Interactive science workshops, led by Public Health England scientists at Fairfield High School, Bristol, BS7 9NL on Tuesday 13th March, 11.15am to 12.15pm.
As part of this year’s British Science Week, 60 students from Fairfield High School in Bristol are being given the opportunity to take part in interactive science workshops hosted by Public Health England (PHE) scientists.
From pupils extracting their own DNA using household products, to a science and health-related game of Articulate and quizzes on air pollution and practical activities on how vaccines work, the aim of these workshops is to inspire 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 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.
Michael Macgregor, Molecular development scientist at PHE said: “I work as a scientist for Public Health England in the cell cultures collection; it’s my role to help develop cell identification methods that PHE can use”
“In the workshop at Fairfield High School, I’m showing students what DNA does and what it actually looks like. I’m hoping that, by the end of today’s session, the students will have a better understanding of DNA and how it can influence their lives”
“These interactive sessions run by Public Health England are vital, as they encourage enthusiasm, ambition and aspiration for the next generation of scientists. I hope that the students enjoy themselves today whilst also learning a little bit more about the scientific field”
Scott Mears, Head of Science at Fairfield School said:
“I am really looking forward to welcoming Public Health England Scientists into the school, having real life scientists explaining their roles in science and running interactive sessions with our children will be hugely beneficial to our pupils.
Cllr Anna Keen, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said: “We want to inspire young people from across the city to develop the passion and skills needed to make positive life choices in later life.
“We are currently working on our Bristol WORKS programme which aims to connect employers with schools to help remove barriers between young people and meaningful experiences of work.
“We’d like to thank Public Health England for coming to Fairfield High School today and getting kids enthusiastic about science. I hope that work like this will help to encourage a future generation of Bristolian scientists to be the best that they can.”Follow