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Inclusive Virtual Imagination Hub Programme: Experimenting with Aerodynamics

4th July 2020, 9:30 am - 11:00 am

You’re invited to…. Inclusive Virtual Imagination Hub: Playing with Aerodynamics

About this Event

Join us at the Inclusive Virtual Imagination Hub, where we’ll be exploring and playing with aerodynamics.

Who is this for?

This is for children and young people aged 5-18 years old that have special educational needs, profound or multiple learning disabilities, autism and/or who are neurodivergent. You must be living in or go to school within Brent, Barnet or Harrow to be eligible for a place in this session.

What will the session include?

In this session we’ll be experimenting with wind tunnels. Using a hairdryer and other household objects, children will be encouraged to create different forms and structures to test basic physic concepts. Children will learn how to measure the speed of flights, how things twist and spin in the air and why some things hover and float and then fly upwards.

Session Structure

  • Introduction: What is a wind tunnel?
  • Step-by-step instructions to making your own stable wind tunnel out of a hairdryer
  • Testing time: Participants will test out different objects that can hover or float, fly up high, spin or twist. They will also be encouraged to think about different elements of their design, and ask questions as to how their object can be improved.
  • Hacking: How can you hack your wind tunnel?

When is Inclusive Virtual Imagination Hub: Playing with Aerodynamics

This session is from 09.30 -11.00am on Saturday 4th July. There will be up to 50 students at each session.

What is the Inclusive Virtual Imagination Hub?

The Inclusive Virtual Imagination Hub is an exciting 8 week programme bought to you by the Institute of Imagination and Oily Cart. It features a range of exciting and experimental workshops, with the crossover of arts, science, engineering, coding, digital technology. Explore how to be playful with everyday household items. It’s made specially for children from neurodivergent backgrounds.

Sessions include:

  • Theatre sessions and sensory engagement workshops with Oily Cart, a charity who aims to reimagine theatre for young audiences to make it more inclusive.
  • Tinkering with everyday objects and exploring digital making with the iOi
  • An online CPD session for teachers and parents to provide new inspiration, ideas and tool kit for online delivery and home learning with the iOi and Oily Cart.

Throughout all of June, we’ll be running a workshop every Saturday. Then in August, we will be hosting workshops from Tuesday to Thursday, every week. Sign up now and we’ll keep you updated on all our events.

How much does the Inclusive Virtual Imagination Hub: Playing with Aerodynamics cost?

This is a funded programme with John Lyons, so it is free to participate. You must be living in or go to school within Brent, Barnet or Harrow to be eligible for a place in the sessions. All participants should be accompanied by an adult for the online session.

How have we made this programme inclusive?

When you sign up to each session, we ask you to provide details about what needs your child(ren) have. We will pass on these details to our practitioners, to ensure that they make the sessions suitable for everyone taking part. Also, each session includes a captioned video, a resource page and a live workshop. We have a session that will support children and young people with sensory needs and high functioning needs.

What will I need for Playing with Aerodynamics session?

Priority Materials

  • Thick and thin cardboard
  • Some kind of strong tape
  • Non-precious surface
  • Plug point
  • Hairdryer

An assortment of making materials such as

  • Kebab sticks
  • String
  • Sellotape
  • Masking Tape
  • Cardboard
  • Duct tape
  • Paper
  • Pieces of fabric
  • Tissue paper
  • Plastic bags
  • Wire
  • Earbuds
  • Rubber bands
  • Stapler + staples
  • Paper clips
  • General art materials – paint/felt tips, crayons etc.

How do I join the session?

If you would like to take part in this session, please book here and we will send you a booking confirmation shortly to confirm your place, a resource pack and instructions for how to join. If you have any queries, please email hello@ioi.london

How do I do this activity if I can’t join this session?

If you can’t join this session, we have a resource pack that you can download after the session has taken place and a pre-recorded video that you can watch, so you can catch up in your own time.


4th July 2020
9:30 am - 11:00 am
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