Practical science workshops in secondary schools
All our workshops support the overall aim of the Curriculum to
- pay attention to objectivity and concern for accuracy, precision, repeatability and reproducibility.
- understand that scientific methods and theories develop as earlier explanations are modified to take account of new evidence and ideas.
- evaluate risks.
- ask questions and develop a line of enquiry based on observations of the real world, alongside prior knowledge and experience.
- make predictions using scientific knowledge and understanding.
- select, plan and carry out the most appropriate types of scientific enquiries to test predictions, including identifying independent, dependent and control variables, where appropriate.
- use appropriate techniques, apparatus, and materials … paying attention to health and safety.
- make and record observations and measurements … and suggest possible improvements
- apply mathematical concepts and calculate results.
- present observations and data using appropriate methods.
- interpret observations and data, including identifying patterns and using observations, measurements and data to draw conclusions.
- present reasoned explanations, including explaining data in relation to predictions and hypotheses.
- evaluate data, showing awareness of potential sources of random and systematic error.
- identify further questions arising from their results.
- undertake basic data analysis including simple statistical techniques.
Students able to think and work scientifically.
Teachers inspired with practical ideas and activities.To book this activity, please contact:
The STEM Directory is provided as a service to support you in finding enrichment opportunities. The activities are offered by external providers and are not endorsed by STEM Learning. We are not responsible for their content or delivery.
Grants for school
The Royal Institution runs two enrichment and enhancement grant schemes. Grants of up to £500 are available to UK-registered state schools to host a STEM activity selected from the STEM Directory.
There are a number of other organisations that offer grants to schools.
|Published||07 November 2019|
|Last modified||12 November 2019|
|Nature of scheme||In-school visit|
|Subject(s)||Science, Physics, Working scientifically, Practical work, Enquiries and investigations, Chemistry|
|Age||11-14, 14-16, 16-19|
|Running times||1-4 hours|
The cost is per day and assumes three sessions seeing up to six classes. A small contribution might be required towards travel and accommodation if the Workshop Leader lives a significant distance away.
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