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Education leaders launch city science club

First school in the UK to specialise in science and healthcare delivers maths and science clubs for North West's keen learners

Posted by Stephanie Broad | June 04, 2015 | School life

Liverpool Life Sciences UTC, based in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, has collaborated with a team of university lecturers, teachers and young academics to launch ‘Saturday Science Club’. They are inviting the city’s young people to discover their potential on a monthly basis within its specialist environment.

The clubs are based at, and supported by, Liverpool Life Sciences UTC during spring and summer terms, to allow young people aged 13-14 to meet up, explore ideas and nurture their academic talents.

Dr. Jonathan Moore, teaching leader in science at Liverpool Life Sciences UTC, said: “Saturday Science Clubs provide students with a rare opportunity to complete small research projects over a prolonged period.

Young people can plan, execute and analyse experiments in the same way that research scientists do, taking students beyond the restraints of the current science curriculum that is delivered within the schools.”

Students have the opportunity to participate in their own independent research project using industry-standard equipment in the school’s innovation laboratories and will work towards Bronze and Silver Crest Awards in recognition of their efforts.

The mathematics sessions are supported by Mathematical Education on Merseyside (MEM). Mathematical Education on Merseyside (MEM) is an organisation that brings together staff from the three universities in Liverpool and local teachers, to devise, enable and promote mathematical activities throughout the region.

Over 50 young people attended the first instalment of the science and mathematics clubs and agreed that they had all acquired a new, or better understanding of the subjects.

Students studied the properties of teeth, enamel and the nature of acid erosion before designing their own toothpaste with a series of practical experiments.

Other students developed basic microbiology techniques by using industry-standard equipment, including agar dishes and Gibson pipettes, to look at the antimicrobial properties of commercially available toothpastes.

Speaking at the event, Izzy Roberts, 13, said: “I loved the science masterclass, I found it very interesting and I worked with new equipment which was very cool. I will definitely be attending again.”

The next Saturday Club at Liverpool Life Sciences will take place on Saturday, June 20.

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