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.

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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.

Download the full report here.

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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.

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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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