Mission Transmission

Science classes were brought to life with a bang this week when students were given an introduction to the world of microbiology.

The group of 25 students, who are studying at City of Wolverhampton College, discovered how diseases can be passed on by touch and sneezing during the Mission Transmission workshop on November 1.

The interactive show, by Dr Martin Khechara from the University of Wolverhampton, was part of the Aspire to HE project and aimed to ignite a passion for science and encourage more young people to consider moving on to university.

As part of the workshop the students took part in a handshake experiment to see how easily germs are spread, before confetti was fired from a cannon to illustrate what happens when someone sneezes.

Sally Slater, curriculum manager for A levels and science at the college, said: “The students had a great time getting hands on and finding out some of the topics they could cover if they moved on to study science at university – and who knows, we may have encouraged some of them to consider a career as a microbiologist!”

Dan Howells, director of Aspire to HE, said: “Martin has an amazing skill in creatively bringing science to life. In doing so, he is helping to open up the minds of young people to various opportunities a career and love of science can bring. We are delighted that through Aspire to HE, Martin will be delivering his inspiring science theatre workshops in schools and colleges across the Black Country and Telford and Wrekin.”

Aspire to HE is a partnership funded through the government’s National Collaborative Outreach Programme and led by the University of Wolverhampton to support the government’s aims of doubling the number of young people from ‘disadvantaged backgrounds’ to higher education by 2020.  The partnership is made up of the University of Wolverhampton working with seven further education colleges and over forty secondary schools to support informed, ambitious decision making with regard to higher education.

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