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The first copies of our latest Science Debate Kit have this afternoon touched down at I’m a Scientist HQ, and will shortly be winging their way to schools all over the UK and Ireland.

The kit asks the question: Should we send a human mission to Mars? Getting students to consider the technical, physiological, social, and ethical issues around human space exploration.

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Mars Mission Debate Kit

Should we send a human mission to Mars?

Screenshot_031015_051508_PMOur latest science debate kit asks the question: Should we send a human mission to Mars? The kit provides all you need to get your students discussing the technical, physiological, social and ethical issues around human space exploration.

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The kit follows our tried and tested format, based on character cards and lesson notes. It includes 8 debate cards outlining the opinions of different fictional characters with an interest in human space travel, and teacher notes to help you carry out the lesson effectively. The activity is designed to last around 50 minutes and takes very little preparation. The debate helps students think through the issues and reconsider their opinions, while the structure shows them how to build a discussion and back up their opinions with facts.

The debate kits are free to schools in the UK and Republic of Ireland

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The Mars Mission Debate Kit has been funded by The Institution of Engineering and Technology, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, The Physiological Society, and the UK Space Agency. The kits are distributed in Ireland thanks to funding from Science Foundation Ireland.

Vaccinations Debate Kit – Evaluation Report

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The Vaccinations Debate Kit discusses whether children should be required to have all their vaccinations before they can go to school.

This debate kit was funded by e-Bug (a project operated by Public Health England) and Science Foundation Ireland. Gallomanor collaborated with E-Bug to research the kit, and asked for advice from teachers to ensure its educational suitability.

3,000 kits were printed in March 2015: 1,000 were distributed by e-Bug and 2,000 by Gallomanor. We have just finished our evaluation on these kits. And this is what we’ve learnt:

  • All the teachers who fill in our feedback survey said that their students are now more aware of the issues surrounding vaccination public health policies.
  • We estimate that at least 721 kits have already been used by teachers.

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Antibiotic Resistance Debate Kit – Evaluation Report

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The Antibiotic Resistance Debate Kit discusses whether the NHS should tell GPs to give back-up prescriptions instead of immediate antibiotics wherever possible.

The kit was funded by e-Bug (a project operated by Public Health England) and Science Foundation Ireland. Its main distribution took part between October 2014 and January 2015, and we have evaluated it between September and November 2015. After the evaluation, we’ve learnt:

  • 70% of teachers who use a debate kit once, keep using it year after year.
  • 100% of the teachers said that their students are now aware of the issues surrounding the bad use of antibiotics.
  • We estimate that at least 526 kits have been already used by teachers.

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Big Data Debate Kit – Evaluation Report

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The Big Data Debate Kit was funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and Science Foundation Ireland.

The kit discusses whether we should sequence the genomes of one million people, to find out more about living longer and healthier lives.

After evaluating it we found out that:

  • 43% of the teachers who requested the kit have used it this school year.
  • 96% of teachers confirmed that their students are now aware of how Big Data can be used in Biology and Biomedicine.

Download the full report here.

 

That new Debate Kit smell…

The first few copies of the Vaccinations Debate Kit have just arrived at I’m a Scientist HQ, and they’ll shortly be making their way to schools across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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Electricity Distribution Debate Kit – Evaluation Report

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It’s been a year since we launched our Electricity Distribution Debate Kit. We emailed all the 810 teachers who requested it, and followed them up with reminder emails and letters to collect feedback. We then analysed it and this is what we’ve found out:

  • Hard copies of the kit were sent to 810 teachers who requested them,  687 were sent to STEM Contract Holders, and the rest were distributed among different teacher networks. The kit was also downloaded by 242 different users.
  • We estimate that the kit was used by 29% of the teachers who requested it.
  • Every teacher who filled in the feedback survey found the kit to be an “excellent” or “pretty good” educational resource.
  • 97% of teachers feel their students know more about Electricity Distribution after using the kit.
  • We measured how the students reflected on the issues surrounding electricity distribution and actually changed their minds throughout the debate.

You can read the full evaluation report here (PDF).

Debate kits keep proving themselves as a successful tool to engage students in debates around science topics. We are already sending out our new debate kit on the topic of Vaccinations. Sign up and we’ll keep you posted on these resources!

Vaccinations Debate Kit

Should children be required to have all their vaccinations before they can go to school?

the power and limitations of science and considering ethical issues which may ariseThis debate kit provides all you need to get your students discussing the issues behind the important topic of vaccinations.

The kit follows our tried and tested format, based on character cards and lesson notes. It includes 8 debate cards outlining the opinions of different fictional characters with an interest in vaccinations, and teacher notes to help you carry out the lesson effectively. The activity is design to last for 50 minutes and takes very little preparation. The debate helps students think through the issues and reconsider their opinions, while the structure shows them hoe to build a discussion and back up their opinions with facts.

There are already plenty of resources looking at whether vaccinations are safe and a good idea — with the science coming down heavily on the side of vaccinations being safe. This debate is about what the best public health policy is, to protect the public, balancing individual freedoms against public health. This leads to a more finely balanced, interesting debate.

The debate kits are free to schools in the UK and Republic of Ireland — Sign up here to receive your copy.

This debate is being funded by e-Bug, a project operated by Public Health England. The kits are distributed in Ireland thanks to funding from Science Foundation Ireland.

The next debate kit

So far we have produced 9 debate kits (listed below) and there is an 10th in production for release next March. So what should the 11th and 12th kit be on?

We want to know what subject areas you would find most useful. Please take 2 minutes to fill in the survey below. What other ideas do you have?


Previous Kits:

  • IVF – Should IVF be available on the NHS?
  • Stem Cells – Should the UK government fund embryonic stem cell research?
  • Are we too clean? – Should we ban advertising of antimicrobial cleaners?
  • Cannabis – Should the UK legalise cannabis?
  • Drugs in Sport – Should ALL drugs be banned in sport?
  • Food Security – Should our school only buy food produced in the UK?
  • Electricity Distribution – Should we build pylons in Kinewell Valley?
  • Big Data – Should we sequence the genomes of one million people, to find
    out more about living longer and healthier?
  • Antibiotic Resistance – Should the Health Services tell GPs to give back-up prescriptions instead of immediate antibiotics wherever possible?
  • Vaccinations – Question TBA

You can download our previous debate kits here.

 

Antibiotic Resistance Debate Kit

Should the Health Services tell GPs to give back-up prescriptions* instead of immediate antibiotics wherever possible?

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This simple debate kit provides all you need to get your students discussing the issues behind the extremely important topic of Antibiotic resistance. Eight character cards explore a world without antibiotics, the economics of drug research, the effect of antibiotics in farming and patient choice amongst others.

The kit follows our tried and tested format, based on character cards and lesson notes. It includes 8 debate cards outlining the opinions of different fictional characters with an interest in antibiotic resistance, and teacher notes to help you carry out the lesson effectively. The activity is design to last for 50 minutes and takes very little preparation.

The debate kits are free to UK and Republic of Ireland (thanks to Science Foundation Ireland) based teachers. Sign up to receive an Antibiotic Resistance Debate Kit!

This debate is being funded by e-Bug, a project operated by Public Health England.

*A back-up (or delayed) prescription is when the doctor advises the patient that they will probably get better within a few days anyway, but gives them a prescription for antibiotics which they can use if they don’t get better soon, or they feel worse, and they think they need it.