Science Jamboree Project
In November, students from across the University deliver science related sessions for 300 Beavers, Cubs, Brownies and Rainbows from Merseyside and Cheshire. These sessions allow the young visitors to gain their science-related activity badges. Involvement in the project allows undergraduates to flex their imagination, develop their self-management and communication skills and gain an entry into their Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR).
Click here to see what the Merseyside Scouts had to say about SciJam 2018
What do student volunteers do?
“Loved planning then seeing outcome, was enjoyable.” (Y3 student volunteer)
Most students will form teams that take responsibility for one 45 minute session which is delivered five times at the Jamboree. The teams project-manage the design of a safe session that meets a strict brief for young people based on the badge requirements. The teams can choose to design their own activity or to run an activity which has already been planned out. Once chosen, they either create an activity plan, a risk assessment and a leaflet for the young people to take home or use an existing pack which contains all of these.
The team must also organise equipment, control a budget and, of course, deliver the session.
The students have the opportunity to work with a staff mentor which widens their network across the university. They will have access to an exclusive VITAL module and receive safeguarding and scientific communication training before working with the young visitors.
What’s in it for student volunteers?
“I feel more confident working in a team and facing another large challenge. ” (Y2 student volunteer)
“Improved time management skills by having more important reason to finish on time” (Y2 student volunteer)
Involvement in the project is suitable for inclusion on a student’s Higher Education Achievement Record. More importantly student volunteers have told us that the project has developed communication skills, confidence, self-management and their energy and enthusiasm.
“…was extremely beneficial for someone wanting to enter a career in teaching” (Y3 student volunteer)
By volunteering, students can get experience that they wouldn’t ordinarily get on their degree which helps them make informed career choices.
Finally, every volunteer gets a Science Jamboree badge for their bag, lab coat, badge blanket or whatever!
How can I be involved?
“Fantastic Day, worth getting up early for. Everyone involved were incredibly friendly and helpful. Would be interested in taking part again if run next year.” (Y2 student volunteer)
Attend one of our introductory events (2nd October 2019 @13:30 in CTL G-FLEX or 9th October 2019 @13:00 in CTH-LTD).
To register for one of these sessions please sign up here
The organisers will tell you more about what’s involved and put you in teams to design activities or choose from pre-made activity packs. If you’ve got teams and ideas already, that’s fabulous, please come to the event and talk with us!
This year we are hoping to recruit undergraduates to act as mentors; these students will be in their third or fourth year and have volunteered at the Science Jamboree or other event involving young people. Check out more details here.
Information for Beaver/Cub/Brownie Leaders
“A fantastic opportunity for the young people to look around a university and get involved with some activities.” (Beaver Leader)
Everything you need to know about the Science Jamboree 2019: will be uploaded nearer the time