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 workshops aimed at teaching children about the wonders of tissue engineering and repair. We cover mostly key stage 1 and key stage 2 but each workshop 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.
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.
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 workshop highlights the key concepts of biofilms by allowing participants to first build, then attempt to ‘blast,’ a biofilm, thus enabling the robust nature of biofilms to become apparent