Primary Science Teaching Trust Conference:
Think Physics is participating in several sessions at this conference. Here are our notes, supporting materials, links to resources, and more:
Think Physics: Developing science capital in the classroom
Dr. Carol Davenport | Friday 10th June, 1400-1500
Young children are fascinated by science in the world around them. However, only a small proportion of children go on to study science, particularly physics. Many children (especially girls) see science as something that is done by other people, and not by ‘people like me’. Many children e ectively make the decision not to study science at a higher level even before they have left primary school. Participants will hear about current research into Science Capital, consider the role of primary schools in providing careers information for children, and discuss possible methods of introducing ‘careers in the classroom’.
Science for Families
Joe Shimwell | Saturday 11th June, 1030-1130
Think Physics has been working to promote family engagement in STEM learning in primary schools. We have created a series of 6 session that help parents and children explore science together. Through a series of demonstrations and experiments (using only equipment you’d find in your kitchen), families are challenged to answer some big scientific questions. This session will explain the development process behind Science for Families and provide you with hands on experience of some of the activities which you can use in your school.
Unconscious bias in the primary classroom
Joe Shimwell | Saturday 11th June, 1200-1300
Recent government statistics show a significant gender gap in the STEM workforce with women making up only 13% of STEM workers. Women are still, on average paid less than men in equivalent jobs. Is it possible that the teaching we do in the primary classroom could be fuelling this inequality? This workshop explores and challenges our own unconscious bias regarding gender and how it affects educational outcomes in our classrooms. Through evidence-informed discussion we will examine our classroom practice and discover the changes we need to make to create a fairer classroom and ultimately a fairer society.
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