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Jun 8, 2017

Project Merger

As we have restuctured our programming sligtly to create a cohesive and clear pathway of activities for young people, which we hope will combine to lead them to success.

In order to help students to a successful outcome we have identified several key areas in which we need to have an impact: academic attainment, aspiration, confidence, knowledge of options after compulsory education and finally cultural capital and network building.  All of our activites are geared towards making a difference in one of these critical areas. This includes organising 'STEM in Action Days', academic masterclasses, trips to universities and businesses. 

We feel this project now closely overlaps with another project we are raising funds for on GlobalGiving. To avoid confustion we would like to direct all donations via a single project. We hope you are still interested in supporting our great work to encourage young peole into STEM careers, if so, see our other GlobalGiving project 'Engaging young people in STEM' project.

Jun 8, 2017

Great spring events

This spring, Generating Genius has hosted a range of successful events for our Year 11 students, designed to support them in the process of preparing for their GCSE exams. Our Maths and Science masterclasses were hosted by academic staff from the University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and Medical School.

In the first session, students tackled challenging mathematical problems to explore the reality behind well-known film phenomena, such as time travel. In addition to this, they also had the opportunity to get a closer look at the connections between Maths and art through symmetry and try out some mathematical transformations.

The second session was an exciting practical focused on Biology, in which the students got the chance to extract their own DNA. Throughout the masterclass, they were also tested on their knowledge of cell biology and the structure and function of human genes. Many students felt that the session broadened their knowledge on the subject:

“I learnt and reinforced things we need to know for biology GCSE.”

The students also had the opportunity to look at more advanced subjects too, in a special session on neuroscience research, more specifically the functions of the brain. They tried out actual tests used to assess brain function in patients with dementia, while working out how to ensure the validity of their results. Using real medical case studies, students discussed the effects of lifestyle choices on the human brain, as well as how neuroscience research can lead to the development of better treatments for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

"It broadened my knowledge on the subjects we study. I feel the knowledge I have now will help me in understanding my A level subjects."

Thanks for your continued support of our projects, we have lots coming up over the summer and will update you next time!

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May 25, 2017

Spring Projects Round-Up

This spring, Generating Genius has hosted a range of successful events for our Year 11 students, designed to support them in the process of preparing for their GCSE exams. Our Maths and Science masterclasses were hosted by academic staff from the University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and Medical School.

In the first session, students tackled challenging mathematical problems to explore the reality behind well-known film phenomena, such as time travel. In addition to this, they also had the opportunity to get a closer look at the connections between Maths and art through symmetry and try out some mathematical transformations.

The second session was an exciting practical focused on Biology, in which the students got the chance to extract their own DNA. Throughout the masterclass, they were also tested on their knowledge of cell biology and the structure and function of human genes. Many students felt that the session broadened their knowledge on the subject:

“I learnt and reinforced things we need to know for biology GCSE.”

The students also had the opportunity to look at more advanced subjects too, in a special session on neuroscience research, more specifically the functions of the brain. They tried out actual tests used to assess brain function in patients with dementia, while working out how to ensure the validity of their results. Using real medical case studies, students discussed the effects of lifestyle choices on the human brain, as well as how neuroscience research can lead to the development of better treatments for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

"It broadened my knowledge on the subjects we study. I feel the knowledge I have now will help me in understanding my A level subjects."

Thanks for your continued support of our projects, we have lots coming up over the summer and will update you next time!

Links:

 
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