CITER offers a number of curriculum linked school engagement activities.
Our small team of scientists visit schools in Cardiff and the surrounding area with a number of activities aimed at teaching children about the wonders of tissue engineering and repair. We cover mostly key stage 1 and key stage 2 but each activity can be tailor made to fit in with the curriculum - let us know your topic and we can see what we can do!
Our workshops are open to all and free of charge. For more information contact:
- Telephone:+44 (0)292087 0129
The Maggot Racing workshop aims to outline the clinical application of maggots in wound care and healing using a short poster presentation. Following the presentation children get the opportunity to take part in a fun and interactive maggot race. Each group names a maggot and encourages it towards the finish line. The owner of the winning maggot receives a certificate.
Blood and Cells
The "Blood and Cells" activity includes a session on blood in the body including ‘guess how many bottles of blood are in our bodies’, blood cell facts and job descriptions plus a hands on creating element where the children make (and keep) a cell out of modelling clay.
Bones and Organs
The "Bones and Organs" activity includes a “guess how big” game where the children guess how long the guts in our body are, how heavy our brains are, and how much skin covers our bodies plus an activity where the children have to work out where various bones and organs go in our bodies.
Blood, Bones and Gory Bits Workshop
The “Blood, Bones and Gory Bits” workshop includes the above aforementioned three activities (Bones and Organs, Blood and Cells and Maggot Racing) are is delivered as a morning or afternoon session to a class of thirty children.
The "blast-a-biofilm" workshop is a hands-on activity for school children and members of the public, developed to introduce microbes and biofilms. Biofilms are common in nature and, as the favoured mode of growth for microbes, biofilms affect many parts of everyday life. This activity is demonstrated by using dental plaque as an example of biofilms. Children use plasticine to model "bacteria", with hair gel as the extracellular polymeric substance to form a biofilm matrix (slime). The children then attempt to “blast” first the free, non-adherent bacteria, then the biofilms they built using water pistols. The outcome is that biofilms are much harder to remove which explains the importance of regular brushing to remove dental plaque.
The Operation Man workshop is based on the popular children's game, but much larger. It aims to introduce children to the topic of tissue repair and organ replacement. In a race against the clock, 'eyes', 'kidneys', 'bones' and 'tendons' can be transplanted in a 'human body'. The fastest surgeon receives a certificate.
Brain Games is a range of activities specifically designed for seven to eleven year olds (key stage 2), but readily adaptable to different levels all the way up to A' level. We can deliver taught elements alongside activities to show how the brain is made, how it communicates and some fun illustrations of what the brain can (or can’t) do. Activities include making brain hats, pipe cleaner neurons, the stroop race, the worlds one and only inflatable bouncy brain with information panels built in to learn while you bounce and bespoke brain puzzles to get your own grey matter going.