Results for "problem solving" (10)

How do you solve a problem like girls in physics?

Three years ago my colleagues and I sat down to discuss how we could, in our own small way, help to tackle the problem of a low uptake of A level physics by girls. The result was a termly event called Girls in Physics.The aim of this evening event is to create a space for girls to network with each other, to meet students with similar interests, and to...

Bringing science to life in your primary classroom

If you were asked to name a scientist or an engineer who would you name?Would it be someone who you commonly see on TV such as Sir David Attenborough or Professor Brian Cox? Or would you reach into history and call on Issac Newton, Marie Curie or Albert Einstein?These scientists helped us to understand more about the world we live in, but what about the...

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 society about scientists. Bethan says, “...

Concept cartoons to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in science

Faye Beecroft is from Camps Hill Community Primary School and is one of 50 teachers to win £1,000 for their school as a result of their entry in the Rolls-Royce Science Prize. In this article she outlines her entry for the prize and the effect it has had on her school.I plan to implement the use of concept cartoons to hopefully raise the standards of...

The outdoor classroom: Risk taking and creative thinking

Bev Fletcher is the Assistant Headteacher and Science Coordinator at Brotherton and Byram Community Primary School, North Yorkshire. She is one of 50 teachers to win £1,000 for their school as a result of their entry in the Rolls-Royce Science Prize. In this article she outlines her entry for the prize and the effect it has had on her school.Leading...

Start your own science club and see the benefits for yourself

Running a science club can be an extremely rewarding experience. They provide the chance to explore and investigate science, even topics not in the curriculum, and enrich learning.Think of those wow factor investigations such as: lava lamps, stomp rockets and volcanoes. However as they are hands-on sessions they do require planning ahead and resourcing....

How to land science’s most extreme and unusual roles

The great thing about the various branches of science is the sheer number of fields from which to delve into. From biological study and formal logic to any number of natural phenomena, there’s an incredible breadth and depth to scientific subjects.Naturally then, there’s a whole host of jobs and occupations that go beyond the walls of the laboratory and...

BBC micro:bit: this year’s best free gift for science and design and technology teachers

By Dave Gibbs, Computing and Technology Specialist, National STEM Centre You may have heard of micro:bit. If not, don’t worry, you will. Arriving in the hands of every 11-12 year old in the country during the spring term, it is BBC Education’s biggest project in 30 years. The micro:bit is a tiny programmable device – a small computer. And it’...

Top six resources for primary teachers over Christmas

It’s that time of year again and as we hurtle towards the end of term, I have put together a few ideas to support learning in primary mathematics, science and design and technology in the run-up to Christmas:1. Plan a class partyIn this problem solving activity, children choose and carry out a range of calculations in order to plan a Christmas event. I...

Achieving good practical science through extended projects

Last year the Gatsby Charitable Foundation launched Good Practical Science, a new report outlining ten benchmarks for secondary schools to transform practical science education in England.The report, led by Sir John Holman, a chemist, former headteacher and senior advisor to the Foundation, provides recommendations to help schools achieve world-class...