Science researchers make subject ‘more fun’

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Science education researchers from Sheffield Hallam University are leading a multi-million pound project to train teachers across Europe.

The project will help deliver ‘more fun and engaging’ science lessons.

The European Commission has funded the project, which will bring together education professionals from 12 different countries.

Hallam’s centre for science education is co-ordinating the three-year development programme, which is called Chain Reaction.

Dr Stuart Bevins, a senior research fellow, is leading the project.

He said: “By encouraging children to take on the role of researchers in the science lab and tackle realistic problems, they will be much more inspired by and engaged in their science studies.

“Schools will bring in role models to dispel a few myths about scientists and demonstrate the real range of career opportunities science offers young people.”

The programme uses scenarios which challenge children to work in teams on actual research projects based on real scientific studies.

Schools will also be shown how to run their own student research conferences with the chance to take part in an international conference addressed by Professor Lord Robert Winston, Hallam chancellor.