How to get the support science departments say they want for science week and beyond.
For over a decade, we have asked science teachers what it is they are really looking for in an activity for science week. We have summarised the findings below – so you can see for yourself how your requirements compare and discover how you can access the best support during science week.
It may come as no surprise to find the most common response was ‘a hands-on activity that introduced something new and exciting to the curriculum for as many pupils as possible but was cost effective’. Activities that were ‘flexible enough to fit within the overall plan for the school and able to run autonomously’ were also highly valued. As you may expect, ‘delivery by excellent classroom practitioners’ and ‘leaving students interested enough to take science further’ were also common responses.
A significant number of schools also mentioned they made their final plans and bookings for science week after February half-term and often struggled to find spaces on a suitable activity.
As a result, we have developed and finely-honed events catering for 100-200 students a day that maintain the same high quality as our specialist G&T workshops for smaller groups. We have also released extra booking slots throughout March at our ‘Science Week Saver’ rate – costing as little as £4 per pupil.
For this price, you can host multiple hour-long sessions in a day for up to 36 pupils at a time – allowing up to 180 pupils to participate within your normal school timings.
You can choose from a range of enrichment activities – including ELISA Testing, Micro Chemistry, Electronic Sensors and Blood Analysis – delivered as team competitions within exciting themes.
Alternatively, you can choose half-day and full-day CSI events for large groups – based on our BTEC Level 3 Forensic Science courses. These include DNA electrophoresis and blood typing for up to 200 pupils in a day and are available from just £6 per pupil.
We supply all the equipment and our full-time teams of highly experienced teachers/presenters deliver the sessions to maximise student engagement and achievement.
We can even create a league table detailing the scores achieved by every team and turn the whole experience into a schoolwide competition. You can then announce the winning team in the next assembly and award the medals we can include to celebrate.
Best of all, our workshops have been recommended by every host school since 2001 – so you can be certain of introducing experiences of the highest quality.