Urban Nature NR214 / A21

Start date
8 Feb 22
Location
Online Course

Summary

Through the Explore: Urban Nature programme you can work directly with a museum near you to engage students aged 11-14 with the urban nature movement.

Through this blended learning course, you will hear directly from the Natural History Museum and 11 regional museums around the country about latest urban nature scientific research developments, practice field skills, and design an action plan to confidently run an outdoor investigation with your students on or near your school site.

Session 1: Facilitator-led session

Tuesday 8 February, 4pm-5pm

1 hour session, delivered remotely via MS Teams, to introduce the Urban Nature project and take a look at some of the latest research at the Natural History Museum. This session will be for the full cohort.

Session 2: Self-paced study

14th to 25th February

You will work through the first self-paced study guide (approximately 2 hours study time), sharing your ideas with each other in the online course discussion area.

Session 3: Facilitator-led session

w/b 28th February

Participants will able to choose which one of the 11 regional museums to join for this 1 hour session, delivered remotely via MS Teams. The date and time of each regional session will be posted in the course discussion area to help your choice.

Session 4: Self-paced-study

28th February to 7th March

You will work through the second self-paced study guide (approximately 2 hours study time), sharing your ideas with each other in the online course discussion area.

Session 5: Field study trip

w/b March 7th

Optional afternoon field study trip at your local museum site to look at ecological sampling techniques and human impact on the environment.

Session 6: Self-paced study

7th to 21st March

You will work through the final self-paced study guide (approximately 2 hours study time), sharing your ideas with each other in the online course discussion area.Course ends March 21st.

Who is it for?

Teachers of 11-14 science

What topics are covered?

  • Incorporating urban nature science into learning.
  • Choosing suitable locations for urban nature investigations.
  • Field sampling approaches
  • Urban biodiversity and environmental science
  • Science Capital
  • Supporting students to write scientific questions

How will you learn?

Blended – This course will be delivered remotely via MS Teams, with an optional face to face field study trip at a local museum, and with online, self-paced study guides to be completed flexibly between sessions.

How long is this course?

Approximately 10 hours study time.

Who is the course leader?

  • Natural History Museum

    This course is facilitated by a group of museum education experts, scientists and curators from the Real World Science network of museums across...

Outcomes

  • Use urban nature and environment to put curriculum science into an engaging context
  • Identify opportunities for using local settings outside the classroom for urban nature investigations
  • Consider opportunities and barriers to investigating urban nature
  • Improve understanding of ecological sampling techniques
  • Support students in devising suitable questions to investigate through fieldwork
  • Collaborate with colleagues, share and critique ideas 

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Cost

Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity feeFree
State-funded school or collegeActivity feeFree

Additional information

For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 

 

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