• Fiona Martha

Getting Back in Touch with Science!

This past week I was one of five students from my school who participated in a science week run by the university in my city.

The science week, called 'tasteMINT' is a program run yearly by the university for secondary school and A-level girls. The project is designed to reignite a passion for science in young women, since the sciences are subjects still primarily occupied by men.

We spent a week completing different scientific tasks, working with hypotheses and a range of tools to solve a variety of problems. While working in teams on these problems, we were observed by 'assessors' who made notes on our problem-solving, cooperation, and team abilites among other things. At the end of each day, we would then have an individual review with the people who assessed us, and be given tips on how to work more effectively in the future.

Listening to a presentation in the university building!

I've never been 'observed' like that before, so it took some getting used to. Receiving such direct feedback was incredibly helpful for my personal development, though. I noticed a marked change and improvement in my abilities as a problem-solver and team member throughout the week.

I am someone who is very passionate about sciences anyway, so the week was a dream come true for me. I loved being shown around the campuses, and basically getting to experience a week in the life of a university student!

It was so inspiring for me, and definitely gave me that extra push of motivation to start my A-levels well in August.

I really enjoyed this experience and am grateful for having had the opportunity to participate in it!

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