Students build giant lego house to highlight key community issues

Students at the John Madejski Academy (JMA), Reading built a life-size house out of giant Lego blocks with the help of architects, as they constructed a vision of their ideal ‘home’.

The JMA hosted the first Whitley for Real project on Wednesday 10th May 2017, facilitated by the Whitley Researchers and Sally Lloyd-Evans. Students from Years 8 and 12 worked together as a team – named by them as ‘The Royalty’ – using 1,500 ‘bricks’ measuring up to 75 cm long to construct their home.

Whitley for Real is a partnership between Reading Borough Council, JMA, Reading Girls School, the Whitley Researchers and the Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA), Whitley Big Local, the University of Reading’s Participation Lab, Reading UKCIC  and a range  of stakeholders including Bewley Homes, Whitley Excellent Cluster (WEC)  primary schools and the community.  The home-building project, funded by Reading UKCIC and with support from Bewley Homes, the Whitley Researchers and involving academics from the University’s Participation Lab, focused on young people’s attitudes to what makes a ‘welcome home’ in Whitley.

Read the full press release here.

Developing a Science Shop in Reading

We are pleased to let you know about our latest Participation Lab project. Alice Mauchline, Lab Advisory Group member, in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development is exploring how to best go about establishing a Science Shop in Reading and is planning a workshop to learn from existing Science Shops in June 2017. Read more about the project here.

Lab Event in September: “Enthusiasm for Citizen Science”

originalAs part of our Participation Lab commitment to co-producing knowledge for social change, we’re also really interested in the role that volunteers play in the collection and production of knowledge relating to social and environmental issues. One of our events this September is all about citizen science, an activity regularly defined as the participation of volunteers in professional science projects. In addition to probing the definition a little further, we also want to consider recent studies on motivations but also the costs and benefits of citizen science. You’re all warmly invited to attend.

 

Enthusiasm for Citizen Science: Taking stock of motivations, costs and benefits.

9th September 2016, University of Reading

It is often said that citizen science is growing as a field of practice, and with that comes a growing understanding of how citizen science can and should be used. At this event, we will be sharing best practice and current thinking on recent research surrounding motivations (of citizens, scientists, practitioners and policymakers) and the costs and benefits of citizen science. The event will introduce several research projects, including two recently funded by the UK Environmental Observation Framework (see http://www.ukeof.org.uk/our-work/citizen-science). Bringing together members of the BES Citizen Science SIG with representatives from monitoring agencies, this one-day event on ‘enthusiasm for citizen science’ will enable participants to take stock of recent research, share good practice and identify new directions and issues for citizen science research to consider.

Speakers

Hilary Geoghegan (Participation Lab, University of Reading), Alison Dyke (Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York), Gitte Kragh (University of Bournemouth), Michael Pocock (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology), other speakers/commentators to be confirmed

Location

University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, URS Building, S2S21

WHEN: Friday, 9 September 2016 from 10:30 to 15:30 (BST)

Free booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/enthusiasm-for-citizen-science-taking-stock-of-motivations-costs-and-benefits-tickets-26656013855