A number of our students helped more than 250 Brownies, Cubs and Beavers get their science activity and science related badges at last Saturday’s inaugural Science Jamboree.
70 undergraduate and postgraduate students worked in teams to design and deliver the activity sessions that helped young people attain their badges. The activities encompassed the worlds of biology, chemistry, physics, life sciences, archaeology and engineering.
The project was funded by the Faculty of Science and Engineering as a co-curricular opportunity for undergraduates.
During the marine biology sessions, pupils were introduced to a range of concepts, including the use of mussels and the concept of filtering water. The children then designed their own marine robots to clean water.
Those who were taking their photography badge, were able to excavate artefacts and photograph their finds. The children could also learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and accelerators with PhD students from the Cockcroft Institute. Outside the Central Teaching Laboratories, rockets were fired and towers built to introduce the children to concepts of engineering.
Dr Helen Vaughan, a Lecturer in the Central Teaching Laboratories who organised the Jamboree, said: “This was the first time we have organised an event for Brownies, Cubs and Beavers. Outreach teams from Environmental Science, Physics, Chemistry and Life Sciences came together to design and deliver this event and make it a big success, which we hope to repeat.
“The young people were able to achieve their science activity badges and the students who supported the event gained employability skills such as communication, team work and real-world problem solving.”
The Deputy County Commissioner for Merseyside Scouts said: “On behalf of Merseyside Scouts I would like to thank The University of Liverpool for organising a fantastic day. It’s been a great opportunity for Beavers and Cubs to explore science and learn new things. There has been a great variety of activities from DNA extraction to animation and everything in between. We are pleased to work in partnership with the University and look forward to future fun projects together.”
Julie Houlton ADC Cubs, St Helens said: “Young leaders were keen to come today, not only to support their cubs and leaders but also to look around the University with a view to coming here in the future to study.”
Feedback from participants was extremely positive and included: “One of our cubs with learning difficulties joined in with everything when most of the time he does not.”
“The best day ever…A big thank you to everyone who organised and helped today.”
“A fantastic opportunity for the young people to look around a university and get involved with some activities.”