BrightWAMS (Widening Access to Medical School in Sussex) is a student-led outreach program and society with the principle aim of promoting educational awareness in the local community. The society works with pupils in Year 5 and 6 in local state primary schools to drive educational attainment, raise future aspirations and form strong links between BSMS and the local community. The society also branches out into local community events, such as the Brighton Science Festival, held in February/March every year.
What BrightWAMS events are there?
The society will normally organise two school visits per term. Student volunteers will travel to a local primary school and teach a class of pupils as part of a team. These normally occur on Wednesday afternoons, and are open to any medical students currently studying at BSMS.
Brighton Science Festival
Every year, the society is given a place to host a workshop at the Brighton Science Festival for a day. Student volunteers will teach a part of the workshop, normally based on a central theme. For example, in 2013, the society held a ‘senses’ workshop, covering the science behind how we hear, see, taste, smell and touch.
We host a teaching session on campus for a local school every year, normally in Term 3. This follows a similar format to our school visits, but also often includes a guest speaker from the medical school.
If you are a primary school teacher and are interested in having the BrightWAMS team visit your school, please get in touch with the committee by emailing BrightWams@gmail.com