OUTREACH PROGRAMMES AND EVENTS

We develop and deliver educational resources and workshops for schools, community groups and science fairs.We work closely with teachers and community leaders to shape activities for a range of different ages and background. Our aim is to raise awareness of trauma sciences and hope to raise career aspirations of young people and inspire the next generation of scientists and healthcare professionals.

Our resources include; 3D models of bleeding vessels, replica blood transfusion packs, interactive computer-based learning tools and a surgical simulation model of a trauma patient.

Transfusion Zone

This resource is aimed at educating the audience about what is in blood, how a blood clot forms and how blood transfusion is used as a treatment in trauma patients. We have developed a 3D model demonstrating a damaged blood vessel, the consequent bleeding associated with it and clot formation at the site. We have also produced replica transfusion bags for each of the blood products used in the UK to treat bleeding in trauma patients. A scientific poster is also used to aid discussions.

Computer Zone

This touch screen informative electronic learning resource is used to show a trauma patient’s journey from injury to discharge. Hosted presentations, a trauma game and a quiz are combined to allow self-paced learning about traumatic injury, its care and the research currently being done within C4TS.

‘Clot’ Plunk

This fun yet educational activity was first developed by us in 2011 for our appearance at the Summer Science Exhibition at the Royal Society. The Clot Plunk teaches audiences the key components of a blood clot and allows them to “build” their own clot. We then describe why this process does not work in some bleeding trauma patients and discuss our research findings that explain what causes this. The audience are then able to play the game, visualise the breakdown of the clot and understand the significance of this pathology in patients.

Surgical Simulator

We have developed an interactive laparotomy surgical model which simulates bleeding and requires participants to clip four bleeding vessels to “save” the patient, whilst giving blood transfusion products. Participants are assigned roles (i.e. surgeon, assistant surgeons and anaesthetists) and have to work as a team to locate and stop bleeding as quickly as possible, thereby simulating the emergency environment our surgeons work under. At the end of the activity participants are awarded stickers saying ‘I was a Trauma Surgeon Today’.

Science Fairs

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

 

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

 

Staff and Publications
 

Centre of the Cell

Centre of the Cell is the first science education centre in the world located within medical research laboratories. The centre is part of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London.

In collaboration with Centre of the Cell we have designed a 30-minute interactive and educational show about trauma and its care. It is a permanent part of the Centre's workshop series and is run regularly.

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