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.
Schools in the UK which sign up are now able to contact each other to arrange their own lab days via an new online database.
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.
For more information please contact Amanda Hardy.