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Free science outreach programme

(25 January 2017)

DURHAM University is inviting more schools and teachers in North East England to take advantage of its free science outreach programme.

The University’s Science Outreach team offers engaging activities, workshops and talks to enhance the curriculum for both primary and secondary school pupils and their teachers.

Schools can choose from a wide variety of activities, from talks and one-off workshops to extended scientific investigations. The team also create original and relevant teaching resources and use this material as part of Continuing Professional Development courses and training support sessions for teachers.

More than 100 schools across the region are already regularly involved, but the University is keen to hear from more.

Inspiring team

Dr Pete Edwards, Director of Science Outreach at Durham University, said: “Science is great fun and our fantastic Science Outreach team has the experience and enthusiasm to help teachers inspire the next generation, whether they eventually pursue a career in science or put their scientific knowledge to use in another field.

“We work with teachers to develop activities that best suit the needs of their school, so I’d encourage anyone interested in getting involved to get in touch.”

Teachers can also take advantage of Science into Schools, a University-run programme through which third year undergraduate students spend a 40-hour placement helping a partner teacher in a school in North East England.

In 2015/16, Science into Schools modules were offered across seven subjects, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Physics and Psychology, with 64 students working in 51 schools across the region.

Science festivals

Additionally, the University runs two annual science festivals – Celebrate Science, based in a marquee on Palace Green, Durham City, and the Durham University Schools Science Festival, through which young people can experience the University’s world-class science facilities.

Celebrate Science, a three-day event held during the October half-term school holiday, features fun and fascinating science-themed events and activities. In 2016, 7,000 people took part. The dates for 2017 are Tuesday 24th October to Thursday 26th October. The marquee will be open from 10am to 4pm each day and entry is free.

The Durham University Schools Science Festival invites schools from across North East England into the University to take part in practical hands-on science workshops. More than 850 school pupils aged 13 to 15 took part in the 2016 Festival last April and since its inception in 1995 more than 12,000 students have attended. The 2017 festival will take place from Tuesday 28th March to Thursday 30th March.

Dr Edwards said: “Our aim is to stimulate interest in science and to encourage better understanding of how science applies to our everyday lives.

“We’re very proud of what we at Durham University offer to North-East schools and we’d love more schools, teachers and young people to get involved.”

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