Science Centre Enrichment Activities

Awards have been made to small consortia of 3 – 4 science and discovery centres/museums in the UK for enrichment activities. These enrichment activities are to be supported with pre- and post- event resources, which can add value with respect to both Government objectives and science centre missions.

These enrichment activities are composed of either:

Funding has been provided jointly by the Office of Science and Innovation (OSI) and the Department for Education and Skills (DfES).

The projects

Investigate-uk
Northern Outreach
Science centres and teachers facilitating KS2/3 transition
Parents and science engineering ambassadors as outreach presenters
Projecting science

Investigate-uk

This is an outreach project that will pilot an integrated approach to providing enriched learning opportunities for science enquiry and investigation at Key Stages 2 and 3.

The model supports learning through a variety of approaches, including CPD, written materials, outstanding mobile interactives and inspiring people. Investigate-uk will pilot a model of rolling out mobile interactives sets to schools across the southeast and southwest, and evaluate the economic, logistic and pedagogic aspects of the model.

Northern Outreach

This project will deliver outreach in the form of curriculum-linked science shows performed by young role models of scientists visiting schools across the North of England that have not been able to take up other STEM opportunities. To support this activity, assistance will be given to teachers in developing their science communication skills and awareness of the resources offered by science centres and museums in the region.

The partners in the consortium will work together to pool their science show resources, train staff and develop new shows and teacher support materials, and will be working with Science Learning Centres and other relevant organisations to identify and reach appropriate schools and to provide supporting INSET.

Science centres and teachers facilitating KS2/3 transition

This consortium will develop a model for a project to help students and teachers with the transition from primary to secondary schools. This will be achieved by developing a linked experience for both pupils and teachers, with a range of benefits and spin-off potential. The consortium will develop KS2 and KS3 presentations on Forces which will be presented to Year 6 (KS2) pupils in summer term and to the same pupils in the autumn term when they are Year 7 pupils (KS3). The KS3 show will build on the content of the KS2 show.

The consortium will work with teachers of KS2 and KS3 pupils to develop pre-and post-visit materials to support the presentations. They will also develop and deliver a continuing professional development course for teachers to introduce the presentation and associated materials.

Parents and science engineering ambassadors as outreach presenters

In this project, the consortium will work together to develop a model to identify, recruit, train and evaluate pools of science show presenters. The presenters will be parents and science and engineering ambassadors drawn from schools and businesses in their regions. A new KS2 outreach show will be developed by the three centres based on tried and tested demonstrations. Alongside this, pre- and post-visit materials will be developed by practicing teachers. The presenters will be trained to deliver this show, and support the pre- and post-visit resource materials.

Projecting science

Using state of the art digital technology and inflatable domes this consortium will immerse upper Key Stage 2 and lower Key Stage 3, hard to reach students in the awe and wonder of science. Three new interactive shows will be created featuring biology, physics and astronomy enabling students to journey inside human cells and then visit the stars without even leaving their schools.

The shows will be developed using the expertise and experience of all three centres and will reach the schools that wouldn’t usually benefit from the experience and enthusiasm of professional science communicators. Pre- and post-visit support materials and CPD will be provided to teachers to ensure both teachers and pupils receive the maximum benefit from this unique learning experience.

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