School visits allow our scientists to interact with students to:
- help them understand how the science they learn in school makes a difference to cancer research
- inspire them with the passion of our researchers
- illustrate the career paths that led our people to make their living from science and technology
School visits come in a wide variety of formats. Sometimes we:
- lead a series of 30 min science workshops with groups of up to 30 students
- take a full lesson of 55 mins focussed on an aspect of the research happening here
- talk to a full year group of 90 or more, perhaps at an assembly or as part of a timetable release
- illustrate our career paths and daily life in the lab
... but there are many more.
Another great opportunity is to forge a longer relationship with a small group, meeting with them once a week or once a fortnight. This allows us to mentor students through a creative project through an afterschool or lunch break club. Recently students in Oxford and Durham have developed new ways of communicating research to other audiences through hands-on activities. Through our video competition we have worked with students to communicate science through two minute videos which we call the Oxford Cancer Clips.