Electricity Distribution Debate Kit

“Should we build pylons in the Kinewell Valley?” It sounds like the start of the argument best left to Retired Majors, but hidden within a seemingly simple question lies a rich vein of debate about how we produce and consume electricity in 21st century UK. As with all science, facts and theories are only part of the story. Social issues and politics affect the way science and engineering is done. This Electricity Distribution debate pack examines issues including: Environmental Economics Smart grids Climate Change Sustainability This simple debate resource allows your students to find out what influences they way our country receives its power. The activity is designed to last for 50 minutes and takes minimal preparation. You’ll find resources and links on our electricity distribution page. Sign up for the Electricity Distribution pack here or if you have already signed up for a previous kit then please check your … Continue reading

Posted on February 12, 2014 by in News | Leave a comment

Food Security debate kit feedback

We’ve just received a lovely email from a STEM Contract Holder up in Scotland. They took some Food Security debate kits along as part of their outreach work with local schools, and the science enrichment kits got some great feedback. Kevin McKeever, STEM Project Manager at Global Science, said: We were out as part of our contractual requirements (we have to visit the 92 High Schools in East of Scotland) to North Berwick High School yesterday, and the teacher was absolutely made up with the pack that we took out – this was something practical she was actively looking for and was intending to write material herself, so we won a watch, and not to mention you guys too. She liked the packs so much so, that she asked if I could get her additional copies, and that way she could cover all the classes in the year group.” Kevin … Continue reading

Posted on August 30, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

Food Security debate kit

Our latest free debate kit is ready. It’s on Food Security, asking:  Should our school only buy food produced in the UK?” What’s it all about? Global food security is a huge issue. An increasing population, decreasing land area, and the effects of climate change mean improving food security sustainably is a real challenge. And it’s not just about providing everyone in the world with enough calories, but making sure that people are receiving the correct nutrients for a healthy and balanced diet. The aim of this debate kit is to show students just how complex the issue of global food security is, and to encourage them to begin to consider and investigate some of the main issues surrounding the ethics of food production. What’s in the kit? Our kits follow a tried and tested format, based on character cards and lesson notes. Included in the kit are 8 debate … Continue reading

Posted on May 1, 2013 by in News | Leave a comment

Using I’m a Scientist to enrich our curriculum – A teacher’s view

After taking part in I’m a Scientist in June 2012, Ellie Russell, a science teacher from Trinity CE High School in Hulme, told us about other ways she uses I’m a Scientist resources. Here’s what she said… I can’t remember who first told me about I’m a Scientist last year, but straight away I knew it was a concept that would appeal to our students. Since then we have signed up for several zones with different classes and the students have truly enjoyed engaging with real scientists and finding out a bit more about what they do. To be honest, even though I’ve been really keen, it’s taken me a few more months to realise just how useful some of the other resources are for us too. We teachers are never very keen to read through all that useful support information! The Debate Kits for Drugs in Sport and IVF … Continue reading

Posted on November 29, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

That’s all folks

So far we have despatched 1,820 Drugs in Sport Debate Kits. We’ve got requests for another 254. And we only printed 2,000. We’re going to search around and find enough kits for those who have already requested a kit, but from now one we can’t take anymore orders. If you would like a Drugs in Sport Debate Kit you can download one from here.

Posted on April 23, 2012 by ModShane in News | Leave a comment

Should ALL drugs be banned in sport?

Doping in sport usually means the use of performance-enhancing drugs, but is can also mean techniques like ‘blood-doping’. “Drugs in Sport” the fifth in the series of free I’m a Scientist Debate Kits explores the ethical issues around the use of drugs in sport such as possible harm to the athlete and unfairness. This set of 8 characters will get students exploring the differences between different types of drugs and discussing their effect compared with non-drug techniques of improving performance. To get your free copy of Drugs in Sport fill in the form and we’ll send you one in the post (UK and Republic of Ireland only). What is a Debate Kit? The thinking behind the kits is that, for very sound reasons, the post-2006 GCSE curriculum calls for far more debate and discussion in science. However, simple-to-use and effective resources to support this are lacking. As it’s a relatively … Continue reading

Posted on March 1, 2012 by ModShane in News | 5 Comments

New debate kits unveiled

The teachers have spoken. They voted for legalisation of cannabis to be the topic of the next debate kit, and so, obedient as ever, that’s what we did. Our grant doesn’t cover printing and distributing this kit, so it’s online only. Just click the link below and print it out. Download Cannabis Debate Kit (normal size) (pdf) Download Cannabis Debate Kit (large print) (pdf) The debate kit is a simple-to-use role play on the topic ‘Should the UK legalise cannabis?’. Your students play characters with different points of view and have a structured debate. It helps to cover the following curriculum points:- AQA To evaluate claims made about the effect of cannabis on health and the link between cannabis and addiction to hard drugs. Some people use drugs recreationally. Some of these recreational drugs are more harmful than others. Some of these drugs are legal, some illegal. CCEA the effects … Continue reading

Posted on November 20, 2010 by in News | Leave a comment

Vote to choose topic of the last debate kit

People have made some brilliant suggestions of topics for the last debate kit. Thanks! Please vote for your preferred topic below:- [poll closed] BTW, There are some suggestions I’ve not included, for one of three reasons:- 1. It’s not a biomedical topic (e.g. renewable energy) – the Wellcome Trust fund us to promote debate and discussion about biomedicine. But we’d be happy to produce kits on other topics if someone else would fund it! 2. It’s a topic we’ve already done. Previous kits are on IVF funding, Stem Cells and ‘Are we too clean?’. You can download earlier kits here. 3. I couldn’t see a way to make a debate kit on the topic. e.g. Nature vs Nurture just seems far too big a question. It’s a fascinating one though and I’d love to produce resources of some kind on this. In fact I’ll probably be distracted for the rest … Continue reading

Posted on November 8, 2010 by in News | Leave a comment

Help us decide the topic for the last debate kit

Do you have topics you really want to get a classroom discussion going on? Do you find you haven’t got time to research and prepare resources yourself? Well your wish is our command! Our last debate kit is coming up, please let us know what you’d like it to be about. Here’s a list of topics teachers have suggested before to start you off. We’ll gather suggestions for a week, and then you can all vote for which topic you want. Please bear in mind that as the kits are funded by the Wellcome Trust, who are a biomedical research charity, the topics must have some relevance to biomedicine. Sad to say, the next debate kit will be our last, as we are coming to the end of our Wellcome Grant. This last kit will be online only, as planned. Some suggested topics Animal/human hybrids Animal organ transplants Designer babies … Continue reading

Posted on October 29, 2010 by in News | Leave a comment

Our debate kits, do they work?

Well, of course, I’m going to say YES to that question. What’s This? Here is the evaluation report on the first half of the debate kits project, comprising the first two kits (from Summer and Autumn 2009). Obviously I was supposed to publish this MONTHS ago, but it’s fallen by the wayside, until now. Why now? We have just brought out the third IAS debate kit, on Stem Cells. We posted out 1,500 stem cells debate kits earlier this week.  I got an email from a teacher this morning saying ‘Just got the Stem cell pack…fantastic!’ so I’m hopeful they’ll be as popular as previous kits:-) What are the debate kits? The debate kits are designed to get students in their science lessons debating and discussing science issues, seeing things from different points of view and learning to back up their opinions with evidence. Each kit is developed in consultation … Continue reading

Posted on June 11, 2010 by in News | Leave a comment