Warwick Bright Stars - Digital Monthly Challenge for Key Stage 2 pupils
We are launching this week our first monthly challenge aimed at primary school children in Key Stage 2. The project will take place between February and July 2021 and is designed and delivered by four Undergraduate Warwick Students.
The project is entirely digital and can be done from home or school on a computer. It is asynchronous so the children get to meet our students indirectly via videos and blogs. The activity is opened to all, so please feel free to use for your own events or with your own children. Challenges will be released in the first week of each month here.
This year four hundred and twenty pupils took part in the Warwick Bright Stars programme, the University primary school outreach programme. At the start of the year, Warwick student ambassadors with the help of university departments, delivered modules in various subjects such as History, French, Law and Economics. The aim of the programme was to raise aspirations of local primary children from under-represented backgrounds in Higher Education. On Friday 16th March, the pupils joined us in the Oculus with their parents and teachers to celebrate their achievements at our Graduation ceremony. The children presented their work and you can see some of the videos here.
Professor Chris Hughes, our Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education welcomed them to Warwick and stressed the importance of Education and how Warwick aspires at being a learning centre in the community. The children reflected upon their achievements and resilience, sending rockets as high as the ceiling of the Oculus with Kate Redhead from the Primary Science Teaching Trust, before graduating under the applause of their proud parents and teachers. Certificates were handed out by Will Curtis, Academic Director and Paul Blagburn, Head of Widening Participation and Outreach. There was a lot of laughter, cheering and hat throwing and the proud smiles of these children reminded us all the importance of promoting social mobility and the impact our university can have in our community.
In April and May, more children joined the programme to take part in our campus days organised with the support of the Chemistry department, Warwick Manufacturing group and the Arts Centre. The children watched Nick Barkers explosive chemistry show, and created crash test structures for their eggs with Peter Wilson from WMG to learn about how materials change state and shape.
One hundred and twenty year 5 primary school pupils are now in the third week of a university module delivered by the Warwick Bright Stars Ambassadors. Schools can choose from a range of cross-curricular modules adapted to their needs, include Economics, Law, Languages and History. All pupils will be coming onto campus in March with their parents to graduate from the programme. For more information about Warwick Bright Stars visit here.