DNA extracted from pupils at Torquay Academy – students take part in practical workshops led by scientists (as part of British science week) from Public Health England
Interactive science workshops, led by Public Health England scientists at Torquay Academy, TQ2 7NU Monday 12th Match, between 09.30 and 10.30am.
As part of this year’s British Science Week, 80 students from Torquay Academy School in Torquay are being given the opportunity to take part in interactive science workshops hosted by Public Health England (PHE) scientists.
From pupils extracting DNA from their own cells using household products, to a science and health-related game of Pictionary and quizzes on air pollution, the aim of these workshops is to inspire the young people to consider a career in science and showcase the variety of areas within science they could pursue.
British Science Week is an annual ten-day event, which encourages organisations, professionals in the science sector, science communicators and the general public to hold events to help get people involved in scientific activities.
This year, PHE is expanding its reach across the South West and scientists from the region will visit 240 students across schools in Cheltenham, Bristol and Torquay.
During the week, there will be 12 PHE scientists leading interactive science workshops for pupils aged 13-14 years.
The scientists taking part specialise in a range of disciplines, including toxicology, microbiology, environmental public health, microscopy, vaccine research and epidemiology.
Charlotte Landeg-Cox, Environmental Public Health Scientist for the Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, said:
“I work as a scientist in Public Health England but I don’t wear a white coat or work in a laboratory, I want to challenge that perception and give students a practical real world insight of science and the kind of roles that exist after school and at Public Health England.
“As a public health scientist, I have supported and advised on a number of incidents involving environmental hazards such as fires and chemical spills in order to protect public health.
“In the workshop at Torquay academy, I want students to think more about environmental hazards in everyday life and how to avoid them.
“I hope that the students will really enjoy the interactive session that I have planned and I hope to learn from this going forward for future sessions think it is vital that Public Health England continues to support outreach programmes like this one.”
John Mellitt, Head of Science at Torquay Academy, said:
“I am really looking forward to welcoming Public Health England Scientists into the school. It’s an excellent opportunity for some of our very capable science students to work alongside practicing scientists, gain an insight into their roles, and hopefully inspire a number of them to pursue highly rewarding scientific careers.”Follow