Students from local schools get into science at UWE

Issue date: 15 March 2005

Issue date: 15/03/05

Around 200 local young people will get the chance to experience the excitement of science subjects at university in two one-day events designed especially for them by staff at the University of the West of England.

A ‘Science Awareness Day’ on 16 March will enable around 100 year 11 students to find out more about science subjects and how they are studied at University level. They will take part in workshops and hands on science sessions where they will be able to test out and apply scientific principles. In sports physiology they will monitor their heart during exercise to measure how the body responds to stress; they will look at fish ecology and some of the effects of pollution on fish; and they will take part in a chocolate tasting session and learn about how cocoa is farmed and where it grows. This event is designed to encourage young people to consider the possibility of entering higher education and studying science.

The following week (Tuesday 22 March) the Faculty of Applied Sciences will play host to around 100 year 10 pupils from Bristol for ‘The Excellence Challenge’. Students with an aptitude for science who enjoy science subjects will get the opportunity to do workshops in DNA, genetic engineering, GM, antibiotics, and Forensic Science.

The young people will get the chance to work in state of the art science laboratories in the recently refurbished Faculty and experience expert tuition in a university environment. Dr Stuart Shales who is helping to organise these events said, “This is the fourth year running that we have held these open days and it gives the school students a chance to experience a far greater range of possibilities and broadens their understanding of what studying science might open up for them.

“We have selected areas that are exciting and appropriate for the young people to spark their interest and to encourage them to take science further. For many of them it may be the first time they have come across subjects such as sports biology, forensic science, ecology or working in a microbiology laboratory.”


Editor’s notes:

On 16 March the schools taking part in the Science Awareness Day are: Kingsfield and Mangotsfield in South Gloucestershire, Matravers in Wiltshire, and Barnwood Park High School for Girls in Gloucestershire.

On 22 March 12 Bristol schools are taking part in the Excellence Challenge. They are: Bedminster Down, Brislington Enterprise College, Hartcliffe Engineering Community College, St Bernadette, Cotham, Monks Park, Fairfield High, Speedwell, St Mary Redcliffe & Temple, St Thomas Moore, The City Academy and Whitefields Fishponds Community.

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