IBERS is proud to be a partner in the TrioSci Cymru project aimed at increasing interest and uptake of Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects in school across Wales.
The £8m European funded project is overseen by the Welsh Government’s Science Academy and will deliver workshops to Key Stage Three Students (Years 7,8 and 9) across Wales in partnership with Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea Universities, and the Institute of Physics. IBERS will be involved in offering an exciting outreach package based on the Institute’s research output.
The IBERS TrioSci Team
Leading the IBERS team will be Prof. Jo Hamilton whose leadership of the Sustainability Network Wales (SusNet) programme of A Level outreach has involved her working closely with schools throughout West Wales
The schools outreach programme will be developed and delivered by Science Outreach Associates Rachel Rees and Dr. Scott Tompsett, who have worked extensively in secondary schools across Ceredigion.
With its wide research portfolio IBERS will support a diverse range of activities based on Marine Biology, Sports Science, Parasitology, Animal Science and Agriculture. Each session will be tailored to the needs of each year group and linked to the National Curriculum, National Literacy and Numeracy framework. There will also be opportunities to reinforce levelling criteria such as forming hypotheses, variable selection, data recording and forming conclusions.
Delivered in Summer 2019:
- Parasite Fantastic – Students explore the world of parasites using 3D microscopy, investigate animal organ systems and start to think about how we might be able to stop their deadly life cycle.
- Limp Lobsters and Squidgy Starfish – We investigate the possible effects of increasing atmospheric CO2on some of our favourite rock pool creatures. Students will get up close to some of our coastal critters, investigate how water can become acidified and get to measure the effect changing pH will have on different organisms
New for 2019/2020:
- G-Force - Students get on their bike to investigate the sport and exercise science behind life as a professional sports person. Investigating power and energy transfer as well as the nutrition needed to provide the energy needed in competition.
- Gene-ious - Delving into the world of cells, students discover chromosomes, genes and DNA. They extract DNA, build their own double helix and think about how the four-letter code leads to different characteristics. We then investigate the use of environmental DNA in conservation and animal health research being carried out in IBERS.