This project aimed to address three problems common in outreach efforts.
Problem 1: how to get the maximum done while minimising impact on hard-pressed academics? Potential solution: use postgraduate presenters. This spreads the load, and allows more to be done, while at the same time developing the skills of the students, and providing role models closer in age and background to the audience.
Problem 2: How to get good practice in one university seeded in others? This project offered a means to try to encourage other university departments to follow the lead from a proven model in University of Manchester Chemistry.
Problem 3: how to reach out to the full community, and not just their children? The final idea was to time the shows close to children’s pick-up time, and encourage adults to join in when they would be there in any case to pick up children.