The Biochemical Society today announced the awardees of the Scientific Outreach Grants. The Scientific Outreach Grants support innovative and engaging events or activities for school children, young scientists or the general public. Seven grants were awarded in our Autumn round:
Cells, gene, mutations and cancer (Karen Reed, University of Cardiff)
– Working with a local school to give participants a hands-on insight into cancer and biomolecular research, through visits to the schools, talks, and visits to the university.
Babraham Institute’s Schools’ Day 2012 (Anja Drozd, The Babraham Institute)
– The Babraham Institute’s annual Schools’ Day, GCSE and sixth form students from 18 different local schools and colleges spending the day in Institute laboratories.
Everything about me (Steve Rossington, University of Salford)
– ‘Everything about me’ will showcase the science of the human body by highlighting through a serious of spectacular chemistry demonstrations the biological and chemical importance of the elements constituting the human body.
Illustrating drug target interactions using molecular models (Steve Rossington, University of Salford)
– The project will involve work with schools and colleges throughout the UK using molecular modelling (through computing and actual model making) to introduce the idea that certain drugs fit into specific shapes of a host protein (or enzyme).
Bioscience Olympiad Northern Ireland (Alexander Galkin, Queen’s University Belfast)
– The goal of the Bioscience Olympiad Northern Ireland is to develop bioscience-oriented “academic thinking” and a creative approach to problem solving in school children.
Magnificent Microbes 2012 (Nicola Stanley-Wall, University of Dundee)
– A 2 day public engagement event is to educate, inspire and entertain school children and family groups about the magnificent (and devastating) things that microbes can do.
Bio-Pathways (Elizabeth Granger, University of Manchester)
– A workshop that aims to give year 9-11 students an awareness of the careers and university courses related to biology that are available. A series of interactive activities that relate to a specific degree course, where teams can gain points to win a prize at the end.
Alexa Hime, Education Manager said, ‘The standard of application was very high but will felt the winning events best communicated the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community’.
The next deadline for Scientific Outreach Grants will be in April 2012. More information can be found on the Society’s website.