Last year a science teacher at my school set up the Big Biology Day and I volunteered to help out on the day ; several of my friends helped out on the day as well. Although I didn’t personally organise it, I could see how much effort is required to put on such an event – more than a thousand people turned up on the day! The best part was engaging young primary school aged kids in fun biology activities like looking at different plants or making their own hand models out of card and straws.
Big Biology Day is one of many science events in Cambridge throughout the year: it is a one day science festival celebrating the life sciences through hands on activities, crafts and displays. Cambridge is full of innovative companies and institutions that work in science, so we are really lucky to have so much on our doorstep. The Science Festival is the main science event of the year and is a great way for people of all ages to get involved in science.
Obviously volunteering at science events such as Big Biology Day in the city take some free time, but it is well worth it. I would encourage anybody to get involved in science events in the future, either as a member of the public or as a volunteer.
People can be volunteers at events such as the Science Festival in Cambridge if they want to help out. Otherwise popping along down as a member of the public is always fun. For people wanting to get involved with their own science projects, I would recommend emailing the organisers of the event and finding out more. There will be a stand once again this year in Hill’s Rd Sixth Form College from 10 – 18 Oct .
Cambridge is renowned as a scientific city; The Zoology Museum in Cambridge is a great visit, the giant skeletons are particularly impressive! Unfortunately it is closed for refurbishment until 2016, but there are still events going on such as a campaign to #raisethewhale that you can get involved in or follow. The museum has also asked for the public to help create an ‘eco-wall’ on its outside edge, which will be home to a host of bats, bees and other insects. The public can help by providing empty snail shells, which will be fixed to the wall to provide a snug hiding place for solitary bees.
The Zoology Museum will open in the recently-renamed David Attenborough Building next year.
For young people interested in science I would recommend getting a couple of friends together and entering the National Science and Engineering Competition ( Find out more here ) and the TeenTech Awards ( www.teentech.com/tag/teentech-awards/ ) , which are competitions open to young people to show off an invention or scientific project. It’s a great way to develop your scientific interests, learn presentation skills, and you can win great prizes! I’m definitely thinking of pursuing my scientific studies further; in fact I would like to be a doctor and work in international aid!