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Queen's University medical students go back to primary school to teach the fun of science

By Kirsten Elder

Young medical students take on the challenge to teach primary school children in Northern Ireland all about science and why it’s fun to learn about the mind and body.

Queen’s University medical student Sarah Morgan has returned to her old Primary School, St. Anne’s in Finaghy to encourage young people to take up a future career in medicine or science as part of the Sentinus Medics in Primary School (MIPS) programme in partnership with Queen’s University.

Sarah is in the second year of her medical degree and actually took part in this programme back in 2006, said: “I remember how excited I was, as a young pupil, taking part in the Medics in Primary School programme. When I first saw the opportunity to participate as a medical student and promote engagement in science through my degree I immediately signed up.

“The young pupils have been fantastic. Each week they are very attentive and enjoy learning new things about the body.

“The Medics in Primary School initiative has been a fantastic opportunity for me to show my enthusiasm for science and hopefully inspire school children, including my younger sister, to consider a career in science.”

Sarah’s sister Cara Morgan also attends St Anne’s Primary School and enjoys the classes being taught,  said: “I enjoyed learning about asthma and smoking and how that can affect you. I don’t think I would make a very good doctor as I’m squeamish, but I would consider a career in science.”

Sentinus is an educational charity that works with over 60,000 young people annually in Northern Ireland to deliver programmes being taught in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Bill Connor, the Chief Executive of Sentinus said: “The medics in Primary School Programme is a great way to promote engagement and interest in science-based subjects among P7 pupils throughout the greater Belfast area.

“Equally, the medical students get the opportunity to develop their skills and confidence while acting as a positive role model and inspiring primary school children to consider a career in science.”

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