More than 500 youngsters are taking part in the Telford and Wrekin Children’s University during June and July.
Last week a group of around 80 pupils from Dothill Junior School, Wellington, took part in a workshop to learn the basics of British Sign Language and learnt about deaf awareness from lecturers at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences.
Pupils at other schools have learnt how to lift a fingerprint and spot clues at a crime scene with help from members of the School of Applied Sciences
. Other activities have included taking to the stage with the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure and complementary therapies with the School of Health.
On the July visits, pupils will be given a taste of town planning with the School of Engineering and the Built Environment
, laying out a small village and deciding on the location of roads, schools, houses and shops, and take part in a branding activity with the Business school. They will also experience tasters in Chinese, Japanese and Italian, thanks to Language Networks for Excellence.
Event Co-ordinator, Lisa Gough, said: “We are delighted to be able to support The Children’s University, which gives the children a taste of University life and shows them what is possible in the future.”
The Children’s University, organised by Telford & Wrekin Council & University of Wolverhampton’s Education Partnerships, also provides the opportunity for the children to tour the University, find out about the range of courses on offer and meet current students.
All pupils receive a specially designed Children’s University Certificate and medal at the end of the day. The twelve schools involved this year are: Sir Alexander Fleming, St Peter & Paul, High Ercall, St Marys, Aqueduct, Newdale Primary, Dothill Junior, Woodlands, Holmer Lake, Ladygrove, Dawley CE and Tibberton.
The University has been successfully supporting the Telford and Wrekin Children’s University for a number of years and is keen to extend these opportunities to Year 6 pupils across all Black Country boroughs. Schools interested in taking part can contact Lisa Gough on 01902 518941.
Picture: Daniel Brown, age 10, from St Peter and Paul School, takes a closer look during a forensic workshop.
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