The Researcher in Residence scheme, funded by Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust places researchers from any background in colleges and secondary schools to engage with (and hopefully inspire!) students.
I'm starting a placement at at Worcester College of Technology in October, which looks like it was just in time as it looks like the scheme is going to be stopped at the start of next year. Damn budget cuts! For my particularl placement I will be working with a group of 10-15 (maybe up to 20) A-level Psychology students for 6 90-minute sessions, followed by a visit to the Aston Brain Centre in November, where they'll be able to take part in some neuroimaging studies and get a hands-on experience of the research and science I will have been talking about.
I've put together four Prezis (using my wife's account) covering my research background and interests, tailoring it as best I could to their A2 specification. I trial ran all four talks with my teacher contacts at the college last week and they seemed to enjoy them, fingers crossed the students will too!
The first is a mash-up of myth-busting and a quiz, to get the ball rolling before I hit them with the hard stuff in the next session. I must credit Prof Chris French for inspiring the Led Zepplin bit - I really hope I can pull it off as well as he did when I saw him at a Birmingham Skeptics in the Pub meeting a few months back.
I've had really good fun putting the talks together, and in the process managed to plug a few knowledge gaps too! The students attending these extra-curricular sessions are those that have shown an interest in studying psychology further. I really hope my placement serves to enthuse and excite them further!