Trio Sci Cymru Bangor
Bangor University will work with school pupils across the North and Mid Wales as part of a major Welsh Government initiative to boost take-up of STEM subjects.
Trio Sci Cymru is led by the Welsh Government’s National Science Academy, in collaboration with Bangor, Swansea, Aberystwyth and Cardiff Universities.
The £8.2m project which is backed by £5.7m of EU funding and £2.5m from the Welsh Government’s National Science Academy, aims to increase take up and grades in STEM subjects among young people living in North and West Wales and the South Wales Valleys.
Over a three-year period, the University hopes to engage with 1,580 key stage three pupils; offering a unique opportunity to participate in three different innovative STEM enrichment outreach programmes.
Chemistry of Flavour
Students experience first-hand why mints feel cold; understand the evolutionary adaptations that give chilies their spice; and discover why supertasters are left with a bitter taste in their mouths.
Chemistry of Art
This workshop is hands on with a strong practical component. Students use natural pigments to make their own paints from scratch and are encouraged to explore how changes in composition can affect its properties.
Celebrations including public lectures, teacher resources, public outreach events where arranged to mark the International year of the periodic table. The Periodic Table of Elements is a great teaching tool and probably the most recognisable thing in chemistry.
Chemistry of Greenhouse Gases
We bring classroom chemistry to the real world, covering the warming effect of greenhouse gases, the human activities that give rise to greenhouse gases and additional consequences of specific greenhouse gases e.g. ocean acidification due to CO2.
Chemistry of Water
This cross-disciplinary workshop focuses on the uses of water, the steps of the water cycle and the differences between hard and soft water. We look at different nutrients and chemicals that can end up in natural water reserves and explore the natural and human processes that transport them there.
Chemistry of Healthcare
This workshop focuses on the ‘Chemistry of Healthcare’, linking chemistry, human biology and environmental science. In this session, we bring classroom chemistry to the real world and look at the applications of chemistry in the healthcare industry.
In total, the Trio Sci Cymru programme aims to encourage more than 5,600 young people aged 11 to 14 from 30 schools across Wales to study STEM subjects at GCSE level and beyond, helping to create a skilled workforce and a prosperous economy.