From molecule to medicine

4 July 2018

Last month, Sam Gymiah MP, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation visited the Phiz Lab at Hillcroft Primary School, Caterham, Surrey. He was joined by a fantastic team of STEM Ambassadors from Pfizer who were running an activity with the Year 6 students at the school looking at how medicines and therapies are developed.

The day was delivered using Science in a Box resources developed by Pfizer and STEMLearningUK. In a series of interactive activities, the students (and special guests) learnt about the journey from molecule to medicine, and even carried out a clinical trial with jelly beans!

The day also included  ‘lunch with a scientist’. At these events, students talk to a scientist or engineer about science and careers. On this occasion, students were joined by Charity Nicholls from Atkins Consulting who told them all about her career designing buildings – she even brought in some VR headsets. 

"I was so impressed with the Phiz Lab at Hillcroft Primary School as it really brought the power and wonder of science to life. It was also clear that the pupils very much enjoyed being in that space, and who wouldn't with the solar system painted on the wall and an astronaut suspended from the ceiling."
Sam Gymiah MP

Dr Ajay Sharman STEM Regional Network Lead – London & South East also attended this inspirational day.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to be able to showcase the Phiz Lab at Hillcroft,” says Tom Holloway, GLF Primary Science Leader. “The STEM Ambassadors from Pfizer delivered a brilliant event which was enjoyed by our students and our visitors.

“Science at Hillcroft has really taken centre stage since we became part of an Ogden primary partnership and set up our Phiz Lab. Also, being part of the GLF, a multi-academy trust, means that we can really deliver fantastic science across the region. Our GLF Science Fair Grand Final is already being planned for April next year and we hope that 450 children will be able to attend the event at Royal Holloway. Next year, as well as teaching Years 2-6 in our lovely lab, I will be visiting other schools in the area to help them develop and deliver their primary science provision. This really is my dream job!”



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