Tag Archives: teacher course

Newcastle and Buxton, new dates – oh my!

It’s been a little while since our last post, but the summer has come and gone and we are back on the road!

A couple weeks ago we delivered our first course of the new academic year in Newcastle (where we got to meet some really great people, AND see the awe-inspiring Angel of the North) and then popped across to beautiful Buxton to run some short workshops on Mystery Boxes and Powerful Questions, hands-on activities that we use on our course.

Did you know the Romans actually established the first spa in Buxton, and named the town ‘Aquae Arnemetiae’? I didn’t… but drinking from the permanent flow at St Anne’s Well revealed that water is still leaving the spring at a temperature of about 28C- gulping a mouthful of warm water straight from a well on a chilly day is delightfully weird!

Buxton Poster, 1950. (NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society)

 So, where can you find us next?

2010 course venues are (drum roll)

London – 11th November

Glasgow – 25th November

Exeter – 8th December

Portsmouth – 10th December

 and 2011 course venues are…

Belfast –  10th February

Cardiff – 3rd March

Edinburgh – 30th & 31st March

London – 6th April

Leeds – 16th June

London – 23rd June

Birmingham – 30th June

London – 7th July

 We’d love to see you, so drop us a line at talk.science@sciencemuseum.org.uk to book a place, or to find out more. The Talk Science course is full of practical ideas on how to run discussions in your classroom- and we like a bit of cake too!

Take care,


How to Punk your Science and Summer courses

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the Talk Science team with lots of exciting stuff happening. We have been on a mini UK tour working with the Museums Libraries and Archives council delivering our training course with Science ITT students and museum educators.

New resources coming soon….

We have been filming with the Science Museum in house comedy team Punk Science to create short films for you to use in the classroom. The Punk Science team bring a hilarious twist to difficult to understand science concepts and ideas while making the science crystal clear for your students. So if you have ever wondered how two men, some bungee chord and a balaclava can demonstrate the end of the universe these films will be just your cup of tea. You can get a little taster of what they’re about on our YouTube Channel.

Punk Science team

Punk Science team

Punk Science are the minds behind the best selling children’s science book Do Try This at Home.

Do try this at Home

Do try this at Home

In addition to the films, Punk Science will also be sharing their top tips for teachers who want to ‘Punk’ their lessons. The films will start appearing on our site from July onwards.

Join us for a course

It’s very nearly summer and there has never been a better time to come and join us on our training course about running great classroom discussions. Summer term dates are as follows:

10th June - Belfast

15th June – London

17th June – Manchester

24th June – Cardiff

1st July – Norwich

6th July – London

The course is packed with practical tried and tested ideas and fits with all UK KS3 and 4 curricula. For more information or to book a place click here

On the road again

It’s been a busy couple of weeks on the road for the Talk Science team with teacher courses in Bristol and Edinburgh. Our trip to Scotland saw the Talk Science attendance record shattered with 26 teachers making their way to Our Dynamic Earth for the course.

Talk Science course

Talk Science course

A big thank you to everyone who came along to the courses we had a great time working with you. Don’t forget if you try out any of the ideas from the day we love to hear how it went so drop us a line at talk.science@sciencemuseum.org.uk

Feel like you have missed out? Well for anyone who couldn’t make it on the day we have courses happening all around the UK in the next couple of months click here for dates.  Due to extra demand we have added a course in Glasgow on 18th March but you will have to be quick as there are only a few places remaining. Click here to book a place.

We will be back later this week to bring you some more great ideas for classroom discussion.

New Year’s resolutions

Happy New Year!

Is your New year’s resolution to brush up your classroom discussion running skills? If so help is at hand!

The Talk Science team will be running their teacher training course at venues across the UK in 2010. We will be sharing our  top tips on getting your students talking about hot science topics in our one day teachers course packed with ideas and resources to hook your students into a great science discussion (and we guarentee its more fun and less difficult than all those other resolutions to loose weight, give up chocolate, run a marathon etc.) Here’s what one teacher in York thought about the course:

‘The course gave me lots of ideas, and was delivered in a fun and interesting way. It has inspired me to run more discussion lessons in the future.’

The course takes place on the following dates:

21st January – Bristol

28th January – Edinburgh

24th February – Nottingham

18th March – Glasgow

25th March – London

27th May – Birmingham

10th June – Belfast

15th June – London

17th June – Manchester

24th June – Cardiff

1st July – Norwich

6th July – London

13th July – London

The course is free and is supported by BP as part of the Enterprising Science project. Click here to register for a course.

We look forward to meeting  you  throughout 2010.

Come and see us at the ASE conference

The Science Museum learning team will be at the ASE conference in Nottingham on the 7th, 8th and 9th january 2010.

We are delivering a number of sessions including a taster session of the Talk Science training course, and our classroom activity News+Views which lets students create Museum style displays on a contemporary science topic.

Rocket Mice

Rocket Mice

The full line up includes:

Thurs 7th Jan

1400-1600 News and Views: Create a Mini Contemporary Science Exhibition BC16 Biology B39

Fri 8th Jan

 09.30-10.30 Feel The Force T066 Biology B1

11.30-12.30 Talk Science: Effective Contemporary Science Discussions T102 Biology B1

14.00-15.00 Supporting Inspirational Primary Classroom Science BC40 Biology B1

Sat 9th Jan

09.30-10.30 Supporting Inspirational Secondary Classroom Science BC48 Biology B1

Don’t forget to stop by our stand F14 in the marketplace where you try out some of our free online resources, chat with our friendly staff and even get your very own CO2 bubble to carry round with you. See you there!

Talk Science heads to Newcastle 25th November 2009

“I think it was one of the best courses I have been on in the course of my professional, I think that it was a fantastic course. ” 

That’s what a teacher who attended our course in Birmingham earlier this year thought about our one day teacher training course.

Come an join us in Newcastle on 25th November as we share the Science Museum’s tools and techniques for running great discussions in the classroom. We look at new apporaches to teaching How Science Works and loads fo ideas that work across all science topics.

Places are free and there are only a few remaining so book now by calling 020 7401 4040 and don’t forget to mention where you read about it.

Hope to see you all on the 25th in Newcastle.