Aims of the project
The aims are to allow children in the community to work in a Science laboratory and have the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a 'real scientist' working with high-quality Science equipment. We also hope to inspire them and to make them consider Science as a subject they want to learn more about and to identify any children who have a real aptitude for the subject and to work with them on a regular basis in the future. We ensure that the activities are engaging, exciting and inspire the children.
Background and goals
Cheltenham College has had a relationship with the Festivals Committee for a number of years and the Science department has been involved in this project since 2012.
Well equipped laboratories, chemical and biological materials are all essential resources for this partnership.
The Chemistry and Biology workshops are held in the College's science laboratories with the teaching staff and technicians on hand. Each workshop is repeated three times during the course of the Young Scientists Day. The funding for the workshops comes out of the department's annual budget.
The children who attend the workshops are asked for their feedback after the event which has always been extremely positive.
60 children aged 10 - 11 [Year 6] from local primary schools attend Young Scientists Day at the College, with a mixture of boys and girls involved in all the activities. The pupils from Cheltenham College Prep School act as their guides and hosts for the day.
Frequency and duration
Young Scientists Day takes place annually in June to coincide with the Cheltenham Festival of Science. Three workshops, each of an hour in length, are undertaken three times on the day.
It is expected that this project will continue on an annual basis.