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Stories from June, 2018

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Inspiring Students to become Scientists of the Future

The William Perkin story started with a child being fascinated by science – and setting out to ask ‘Why?’ and ‘What for?’  What a perfect school for a visit to inspire students to go into research.

Breathing Matters and Dr Pascal Durrenberger, a STEM ambassador and UCL Respiratory scientist, took part in the William Perkins CofE High School Founders’ Day celebrations on Friday 11th May 2018 as part of the Big Bang London Programme @ Schools Events.  The Big Bang programme actively helps promote STEM subjects throughout the UK (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths).

Our workshop was called “The Lung Project”. Dr Durrenberger gave an inspirational talk to the students explaining how and why he got into science research.

We then had three main activities for the children:

  1. X-man Pneumatico (a ping-pong breathing game)
  2. Play Histologist (identifying lung diseases on microscope slides)
  3. Help the Lung Scientist (medical quiz).

There were points to win on all sessions and we gave out prizes to the students with the most points.

The Founders Day included many eminent scientists, including Lord Professor Robert Winston (of a ‘Child of our Time’ fame) and Professor Sara Rankin from Imperial College.

Feedback from the day was very positive with numerous students specifically mentioning our workshop: ‘The best thing I did today was… “Breathing session”. “Lung Workshop”.

A special thank you goes to Michelle Drew from Waterstones Piccadilly for donating books as prizes. Funding was also provided by Breathing Matters.

Cycling Matters at Cyclotopia

The sun shone over the Velodrome as over 100 riders enjoyed the bikefest of activities which can only mean one thing – Cyclotopia was back again!

Cyclists of all ages and abilities pedalled over the smooth traffic-free road circuit, challenged themselves on the bumpy mountain trail and sped around the Olympic Velodrome track, the fastest in the world.

The event brought in almost £6000 for Breathing Matters and Haematology Cancer Care, both UCLH Charities.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers, without whose help this event could not have taken place.  We are indebted to you all.

Thank you also to Jules Mountain who donated his book as prizes to our fastest cyclists, and to the amazingly professional staff at the Lee Valley VeloPark.

Finally, we thank our photographers Mark Mbm and Gerwyn Jones for the lovely photos: