What emerged very clearly from the evaluation was how positively pupils, teachers and volunteers perceived Lab in a Lorry. Pupils enjoyed the “hands-on” nature of the activities on board Lab in a Lorry and the ability of the volunteers to communicate science to them in an engaging and enthusiastic way.
More than 85% of pupils agreed that volunteers knew a lot about and were good at explaining science and over 70% of pupils agreed that Lab in a Lorry was generally an enjoyable experience. Among pupils 44% agreed that because of Lab in a Lorry, they wanted to find out more about science. Encouragingly, 37% agreed that they wanted to study more science in the future as a result of their visit and 14% agreed that it had made them want to become scientists in the future.
We aim to continue to improve and develop the Lab in a Lorry programme and as a result of this evaluation we are working to improve the Labs’ interiors, bookings procedure and the information available for volunteers.