• Engaging activities
with practising researchers (Techniquest)
The Techniquest’s Teacher Scientist Network (Wales)
aims to link active research scientists with teachers in local
schools, to give an added dimension to National Curriculum and
A-Level Science. Long-term partnerships are formed between scientists
and teachers, with the scientist making regular visits into school
to give lectures or run workshops. To supplement the partnerships
TSN (Wales) provides in-service training (INSET) and Master classes
Uncovering Chemical Secrets
This is a project that have been developed with the School of
Chemistry at Cardiff University to introduce students to the methods
chemists use to isolate and identify chemical compounds.
The examples chosen are relevant to the schools’ curriculum
and involve the isolation of natural substances that are important
in determining taste and smell in selected fruit.
Whilst at Techniquest, students will isolate chemicals from samples
such as fruit. They will then visit the Department of Chemistry
to see how ‘state-of-the-art’ techniques and instrumentation
are used to determine purity, and to gain an insight into chemical
structures and properties. The students will see these techniques
being applied to their own samples to illustrate how practical
experiments are combined with analytical and theoretical methods
in a typical chemical investigation.
The photo is Sir John Sulston (Nobel Prize winner and former
Head of the Human Genome Project in the UK) and Baroness Helena
Kennedy (Head of the Human Genetics Commission), on a visit to
Techniquest for a HGC event with the WGP, with a pupil from Caerleon
Wales Gene Park (WGP)
Techniquest is a partner in the WGP along with Cardiff University
and the University of Wales College of Medicine. Techniquest is
responsible for the Education team of the Wales Gene Park (with
three staff). The aims of WGP Education are:
- to generate an understanding of the ways in which genetics
is perceived and understood by the general public.
- to develop and deliver education and training initiatives
on genetics and associated social and ethical issues for health
and social care professionals, school teachers and others. We
work extensively with scientists from the partner institutions.
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