About Gopher Science Labs
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.
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.
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. The course includes video demonstrations, information about the science behind the activities, suggested extension activities, and downloadable lesson resources. On completion of the course, teachers can also gain access to 10 brand new Gopher Science Lab activities.
- The teacher resource booklet is available in English and Welsh (part 1 and part 2)
- kit list for the practicals
- Stroop test card (described in the teacher booklet).
- Instructions for how to run a Gopher Science Lab day.
- Certificates available for secondary student demonstrators,
- Level one certificate for primary students taking part in a lab day
- Level two certificate for students from primary schools who demonstrate the experiments to other primary student
RSB Gopher Science Lab free online training for primary teachers
The Royal Society of Biology is offering 40 state-funded primary schools in the UK the opportunity for four teachers to have free access to RSB’s Gopher Science Lab online training course. With thanks to generous support from The Worshipful Company of Horners enabling RSB to offer this opportunity. Primary school teachers working in UK based, state-funded, primary schools can email Amanda Hardy to apply on behalf of their school to access the paid-for online training places on a first come first served basis.