From Saturday 2nd February 2019, First Campus at Cardiff Metropolitan University will be running the National Saturday Club – Science (Science, Sport & Technologies), as part of a national network created by the Sorrell Foundation and run by the Saturday Club Trust. The Club gives young people in years 9, 10 & 11 the unique opportunity to study Science every Saturday morning at their local college, university or museum, free of charge.
The aim is to nurture the young people’s talent and build their confidence and self-esteem. Last year more than 1,250 young people across the UK took part in a local Saturday Club, giving them an insight into student life and an understanding of new opportunities that further and higher education can offer, as well as helping to improve their school work.
The Club offers up to 13 weeks of inspiring classes over the following months, introducing a wide range of different disciplines using our specialist facilities, such as, the Zero2Five Food Industry Centre, which has a bakery and confectionery suite. Science laboratories for food analysis, microbiology and biomedical sciences. National Indoor Athletics Arena (NIAC), gyms and labs for sports science and psychology. As well as the EUREKA Robotics Lab which is the innovative research hub nested in the School of Technologies.
Club members also visit some of London’s best museums, and exhibit their work in their own Summer Show at Somerset House, London. They are given the opportunity to attend an inspirational Masterclass with one leading figure from UK industry.
The Club is equally suitable for boys and girls of all abilities with an interest in Science. In particular, we would like to encourage a good gender balance amongst members and to see disadvantaged young people benefiting from the opportunity. A Club member attending last year said: “The Saturday Club tutors offered me a lot of help and advice about how to improve my work. They gave me a new understanding and love for the subject and have influenced my future career greatly.”