All schools we contacted were enthusiastic about the idea and embraced the opportunity to have a talk/activity led by a subject specialist. All students on the module were successful in delivering a Project to their chosen age group and about their chosen topic. Schools that took part were Newland St John Church of England Academy, Thriplow Church of England Primary School and Newland School for Girls. Altogether 9 different online Outreach Projects were delivered, benefitting around 200 young people at primary and secondary level.
Feedback from teachers was positive throughout, with encouraging and constructive comments for the students:
“After today’s session ……. 50% of the class were interested in becoming a Zoologist in the future.”
“It was a success due to the knowledge which was gained, by both the students and teachers”
“The children enjoyed themselves and created some beautiful posters.”
“The children were really enthusiastic and came away wanting to know more”
“The girls were very taken with you and I think you’ve encouraged a few of them to take more of an interest in science.”
The young people enjoyed themselves, new knowledge and new enthusiasm for science and the environment was gained. One of the participating undergraduate students wrote:
“Personally, I found the most beneficial part of the module to my own development was my Outreach Project, teaching a whole class for an hour with materials I created was a brand-new challenge and one that I feel has greatly increased my confidence as well as taught me about different skills that I can use when teaching.”
Starting off as a problem, the change of assessment in this module became an opportunity to create something that did not just bring great benefit to the pupils, teachers and students individually, but was also important to strengthen the links between Hull University and schools in the area.