Showcasing Brookes research at school science festival

Wednesday, 08 February 2017

Cheney school event

Researchers from Oxford Brookes University took part in Cheney School’s science festival this week (Tuesday 7 February).

The Festival of Ancient and Modern Science celebrated science through the ages, from ancient Greece and Rome to modern times. It featured activities, music and drama performances, stalls and events plus a host of guest speakers including the renowned Professor Robert Winston.

Areas of the school were themed on different areas of scientific understanding, with a wide range of stalls from local and national organisations, all exploring ancient and modern connections.

Researchers from Oxford Brookes’ Bioimaging Unit took along 3D models of the inside of cells for visitors to hold and gave them an insight into how plant and animal cells work. They also showed visitors how to transform their own mobile phones into portable microscopes.

Dr Louise Hughes, Bio-Imaging Unit Researcher from Oxford Brookes University said: “We really enjoyed being part of this science festival at Cheney School; it was a great opportunity to bring our research out into the community and engage young people and their families in
science and discovery. I spoke to a number of young women studying for their A levels about careers in science and it showed how important it is to attend these types of events, demonstrating how diverse science can be.

"People really enjoyed handling the 3D cells and they provided quite a contrast when comparing the development of science throughout history.”

We really enjoyed being part of this science festival at Cheney School; it was a great opportunity to bring our research out into the community and engage young people and their families in science and discovery. I spoke to a number of young women studying for their A levels about careers in science and it showed how important it is to attend these types of events, demonstrating how diverse science can be.

Dr Louise Hughes, Bio-Imaging Unit Researcher, Oxford Brookes University

The Festival was organised by educational charity The Iris Project who run The Classics Centre at Cheney School.

Founded in 2013, it is a vibrant community learning venue for people of all ages to attend events, workshops, lessons, and exhibitions.

Dr Lorna Robinson, Director of the Iris Project said: “We were delighted that Oxford Brookes were running an activity stall at our Iris Festival of Ancient and Modern Science on Tuesday. There was a constant buzz of visitors and Cheney students enjoying talking to the team and seeing their equipment. Students were thrilled by the 3D printer.” 

Oxford Brookes University is gearing up for its annual Brookes Science Bazaar which takes place later this month on Saturday 25 February.

Whether you and your family are fascinated by physics, captivated by chemistry, besotted with biology, or simply curious to find out more, you can learn and discover new things at Brookes Science Bazaar– a fun day for all and it’s free!

There will be a variety of activities and events, including making your own family tree, learning about music therapy, getting to know the bones in your skeleton and helping to save endangered species.

Brookes Science Bazaar will take place in the John Henry Brookes Building on Headington Campus from 10.30am – 4.00pm.

For more information visit the Events website