Just before the end of 2020, 90 of our Year 7 pupils participated in online Science lectures delivered by Birmingham University staff. These lectures combined topical science with Christmas and so the sessions were entitled ‘Pandemics, past, present and future’ and ‘Is Santa Claus a super spreader?’
The lectures explained the science behind global pandemics and the development of the Covid-19 vaccines. These festive lectures were full of Christmas themed analogies. Barr Beacon pupils submitted 8 questions to the experts, all of which were answered, and our pupils were singled out for praise due to these contributions.
Our pupils certainly seemed to enjoy the lectures:
- 96% said the lectures were interesting.
- 83% said that the lectures made them want to go to university when they were older.
- 100% said they learned things they didn’t know before.
What our pupils said:
“It was really interesting and I enjoyed it immensely. I hope to do more lectures in the future”
“I found the lecture very interesting and I learnt a lot of new things”.
“It includes fascinating facts, and I would have never thought about how a virus affects our bodies. We also learnt that rabies is more likely to kill you than you surviving/recovering from it. I would have wanted to go to university anyways but now I am more excited to go!”
“I think it was very interesting as it taught me things I didn’t know before and it was about a similar subject to something that is currently happening.”