Aber’s British Science Week event huge hit with school students

LAST month, various departments of Aberystwyth University held a big event with the intention of impressing the local school students. Why, you ask? It was National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW), also referred to as British Science Week (BSW), and was aimed at encouraging students to get involved in the sciences later on in life.

From 15th-17th of March, all of the science-based departments had stalls set up with various activities and props to show these future scientists how much fun they can have with any type of science.

With giant bubbles and slime being made by the Royal Society of Chemistry right at the main entrance, and life-size Star Wars droids set up the robotics club at the back of the room, it was guaranteed that the younger students would be entertained and, at the very least, want to try out some of the activities and games set up around the Sports Cage.

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Two of the roaming droids – Rebecca James

With giant bubbles and slime being made by the Royal Society of Chemistry right at the main entrance, and life-size Star Wars droids set up the robotics club at the back of the room, it was guaranteed that the younger students would be entertained and, at the very least, want to try out some of the activities and games set up around the Sports Cage.

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The tank found at the marine biology table – Rebecca James

And those weren’t even close to being the only interesting tables to look at. A table set up by IGES showed how water flow can turn a landscape into a riverbed; IBERS had a microbiology table with plushie microbes and a ‘Which Microbe are You?’ quiz booklet; IMAPS had displays for their work on Mars. On top of all of that, there were stalls about archaeology, parasitology, evolution and even how athletics can be looked at from a scientific perspective.

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Hologram display of a flower – Rebecca James

With every aspect of science covered, from psychology to coding to marine biology, the students were introduced to science in a way that they don’t get to see in the classroom. And with almost all of the volunteers at the event being university and/or staff, they had a chance to interact and ask questions about the degrees if they wanted to do so.

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Some of the tables during the 20 minute break between shifts – Rebecca James

This annual event is incredibly popular, with the Thursday morning session having over 500 students wandering around and deciding on their favourite stall, armed with a sheet with a question for them to answer from each stall and the curiosity desired in scientists.

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Zoology brought a skull and some taxidermy animals for their table – Rebecca James

Like the events held all around the UK, this event aimed to give students a chance to see all of the aspects of all of the sciences, and allowed for hands on experience they might not get in the classroom, and let them see how anyone and everyone can be a scientist.