10 February 2017
Childhood studies students hold creative workshops at Techniquest Glyndwr
Second Year students on Wrexham Glyndwr University's Childhood and Family Studies Course teamed up with Techniquest Glyndŵr (TQG) to develop their skills in working with young children.
They were given the task of developing creative and engaging science workshops for primary school age children as an element of the ‘Creativity, Science and Technological Thinking’ module within the Education and Childhood Studies undergraduate course.
Children from St Giles School, Wrexham were invited in to the popular science discovery centre to take part in the workshops that the students had devised. The students delivered their workshops to small groups of six or seven children.
Faced with real live children the students had to develop a workshop plan, prepare the materials for the session, and then lead an activity which supported children’s creativity, technological and scientific thinking.
Senior Lecturer in Education Family and Childhood Studies, Duane Chong, had liaised with TQG to offer the practical experience for his students.
He said: “This is the fourth year we have been working collaboratively with Techniquest Glyndŵr and it has been hugely beneficial for our Education and Childhood Studies students, providing opportunities for more experiential and engaging module content than if it had been simply classroom-based.
“We worked closely with the learning team at TQG to put together a collaborative programme designed to help students to plan and develop a workshop that supported children’s creative, technological and scientific thinking.
“Techniquest staff engaged students in science workshops; gave tips and advice to students on what to consider when developing child-centred workshops; offered constructive feedback on student’s activity planning, and finally supported students’ presentation of creative scientific activities to local primary school children, with both provision of facilities and staff support."
"Students have really enjoyed this element of the module and we will evaluate the collaborative work with TQG to consider how we can develop the opportunities for students further.”
Techniquest Glyndŵr works with a range of departments at Wrexham Glyndwr University to augment the materials and facilities that courses can draw on.
TQG Operations Manager Mandy Jones said: “We are always keen to work with Wrexham Glyndŵr University, whether it is for courses to take advantage of the facilities and contacts we have available or to introduce the University and what is has to offer to a wider audience.
"We are happy to discuss ways that Glyndŵr University and its students and staff can work with us and how we can help the University deliver more engaging course content.”