vPlus Young People2021-02-23T16:59:24+00:00

vPlus - Young People

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Virtual Plus: Online Courses for Young People

Potential Plus UK’s vPlus courses offer exciting online experiences for children and young people with high learning potential. With grateful thanks to the government, we have received funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund to offer our current courses for young people free of charge.

All workshops will take place over Zoom.  You will be sent a meeting ID and password to your registered email address at least one hour before the first session is due to start. If you have not received a link at that stage, please email amazingchildren@potentialplusuk.org.

Please note that the age guidance on all sessions already accommodates the higher ability of children with high learning potential. If you are still not sure what age group to put your child into, contact amazingchildren@potentialplusuk.org before booking.

Please book a ticket for every child who will be in attendance at the session

Free Sessions for Children and Young People

Programme

The following Sessions are FREE OF CHARGE  With grateful thanks for funding from the government via the Coronavirus Community Support fund distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Junior Maths Challenge Boot CampSimon Singh for Ages 11-13 (Years 7 & 8) (2 sessions)
9th and 16th March

How to become a Mathematical Detective Aileen Hoare for Ages 6-8 (6 sessions)
Monday 18th, 25th January, 1st, 8th February, 1st, 8th March SESSIONS FULLY BOOKED

Photography and Truth Clara Cowan for Ages 11-14 (5 sessions)
Wednesday 20th, 27th January, 10th February, 3rd, 10th March SESSIONS FULLY BOOKED

Rough Science & ExplorationsJonathan Hare for Ages 7-10 (5 sessions)
Thursday 21st, 28th January, 4th, 11th February, 4th March SESSIONS FULLY BOOKED

 

Junior Maths Challenge Boot Camp - 11-13s (Year 7 & 8)

Simon Singh at the Merseyside Skeptics Society

Age Guidance 11-13 Years

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Acknowledgement: Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has enabled us to offer this course free of charge. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.

 Tuesdays 9th and 16th March
4.00-5.00pm

Free Sessions

In April 2021, Year 7 students will be taking part in their first Junior Maths Challenge, a national test aimed at young mathematicians looking for a challenge, with bronze, silver and gold certificates for the highest scoring students. Best-selling science writer Simon Singh will explore some interesting mathematical puzzles and examine numerous problems from past papers in order to help students build their confidence prior to the 2021 Junior Maths Challenge.

Simon Singh is an author, journalist and TV producer, specialising in science and mathematics. Simon studied physics at Imperial College London before completing a PhD in particle physics at Cambridge University and at CERN, Geneva. 

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Photography and Truth - 11-14s

Earth by Clara Cowan

Age Guidance 11-14 Years

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Acknowledgement: Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has enabled us to offer this course free of charge. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.

 Wednesdays 20th,  27th January,  10th February,
3rd, 10th March
6.30-7.30pm

Free Sessions

In these series of photography workshops for 11-14 year olds we will explore the notion of Photography and its relationship to truth. As an art medium it is the most realistic of them all and therefore people believe it to be a true reflection of reality. But is it a mere document of reality or do photographers bend and manipulate the truth like all artists do?

We will explore the significance of photographic angles, set up and photograph our own creative scenes, use Photopea.com to digitally manipulate our photographs and possibly collage as well as pursue a more personal version of “your truth”.

You will need a camera of any kind (mobile phone cameras are great), the ability to upload your photographs to a computer, household items such as a glass, milk, vegetable oil, herbs, food dye, anything you can spare from the cupboard, and for one session potentially a newspaper (grab your a local free one!) plus scissors and glue!

Clara Cowan is an Art History graduate, photographer and teacher of A-level photography at secondary school. Her specialism is exploring Photography as an art form and social tool.

Look forward to examining photography as a medium and creating with you!!

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How to Become a Mathematical Detective 6-8s

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Age Guidance 6-8 Years Old

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Acknowledgement: Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has enabled us to offer this course free of charge. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.

Monday 18th, 25th January, 1st, 8th February, 1st, 8th March

10.30am-11.30am

Free Sessions

This series of workshops for 6-8 year olds with Aileen Hoare will explore mathematical problems and challenges designed to stretch your mind and challenge your thinking. Each week we will explore a different aspect of mathematical problem solving until by the end of the course you are equipped with the skills needed to become a first class mathematical detective.

Please note that this course is NOT suitable for those who have participated in sessions with Aileen before.

Tickets are for a series booking of 6 sessions. There are no individual session tickets. Please note that you must book a ticket for every young person who will be in attendance at the session. 

Skills Builder

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Rough Science & Explorations - 7-10s

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Age Guidance 7-10 Years

HM Government in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund
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Acknowledgement: Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has enabled us to offer this course free of charge. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.

Thursdays 21st, 28th Jan, 4th, 11th Feb, 4th March

11.00am-12.00pm

Free Sessions

Jonathan Hare is a physicist, science communicator and television presenter. He was one of the first people to make and extract C60 Buckminsterfullerene, the football shaped molecule, and was one of the presenters on the BBC Rough Science series.

In this series explore the science and mathematics of a parabolic solar heater, Euler’s laws and the platonic solids, solar balloons, electricity and the Pelton wheel. The final session deals with the discovery of C60, Buckminsterfullerene and a free kit will be posted to you for this session.

Some of these online sessions, aimed at 7-10 year olds, require the participant to watch a video or print something prior to the workshop and bring along questions and queries (on the contents or beyond) to put to Jonathan for investigation in the session.

Tickets are for a series booking of 5 sessions. There are no individual session tickets. Please note that you must book a ticket for every young person who will be in attendance at the session.  

This series is a repeat of sessions run in 2020

Series Programme

Each session takes place at 11.00am – 12.00pm on the following dates.

  • Thursday 21st January – Session 1 – Parabolic Solar Heater.
  • Thursday 28th January – Session 2 – Euler’s Laws and the Platonic Solids
  • Thursday 4th February – Session 3 – Solar Balloon
  • Thursday 11th February – Session 4 – Electricity and the Pelton Wheel
  • Thursday 4th March – Session 5 – The Discovery of C60, Buckminsterfullerene – A free kit will be posted to participants for this session.

 Some of these online sessions, aimed at 7-10 year olds, require the participant to watch a video or print something prior to the workshop and bring along questions and queries (on the contents or beyond) to put to Jonathan for investigation in the session. 

Skills Builder

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