In pictures: Over 250 Lincoln kids become ‘summer scientists’ in five-day event

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Around 260 children have been given a taste of scientific research when they became ‘summer scientists’ as part of a research event with the University of Lincoln.

Children aged between three and 10 took part in a series of games and activities which explored different aspects of cognitive development, from testing visual perception to recognising emotion and altruism.

The summer scientists event ran from Monday 22 to Friday, August 26 on the university’s main Brayford Pool Campus.

Alongside the research activities, the event also featured a fun zone with face painting, science discovery games, and hook-a-duck.

Take a look at pictures from the five-day event here:

The research games were delivered by experienced academic staff from the university’s School of Psychology, supported by a team of around 30 student volunteers.

One game examined if there are links between how a child interprets sounds and their approach to taking risks.

Another looked at how helpful behaviour develops, while a further activity measured impulsivity across age groups to establish when impulse control develops.

Organiser Dr Fenja Ziegler said: “We have been running this now for six years and it is always really popular with families as a summer activity – we were oversubscribed in just three hours when we opened bookings.”