Schools out – youngsters head to university instead

ITV reports that pupils aged between 4 and 12 are taking part in a week-long Coventry University psychology research project over the school holidays.

They’re helping form research for investigations into emotions, anxiety, literacy and maths as part of the project. The aim is to teach them about science and psychology using practical activities.

Some of the junior researchers are dressing up as animals to learn about the different intelligence levels for certain species.

Some of the activities the children are working on include:

  1. giving spit samples before and after they witness a remote-controlled spider pop out of a box

  2. looking at images of people displaying different emotions and relaying how they think the people pictured are feeling

  3. having their own expressions recorded as they watch British athletes winning medals at the Olympics

“During the summer holidays it’s difficult for us to collect data for our research as we normally go out to schools and these are closed. By encouraging children to come into the university, they can find out a bit more about what we do while they are taking part in the research.” said Emma Vardy, researcher with the university’s centre for psychology, behaviour and achievement. 

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