David Jones, Head of Science and Geography at Long Road, is keen to improve students’ skills in expressing scientific ideas and concepts in answers to interview and exam questions. He feels that one way to develop these skills is for students to read science books and then review or summarise the main ideas and arguments within. To encourage students to try this, he has decided to run a reading competition, with the best reviews winning prizes:
“My colleagues and I in the Science department put together a long list of works, including:
- Paradox: the Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics by Jim Al-Khalili
- The Elements of Murder: A History of Poison by John Emsley
- Adventures in the Anthropocene by Gaia Vince
- The Deeper Genome by John Parrington
- How to Teach Quantum Physics to your Dog by Chad Orzel
- The Science of Harry Potter by Roger Highfield
- Bad Science by Ben Goldacre.
“We then liaised with our Learning Resource Centre to make sure the books were available.
“Cambridge University Press and Heffers very kindly donated book tokens to use as prizes for our Science students, so all we then needed was some publicity.”
Who better to ask than our Level 3 Graphic Design Diploma students? All Year 1 students designed a poster, and seven were chosen as winners. These posters have been put up around the Science department, with each winner awarded a £10 book voucher. These vouchers came from a £110 prize awarded to Biology Technician Teresa Shaw by AmGen Biotech. Teresa submitted resources she had prepared to be used by other schools for the AmGen experience. Teresa’s vouchers were National Book Tokens.
Emma Burton, Graphic Design Course Team Leader, says: “This was a good brief to get our Year 1 students thinking about how to work on live briefs. It will prepare them for the external live briefs they will be able to undertake over the two years of their course.”
David comments: “I was very pleased to be able to work with Graphic Design students – a great collaboration between Science and Visual Arts. I am now looking forward to our students developing more confidence in their writing and speaking skills.”
Main photo: Graphic Design students’ posters.
Designers, clockwise from top left: Callum Thorne, Emily Palmer, Hanan Bourhani, Hannah Venning, Elizabeth Lucas, Megan Rayner and Imogen Bennett