Local primary school gets taste of university research

Our Widening Participation Office has further extended its outreach programme by collaborating with another local primary school.

The Mead Primary School in Trowbridge is currently working with some of the University’s Student Ambassadors to enter a local competition ’What’s my Science Fair 2014’. This competition, which is open to children from age five to eleven, aims to encourage younger students to explore science whilst having fun.

Twelve pupils from Mead Primary School have joined a science club to work on a Research Project alongside fully trained, science and engineering Ambassadors from the University.

The children, from Years 5 and 6, recently took part in six sessions in November and December. In March 2014 they will display their research ideas and findings, in the form of a poster at the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon. All entries will receive a certificate and some may even win a prize on the day.

Andrew Ross, Outreach Officer for the Widening Participation Office at the University, said: “We regularly work with primary schools however this project is different as it introduces pupils to the concept of research at an early age. This sits very well with the University as we are a research intensive university so we’re happy to support initiatives which introduce research to primary aged pupils.

"We are currently working with over ten local primary schools to introduce their pupils to university life in addition to the work we undertake with secondary, sixth form and further education college students.

The school pupils relate particularly well to the University’s Student Ambassadors, partly because they connect with one another but also because the Ambassadors have excelled in their roles as mentors. This Science Fair is a community event and as we are trying to step up our activity in the community, this is a perfect opportunity."

Rob Cunningham, Senior Teacher at The Mead, added:We are very grateful for the support the University is providing to help us submit our entry for the competition. Our pupils are enjoying working with the University’s Ambassadors. Some pupils have been inspired whilst others have raised their aspirations. I do hope that some of the students go on to study science at university although it is early days and this is just the beginning of their journey.”

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