Festival of Social Science

 

Six AS level biologists proudly represented our school at Cardiff University's Festival of Social Science, hosted by LINC. This event offered valuable insights into genetics and public health.

Commencing with a lecture by a genetic counselor, students delved into the intricate interplay of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors affecting health. This not only deepened their comprehension of genetic disorders but also illuminated potential career paths.

The day continued with engaging group activities focused on public health campaigns. Students not only discussed their impact with peers from other schools but also contributed insights to researchers from the Division of Psychological Medicine & Neurosciences, enhancing the understanding of successful public health campaigns from the youth perspective.

Following lunch, a local barrister delivered a compelling presentation on formulating and delivering effective oral arguments. Students then applied their newfound skills by designing a project for the Government to improve public health in the UK. In just an hour, they chose a focus, gathered supporting data, and devised an effective implementation method.

The climax of the day unfolded in the debating chamber, where our students confidently presented their project to a panel of four judges. Their efforts were rewarded as the judges, after thorough deliberation, declared Whitchurch students the winners, earning the school a well-deserved £100 prize.

The students gained invaluable experience, learning about both science and debating. We extend our gratitude to the organisers at Cardiff University for orchestrating such an enjoyable and inspiring event.