Centre of the Cell
Project Title: Have a Heart
Centre of the Cell is an award winning science education centre based in a distinctive orange pod suspended over working laboratories at the Queen Mary University of London. This interactive ‘Pod’ enthuses children to become clinical investigators and question how the human body works, why things go wrong and how we can keep healthy for longer. Surrounded by research scientists at work, children as young as nine can perform their own interactive investigations, use microscopes and observe the workings of human organs in an engaging way.
‘Have a Heart’ builds on a successful interactive science project which was previously funded by Heart Research UK. The project is now able to extend its reach and impact on schools with limited funds in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham, a predominantly Bangladeshi community with striking health inequalities. Local primary schools that cannot afford a visit to the Pod will be offered free places for children aged nine to eleven to connect with the ‘In a Heartbeat’ science shows. The Pod will display films projected onto the ceiling and provide KS2 curriculum-linked interactive games using the latest digital technologies. Bengali translation of information and quiz sheets will be distributed to participating children and further help to bridge the health gap in East London.