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Children visit UEL for science summer school

Civic Engagement Fund 2015

Civic Evngagement Fund

“Can You See Vitamin C?” “Who Dunnit?” “And Go With the Flow” were the exciting science themes a group of local secondary school students enjoyed at a summer school hosted by UEL in partnership with CREST, the British Science Association award scheme. 

Nearly 50 students aged 11-13 years old from local secondary schools Sarah Bonnell, Oasis Silvertown academy, Clapton Girls Academy, and Redden Court in east London took part in a three-day UEL-CREST summer school, which offered innovative approaches to science with the aiming of inspiring the next generation of engineers, chemists, and biologists.

Valeria, from Redden Court School said: “I’ve enjoyed all the experiments, I’ve learned lots of new stuff. It’s great fun.”

The Crest Awards are aimed at encouraging young people to consider a career in STEMM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). The programme of activities and science projects were developed by UEL staff.

“Socialising with people you might not meet every day has been nice. Coming here has made me want to go to university even more,” said Yasmin from Sarah Bonnell School.

“It’s helped us think about what I’d like to study if I go to uni, and what kind of career I might like to do,” said Sephoria from Sarah Bonnell School.

The science behind fingerprinting crime scenes, vitamin C in everyday ingredients and building a scaled-down water distribution network kept school pupils and staff busy, along with lots of opportunities to discuss ideas and tour the University.  

The summer school concluded with a group presentation of the projects and a certificate ceremony for the participants. 

Shian and Ellie, from Oasis Academy, told fellow students thinking about coming to a summer school: “If you see a good opportunity, you should take it.”