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Gopher Science Labs Wales

Simple hands-on science activities to build children's confidence and encourage their natural curiosity to find out how and why everyday things work

This project supports transition from primary to secondary school with peer to peer learning across age groups. Secondary students learn how to deliver the range of Gopher Science Lab activities to primary pupils. During this process the secondary students develop their skills in communication, innovation and increase their self-confidence. Later the primary pupils who attended the Gopher Science Lab day are encouraged to deliver their own training to pupils in their class or from younger year groups, so they too can develop their understanding and communication skills, with supervision from their teacher. This gives all participating students ownership of their learning and helps them gain confidence.

NEW *Gopher Science Lab Online Training*

Thanks to generous support from the Welsh Government’s National Science Academy, the Royal Society of Biology has developed an online training course for teachers and educators of science, which gives clear guidance on how to carry out our Gopher Science Lab activities.  On completion of the course, teachers can also gain access to 10 brand new Gopher Science Lab activities! Teachers in Wales can access this course for free. Visit myLearning to find out more.

Finding other schools to participate

Schools in the UK are able to contact each other to arrange their own lab days via our online database. You can register your school online and search for other schools to host, or be guests, at a lab day, you may download instructions to help you register.

Lab day resources

The teacher resource booklet is available in English and Welsh (part 1 and part 2) there is also the kit list for the practicals and the Stroop test card described in the teacher booklet. There are also suggested instructions for how to run a Gopher Science Lab day. There are certificates available for secondary student demonstrators, a level one certificate for primary students taking part in a lab day and level two certificate for students from primary schools who demonstrate the experiments to other primary students.

Contact

For more information please contact Amanda Hardy.

Gopher Science Labs was developed by the Royal Society of Biology and the Biochemical Society. During 2014 activity booklets and practical resources were produced thanks to generous support from the Welsh Government's National Science Academy and The Granada Foundation. The small grants scheme running throughout 2015 has been made possible thanks to generous support from the Biochemical Society.


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