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Tangible Networks outreach team awarded additional funding from the University for engagement with schools

6 January 2015

Tangible Networks outreach team awarded additional funding from the University for engagement with schools

In December 2014 the Tangible Networks outreach team was awarded £2,000 by the University in support of public engagement activities involving local schools. This funding comes from the University's Centre for Public Engagement (CPE) and the Faculty of Engineering widening participation fund. 

Together with continued funding from the BCCS this additional fund will allow the team to work with teachers and school children to develop Tangible Networks into a standalone toolkit with educational materials that can be used in the classroom to engage young people with maths concepts in a new and hands-on way.

Half of this funding was awarded as part of the School-University Partnership Initiative (SUPI), a three-year project funded by Research Councils UK (RCUK) which aims to enable researchers to engage directly with students in local schools to bring contemporary and inspirational research contexts into the established school curriculum.

The CPE recognised the potential of Tangible Networks and matched this funding from internal sources to further support the team in their efforts. 

This recognition caps off an extremely successful year for the team which launched Tangibile Networks and demonstrated it at public events (e.g. Cheltenham science festival, Green Man music festival) as well as with complexity researchers in the UK (Student Conference on Complexity Science 2014, Brighton) and in Europe (European Conference on Complex Systems 2014, Lucca, Italy). 

The team have received extremely positive feedback so far and look forward to developing Tangible Networks and other complexity science outreach activities in 2015, bringing complexity science further into the public sphere.

Congratulations to the whole team! 

 

Further information

Take a look at the Tangible Networks website for more details about the toolkit and its design.

Please see our outreach activity page for further information about upcoming events and past highlights.