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Science Shop

  1. 2. The Science Shop Promoting student engagement with the community sector. Claire Mulrone
  2. 3. The Science Shop: So what is it? <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>The Science Shop is a community outreach initiative working with community groups, voluntary agencies and social enterprises across Northern Ireland. </li></ul><ul><li>The Science Shop engages students across a variety of disciplines in community based projects undertaking the work as part of their course. </li></ul><ul><li>Groups put forward ideas , students/staff provide the knowledge and together we get results for the community or voluntary partners. </li></ul>
  3. 4. The Science Shop : Why the name? <ul><li>The Science Shop is based on a Dutch model. </li></ul><ul><li>Translated from the Dutch word wetenschapswinkle. </li></ul><ul><li>Science is translated as knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>International Network of Science Shops. </li></ul>
  4. 5. The Science Shop <ul><li>Community partners include : </li></ul><ul><li>Community groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Voluntary agencies/umbrella organisations. </li></ul><ul><li>Charities local & international. </li></ul><ul><li>Social Enterprises. </li></ul>
  5. 6. The Science Shop : Projects requested.. <ul><li>Evaluation of a community service. </li></ul><ul><li>Market research. </li></ul><ul><li>Scoping exercises. </li></ul><ul><li>Policy reviews. </li></ul><ul><li>Public perception surveys. </li></ul>
  6. 7. The Science Shop : The demand for help <ul><li>Requirement of funding body. </li></ul><ul><li>Review of existing service provision. </li></ul><ul><li>Resource implications. </li></ul><ul><li>Independent evidence based project to support funding application. </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbying. </li></ul><ul><li>The Science Shop is a free resource. </li></ul>
  7. 8. The Science Shop : Engaging students! <ul><li>Request access to students. </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation: final semester 2 nd yr or 1 st semester final yr. </li></ul><ul><li>Dissertations (normally 12 to 24 weeks) </li></ul><ul><li>Module projects (12 weeks) </li></ul><ul><li>Individual engagement with students. </li></ul><ul><li>Direct negotiations with partner. </li></ul><ul><li>Completion of project. </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination of results to partner. </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation. </li></ul>
  8. 9. The Science Shop : Completed Projects <ul><li>Managing volunteers: exploring a best practice model or the management of volunteers in Health and Social Care settings. </li></ul><ul><li>Explore online technologies in order to create a strategy for Charitable/third sector organisations in Northern Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Design an disability educational pack to be used in primary schools. </li></ul>
  9. 10. The Science Shop : Completed Projects <ul><li>Explore the smacking controversy in Northern Ireland, recording views, attitudes and beliefs of a sample of students training in professional areas. </li></ul><ul><li>A criminological analysis into secondary school teachers’ perceptions and knowledge of restorative justice and the youth conferencing service. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a public relations strategy for the voices of young people in care. </li></ul>
  10. 11. The Science Shop : Students undertaking module projects <ul><li>Marketing Management module : Coleraine : 85 final year students. </li></ul><ul><li>Account Management and Planning module : Magee : 36 second year students. </li></ul><ul><li>Vertical Project : Coleraine : 50 final year students. </li></ul>
  11. 12. The Vertical Project <ul><li>Compulsory final year module in Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Final year student lead a science shop project </li></ul><ul><li>Project manage first and second year students. </li></ul><ul><li>First & Second year students members learn from older students. </li></ul><ul><li>Complete a Science Shop project in the first semester </li></ul><ul><li>Statistical reports provided to groups </li></ul>
  12. 13. The Vertical Project <ul><li>The Science Shop Vertical Statistics 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Final Year students 50 </li></ul><ul><li>Second year students 50 </li></ul><ul><li>First year students 50 </li></ul><ul><li>Total 150 </li></ul>
  13. 14. The Vertical Project <ul><li>Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Final Year </li></ul><ul><li>(a) project report 35% </li></ul><ul><li>(b) log book 35% </li></ul><ul><li>(c) Seminar 20% </li></ul><ul><li>(d) GANT chart / Plan 10% </li></ul><ul><li>First and second years </li></ul><ul><li>(a) Project report/seminar/reflective report </li></ul><ul><li>(b) Peer assessment </li></ul>
  14. 15. The Vertical Project <ul><li>The Science Shop Vertical Projects 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Carry out an audit with local businesses in Coleraine, determine how best to collect information needed by the Town Centre Management. </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the students perceived role of the Students Union before they attend university, across all Ulster campuses. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine how the credit crunch will affect the general publics contribution to local and international charities . </li></ul>
  15. 16. The Vertical Project <ul><li>Principles/Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Students learning from each other; Group dynamics/ leadership skills </li></ul><ul><li>Time Management/problem solving/communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Real world application </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with partners </li></ul>
  16. 17. The Science Shop Opportunities <ul><li>Broader applicability of the Vertical Project Model </li></ul><ul><li>Suitable for many subject areas </li></ul><ul><li>Increases employability/application of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Transferable key skill development </li></ul><ul><li>Student focused learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>Group and student evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Certificate of achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Competition/Science Shop Award </li></ul>