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University's Centre for Effective Learning in Science celebrates fifth birthday

University of Leicester collaborates with regional partners on initiative to raise interest in science amoung schoolchildren.

Issued 29 June 2010

An initiative that has worked with over 32,000 school pupils around the world to improve the popularity of science is set to celebrate its fifth birthday. Over 300 school pupils, teachers and education professionals will be attending the celebrations at Nottingham Trent University’s Centre for Effective Learning in Science (CELS) on July 8, taking part in workshops, seminars and fun activities to mark the occasion.

The CELS celebration event is being delivered with the help and support of the Higher Education Academy, the National HE STEM Programme, the University of Leicester, the University of Loughborough and the University of Nottingham.

Pupils will have the chance to build batteries from fruit, make ice-cream with liquid nitrogen, take a tour of the on-campus observatory, and learn about the science involved in explosions - to name but a few!

Meanwhile, teachers and other academics from across the UK will hear all about what has made CELS so successful, from the team at Nottingham Trent University. CELS scientists will be joined by colleagues from regional partner universities, offering workshops on how to make science more engaging, how to deliver successful activities for pupils and networking opportunities to discuss ideas and make contacts.

During the evening the CELS team will hold a special celebration event, giving them the chance to say thank you to the dozens of collaborators and supporters that have helped to make CELS such a success over the past five years.

Dr Karen Moss, Director of CELS at Nottingham Trent University said: “The team and I are really looking forward to what promises to be an informative and enjoyable day. We’re delighted to mark the occasion of our fifth birthday like this, and have the chance to share our success and enthusiasm for making science more engaging with as many people as possible.”

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