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.
- 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.
- Food for Fuel – Transporting a sports science lab to the classroom students will think about the energy needed to fuel top flight athletes in their different disciplines. The will explore the role of carbohydrates, proteins and fats and make hypotheses about the diets of other sport stars.
- Limp Lobsters and Squidgy Starfish – We investigate the possible effects of increasing atmospheric CO2 on 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.