The School of Biomedical Sciences’ Science in Society Initiative directed by Professor Valerie McKelvey-Martin www.ulster.ac.uk/scienceinsociety/ Science in Society Initiative at Ulster was designed to:
directed by Professor Valerie McKelvey-Martin www.ulster.ac.uk/scienceinsociety/
promote discussion and understanding of science and its relevance to society and
to help equip society to take an active part in policy formation regarding the application of science
General public and groupings within this, particularly:
Primary school children…p6&p7
Post primary pupils..11-14, 14-16, 16-18 year olds
Teachers of science
Jane Gallagher 2005-06 - UU funded
Keri Spence 2006-07- The Honourable the Irish Society Andrea Porter 2007-08- The Honourable the Irish Society
Samantha Russell 2007-08- Bank of Ireland
Christine Green 2008-09- The Honourable the Irish Society
Part time support from 3 staff:
Dr Declan McKenna 2005-2008
David Hunter 2006-2008
Lynda Dunlop 2008-
Guided by a working group
staff from university and a few external members
…AIDS, Alzheimer’s Disease, Bioethics, Cancer, Cloning, Diabetes, Forensic Science, Healthy Diet and the Human Genome, Obesity, Cataracts, Myopia, Sea Level Change, Role of Technology in Sport, Drugs in Sport and Exercise and Health.
2 criteria :
UNNATURAL CHOICES AND UNNATURAL CHILDREN: DESIGNER CHILDREN AND INTERFERING WITH NATURE Dr. Mark Sheehan Program on Ethics and the New Biosciences Faculty of Philosophy and James Martin 21st Century School Oxford University
CHILDREN AS COMMODITIES? ‘REPO-TECH’ AND RISKS OF COMMODIFICATION Dr Heather Widdows Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, University of Birmingham
MOLECULAR GASTRONOMY: THE SCIENCE OF COOKERY Professor Peter Barham, Bristol University
Lectures for schools
Thought-provoking family drama involving four
The Y-Touring Theatre Company in discussion and debate with the pupils
Promoting the launch of our range of school’s competitions for 2007
success and very popular with school pupils,
teachers, head teachers, university staff and
students and also members of the general
feedback from both the teachers
involved and also the pupils who
will contribute to the further future success
of Science in Society
Thought-provoking family drama involving four
timid as it involves erupting volcanoes, vats of giant bubbles,
buckets of oozy slime, magical colour changes and disappearing
acts, but most of all lots of whizz bang explosions!!
Sue McGrath - a scientist turned magician-of-sorts - delivers a
wacky, energetic and dramatic performance which not only
delivers real experiential learning opportunities based on the
world around us, but also touches on the serious message of the
repercussions of human activity on the global environment.
The show aims to stimulate curiosity and imagination within your pupils
so they ultimately leave the show wanting to embark on their
own science journey of discovery!”
Electricity, Gravity, Energy and Forces, Molecules, Reactions, Compounds, Acids/Alkali, Friction, Sound, Recycling
“It was very important to learn… I loved it!!!”
“It was absolutely amazing”
“It was fantastic and I learned a lot of things.”
Thank you for the fun stuff we learnt about science, it was SO COOL!!
“I would love to see it again”
“It was the best science show EVER!”
“Thank – you very much… after I watched the show I now know science isn’t boring”
“It was amazing… I now want to be a scientist when I’m older”
“It was very good and I hope you can inspire more schools and it couldn’t have been any better… Thank you!”
“It was the best show I’ve ever seen”
“I thought it was Brilliant, Excellent, very, very Good “
“It was weird wacky and wonderful”
Well timed Safety conscious All schools had at least 1 participant. You can see the students’ really enjoyed themselves
Thank you! A great show!!
Kept children's attention
Super fun for Kids
Great use of every day items found easily for us to use at school & home
The children realised that science is both exciting & interesting
We loved the show…
Excellent idea for a show – Sue kept the kids spell-bound & interested
I feel that the benefit of the show was that children became enthused by science and this was certainly achieved!
Excellent! Fun filled Science!!
Scientist Sue was brilliant - a great rapport with pupils –
The scientific concepts content chosen were an excellent choice
2007 and 2008
“It is so important that young people are inspired and challenged to rigorously interrogate the concepts and issues that underpin the policies that govern our society. This competition provides the opportunity, for 17 and 18 year olds in Northern Ireland, to do precisely this, ……..”
Science in Society.
“This competition is unique as it is much more substance over style, other competition’s are more rhetoric and focused on delivery, this is focused on research and knowledge of topic and issues. Pupils derive more out of it as they learn more on topic and not just how they sound.”
Chris Leathley, RBAI teacher.
“These students restore my faith in young people’s participation and interest in current affairs. Despite reports of apathy among young people in the UK, in relation to matters of politics and modern affairs, this was not evident in any of the debates which we participated in. These young people are the leaders of tomorrow”
University of Ulster
“Surprised and encouraged by the quality of the debate. Fantastic learning opportunity and I hope the competition can grow and expand in the Ireland context”
St. Malachy’s College; Dept. English
(with Armagh Planetarium(AP) to celebrate contribution of Jocelyn Bell Burnell to astronomy)..look out for winning mural at AP.. coming soon
219 poems and images published
from 13 different secondary schools across Northern Ireland
to inform activities
Survey of Attitudes of Primary School (P6 and P7) teachers towards teaching science
The questionnaire was circulated to all primary schools in Northern Ireland (887)
27% were very interested,31% of teachers were interested in attending training, 26% were slightly interested(total 84%) and 16% were uninterested.
-Cost of cover would hinder 72% of teachers,
-travel would hinder 53%,
-heavy workload would hinder 66%.
- Other factors include family commitments, time, & teachers feeling they don’t require training