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Community Trust welcomes 200 young visitors to the Abbey for Active Science Day 2018

Active Science Day 2018

On Friday 6th July, Cambridge United Community Trust were delighted to host their second annual Active Science Day here at the Abbey Stadium. The event was a celebration of this year’s work in local primary schools on the innovative Active Science programme, developed and run in partnership with AstraZeneca, the global pharmaceutical company whose headquarters are based in Cambridge.

Almost two hundred children and staff from Abbey Meadows, Ashwell, Orchard Park and St Laurence schools attended the event and participated in a carousel of activities designed to consolidate their understanding of the links between science and sport. The overall goal of Active Science is to inspire the next generation of scientists through sport and the activities on offer were chosen to act as a final addition to the school-based sessions that have run throughout this academic year.

The first activity on offer was an interactive show put on by Cambridge Science Centre staff in the Premier Travel suite. Entitled ‘Gums to Bum’, the show covered exactly what you might expect from such a clear title, i.e. the physical journey of food through the digestive system. The finale of the show produced an extremely squidgy end product, which as well as leaving some pupils slightly horrified, also provided a fantastic scientific explanation of the processes involved for our young visitors. The show also covered the importance of healthy lifestyles and a balanced diet in order to keep our digestive systems working properly.

Following on from this, pupils had the opportunity to participate in a physically active Science lesson next to the South Stand. Delivered by Simon Wall, Community Liaison Officer for the Trust in scorching conditions, our young scientists used football as a model for developing their understanding of how forces act upon moving objects. Through exploring the different ways a football might move during a match, pupils covered key concepts such as the effects of opposite forces on a ball and how gravity can have an impact upon a match.

The final activity of the day was an informal question and answer session with AstraZeneca scientists and representatives of Cambridge United playing staff, including a first-team player from CUWFC, an ex-Cambridge United player and three scholars from the Academy. Pupils asked a range of challenging and thought-provoking questions, ranging from trying to get a more detailed understanding of the process of clinical drug trials, to the everyday impact of sports science upon the footballers. Everyone involved in this activity was thoroughly impressed by the depth of questioning from the young audience as well as their powers of concentration.

The Community Trust staff would like to thank everyone involved in making the day such a resounding success and look forward to developing Active Science further as we move into the coming academic year.

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