CREST summer school for kids
CREST summer school for kids
“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 recent summer school hosted by UEL in partnership with CREST, the British Science Association award scheme.
46 students aged 11-13 years old from local secondary schools Sarah Bonnell, Oasis Academy Silvertown, Clapton Girls Academy, and Redden Court in east London took part in a three day UEL-CREST summer school. The event offered innovative approaches to science and aimed to inspire the next generation of engineers, chemists, and biologists.
Valeria, a pupil from Redden Court School, said, “I’ve enjoyed all the experiments, I’ve learnt lots of new stuff. It’s great fun.”
The Crest Awards are aimed at encouraging young people to consider a career in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and maths). The programme of activities and science projects was developed by UEL staff. The summer school was supported by Ray Ruocco, Director of Outreach and Enterprise at the School of Architecture Computing and Engineering, Dr Stefano Casalotti a Health, Sport and Bioscience senior lecturer, and Dr Sheeba Viswarjan, a senior lecturer from the Cass School of Education and Communities.
“It’s been wonderful to work with so many talented individuals throughout the program, as well as to witness students from the attending schools enjoy our workshops, learn and be inspired by science,” said summer school coordinator Mirela Reljan-Delaney.
Yasmin and Sephoria from Sarah Bonnell School said, “Socialising with people you might not meet every day has been nice. Coming here has made me want to go to university even more.
“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.”
The science behind fingerprinting crime scenes, vitamin C in everyday ingredients, and the construction of a scaled-down water distribution network kept school pupils and staff busy. There were also lots of opportunities to discuss ideas, and tour the University and its first-rate facilities.
The summer school concluded with a group presentation of the projects and a certificate ceremony.
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.”
Notes to Editors
The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.