University visit unveils the world of science to school pupils

The 48 pupils from Year 5 and Year 6 at Coed y Lan Primary School visited the University’s Treforest Campus on 5 February to mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Feb 2024

Girls from a school in Pontypridd have been learning all about science during a visit to the University of South Wales (USW).

The 48 pupils from Year 5 and Year 6 at Maes Y Coed Primary School visited the University’s Treforest Campus on 5 February to mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

A few weeks before the pupils’ visit to USW, Dr Sorcha Diskin, who is the University’s Head of Subject for Chemical and Environmental Sciences, and Laura Roberts, STEM Outreach Officer, delivered chemistry workshops at the school.

During the visit to the University the girls were given a tour around the campus before taking part in hands-on sessions, which included extracting DNA, and building and coding Lego Spike Robotics.

The 48 pupils from Year 5 and Year 6 at Coed y Lan Primary School visited the University’s Treforest Campus on 5 February to mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Feb 2024

Following the science sessions the girls have been asked to design posters about ‘States of Matter’, which will be collated and made into a poster for to go on show at the University.

“It’s great to welcome the pupils from Coed y Lan to the University as part of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and to give them a chance to look at the fascinating work that is done at USW which focuses on science,” said Dr Diskin.

“It’s well known that there is a gender gap in the science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) fields, so being able to give younger girls a chance to see what they involve, and how exciting the study and work can be, may just raise their interest in the subjects.”

This visit also marked the first official use of the University’s new STEM Outreach Room.

Laura Roberts added: “My role aims is to engage with a younger audience than the University has done traditionally, focusing on primary school groups and years 7, 8 & 9 in secondary schools.

“We will be hosting more campus visits, utilising the STEM Outreach room for hands-on workshops, and developing a STEM Outreach programme to engage with schools in the local area.

“Our aim to inspire and educate the next generation of scientists, promote the STEM courses available at the University, and highlight how university study can open doors to a wide range of career opportunities.”

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