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Department of Science and Technology taster sessions

All bookings should be made through the Student Recruitment team at schools@uos.ac.uk or by calling 01473 338417.

Computer Games Design: Rapid Games Design

The work of a games designer involves not just a love of playing games but also for turning the ideas they have into games. Most game design begins with the rapid prototyping of ideas on paper. This introductory session takes you through some of the simple exercises you can employ for ideas generation and game development, without a computer in sight!

Contact: Robert Kurta - r.kurta@uos.ac.uk

Venue: University of Suffolk, Ipswich

Maximum number of students: 20

Length of session: 2hrs

Year group: 9-13

 

The Human Aging Process and its Challenges!

This is a fun interactive session where students will find out how we can repair our muscle if it gets damaged and how we can prevent the loss of muscle as we age. Students will get first-hand experience of identifying different types of muscle using a microscope and testing out some novel ways of exercising our muscle!

The students will have the ability to understand the social/psychological challenges involved in the ageing process. Students will have the chance to think and compare their understanding of the changes occurring in the aging process within the contents of the session. The goal is to propose ways for students to better recognise the challenges encountered through the humans' lifespan and to use valuable methods to help grow in a healthy way.

The taster session comprises of two parts, physiology and psychological based.

 

Strawberries: red, delicious and...Full of DNA!

A fun activity for children of all ages, aiming to extract DNA from strawberries, by using common household ingredients and utensils. It is a fantastic activity to inspire young kids to the world of applied sciences.

 

Stem cells: It's a kind of magic!

A lecture-style taster session, introducing the wonders of stem cells and their potential to regenerate our bodies.

 

You get on my Nerves! A Fascinating Trip throughout the Nervous System

An interactive session in which you will learn some fascinating facts about our nervous system. After a brief introduction, you will have an opportunity to look at histological samples of various nervous system-related specimens including: the spinal cord, cerebellum, neuron smears and glial cells, meninges, and peripheral nerves. This will help you to gain appreciation of the microscopic anatomy of these structures.

 

Your DNA in a Necklace!

In this workshop, you will discover the technique of DNA extraction by using a commercially available kit to obtain a necklace made with your own DNA.

 

Beneficial Microbes a Journey through your Gut

We tend to think of microbes as those that cause disease and make us ill. However, beneficial microbes far out-number the harmful ones. In this session, you will explore the beneficial microbes that live in our gut, and find out how they protect us from disease and how we can revitalise them through diet.

  • University of Suffolk Contact: F.Ibrahim@uos.ac.uk
  • Venue: University of Suffolk Ipswich
  • Maximum number of students: 30
  • Length of session: 20 minutes
  • Year Group: Any

Measuring Metabolic Rate

Approximately 600 million adults are now obese, which is double 1980 levels - with another 1 billion overweight adults. If nothing is done to reverse this growing pandemic, more than 2 billion adults will be obese by 2030. Obesity significantly increases the risk of other diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, as well as early death. METABOLISM (or metabolic rate) is the rate of energy expenditure as determined by the sum total of the chemical reactions that occur in the human body for normal function. It determines how much energy is needed each day. This information is important to ascertain how much food should be consumed in order to maintain energy balance which is in turn an important factor to achieve weight maintenance, the equilibrium between Energy Intake and Expenditure.

  • University of Suffolk Contact: F.Ibrahim@uos.ac.uk
  • Venue: University of Suffolk Ipswich
  • Maximum number of students: 30
  • Length of session: 
  • Year Group: Any

FOR WILDLIFE, ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION SCIENCE

Suffolk has some of the most diverse habitats in Britain with very active wildlife trusts and conservation groups. The new degree programme for 2018 aims to utilise the resources on our doorstep, and train students in scientific basis of ecology and conservation.  The taster session will give a glimpse into some of the areas we would cover.

What do owls eat?

Suffolk is an agricultural county providing excellent habitat for small mammals. The county is thus home to a one of the largest communities of owls in the UK. The session will give a brief introduction to owl’s life history and give the students an opportunity to identify the mammals predated on by owls and how this helps inform scientists about the health of the small mammal population.

  • University of Suffolk Contact: N.Bury@UOS.AC.UK 
  • Venue: University of Suffolk Ipswich
  • Maximum number of students: 30
  • Length of session: 
  • Year Group: 11-13 
     

Diversity of aquatic life: Why is it important?

We delight when we see otters on our river banks, or Kingfishers fishing in streams and salmon leaping up waterfalls. But, what we don’t realise is that these iconic species are dependent on healthy water with an abundance of life. Biodiversity loss is a huge problem in the world and it is suggested we are in the 6th major extinction event. Freshwater habitats are under huge pressures and the rate of loss of species from freshwaters is the highest of any biome.  The session will give a brief introduction to the phenomenon of biodiversity loss and significance in freshwaters, why it is important to protect these habitats and provide examples of the diversity of life in Ipswich marina and a local stream. 

  • University of Suffolk Contact: N.Bury@UOS.AC.UK 
  • Venue: University of Suffolk Ipswich
  • Maximum number of students: 30
  • Length of session: 
  • Year Group: 11-13

What’s in your plastic water bottle?

The answer may simply be Water! But, a closer look reveals numerous other chemicals. These checmials can have profound effect on our physiology. Are they linked to an increase in the incidences of testicular cancer in Scandinavian men or instances of breast cancer. Is plastic itself are major pollutant. This session will be an interactive lecture asking questions and giving examples. 

  • University of Suffolk Contact: N.Bury@UOS.AC.UK 
  • Venue: University of Suffolk Ipswich
  • Maximum number of students: 30
  • Length of session: 
  • Year Group: 11-13
 
The Sport Sciences and Coaching Team are pleased to offer a variety of taster and curriculum enrichment sessions to schools and colleges. In general terms, these can focus on sport and exercise physiology, psychology, biomechanics, including specialist football sport science topics. We can discuss how we can tailor a session to best suit the interests and/or curriculum/educational needs of your student group.

The following degrees are offered within the Sport Sciences and Coaching area:

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

MSci Football Coaching

MSci Performance Analysis for Football

MSci Sports Performance Physiology for Football

MSci Sports Psychology for Football

MSci Strength and Conditioning for Football

Please see www.uos.ac.uk/football for further information about the unique football sport science degrees offered by the University of Suffolk.

 

 

All bookings should be made through the Student Recruitment team at schools@uos.ac.uk or by calling 01473 338417.