Pupils at the Big Brain Roadshow, delivered by researchers from the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging
Scientists from across the Division regularly go out to schools to deliver workshops around their research. These can be mapped onto the national curriculum, adapted for primary and secondary schools, and can take place over a concentrated hour or a whole day. The Division is keen to work closely with schools to understand their needs, and deliver activities that are most appropriate, so if you are a teacher interested in a researcher visit, please contact the Divisional Public Engagement Co-ordinator Naomi Gibson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss.
Previous events have included: activities that raised awareness of whooping cough and the transmission of respiratory diseases at primary and secondary schools in the Thames Valley; a workshop on micro-organisms for children aged 6 and 7 years old at a primary school in Old Marston; and 'The Big Brain Roadshow,’ an event combining drama, movement and hands-on activities to give young people an introduction to the history of brain imaging from the 1800s to the present.
Researchers from the following departments go out to visit schools on an ad-hoc/ on request basis:
- Radcliffe Department of Medicine
- Department of Oncology
- Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology, and Musculoskeletal Sciences
- Oxford Vaccine Group (Department of Paediatrics)
- MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine
- Sir William Dunn School of Pathology
- Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences
- Paediatric Neuroimaging Group, Department of Paediatrics
- The Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences)
- The MRC Brain Dynamics Unit (Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences)
- The Oxford Mindfulness Centre (Department of Psychiatry) runs activities in schools through the MYRIAD Project
Read Oxford, a research group based in the Department of Experimental Psychology also offer primary schools resources and visits as part of their efforts to understand how children learn words.