University teams up with football club to mark Science and Healthcare Week

"Following on from the success of our previous Gifted and Talented days we wanted to introduce new workshops to celebrate Science and Healthcare and the exciting opportunities available at Staffordshire University."

Samantha Nuttall, Development Officer

Staffordshire University has teamed up with Port Vale Football Club to inspire school children to think about their futures.

Year 5 pupils from ten primary schools will visit the PVFC stadium on Thursday for Gifted and Talented, a day of hands-on workshops run by Staffordshire University experts and a variety of businesses.

The event coincides with British Science Week and National Healthcare Week, and the University has created innovative and exciting activities to reflect this. These include 'Mission to Mars' to learn about the technology used to land the mars rovers and a workshop run with University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust to look at different types of germs.

Other activities include a Computing workshop featuring a Rasperry Pi camera to show how time-lapse photographs can be used for science and nature projects, plus pupils will learn how to take fingerprints in a Forensic Science session.

Samantha Nuttall, from the University's Development Office, helped to organise the event. She explained: "Following on from the success of our previous Gifted and Talented days we wanted to introduce new workshops to celebrate Science and Healthcare and the exciting opportunities available at Staffordshire University."

There will also be a range of activities run by businesses from around the region including pottery companies Staffordshire Creamware and Dudson, engineering experts KMF, technology company Synectics and Autonet Insurance.

Port Vale's Head of Education, Chris Taylor, added: “Port Vale Football Club is committed to improving the standards and opportunities for young people in the region and activities like this are a fantastic way to do that.”

*The schools taking part in Gifted and Talented are Burnwood, St Josephs, The Cresent, Whitfield Valley, Mill Hill, Sneyd Green, North Road, Summerbank, St. Nathaniels, and Moor Park.

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