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科学者に憧れる自閉症少年 ラボ招待され笑顔


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78082634
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科学者に憧れる自閉症少年 ラボ招待され笑顔
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Jamie Witcombe during his visit to University of Sheffield. See Ross Parry story RPYTOUR; A seven-year-old boy was given a VIP tour of a university's science department after his classmates mocked his "geeky" costume he wore at a dream job day at school. Budding scientist Jamie Witcombe came home "deflated" after being teased at his school in Essex.The youngster had gone dressed as a scientist, complete with ID badge and magnifying glass. His mother, Nicola feared the unprovoked teasing had knocked his confidence in pursuing a career in science. She posted a heartfelt message on social media to tell of how her son was upset by the reaction to his outfit. The post was picked up by “incensed” University of Sheffield staff who emphasised with the youngster. A day of scientific endeavours was arranged for Jamie to enjoy, including exploring the human body through virtual reality, interacting with robotics and studying zebrafishRPYTOUR - by Nathan Sandhu

A seven-year-old boy was given a VIP tour of a university's science department after his classmates mocked his "geeky" costume he wore at a dream job day at school.

Budding scientist Jamie Witcombe came home "deflated" after being teased at his school in Essex.

The youngster had gone dressed as a scientist, complete with ID badge and magnifying glass.

His mother, Nicola feared the unprovoked teasing had knocked his confidence in pursuing a career in science.

She posted a heartfelt message on social media to tell of how her son was upset by the reaction to his outfit.

Nicola wrote that Jamie had been tasked with dressing up as something that epitomised his dream job but, after choosing to represent a career in science, his classmates dismissed his costume.

The post was picked up by “incensed” University of Sheffield staff who emphasised with the youngster.

A day of scientific endeavours was arranged for Jamie to enjoy, including exploring the human body through virtual reality, interacting with robotics and studying zebrafish.

When asked how he felt about his day at the University, Jamie, who is on the autistic spectrum, said: “Thank you for making my day and making me feel special.”

His mother Nicola said: "We were blown away by the effort that people had gone to for our little man.

"To have people take the time out from their incredibly important work to show our son what they do and to make it accessible for him was fantastic and humbling.

“As parents you just want to know your child has a future and often things like university can feel so far away when your child has challenges to overcome.

“But the day really showed us Jamie’s ability to learn and participate in a different light and made us hopeful for his future.

"I firmly believe that if he wants it, being a scientist is within his reach.”

The university stepped in after a member of staff, Dr Lynsey Grieveson, read the post.

She said: "I was incensed that a child had been left to feel that their idea was stupid.

"I can empathise as my own child is on the autistic spectrum and there are many additional hurdles these children face on a daily basis.

"What really annoyed me is that I was afraid the bullies had won and Jamie would no longer feel his passion for science was valid or that he could achieve in this sphere."

She added: “I knew there would be many who felt the same as I did and offer some of their time but not quite the amount of responses I received.

“The academic staff were just unbelievable. They were kind, caring, patient, interesting and fun.

“Everyone put such a huge amount of effort into making their part of the day great for Jamie and it certainly was.”

The University of Sheffield’s Outreach and Widening Participation team organises opportunities for children to experience a more practical approach to science in order to inspire budding scientists of the future.

To find out more about the University of Sheffield’s Outreach and Widening Participation, visit: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/outreach/

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2018年5月14日
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社会, おもしろ・こぼれ話, ヨーロッパ
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