I have been wandering around the office looking smug at people today, and was even, at one point, quite tempted to do a little victory dance. Why was that, you say? Ah, I’m glad you asked!
This is a quick summary of what we’ve found out so far from teachers. It’s been really useful talking to them. Most have been excited about the event, but some exhibited what you might call a bit of skepticism about the new GCSE curriculum,
I’ve been very interested by this study, which has got a lot of coverage today. It’s a meta-analysis of studies on anti-depressants and apparently shows that they don’t work.
We’ve been asking lots of questions of the sort of people who might get involved in the event, to work out what they want from it, how we should set things up, etc. Apparently this is called formative evaluation*.
Following on from my remarks about YouTube in the classroom, I’ve come across ScienceHack, a search engine that helps you find science content on YouTube.
I’ve been looking at research on young people’s attitudes to science. Partly to help me work out how we are going to measure any change caused by taking part in I’m a Scientist, and partly to help me understand what their attitudes are and so inform the materials we put together. One of the most interesting things I’ve found out is that according to this
Yesterday we did our second school visit, to watch a modern science lesson in action. Shane and I realised it was a long time since we were in a secondary school science lab, so thought we’d better see how it’s changed.
Welcome to the blog for I’m a Scientist development. This is here mainly for stakeholders (apols, I will try to keep management-speak down to a minimum) and interested parties to get a little window into how the project is progressing behind the scenes. But it’ll be interesting snippets, rather than a blow-by-blow account, as I’m sure you’ll all be relieved to hear. So far we’ve been developing the design, putting up this site, recruiting advisor teachers, researching the curricula and lots of other bits and pieces. Please feel free to use the comments section to add your two-penn’orth, or contact me with suggestions or for more info.