their techniques, and sporting students will demonstrate how they help sports in the community.

Liz McNeil, Learning Festival co-ordinator, said: "It's very appropriate to have the University taking such an active part in the Learning Festival during its fortieth anniversary. It has always contributed a lot to the life of the city and this year's displays are great fun for children and adults alike."

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Other activities, all free, which the University will run during the Festival of Learning include:

  • 'A whole host of good causes,' a lecture looking at what women in York did during the turbulent years of the fight for women's suffrage Saturday 21 June 2-3pm. Room K/111 King's Manor
  • 'Degrees at Dinnertime' a drop-in session in conjunction withYork St John College and the Open University to give advice on issues and opportuntities for mature students Monday 23 June 12 noon - 2pm. Room K/111 King's Manor
  • 'Science Adds Value,' ethical and social dilemmas inusing science in society explored by Professor John Holman Wednesday 25 June 10-11am. Room KG/33 King's Manor
  • Introducing the Certificate in Continuing Education. Tutors prove that higher education doesn't have to be scary Friday 27 June 1pm - 2.30pm. Room K/111 King's Manor

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