Overview

S‌cience is for Parents Too!

free course helping you understand the science taught in schools - open to all primary school parents  

  • 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 third year

This free course for parents will help you understand what your children are learning in their 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!  

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

  • Emailing alex.brown@york.ac.uk with your name and contact details
  • Calling the Centre for Lifelong Learning on 01904 328478.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

 

What's On & Where?

What's On 

   

Start date

Time

What’s on

Where

No of weeks

3 November 2014

9.30-11.30am

Science is for Parents Too (Primary level, key stage 2)

National Science Learning Centre

10 (break for Christmas)

4 November 2014

9.30-11.30am

Science is for Parents Too (Primary level, key stage 3)

National Science Learning Centre

10 (break for Christmas)

5 November 2014

9.30-11.30am

Science is for Parents Too (Primary level, key stage 2)

National Science Learning Centre

10 (break for Christmas)

6 November 2014

9.30-11.30am Science is for Parents Too (Primary level, key stage 3) National Science Learning Centre 10 (break for Christmas)
         

18 February 2015

11am-12.45pm

 

Family Science Day National Science Learning Centre

1 day

18 February 2015

1.30-3.15pm Family Science Day

National Science Learning Centre

1 day

 

       
11 March 2015 6.30-7.30pm The Science of Art - Family Science Lecture    
18 March 2015 6.30-7.30pm The Science of Art - Family Science Lecture    
         
14 April 2015 6.30-7.30pm The Science of Music - Family Science Lecture    
15 April 2015 6.30-7.30pm The Science of Music - Family Science Lecture    

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).

 

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