University of Manchester inspire nearly 60,000 children to get involved with science

  • Children will take part in programme led by UoM next week
  • Programme encourages kids to share scientific knowledge with each other
  • Climate change and plastics will be among issues discussed

Tens of thousands of children come together next week to scientifically address the issues that matter to them most. 

More than 58,000 children will take part in this year’s Great Science Share for Schools.

The national campaign led by The University of Manchester aims to inspire young people from across the UK and overseas to share their science learning with new audiences. Children and teachers from schools as far afield as Nigeria, India and Brazil, are getting involved alongside children from Great Ormond Street and Manchester Hospital Schools.

The Great Science Share for Schools’ UK flagship event will take place at The University of Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery on Tuesday, June 18th. This will see hundreds of children from 45 primary schools across Greater Manchester demonstrating their own science investigations to each other on campus.

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The consequences of plastic pollution are at the forefront of the Manchester event, as Derby High School students share their findings through a specially choreographed dance, whilst other children from Park View Community School have considered what a non-plastic world might look like. 

Students will also be putting questions to Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell and Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Abid Latif Chohan about what current and aspiring scientists alike can help address some of the planet’s biggest problems.

Dr Geoff Mackey, BASF Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Director, said: “We believe in the Great Science Share for Schools. For all our futures we have to collaborate and invest in these types of initiatives. We are proud to be working together with the University of Manchester and a wide range of partners on this campaign.”

Dr Lynne Bianchi, Director of the University’s Science & Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub said: “Once again the Great Science Share for Schools has grown and it’s outstanding to see how such a simple concept can spread so wide. We are proud to be able to give children an opportunity where their scientific questions and interest are valued.”