Darwin Summer School – Opportunities for local schools

As we approach the end of our exciting year of Darwin related activity and the end of the academic year, we have opened recruitment for our Darwin Summer School.

The Summer School has been genorously funded by The Edina Trust and The Excellent Hub for the North West to support the attendance of Gifted and Talented Key Stage 3 pupils from across Greater Manchester.

Image, A teacher exploring our exhibition 'Charles Darwin: evolution of a scientist'

We are running a 5-day, non-residential summer school as part of our celebration of all things Darwin. Students will find out more about the work of Darwin, why his ideas are important and how his research has continued to influence the scientific community. They will also get up close and personal with objects that Darwin himself collected, find out more about our huge collections and uncover the wonder of the natural world.

There will also be the opportunity to help inform the forthcoming redevelopment of the mammals gallery by working alongside museum scientists and curators.  Students will work in small groups developing their key skills and participating in a range of activities, from working alongside University students in the library to thinking about how to display iconic Darwin specimens.

Museum staff will be on hand throughout the summer school, along with University of Manchester Student Ambassadors, who are always keen to answer any questions the students may have about attending University.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance.  Lunch is not provided.

Students must be able to attend all five days and be able to get to The Manchester Museum for 930am each day. Each day finishes at 330pm approx.

Booking forms are available from Louise Sutherland, 0161 275 8761, or email ella.l.sutherland@manchester.ac.uk

Closing date for applications is Thursday 27 May 2010

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