Our group has develop and delivered various educational resources and workshops for schools, community talks and science fairs. Our activities and educational material have been developed alongside people working in the teaching profession to ensure activities are relevant to various national science curriculum syllabi.

Our aim is to raise awareness of what trauma is, introduce people to our research and its importance and excite the next generation of scientists and healthcare professionals. In 2018, the team has exhibited at the Big Bang Eastbourne (March 2018) and the Big Bang East London (July 2018). We also had a took part in the QMUL Festival of Communties (May 2018). Below are some of the activities we ran.

Immunology Zone

The aim of this group of activities is to demonstrate the involvement of the immune system in the body’s response to trauma. We aim to show the crucial role it plays in protecting the body, whilst also introducing the concept that changes in immune cell function following trauma may also harm the body, potentially leading to multiple organ dysfunction.  We also show how blood samples taken from patients in our clinical trials are crucial for helping us understand this.

Blood sample testing

 

We have developed several activities and interactive props to allow audiences to get hands on with patient ‘samples’. This allows us participants to look at some of the ways we process and analyse patient samples, and explain why the information they give us are vital for improving the way doctors treat patients.

Touch screen computer app

Our touch screen computers have a newly developed, custom body map application. This allows users to explore changes that occur in the body’s organs following traumatic injury. The application has a focus on the role of the immune system in tissue damage to show how immune cell changes may lead to organ dysfunction. It incorporates cartoons, videos and quizzes.

Design a blood cell

We also have several interactive games and art based activities to engage younger audiences with several aspects of Trauma science too. Our ‘Design a Blood Cell’ activity introduces children to immune cells. It helps children engage with the different ways immune cells protect the body and why it can be harmful if these cells stop working properly. Our adapted game of ‘Guess Who?’ introduces various cells and organs of the body and the important role they play.

Together these activities aim to introduce children to trauma, show how immune cells are crucial in protecting the body, and how loss of immune cell control can lead to organ damage.  

Bleeding Zone

These activities focus on the science of bleeding and look at how Trauma Teams in the hospital handle bleeding patients.

‘Clot’ Plunk

We developed this fun, educational game in 2011 for the Summer Science Exhibition at the Royal Society. Clot Plunk introduces audiences to how a blood clot is formed and allows them to build their own clot. Our team then describe how changes in some bleeding trauma patients can destabilise the clot. We also explain how our research is trying to understand these processes and how our clinical trials test new ways of strengthening the blood clot to more quickly stop bleeding.

Surgical Simulator

Our interactive surgical model is used to simulate a bleeding trauma patient. Participants locate and clip bleeding blood vessels to stop the bleeding and “save” the patient. Participants are assigned roles (i.e. surgeon, assistant surgeons and anaesthetists) and work as a team to locate and stop bleeding as quickly as possible.

Science Fairs

The C4TS team present these educational workshops at a variety of different sciences fairs. Previous exhibits have included The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, Big Bang Fairs in London, Birmingham, and South East, Sevenoaks School Science week, as well as local events such as QMUL Festival of Communities and Barts Health Open Days.

Educational talks

The C4TS team deliver scientific talks to various audiences, from interested lay audiences to future and current university students, on topics ranging from careers in healthcare to the molecular basis of blood clot formation.

Please contact us if you'd like us to visit your school or organise an educational event!

Leaflets to Download

C4TS Clinical Trials

Trauma and the Immune System

Trauma and Immune Cells (for children)

Teacher's Pack - all contents - zip file

Teacher's Pack - Contents page

Teacher's Pack - Activity 1 - Maintaining Physiological Homeostasis

Teacher's Pack - Activity 1 - Worksheet

Teacher's Pack - Activity 2 - Measuring PH in Blood

Teacher's Pack - Activity 2 - Worksheet

Teacher's Pack - Activity 3 - Designing an Immune Cell

Teacher's Pack - Activity 3 - Worksheet

Teacher's Pack - Activity 4 - Clots and Blood Transfusions

Teacher's Pack - Activity 4 - Worksheet

Teacher's Pack - Activity 5 - Clinical Trials in Trauma

Teacher's Pack - Activity 5 - Patient Sheet

Teacher's Pack - Activity 5 - Worksheet Screening Log

Staff and Publications
 

Trauma science for schools

Want to know more? Teacher looking for new activities?

You can download several easy to understand leaflets and a teachers pack. If you'd like us to take our activities into your classroom, or organise an educational event please contact us!

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