On 27th June 2017 the School of Life Sciences took part in the Health and Life Sciences Summer School, organised by Widening Participation and Outreach.
Each summer the Widening Participation and Outreach team organises faculty-based residential events for local Year 10 students. These three day events give young people the chance to stay overnight in university accommodation, experience student life and work with staff and students from different subject disciplines.
Here in the School of Life Sciences we ran a session for 35 of the visiting year 10 students. Tom price, Tom Butts, Gwen Cowley and myself organised a series of short activities: extracting DNA from fruit, evolution and vertebrate phylogeny and observing fruit fly behaviour to answer the question “do drunk fruit flies have sex more often?”
Our session in the Summer School received a lot of very positive feedback from participants.
“Really enjoyable and opened up new career choices for me in the future”
“Really enjoyed all the activities as they were interesting especially liked the one about brains”
“The fly sex activity was fun because it showed their behaviour”
“Very interesting with very lovely and friendly people”
Thanks to everyone who ran sessions or helped out on the day, a good afternoon was had by all!