Connect 2 Science
The latest info from this project.
The interim report is now available and provides interesting reading. The project is a collaboration between The Centre for Lifelong Learning, Department of Physics and National Science Learning Centre at the University of York, with the overarching aim to provide disengaged learners with access to science and educational programmes. The National Science Learning Centre hosts the class-based activities delivered jointly by a physics tutor and a creative writing tutor.
‘Numerous regional and national programmes are aimed at progressing adults into degree level courses; for many learners however, the step towards a Foundation Degree (or equivalent) is too great and there is a need to invest in programmes which provide disengaged learners with pathways into this provision. Connect to Science is such a pathway.’
The first course was a tremendous success and notably ‘76% of the students were women’ which is noteworthy in itself ‘as women are underrepresented on STEM courses and in STEM related employment. Of those (participants) in some form of employment there was a balance towards casual, part-time and self-employed workers.’
The course was well received by the students with one commenting “I think it’s very much the science in action. So it’s not just the theory, so you know you go to Drax, you go home and you turn your light on and your kettle on you can imagine this, not just the science of it, but there’s just this huge machinery that’s behind all that. And it was like that, very practically applied, which was something that didn’t happen when I was at school, it was theory and you couldn’t relate it to your life at all.” (Cohort 1)
The report goes on to say ‘the innovation in approach to combine science and creative writing has produced interesting results both in written pieces of work and the sheer engagement of students in the sessions, through their enthusiasm and thoughtfulness of approach.’
For more information and to read the report in full please visit http://www.hestem.ac.uk/activity/connect-science