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Trio Sci Cymru

January 24, 2022
Author: Scott McKenzie

Trio Sci Cymru is led by the Welsh Government’s National Science Academy and runs across Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth and Bangor universities.

Over three years the team will work with key stage 3 pupils offering an opportunity to join 3 different enrichment programmes which are:
 

Apothecary Bees

This project introduces pupils to the award-winning Pharmabees project, where they will learn about the importance of bees and other pollinators, the medicinal properties of honey and its potential to treat antibiotic-resistant hospital superbugs. 

Pupils in Year 8 will become ‘honey detectives’, helping pharmacists identify the plants responsible for the antibacterial activity of University honey. In Year 9, they will isolate antibacterial compounds from the plants. Through these activities, the students will develop an appreciation of the drug-discovery process and the science which underpins medicine.
 

Chemistry in the third dimension

This project will use a portable 3D cinema to give pupils a chance to step inside a variety of chemical systems. The workshops will combine computational chemistry with 3D projection to bring chemistry to life at the atomic level.

Students will learn how the properties of everyday materials are linked to atomic structure. Workshops will be themed on the environment, plastics and drug discovery. They will also feature career profiles of people who have studied the subject.

The programme concludes with students designing their own computational chemistry experiments and analysing data obtained from a supercomputer simulation.

 

UniverseLab

This project uses space to engage students with science through a combination of 3D shows, virtual and augmented reality, robotic telescopes and hands-on workshops.

Exploring the universe from their classrooms, pupils will experience how astronauts live and work on the International Space Station, and plan the future exploration of Mars. The remotely controlled Faulkes Telescopes will capture images of planets, stars and galaxies, which the pupils will monitor over the next three years.

In the workshops, the pupils will study craters, meteorites and fossils, and learn about the mass extinction of the dinosaurs, while they also scan the skies searching for new asteroids, comets and supernovae.

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