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Saturday, January 6 • 11:40am - 12:40pm
Think-Universe! S27

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Join this workshop and learn how to get involved in a revolutionary, challenging and exciting project on Science Education at KS2 and KS3.

Think Universe! All is one is a short but essential foundation course on the nature of the world and the origins of everything, including ourselves.
Science content
The science content is necessarily wide, but very simple and presented at a coherent and accessible level.
In the first few lessons, pupils embark in an adventure of discovery that starts at the world around us, then explores smaller and smaller components to reach finally the smallest things imaginable: the fundamental building blocks of the Universe. Next, pupils assemble a cosmic timeline, where major milestones such as the Big Bang, the formation of atoms, molecules, stars, planets, living environments and humanity find their places. The timeline is the backbone of the course and also provides a historical sequence from physics to chemistry and finally, biology. The diverse topics in all lessons are closely linked to each other in a coherent and continuous experience.
Teaching methodology
It is a structured questioning method called Question Line, where thinking is at the core of the learning process (Question Line is part of the PhD research by one of us - Shirin Sheikh-Bahai - at the UCL Institute of Education). How are the questioning, thinking and learning connected to each other? What is the relevance of misconceptions? How to make knowledge and ability gaps vanish between pupils coming from a diversity of backgrounds? There is plenty of practical work using optical microscopes, building plasticine models of atomic structure, polystyrene models of simple molecules, developing a physical timeline of the Universe, and so forth.
Training for teachers, science coordinators and science leaders

Both science content and methodology require specific training, which can be done in three twilight teacher masterclasses (adaptable format). One of the main aims of this training is to de-mystify the apparent complexity and difficulty of the science content, by understanding that it is to be kept at a basic conceptual level well away from the higher levels of conventional courses in particle physics, astronomy, biochemistry or evolutionary biology. A science background is not required. Our masterclasses empower teachers and leave them confident for a successful classroom delivery with the additional possibility of becoming teacher trainers themselves.
Getting involved
In this workshop we will present a broad view of the entire project and most important, we will describe how to get involved and trained on science content, Question Line methodology, use of the dedicated teaching equipment and materials and even how to become ambassadors as part of a future nationwide expansion.

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Dr Francisco Diego

Senior Teaching Fellow / Head of Science at Think Universe!, UCL
Science education and public outreach have been an important part of my scientific and technical careers. I am delighted in contributing my experience and vision, developing the adventurous science content for this revolutionary project. In Think Universe! All is One, we are convinced... Read More →
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Jessika Rabello

I am a brazilian Earth Scientist who came to London in 2012 for an MA im Science Education. I then met Ms Sheikh-Bahai and the amazing All is One project, bringing high level science for pupils in primary schools across the city. It is unique to be part of this team and help bring... Read More →

Anam Mohsin Shaikh

Class Teacher, UCL
I am a primary school teacher who has taken on an active role in the teaching and learning of science. I have participated for the last 5 years in the All is one project in a number of schools. My current position in an academy has allowed me more freedom and flexibility in the teaching... Read More →
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Shirin Sheikh-Baha

Researcher, UCL Institute of Education
I am a science educator leading primary science teaching and learning in the Harris Federation academies. Collaborating with a number of the best educational organisations and universities , I promote science education across the schools.My expertise is in the field of physical science... Read More →

Saturday January 6, 2018 11:40am - 12:40pm GMT
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