Project Faraday aimed to support excellent, interactive science teaching and learning by developing inspirational ‘exemplar’ designs for science provision. (See http://www.goved.co.uk/projects/faraday) The designs were published in the autumn of 2007 and it was the hope that at least one demonstration project would be built from 2008 in every region in England. Project Faraday worked to:
Inspire and inform building projects;
Support the drive to improve attainment levels in science and encourage more young people to take science at higher levels;
Fully reflect the requirements of the new science curriculum; and
Explore the ways in which the whole school building and its grounds can contribute to learning science.
The objective of the Conference was to enable the wider science education community and other stakeholders to hear about, and subsequently discuss and evaluate, the preliminary concepts and ideas emerging from the project.
The event was chaired by Mukund Patel, Deputy Director – Schools Capital (Policy & Delivery), DfES, facilitated by writer and broadcaster Vivienne Parry (also a Founding Member of Newton’s Apple), and approx 110 people participated. As part of the day, a series of four workshops enabled participants to provide direct feedback on the design teams by evaluating the design proposals against the criteria of Curriculum Relevance, Inspiration, Replicability, Sustainability and Functionality.
Supporting the understanding of scientists and the Scientific Method in schools.
Thanks to funding provided by the The Armourers and Brasiers’ Gauntlet Trust, and with the help of some enthusiastic young interns, Newton’s Apple has produced a package of material “Understanding Scientists and how they work” which is aimed at school children and aims to help them understand why Science. Engineering and Technology is important in today’s world. It takes then though the processes of scientific investigation and discovery, explains the scientific method. It helps them to understand how evidence is obtained from experiments and observations to test the validity of a particular hypothesis leading to it establishment or rejection. It also explains issues such the understanding of hazard and risk in assessing the safety of new developments. The main body of the material is supported by of examples of how scientists have brought benefit to Society and case studies to help understand the development of scientific knowledge and political decisions on its use are made.