A passport to success: celebrating learning with the Children’s University

logo for the Children's University, SheffieldOver one hundred year 5 and 6 pupils attended a recent fun-packed Children's University (CU) event held at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Leisure Centre. The children from primary schools throughout Sheffield took part in a range of exciting learning activities delivered by Children’s University partners including the University of Sheffield’s Outreach Team with students from Engineers without Borders and the School of Medicine.

Sheffield Children’s University is part of a national project which aims to inspire learning, raise aspirations and boost the achievements of pupils, aged between 7-14 years old. Established in 2000, the project is now extending its partnership with learning providers from the voluntary, community and business sectors in addition to creating international branches.

The project encourages young people to take part in events held at Universities, museums and libraries or in sporting activities and music lessons, gaining credits while learning. The credits are recorded in a ‘Passport to Learning’ and the achievement of a certain number allows pupils to graduate with bronze, silver or gold level certificates.

Tim Gabriel, Outreach Officer at the University of Sheffield, kept a young audience mesmerised as he demonstrated the use of nanotechnology in clothing.  This session was developed at the University to show how science can change material properties.

Tim commented, “This is a fantastic opportunity for the University to connect with young people and show them the really amazing impact which science is having upon their everyday lives. If we can work with the Children’s University to inspire and reward these children we are laying down a path for the discoveries of the future”.

If you would like to speak to someone in the Outreach team about the Children’s University project please contact Outreach & UK/EU Recruitment, on 0114 222 1027 or email outreach@sheffield.ac.uk