Woodham Academy recently marked a significant milestone as 140 bright young minds from nine different schools successfully completed the highly acclaimed Science Ambassador Programme, in collaboration with Durham University.
The scheme, designed to foster a passion for science and inspire future generations, proved to be a resounding success as students showcased their newfound knowledge and enthusiasm.
Over the past several months, students from Woodham Academy dedicated themselves to exploring the vast realms of scientific discovery, through hands-on experiments, engaging discussions, and interactive workshops.
The programme aimed to ignite curiosity, encourage critical thinking, and promote collaboration among budding scientists.
Woodham Academy then became the host school, inviting eight different primary schools from the town of Newton Aycliffe to be trained by these students.
The Science Ambassador Programme not only focused on theoretical knowledge, but also emphasised the importance of effective science communication.
Through engaging presentations, group projects, and public speaking exercises, the students honed their ability to convey complex scientific concepts in a clear and accessible manner.
Under the guidance of Dr Lorraine Coghill, Woodham Academy students became the teachers, training students from years 2 – 6 to then go and disseminate information back to their classes at their primary school.
Organiser, Nic Jenkins, then provided the schools with the equipment so that the students were able to pass on their learning to the rest of their classes.
Woodham Academy’s head teacher, Andrew Bell, said: “The completion of the Science Ambassador Programme is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and sheer brilliance of these young minds.
“We are immensely proud of each and every one of them for embracing the wonders of science and emerging as ambassadors for the scientific community.”
The impact of the programme extended beyond the boundaries of the academy, as students embarked on outreach initiatives in their respective schools, where they shared their experiences with classmates, encouraging a love for science among their peers and inspiring future generations of scientists.
Woodham Academy plans to continue the science programme, aiming to reach an even broader range of students and schools in the coming years.
“Its success not only underscores the importance of promoting scientific enquiry but also highlights the immense potential of young minds when provided with the right tools and opportunities,” added the school.