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Course Features
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Language: English
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7 hours on-demand video
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7 Days
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Study Level: Intermediate
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Certificate of Completion

Programme summary

The course allows participants to familiarise themselves with up-to-date science and learn how to transfer science knowledge to primary school children. It offers answers to the questions such as: why is science important for everyone, what benefits children gain by learning science early in their lives, how to teach science through fun, yet educational hands-on experiments etc.
Important take away message of the course would be that science should not be complicated and difficult subject for children. Science can be the subject that boosts children curiosity, creativity and critical thinking. But most importantly, science is all around you and inside you and children should discover that with your guidance and help.

Objectives

The main goal of the course is to help teachers to improve their science school lessons, science club and/or a science project in primary school. Throughout the course, participants will get familiar with the impact they can have on children by learning science in a fun and innovative, yet educational manner. They will learn how to boost children imagination and natural gift of questioning, by implementing scientific way of thinking and science methodology in their work. As our goal is also to encourage teachers to lead science clubs in their home countries, the teachers will receive a lesson plans for the few topics to work on in their own science clubs.

Target groups

The course is designed for primary school teachers, teaching children from 6 to 10 years of age.

Programme day-by-day

DAY 1

Introductory meeting, explanation of practical arrangements, presentation of timetable, information about course venue.

DAY 2

– Discovering a new world around you – introduction to science.

– Science myths.

– The importance of science education for all – why science literacy matters.

– The importance of primary school science education.

– Developing children’s ability to learn how to learn.

DAY 3

– Important scientific equation: Science = play = children like to play = children learn.

– How to include icebreakers into the science lessons – never stop wondering.

– The structure of science lessons for children, mimicking the real science workflow.

– Welcome to our world – how do our science clubs look like.

DAY 4

– Visiting the House of experiments in Ljubljana to try out some of the experiments designed for children.

– Half-day excursion to one of Slovenian highlights.

DAY 5

– Examples and hands-on activities of our science club lessons with written lesson plans (e.g. potato battery – the electricity lesson; the magical invisible gases; discovering the proprioception sense with Wobble detector; our senses – the sensors of our bodies; the secret behind levitation; the spy device and rays of light; build and test a sound gun).

– Teaching children to develop a scientific mind and attitude.

– Teaching the skills of scientific enquiry processes.

– Educational benefits of self-explanation and teaching of critical thinking.

DAY 6

– On-line database of articles about science for kids – kids with up-to-date knowledge.

– Emphasizing effort, not innate talent – intelligence is influenced by effort.

– Creative low cost in class science experiments.

– Hands-on work on some of the experiments designed to be conducted in the class room.

– Outdoors experiments.

– Challenges in teaching science through hands-on experiments.

– Key learning points and conclusion.

DAY 7

– Planning follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes.

– Discussing possibilities for future cooperation among participants.

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Sessions

2018
    • 15. 07. – 21. 07.
      (confirmed)
    • 21. 10. – 27. 10.

2019
  • 27. 01. – 02. 02.​
  • 18. 08. – 24. 08.

2020
  • 08. 03. – 14. 03.

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Useful information about Science for primary school children course

Science course will equip you with the knowledge of how to teach science in our fast developing high-tech world, where children at age 6 already very well know how to use the computer or mobile phone. During the course you will acquire the following competences:

  • Familiarise with the modern science and learn all about science myths.
  • Learn why science education is important for everyone and why science literacy matters.
  • Discover the extra value of teaching science in primary school.
  • Explore how children can benefit from learning science at young age.
  • Identify that science is actually close to children’s nature.
  • Learn how to teach children to develop scientific mind and attitude.
  • Learn the skills of scientific enquiry processes.
  • Determine the educational benefits of self-explanation.
  • Discover creative low cost in class science experiments.

In trainer’s personal experience, it was the biology teacher that triggered her curiosity for science, she ignited the flame of passion that never went down. Every science teacher should equip him/herself with the knowledge on how to do that and maybe become the teacher who will shape the future of the child. The newly gained knowledge can be easily transferable to your work environment by:

  • Introducing the modern up-to-date science into school curricula.
  • Boosting children natural curiosity, creativity and playfulness through science.
  • Organizing science clubs, science fairs, school or country wide competitions.
  • Establish new science projects for children related to the science problem you will encounter in your surroundings.
  • Help students to easier understand science and relate their knowledge to everyday life.
  • Networking with other teachers around the world leading science projects.

Meet the trainers

Teja Bajt

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Teja Bajt, M.Res., is a biologist with a master of research degree in molecular and cellular biology, awarded from University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. In years working in different research institutes in Slovenia, Italy and United Kingdom she gained valuable knowledge in how the research world works and obtained a first-hand experience in conducting scientific experiments.

As a member of different scientific societies and by reading the latest scientific literature she is up-to-date with the latest research achievements and discoveries, as she believes this is one of the fundamental needs in her wish to pass on the knowledge to others. She enjoys presenting science in an understandable manner, when complicated becomes easy. She was also awarded for the best talk category at the symposium in Birmingham, United Kingdom, presenting scientific results to the lay audience.

Teaching science through playful and interactive lessons is where her passion for science meets the enjoyment of working with children. Therefore, she established the VseUk company through which she shares the passion for science amongst children, by providing programmes offering fun, yet educational hands-on experiments for primary school children. In that way, she hopes she would inspire children to realise that science is all around us. She strongly believes science can be interesting and easy for children, if only presented in a fun and understandable manner.

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