Primary Science Outreach Programme ‘under the microscope’

Thursday May 24, 2018

A Shropshire Star feature writer and photographer recently visited Concord to see at first hand the college’s new Primary Science Outreach Programme in action. On the day that writer Mark and photographer Steve visited Concord, pupils from Year 6 at Longnor Primary School were working on a clean water project in the new Science Block with Concord’s Head of Science Barry Brown. Fourteen Year 6 pupils from the school, accompanied by Head Teacher Lucy Adams, will be visiting Concord again over a number of weeks whilst working on a major CREST Award project focusing on reducing the spread of infectious disease in rural Kenya. The CREST Awards scheme is the British Science Association’s flagship programme for young people with around 30,000 students in the UK gaining CREST Awards every year. Sixth Form Concord students are also assisting the Longnor Primary School pupils with the project, which is questioning whether water is safe and whether hand washing effective. Mrs. Adams said afterwards the pupils had particularly enjoyed using microscopes and Bunsen burners during the investigation. Mr. Brown said the CREST Award project was an important way to enable pupils to develop problem solving scientific skills as they see how science affects the world around them and added: “It is a bit like the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme for science.” He stressed the significance of Concord opening up their science facilities to primary schools which don’t have laboratories.  He said Concord wanted to enrich the community with its ‘wonderful staff and facilities’ and emphasised the need to educate ‘scientists of the future,’ adding that the college was appointing two Science Outreach Co-ordinators to start in September. The Shropshire Star visitors interviewed and photographed pupils, students and staff during their hour long visit. You can read the full feature by clicking on the link below: Image courtesy of the Shropshire Star.