Science Circus comes to town at Leeds Met
The Science Circus has been set up by students and staff across the University to represent the broad spectrum of science-based degree courses available including creative technologies, sports science and biomedical sciences.
The Circus has been organised by Leeds Met's Access and Widening Participation team, which runs a year-long programme of activities aimed at raising the motivation, aspiration and attainment of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, in co-ordination with its partner schools in the region. Short practical activities will take place in the Headingley Campus's Great Hall and will be repeated every 20 minutes throughout the morning of Friday 22 March so that all pupils can experience each activity on a continuous carousel.
Yvonne Rayner, Widening Participation Project Co-Ordinator, commented: "The Science Circus took place for the first time last year during National Science and Engineering Week and we have deliberately planned the event to coincide with it again as it proved such a success. Hopefully, this will again offer a flavour of the exciting content of some of our science-based courses. The activities promise to be fun, interactive and informative, with lots of participant involvement."
In addition, Sean Dirrane, Widening Participation Project Officer and Leeds Met Sports Nutrition graduate, will be delivering an interactive family science lecture on Saturday 16 and Tuesday 19 March entitled 'You Are What You Eat'. The sessions will be attended by Key Stage 2 pupils (ages nine to 11) and their parents/carers and siblings from the Get Ahead team's partner schools.
National Science and Engineering Week runs from 15 - 24 March 2013 and is an annual event demonstrating how science, technology, engineering and maths relate to our every-day lives: it aims to inspire the next generation of scientists with fun and participative activities.