What is it?
A FREE week long course run at Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park designed to give students real world experience in the fields of research and conservation within the setting of our Zoos.
This is a great opportunity for young scientists to get together, explore the science behind zoos, meet some unusual challenges and have fun as well as work hard.
The science summer school courses are run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland's Community Conservation Department and are aimed at young people aged 16 - 18 years old (S5 - S6).
Students spend the week finding out about how zoos work behind the scenes, covering scientific areas such as animal behaviour, welfare, genetic management, ecology and conservation. They will gain skills in designing and conducting scientific research, analysis and presentation using an animal group in the zoo.
In addition to this the course allows students to develop useful transferable skills including independent and team-based working skills; problem solving; time management; public speaking and 'Powerpoint' design skills. There is also a significant use of IT as part of the course.
The course is organised by RZSS' Education staff but there will also be input from RZSS research staff, keepers and vets. However, it must be stressed that the students WILL NOT be working with the animals and there will be little physical contact with them. The week contains a heavy work load concentrating on non-invasive animal research/science, so we are keen to attract the most committed students.
The students would be expected to bring their own packed lunches each day but drinks and a biscuit will be provided at breaks. On the last day it will be possible for teachers and family to come along and listen to what the students have done during the week at our Science Summer School Friday Presentations.
Where & When is it?
The course runs from Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and is a 1-week commitment during the school holidays, so it is essential we only have students that can make the whole week.
At Highland Wildlife Park:
Weeks commencing 9th and 16th July 2018
At Edinburgh Zoo:
Weeks commencing 30th July and 6th August 2018
How to apply
Download and complete this form: Science Summer School Form.
It is best to view the form in Print Layout.
The programme is free to all participants. Please note: this course is for young people aged 16-18 (S5-S6). We cannot provide accommodation and students will NOT be working directly with animals.
Deadline for applications is Friday 16th March 2018.
Please do not apply if you have attended the Science Summer School before in previous years at either the Highland Wildlife Park or Edinburgh Zoo, and note that there is a late cancellation fee of £50 for dropouts within 4 weeks of the course start date.
Optional: CREST Silver Award
By completing this course you can choose to gain extra accreditation through the British Science Association's (BSA) CREST Awards. You can opt in to receive a Silver Level CREST Award, recognised by UCAS, and recommended for inclusion within Personal Statements for University Application. Being presented for a CREST Award represents no increase in student workload, merely increased accreditation for the work completed over the week. Please note that the BSA require a £10 administration fee which is why the accreditation is optional as the student would need to cover this cost. Opting in to receive a CREST Award is not conditional on your attendance on this FREE course.
If you have any queries about the Science Summer School:
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