By Neil Cowley, of Wild Elements
The Wild Elements team received support from the Outreach Fund to design, develop and deliver a chemistry project to nine schools throughout North West Wales.
We visited each school on three occasions, working with the same class to explore different themes looking at how chemistry affects our natural world.
The three days were titled ‘Elements All Around Us’, ‘Chemistry Colours Our World’ and ‘Burn, Burn, Burn’. Aspects of this project had been created and delivered as previous programmes, but these were either after-school sessions or half-day sessions. The funding gave us the opportunity to develop these programmes and bring them together in a more cohesive way and gave us more time to explore the topics with the children involved.
We wanted to give the pupils an opportunity to really engage with the world of chemistry and science, delving quite deeply into some of the topics, and empowering them with their new understanding.
The fund helped by providing the time required to plan and create this programme, and acquire a number of resources we wouldn’t be able to obtain otherwise. It also enabled us to visit each school three times, giving the pupils a fantastic opportunity and us the ability to build relations with the staff and pupils. Typically, we only have the opportunity to deliver single stand-alone sessions to the schools we visit. We have no idea of any long-term impact we may have. This project gave us the opportunity to witness their development and understanding.