The Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement 2014 (The Josh Award)

     

The Cloud Machine


I am hugely proud to have won The Josh Award in 2014.

This national award was established to recognise and support up-and-coming talent in science communication.  It is inspired by and named in memory of Josh Phillips who was the first Science Communication Officer at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester.  Josh was a much loved, much respected and highly talented science communicator who was also Chair of the British Interactive Group (BIG). 

Developing the sessions with the help of pupils at John Watson School, Oxford


As part of the award, I was the Manchester Science Festival Science Communicator in Residence for one year. I also had the support of the MSF Team and BIG to develop a special activity for the festival.

With their assistance I created The Cloud Machine.  The equipment was built by Richard Ellam of LM Interactives and allows every child to make their own cloud.  Some may need a little help but they will be in total control of when it happens. The sessions also included dry ice clouds and bubbles together as a way to explore temperature and have a lot of fun along the way. The workshops are now available as The Cloud Factory.

You can read how the workshops went here.

I am extremely grateful to the panel for selecting me as their winner, I had a fabulous year of opportunities and these have continued beyond the duration of the award. If you are new to Science Communication and considering applying for the award, please do get in touch.


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