We have run many projects with schools, and the ones highlighted below are a sample
Heartsease Primary Science Club
Year 6 pupils at Heartsease Primary School took part in a four week extracurricular science club spanning February and March 2013. The club was run by final year biological sciences undergraduate students, as part of their module in Science Communication. The pupils explored the Earth's place in the solar system, and the origins of life. Pupils extracted their own DNA, and the concept of evolution and change was discussed. They learnt how different organisms have different adaptions and they then designed their own bird to suit a place to live. The project finished by examining the human body, and the different organ systems.
In 2011-12, we ran an ambitious synthetic biology club with a group of Year 9 pupils at CNS secondary school, which was funded by CueEast. The object of the club was to synthesise a biological sensor for caffeine and was inspired by the iGEM student competition. The students were successful in their research, and all twelve pupils obtained their silver British Science Association Crest Award.
CNS BioPunk Club, picture taken by EDP online
The club is running again this academic year; this time, 24 Year 9 pupils are investigating the bacterial content of popular probiotic brands.
Genes and Health Project
The aim of this project was to conduct engagement activities on the subject of genes and human health, and the associated ethical issues, in a significant number of UEA/AimHigher priority target schools. The project was funded by the UEA Outreach Opportunity Fund. We also organised two one-day events for Yr 10 students and for science teachers/technicians, in the School of Biological Sciences (BIO). On these days teachers and students also had the opportunity to meet with fund raisers from local medical charities, such as BIG C. Read the Evaluation Report.
Raising Aspirations Project funded by Aimhigher
A project to raise the aspirations of pupils in rural Norfolk schools, showing them that further and higher education is a possible and achievable goal. The central aims of the project were firstly to raise the aspirations of pupils in rural Norfolk schools, showing them that further and higher education is a possible and achievable goal. Secondly, to widen the participation and understanding of science for all age groups and abilities. The objective of the proposal was to create and deliver exciting and inspiring science activities in the schools targeted.
Our challenges were to deliver science to a mixed ability audience and to try and engage them all at some level with the activities on offer. We were also trying to introduce the pupils to a world of higher education outside their sphere of experience and to encourage them that they had the potential to achieve. The new challenge for this year was to engage 6th form students in undergraduate-level practical classes.