Making Connections is a project that works with A2 and AS science students as well as Health and Social Care students.
Making Connections aims to develop an understanding of the range of health related careers in the NHS and the links between these careers and science in school. Above all, the project aims to enthuse students about science and raise their aspirations accordingly.
The project involves a four-week cycle, including a variety of activities which all relate to a single virtual patient scenario connected to an aspect of the sixth-form science curriculum:
- an introduction to problem-based learning, via a carefully-chosen virtual patient scenario
- a visit to the HYMS multi-function laboratory for some related practical work
- a series of virtual patient scenarios reflecting the A level Biology curriculum
We are currently working with John Leggott College in Scunthorpe, Wyke College in Hull, York College in York and Scarborough Sixth Form College in Scarborough. In the past we have also worked with Franklin College Grimsby and Wilberforce College in Hull. Newly enrolled onto the project are Fulford School in York and South Hunsley School in Melton.
Students have greatly enjoyed the project so far. This was seen in their comments after an interim-evaluation:
- "I am even more determined to study medicine."
- "It has given me an insight into what the learning would be like."
- "Developed my problem solving skills."