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STEM volunteers receive Kellogg College Community Engagement Award

Wednesday 29th March 2017

Two of our STEM volunteers have been awarded a Kellogg College Community Engagement and Academic Merit Award, which celebrate those who have demonstrated their commitment to community engagement and academic excellence.

Students Tsi Njim and Mazvita Zanamwe – both studying MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford – have received the award for their contribution to Science Oxford’s Medical Marvels ‘walk in casualty’ event at Cheney School’s Iris Festival of Ancient and Modern Science last February.

The festival was Cheney School’s biggest ever event with 38 organisations running stalls and activities exploring early and modern science. Tsi and Mazvita helped out at our drop in workshop, where visitors were able to choose how to treat casualties from a range of ancient and modern treatment.

Activities included preparing your own ancient medicine, looking at how ancient medicine has transitioned into modern medicine such as maggot therapy, and advances such as CPR. Mazvita also designed pamphlets for the Ancient Medicine section of the project, which included ‘making your own medicine recipes’.

The event was a great success with over seven hundred visitors, including primary and secondary school groups, and was a fantastic opportunity to showcase how scientists can engage with the community.

Lorna Robinson, Director of Iris Project and Classics Centre at Cheney School said – “I really wanted to say a very big thanks for all of your time and energy at the festival. Your various activities, talks, stalls, performances and exhibitions were very greatly enjoyed by so many visitors who were buzzing with excitement!

Successful recipients of a Kellogg College Community Engagement and Academic Merit Award receive £250 in recognition of their achievements.

Science Oxford’s programmes can encourage young people to engage with schools, businesses and the public in a range of ways including careers events, in-school workshops, work experience, STEM clubs, competition judging, CREST assessment, science fairs and events.

To find out more about Science Oxford’s volunteering opportunities visit here.


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