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.
Our latest science debate kit funded by The Institution of Engineering and Technology, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, The Physiological Society, and the UK Space Agency, asks the question:
Should we send a human mission to Mars?
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:
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: Continue reading
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:
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. Sign up now to get your copy!
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.
Should children be required to have all their vaccinations before they can go to school? This 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 … Continue reading
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? This survey is now closed. Thank you. 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 … Continue reading
Should the Health Services tell GPs to give back-up prescriptions* instead of immediate antibiotics wherever possible? 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 … Continue reading