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Science in the primary school captures the imagination of young children.
It introduces children to science before they develop negative views of it.
Good primary science teaching is more likely to produce confident girls and boys keen to be scientists and empowered citizens able to participate effectively in the decisions of the day.
Student teachers, at the beginning of their career, are keen to learn new practices that will enable them to help primary school children to understand, enjoy and value science. Many SCIcentre materials are specifically developed for student teachers and their mentors.
SCIcentre works with other organisations such as the EU Fibonacci Project: Large Scale Dissemination of Inquiry-Based Science and Mathematics Education
and Science Learning Centre East Midlands to trial, develop and publish advice of good practice and innovative approaches to science teaching.
SCIcentre supports activities that promote collaboration and development of educational material with other European Educational Organisations. For example, we are working with educationalists in the 12 countries who participated in the Pollen & Seed Cities for Science; 4 countries involved in REStARTS: Raising European Student's Awareness in Aeronautical Research Through School-Labs; and 21countries taking part in the
Fibonacci Project: Large Scale Dissemination of Inquiry-Based Science and Mathematics Education.
Teachers' awareness of industry and its value to society is encouraged
by SCIcentre materials and work. Other products set out to widen girls'
and boys' ideas of science and technology with the intention that their
understanding and participation in industry as adults will be improved.
University of Leicester
Information supplied by: Tina Jarvis. Last Updated August 2009