Overview

S‌cience is for Parents Too

free course helping you understand the GCSE science course taught in schools - open to all secondary school parents from January 2017 

  • Do you have a child who is naturally curious about the world around us?
  • Sometimes find yourself stuck for an answer or struggling to help when it comes to homework?
  • Want to catch up on the science you maybe missed at school?

The course has given me a greater understanding of science and has given me the confidence to help with homework and be able to do some research with the knowledge I have.

Well, help is at hand thanks to this project supported by the Wellcome Trust for a fourth year

This free course for parents will help you understand what your children are learning in their GCSE science lessons at school.

  • We will use on hands-on demonstrations and experiments, and offer a range of free site visits to see real-world science in action. 
  • No prior scientific knowledge needed.
  • No assessments - learning will be fun and informal!  

The course takes place Tuesday and Thursday mornings with new learners welcome in January - all provision takes place at the National STEM Learning Centre on Heslington Campus. 

  • Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 9.30-11.30am; or
  • Thursday, 12 January 2017, 9.30-11.30am

Each course runs during school term time only for 10 weeks until the Easter holiday, with a further 10 weeks of provision later in the summer term.

Trips and additional activities will also be on offer during the holidays and half-term breaks.

You can sign up for the Science is for Parents Too by:

  • Emailing science-for-parents@york.ac.uk with your name and contact details and your prefered day of attendance (Tuesday or Thursday)
  • Calling the the course tutor, Katherine Leech, on 01904 322209.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

 

What's Happened Already?

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Experiments to try at home

I think the course is fantastic, it's reminded me what I loved about science at school and given me the confidence to explain things to my children.

Over the last two years, the Centre for Lifelong Learning has brought together a number of experiments which parents can undertake at home with their children. Many of these (and the science behind them) can be found at Simple Science.

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Evaluation

Sarah West from the Stockholm Environment Institute underook research on the impact of the project in the first year - this can be downloaded from http://www.york.ac.uk/media/sei/documents/publications/Evaluation_of_Science_is_for_Parents_Too.pdf.

The second year's evaluation is also available: Science is for Parents Too (Year 2 evaluation) (PDF  , 800kb).

The third year's evaluation can be found at: Science is for Parents Too Evaluation 2015 (PDF  , 1,063kb).

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