Hello all, we are back, after a bit of an absence…
Where have we been? We were just in Korea, delivering training to a large group of teachers as part of the KOFAC-led Asia Science & Creativity Conference 2012. KOFAC works to promote the public understanding of science, and the development of the creative talent pool inKorea, so an important element of their work includes the push for science to be taught in a more engaging, creative way in schools. We are delighted and excited to be a part of this initiative.
We had an amazing time in Seoulworking with teachers dedicated to enhancing their classroom practice. We delivered hands-on activities from our STEM club kits, online resources, and Talk Science tools and techniques such as Mystery Boxes and Powerful Questions- all aimed at developing students’ skills, curiosity and ability to apply creative thinking to a problem.
Meeting and working with such a genuinely keen bunch of teachers was really inspiring, they had loads of thoughtful questions for us, and made us realise how much of what we do and promote (and sometimes almost take for granted!) can actually take teachers outside their comfort zone. We think that giving teachers the motivation and resources to push the envelope a bit will make science teaching that much better for both them and their students- but we would say that wouldn’t we!
Along with the wonderful people we met (and the snowstorms we braved) we also loved the food, and miss our breakfast kimchi very much… Luckily it’s fairly easy to get ahold of Korean foodstuffs inLondon-we are all glugging brown rice tea and scoffing honey-walnut court cakes in the office these days. Tough life!
In February, we are actually going to be hosting some of those same teachers at the Science Museum. Coming here will give them the chance to experience live programming and see more our resources in action. Hopefully some of them will bring some goodies over too! Maybe we should start preparing a shopping list?