Unit DX Juniors newsletter launched to inspire young scientists

This week we are excited to announce the launch of the ‘Unit DX Juniors’ newsletter. A science newsletter, jam packed with activities for school aged learners that aims to bridge the gap between school and home learning. The newsletter brings science learning into everyone’s homes and includes scientific articles, competitions and the opportunity to email a scientist and get your question answered. Using the national curriculum learning objectives, the newsletter includes a link to a full lesson plans for parents to work through with their children at home.

Inspiring the next generation of scientists has been high on the agenda at Unit DX ever since the building opened in 2017. From welcoming 120 year six children on the opening day, to visits from local schools taking part in hands on science activities, Unit DX has now seen over 1500 children visit the facility. When all labs were accounted for, and no free space was available for school visits, Charlie Proctor, Unit DX’s COO whose background is in primary school teaching, took the outreach sessions on the road, visiting schools with a group of Unit DX scientists each month, to continue to inspire.

 

A year 6 group take a closer look at a 3D printer in action and meet the scientists developing an advanced gas leak sensor.

Now, unable to visit schools due to Covid-19, Charlie teamed up with Stacy Coomber, a scientist and member of Unit DX, to create this new educational resource. Charlie said, “Everything we do now is creating paths for scientists of the future, so we will always find a way to get science out to young learners. Right now is especially hard for parents, juggling remote working and home education, so this is a resource to make that a little easier”.

 

A group of year 5 and 6s explore solids, liquids and gases in a hands on science session at Unit DX.

The newsletter will be issued weekly and can be sent out by teachers to their class, accessed by parents for home learning, shared over a video call with a faraway grandparent, or downloaded directly by learner’s keen to discover new information. We hope this newsletter will spark conversation and continue scientific learning at home.

Check out the newsletter and download the lesson plan here.

Sign up to the Unit DX Juniors newsletter below.



By | 2020-04-27T14:26:46+01:00 April 24th, 2020|News, Outreach|