Celebrating science

5 June 2018

Late last month, 38 pupil science ambassadors from eight Sheffield primary schools attended the first Science Ambassador Conference at Sheffield Hallam University. All of the schools are part of the Sheffield Hallam Ogden Primary Partnership, the first Ogden primary partnership in the South Yorkshire region. 

The Science Ambassador programme has been established as part of the Sheffield Hallam Primary Partnership and has been met with great enthusiasm by the students at all the schools. One school had over 50 Year 6 students apply to become an ambassador! The successful ambassadors from each school attended a one-day ambassador training event to learn the art of creating and communicating ‘wow’ science moments! The ambassadors’ newly developed skills have been put to good use supporting science in their schools. Their activities have included helping out with science lessons, running lunchtime clubs and leading whole school assemblies. 

Science is amazing – the little ones love the experiments we show them.    
Science Ambassador

This conference celebrated the work and achievements of these science ambassadors and allowed them to share their enthusiasm for science with each other and an invited audience of university staff. The conference was formally opened by representatives from two schools. Each ambassador team gave an enthusiastic presentation on their school’s science ambassador scheme, and shared their science projects, successes and plans for the future. Following the presentations each school was presented with a certificate to recognise their contribution to the conference.

Students from Dobcroft Infant School, Sheffield, create a lava lamp using oil, water and effervescent tablets.
Students from Dobcroft Infant School, Sheffield, create a lava lamp using oil, water and effervescent tablets.

Each ambassador delegate also received a delegate pack with a programme for the day, resources and an individual certificate of achievement to take home.

The presentations were followed by a science busking session where the young science communicators wowed their audiences with some amazing science explorations, delivered and explained with great confidence and expertise. The busking included intriguing activities such as balloon kebabs, home-made lava lamps, inflatable gloves and super strong eggs.

The afternoon session started with a tour of the University's new STEM lab, followed by the opportunity to carry out an exploration in the lab.    

“The pupil ambassador conference celebrated the work of the ambassadors and provided the opportunity for them to draw on their newly developed skills as science communicators as they led an exciting and inspirational day of science,” says Joelle Halliday, Partnership Co-ordinator and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Education.

The event was led by Sheffield Institute of Education and organised with the eight partnership schools, University academic staff and professional services.

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