On the 20th and 21st of November, teachers flocked to the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and Imperial College London for World Teach In.
Now in its second year, the sold-out CPD event had a day for primary teachers (Reach Out CPD Live!) and a day for secondary science teachers (STEM for Schools 2015).
On the Friday, the secondary teachers threw themselves into the hands-on sessions, building robots with Timstar lab suppliers, exploring the science behind certain gadgets and gizmos with the National STEM Centre’s Karen Hornby, and devising earthquake-resistant buildings with Washirasorn Saengsuwan from Suratthani Rajabhat University, Thailand.
Other popular speakers included BBC producer Simon Baxter, and Imperial College London’s Jessica Wade and STEMNET’s Ashley Tamburello, who discussed how teachers can get more young women engaged with STEM (below).
On the Saturday, CBBC presenter Stefan Gates began the day by sending a fart out across the audience of primary teachers at Imperial College London (pictured top).
Amongst the most popular sessions was author of Reach Out CPD, Danny Nicholson, who provided a range of fun practical ideas to use in the classroom; the Primary Science Quality Mark’s Jane Turner, who shed some light on the difficult subject of assessment; science teacher Harvey Bashaw from North Carolina; and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Marc Neesam, who explored how chemistry fits into primary science.
Both days were powered by discussions of best practice and the high energy levels of the attending teachers, whose enthusiasm truly made the event. One teacher commented ‘this is the best CPD session I’ve done in eight years’. More details of World Teach In can be found here.