Thinking science

Thinking Science: provoking thought and generating discussion

Thinking Science is a stimulating set of philosophical questions that provoke critical thought about physics, chemistry, biology and working scientifically.

Below is an example of the kind of question created by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bristol, where I first came across Thinking...

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Inspiring the next generation with the world and wonder of science

Bethan Cornell MPhys (Hons) is a PhD Student in Physics at King's College London and a STEM Ambassador. Over the last year, she has delivered career talks for young people and supported their development of employability skills.

She is motivated to volunteer due to her frustrations about the stereotypes that exist in...

Building structures during STEM Ambassador activity

Why outreach completes your degree

Before starting university I had never heard of outreach, and I definitely didn’t know how rewarding it could be to share my love of science with the local community. That changed when I joined the Women in Science and Engineering Society (WISE), became a STEM Ambassador and started running local afterschool science clubs...

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Register your interest to get Quantum Ambassadors to work with your students

We’re currently developing an exciting new project to get your A level students involved with quantum physics.It is a free project that aims to get Quantum Ambassadors, researchers in the field of quantum physics, into your classroom to bring cutting-edge physics and technology to life. Perfect for A level or equivalent students of physics or...

Gatsby launches Good Practical Science report to transform practical science education

A new report outlining ten benchmarks to transform practical science education in England been published by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.The Good Practical Science report details recommendations to help secondary schools achieve world-class science education. The benchmarks include recommendations for schools, policymakers, Ofsted and teacher...

Wellcome’s latest report highlights current state of UK primary science education

Wellcome has published a new report which explores the nature of primary science delivery across the UK.Commissioned by Wellcome and carried out by CFE Research with the University of Manchester, the report looks into science leaders, teachers and pupils’ opinions of science.This report has been released prior to Wellcome’s UK-wide primary science...

Solving the STEM shortage: CPD improves science teacher retention

New research shows that continuing professional development (CPD) can play a significant role in retaining science teachers and improving science education.Commissioned by Wellcome and carried out by Education Datalab, the research found that science teachers who participate in CPD through STEM Learning are much more likely to remain in teaching....

Darwin Plus: environment funding scheme for UK Overseas Territories

The Darwin Initiative, a UK Government grant scheme, helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment in developing countries and UK Overseas Territories (OTs).The scheme’s Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund (also known as Darwin Plus) supports the delivery of long-term strategic outcomes for the natural environment in the...

Five brand new BBC Terrific Scientific investigations for your primary school

Take part in the BBC’s Terrific Scientific campaign this year and inspire your pupils to become the next generation of scientists! Join over 5,000 schools taking part in investigations.Terrific Scientific aims to inspire a love of STEM subjects in primary children aged 9-11 with a series of classroom-based investigations, online resources, live...

STEM Ambassadors demonstrate the power of science at arts festival

On Saturday 1 July, volunteers from a collective called BrumSciComm delivered science activities to around 800 children at the Cotteridge Community Festival of Music, Art & Dance (CoCoMAD) in Cotteridge Park.  All of the CoCoMAD scientists are STEM Ambassadors and are committed to getting more young people to enjoy learning about STEM...

Spark children’s curiosity with Explorify

Explorify is a free new programme by the Wellcome Trust for primary school teachers that sparks pupils’ curiosity and develops their thinking skills. It’s free to use, requires very little preparation, and is easy to slot into your everyday timetable.The programme is open to all teachers of primary school pupils aged 5-11. There are over 50...

Great British Science Club: how will you be celebrating?

As part of the British Science Association’s celebration of 30 years of CREST Awards, Great British Science Club will be taking place on Wednesday 5 July 2017.Schools across the UK are invited to take part. There will be lots of events and activities happening all around the country on this day and in the week running up to it.Whether you would...

BP boosts support for primary science teaching with Science Explorers

BP is boosting support for science teaching in primary schools with the launch of Science Explorers, a brand new collection of free, curriculum-linked science learning materials, including an app for primary school pupils aged 5 to 11.Science Explorers is specially designed for use by teachers who are not science specialists and takes a fun,...

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