University staff, graduates and students welcomed local school children and their teachers onto campus in July for our inaugural Student Science Day.
Running on a Saturday, the aim of the programme was to introduce bright students from the local area to life at the University, our aspiration being to inspire those who had not been given an opportunity to access higher education before, and encourage them to reach their personal and academic potential.
Working in partnership with each other and supported by Warwick postgraduates, the students (aged 14-15) were challenged to undertake a scientific experiment in our chemistry laboratories, report on their findings and present them to a panel of distinguished alumni speakers in the formal surroundings of our Council Chamber. The students were daunted by the challenge but took to it with enthusiasm, developing new skills and knowledge and creating varied and interesting reports on their topics for their peers, teachers and our judges to enjoy.
Students noted afterwards that the science day had broken down some of their perceived barriers to higher education, showing them that they could achieve whatever they put their minds to with hard work, determination and support.
It was a pleasure to see shy and nervous students develop into confident and articulate young adults and we are grateful to our graduate judges, the teachers and students of Ernesford Grange and the Westwood Academy for their involvement in the day.
There are still many students in our local area, and nationwide, who have latent potential to benefit from the challenge and experience of a student science day. We welcome alumni support of time and money to enable these events to happen. A gift of £500 will provide transport, materials and food for 10 school children and their teachers to come to campus for a day, experience Warwick and broaden their horizons.
The students...took to it with enthusiasm, developing new skills and knowledge and creating varied and interesting reports on their topics for their peers, teachers and our judges to enjoy.
If you are interested in supporting a student science day or any of our outreach work, please contact Tim Farr on +44 (0)24 7615 1024 or at timothy dot farr at warwick dot ac dot uk.