Robot Con, the annual sci-fi convention for illustrators, cartoonists and graphic novelists returned to Sheffield for its second year. The event, held at the Millenium Gallery, included workshops, discussions, exhibition, sales of rare prints and the opportunity to catch up with industry colleagues. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake went looking for robots.
The Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) has announced that Tapton School, Sheffield will become their new northern hub. IRIS is a charity which aims to inspire young people’s interest in science and to promote the development of science teachers. School students gain access to top level scientific data and the opportunity to collaborate in real time with scientists around the globe and to develop innovative experimental ideas. Tapton student Miles Soloman made headlines recently when he found an error in NASA data. The school will work with other Sheffield primary schools to help develop their science programmes and to provide opportunities for budding scientists. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
The University of Sheffield students’ union has been ranked number one in the country by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017. It is the ninth year it has maintained the top rating. The university was also ranked third nationally for student experience. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Dom Trendall, president of Sheffield Students’ Union.
Pupils from Tinsley Meadows and Abbeyfield Primary Academy took part in the Big Bounce Comic Relief fundraising event organised by Meadowhall. The event was hosted at Sheffield’s newly opened JUMP trampoline park with red noses and fancy dress adding to the fun. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake leapt at the chance to take part.
More than 500 young people from eight different primary schools from across the city have come together to form a mass choir. They will be showcasing their musical talents supported by teachers and the professional music educators at the Sheffield Music Hub.The experience has not only given the children an exciting opportunity it has brought together young people from a range of backgrounds and cultures allowing them to grow and share their musical journeys together. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
A Sheffield teenager has contacted scientists at the US space agency, NASA, to point out an error in their data collection from the International Space Station (ISS). A-level student Miles Soloman found that radiation sensors were recording false data readings and wrote to NASA to point out the anomaly. The 17-year-old from Tapton school in Sheffield said it was “pretty cool” to email the space agency. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Cycling for All, part of Disability Sheffield, has been awarded a £46,000 grant by HealthRich to provide specially adapted bikes for people with various types of disability. The grant award, from funding raised through the Health Lottery, will enable the charity to offer affordable bike hire and other support to promote the health and wellbeing of disabled people. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Citizens Advice Sheffield has been awarded a £25,000 grant from the Martin Lewis Fund to develop advice services for people who use British Sign Language (BSL). The project will offer digital advice via Skype to people who are deaf or hard of hearing and whose first language is BSL. The funding will enable tailored support to BSL users in new ways that could be rolled out to Citizens Advice services in other areas. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Councillor Leigh Brammal, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council has resigned from his role with immediate affect and is to stand down as Labour councillor for Southey. Councillor Bramall, 42, has represented Southey ward since 2004 and was appointed deputy leader of the council in 2015. Bramall said the decision to leave was a wrench, but “it is the right decision for me and my family”. He is understood to be taking up a position with a communications company in Sheffield. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
An exhibition that charts the history of protests and activism in Sheffield, from 1794 to the present day, is on display at The Millennium Gallery. The exhibition, titled Protest Lab, invites visitors to contribute by adding their own stories to the collection. The project is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Collection Fund and will be on display until the end of May. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!