Social Responsibility

Widening Participation Science Week activities inspire over 1,000 pupils

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:21:00 BST

During British Science Week (14-17 March) over 1,000 pupils from 50 schools visited the University to take part in the Science Extravaganza organised by the Widening Participation Team. The aim of the event was to get young people excited about science and its application, passing on the spark of inspiration from our staff and students to pupils aged 11-14.

In the morning pupils were welcomed to the day by a team of Science Buskers. They then explored the Science Fair and took part in interactive demonstrations led by staff and students from across the University, including the cultural institutions and Students’ Union. During the morning pupils also participated in workshops led by the Widening Participation Fellows, a team of PhD students who develop and deliver activities linked to their research.

In the afternoon pupils attended a lecture on topics such as climate change, Graphene and being a G.P. The following feedback from teachers sums up the impact of the day:

“Thank you very much, on behalf of all staff and students from Hollingworth Academy, who attended the science event , at Manchester University, yesterday. All had an excellent time and have returned, to school, full of enthusiasm”.

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for organising the science week. The students really enjoyed it”.

“Firstly can I just thank you for today. I have received nothing but fantastic feedback from the children”.

Further information about our widening participcation activities can be found on our website.

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