NSA Superhero Funding Application

If you are ready to register your school please follow the link below. If you have any questions please contact us on 02920 876 884 or info@sciencemadesimple.co.uk. 

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All the information included within the letter is below. We look forward to working with you!

Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 14.11.17 Funding is thanks to the Welsh Government’s, National Science Academy. We are delighted to be partnering up with the campaign “Let Toys by Toys.”

 

What is the show?

SHLogo‘Who wants to be a superhero?’ is an engaging interactive science show that introduces students to six inspiring role models working in STEM[1] jobs that have some link to the superpowers of superheroes! We then use simple demonstrations and volunteers to illustrate the science behind what the real-life superheroes do. The show covers a number of areas in the KS2 curriculum including aspects of ‘Forces and Motion’, ‘Light and Sound’ and ‘Ideas and evidence in science’.

 

Thanks to funding from the National Science Academy we can offer this to your school for just £75+VAT. We will be allocating schools to our regional tours on a first-come first served basis.

Eligibility

  • Only Primary schools in Wales to apply
  • Engage fully with the CPD provided. The teacher CPD event (20 – 25 mins) must take place on the same day as the workshops.
  • Provide feedback on the impact of the project on both staff and children in the form of two online evaluation forms (on the day and 6 months after the CPD.)

The amount of shows delivered in each region is proportional to the amount of schools in that region. . Please be aware that the places are strictly limited and very popular, we advise booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We will let all schools know if they have been successful by the end of May.

What happens on the day?

We will bring everything required for the presentation and just require a hall or space big enough to present to your Key Stage 2 students, two tables and a screen to project onto. We can repeat the show up to 3 times during a day or we can see all of the students in one go. Our optimum audience size is 150. We require an hour to set up, and 30 minutes to pack away.

The CPD session will involve as many teachers as you require and be 20 – 25 mins in duration and will typically be at lunch time or after school.

 

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Why it matters…

Research has shown[2] that if students do not consider themselves a ‘science person’ before the end of Key Stage 2 then it is incredibly hard to persuade them otherwise. We want to be able to give students a realistic view of the huge variety of jobs that use science and engineering, and the characteristics of the people who work in them so they can keep their options open.

Part of this project also aims to tackle the gender stereotypes that surround STEM careers. Girls are still hugely under-represented in science and engineering and one of the aims of this project is to address that. At least half of the role models we use in the supporting videos are female although the show is recommended for mixed audiences. We are excited to be working with the award-winning campaign; ‘Let Toys Be Toys’ to provide accompanying lesson plans for your teachers. These will help address some of the stereotypes connected with the marketing of toys, which we believe is a big influencer on how boys and girls develop interests outside of school.

In 2006, the Women and Work Commission identified the need to challenge gender stereotypes in education and ensure that children’s aspirations are not limited by traditional ideas about what girls and boys can do. Challenging gender stereotypes is likely to have widely beneficial effects in terms of improving educational and life outcomes for both genders, helping young people and adults to have respectful relationships and improving behaviour in our classrooms. Indeed, a significant body of research already exists to support this argument.

Research has demonstrated how classroom discussions about gender constructions and using literature to deconstruct stereotypes can have a significant impact on educational engagement and learning.

Who are we?

Science made simple was established in 2002 with a mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Since then we have reached over 500,000 people and expanded from Wales into 4 regions of the UK. We are passionate about opening up opportunities for people to enjoy science regardless of their age, gender or previous knowledge and we have won a number of awards recognising the quality of our work. We have the ‘Learning outside the classroom’ quality mark and all our presenters have enhanced DBS clearance for work with schools.

tour-dates-v2What do audiences and teachers say about us?

Engineering I thought was to do with machines and I thought it would be a boring job,
but now I think I might be one.

10 year old girl

“science made simple provided a stimulating, entertaining and challenging kick start to our action packed Science Week. The shows fully engaged children across KS1 and 2, and the evening show for families was a terrific opportunity to develop parental involvement in school.”

Paul Smith,  Headteacher, Grange Park Primary School

“Top of the range science presentations: enthusiastic, pacey, articulate, well-informed & flexibly tailored to our audiences, including combined KS2 with KS3. Substantial science content alongside the ‘wow’ factor!”

Alastair Cuthbertson, Science Teacher, Ivybridge Community College.

 

[1] STEM = Science Technology Engineering and Maths

[2] ASPIRES: Young people’s science and career aspirations age 10-14. Kings College London

 

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