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HSW link How Science Works

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Lesson starters linkKS3/4 resources

Lesson starters linkA-level resources

Contact: Trevor Cox

How Science Works GCSE Resources

Programmes, activities and curriulum resources for the classroom and CPD.

Teachers TV programs: classroom resources

Four videos in YouTube playlist below

  • Professor Trevor Cox's quest for the worst sound in the world, includes investigative approaches and experiments.
  • Professor Peter Styring exploring some self-lubricating skis includes developing physics experiments, explanations and the application of science.
  • Dr Maggie Aderin's wind pattern study to examine climate change, includes implications of science and debate activities.
  • Promo introducing the series

Classroom video downloads

Bad Vibes: Windows Media. Quicktime

Engineering Gold : Windows Media. Quicktime

Chasing the Wind : Windows Media. Quicktime

Videos for CPD

  • A look at how the Bad Vibes programme, featuring Professor Trevor Cox, addresses several key areas of the How Science Works curriculum. The collection and analysis of scientific data, quantitative and qualitative methods, and the role of the scientific community in validating changes in scientific ideas are all discussed. Professor Cox talks us through the peer review process, explaining how it shaped his development of a website designed to carry out research on the world's worst sounds.
  • Dr Maggie Aderin talks about her work to measure the world's wind patterns in an effort to better understand climate change. Teacher Mat Galvin uses Maggie's film as a stimulus for a role-play debate. Science education expert, Mark Windale then discusses the components required for a successful role-play.
  • A look at the research carried out by chemical engineering and skiing coach Professor Peter Styring, which led to the development of self-lubricating skis. Several areas of the How Science Works curriculum are addressed, including practical and enquiry skills and the collection and analysis of scientific data. Students at King Edward VII School in Sheffield attempt to replicate Peter's experiments in the classroom and get first hand experience of gathering reliable data.

CPD video downloads

Bad Vibes in the classroom : Windows Media. Quicktime

Engineering Gold in the classroom: Windows Media. Quicktime

Chasing the Wind in the classroom: Windows Media. Quicktime

How Science Works introduction : Windows Media. Quicktime

Curriculum resources and experiments for the classroom

Bad vibes (72MB)

Chasing wind (3MB)

Delivering your presentation (2 MB)

Planning your presentation (4MB)

Engineering Gold (4MB)

CPD materials for training

All materials (123MB)

Data handling (19MB)

Discussion techniques (18MB)

Evaluation Questionnaire

Introduction to HSW CPD (69MB)

Introduction to risk CPD (4MB)

Practical enquiry skills CPD (9MB)

Role play CPD (18MB)

Science ideas change CPD (10MB)

To get the embedded video to work, please unzip all files to one folder.

The project

How Scientists Work KS 4

How Science Works is a series of three 15-minute digital programmes for students and teachers of Key Stage 4 / GCSE Science. The Principle Investigator of the project is Prof. Trevor Cox. The programmes broadcast on Teachers' TV, depict three charismatic inspirational scientists describing and demonstrating their work. To accompany the broadcast programmes, a series of downloadable versions of the programmes will be produced, including supplementary inserts and narrative soundtrack using interviews with science education professionals, drawing out key aspects of how scientists carry out their research. The downloadable programmes will be used in initial teacher training and CPD. Both versions of the programme will be supplemented further by lesson resources and by training courses. The training and web-based resources will be designed to support teachers engaging with the materials via distance learning, and for use by expert trainers providing face-to-face training for teachers both to embed the activity and disseminate as widely as possible.

How Science Work provides an exciting blended media approach to address the most challenging aspects of the national curriculum for the GCSE Science courses, in that it presents the methodology of scientific activity within areas of contemporary research. It unites scientists with expert practitioners in the field of science education, the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of York Science Education Group team, responsible for the development of the new Twenty First Century Science GCSE. Further partners are the educational television production company, Glasshead, the National Science Learning Centre and Teachers' TV.

EPSRC Grant EP/E033806/1: £189,006


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