Celebration of Science

PRIESTLEY students used British Science Week to share their love for their subjects with a younger generation.

Three students teamed up with Latch ford Big Local Partnership and Groundwork to provide a virtual science festival for children in the local community.

Ryan Whalley, who studies A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Psychology, said the trio chose dinosaurs and fossils as a way of engaging their young audience.

“We take subjects within science because we have a passion for them and we saw this as an opportunity to share our passion and somewhat pass on the baton,” said the former Cardinal Newman pupil.

A presentation – complete with quiz questions and challenges for those who joined them online – was prepared by the team.

For the teenagers it was also a chance to build confidence and communication skills.

“The confidence you gain from giving presentations and talking to students even at such a young age is beyond helpful,” said Ryan, who hopes to study Psychology at university.

The virtual event was supported by the British Science Association as part of British Science Week.

Community Development Officer Steve Wright, of Groundwork, said: “The students were well received and a credit to the college.”

Priestley also marked the week of science with talks by Dr Laura Tongue of Higher Horizons+ and Keele University Hub Coordinator.

She focussed on linking the pandemic to science and her own scientific career.

“It was a brilliant opportunity to discuss and engage students in scientific careers they may not have considered before,” she said.

“Whilst students were working remotely, they were engaged throughout the sessions and answered questions through the online chat function.”

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