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Events for schools

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FREE ONE-DAY EVENTS FOR SCHOOLS

We organise one-day events for primary schools and secondary schools – use the side menu to go to the page that’s more relevant for you.
Each action-packed day of workshops is designed to get students thinking about the ‘Big Questions’ while offering teachers ideas about how – in practice – children can get to grips with the relationships between science and religion in their classrooms. The events are designed for students from religious and non-religious backgrounds and is offered as part of a wider research project into learning about science and religion in primary schools.

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For more information please contact lasar@canterbury.ac.uk

A previous event for primary schools was covered by The Reading Post – http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/local-news/university-reading-leads-way-teaching-8135668

A previous event for secondary pupils was covered by BBC Breakfast and BBC World News – so for a taster of what these days are like please watch http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19974380


SAMPLE WORKSHOPS FOR YEAR 6 STUDENTS

BEING HUMAN: THE BIG BANG, EVOLUTION AND MORE

For more information about the day and workshops, please see here

“Big Bang Science”

What do we know about the big bang? We will take a look at the leading theory of how science thinks the universe came into existence and how this can fit in with God, Creation and Religion. We will take a look at how we as human beings are attempting to explore space and reach out amongst the stars.

“Washing line of Time”

The workshop provides an opportunity to discuss the formation and development over time of our planet Earth. The session will be interactive and students will put together a ‘washing line of time’, and discuss whether this is at odds with ‘religious time’ and the biblical explanation of how Earth developed.


SAMPLE WORKSHOPS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Designed for students in Years 9, 10 and 11

“Can a robot have a mind?”

Will robots ever think for themselves? Could robots ever feel emotions or only say they feel emotions. Are robots always destined to be our willing slaves?

“Who do you think you are?”

Was your life mapped out for you from the moment you were born? Are you compelled by your genes and your upbringing to behave the way you do?

Speakers have included:

Professor Kevin Warwick, inventor of the Rat Brain Robot, University of Reading

Professor Keith Ward, Professor of Theology, Oxford University

Professor John Bryant, Cell biologist, University of Exeter

Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, neuroscientist, University College London

Dr Martin Coath, neuroscientist, University of Plymouth

Dr Nick Hawes Senior Lecturer in Intelligent Robotics and ‘Dora the Explorer’, University of Birmingham

For more information on the sessions, please click here

 

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