Information for teachers
The initiative was launched in 2012, and in summer 2013, 25 students experienced a series of taster days in Swansea’s five College of Science departments, carrying out experiments and workshops in bioscience, computer science, geography, maths and physics. They gained valuable, hands-on experience of carrying out real scientific experiments with academic staff in a research laboratory. The programme aimed to ‘bring science to life’, with workshops such as ‘Mathematics for jugglers’ and ‘Hunting for exoplanets’. The summer school went even better than we had anticipated, and we received fantastic feedback from the participants. You can see photos on our Flickr page here. We asked our participants to rate (out of 5) each day, and then the week overall - the average score was 4.8! They were all so enthused, and some said that they were clearer on what they wanted to study at university. Now the program is even bigger, extended to GCSE-stage students and offering a wider range of subjects.
S4 also aims to give students a taste of university level teaching in STEM subjects, and what a career in science may offer. In addition to the subject specific programmes, we also run a UCAS workshop with tips on how best to prepare a good application to university, and talks on financing a university degree and the options available to students to help them meet the costs of completing their studies.
The programme is for students of any calibre who have a demonstrable interest in studying a scientific subject at university level, and successful completion of all five days automatically entitle participants to receive a College of Science Inclusivity Scholarship (£500), should they go on to study at Swansea University on any College of Science degree programme.
Please contact the S4 team (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.