University project to boost science in schools

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Youngsters across Europe could soon be enjoying fun-filled science lessons – thanks to a £3 million-plus project at Sheffield Hallam University.

Experts in science education are to help train teachers around the European Union in how to deliver more entertaining and engaging lessons.

The EU-funded project, titled Chain Reaction, will bring together education professionals from 12 countries over a three-year period.

It uses scenarios which challenge children to work in teams on actual research projects based on real scientific studies, with an overall theme of Earth and Universe.

The hands-on, student-led approach to teaching science is known as Inquiry Based Science Education.

Dr Stuart Bevins, project leader, 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.”

Schools will also be shown how to run research conferences, where teams of students will present their projects and findings.