Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Science work for the new term - let industry inspire you

Children working on the Water for Industry activity
 

Make your time spent on science work with your primary class benefit the children to great effect by using activities set in an industrial context. CIEC activities are all set in an  industrial context which anchors the science work firmly in the real world. Not only does this help to reinforce the scientific principle being looked at but it also introduces children to the idea of working with science and in industry.

Look at the full range of primary science activities and see how the Children Challenging Industry project is run.


 Children Challenging Industry Project (CCI) is the flagship primary project from CIEC (Centre for Industry Education Collaboration).
One of CIEC’s Advisory Teachers works with one class at a time by going into school and carrying out science activities with an industrial context with the class. The class teacher observes and joins in. The culmination of the sessions is a visit to a local industry where the children can see the science they have been doing in school translated into industry.
The result is the children’s science results improve, they remember the whole experience for years afterwards and many of them become interested in working in the science industries. The primary teachers gain excellent CPD in their own school and the local industries find that not only do the local children and community benefit but the experience of working with the children and schools promotes job satisfaction.


Children Challenging Industry runs in the north of England and the Hertfordshire area. If your company is interested in getting involved (wherever you are) please contact either Joy Parvin or Gayle Pook (Co-directors of CIEC) at ciec@york.ac.uk

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Improving reputation whilst benefitting the local community and improving local understanding of science

Making a heat exchanger prior to a site visit


Why not use the next few weeks while the schools are on the long summer holiday to think about getting your industry/site better known in the local community?

Working with local primary schools has so many advantages to your business. The flagship primary project from CIEC (Centre for Industry Education Collaboration) is the Children Challenging Industry Project (CCI).

One of CIEC’s Advisory Teachers works with one class at a time by going into school and carrying out science activities with an industrial context with the class. The class teacher observes and joins in. The culmination of the sessions is a visit to a local industry where the children can see the science they have been doing in school translated into industry.

The result is the children’s science results improve, they remember the whole experience for years afterwards and many of them become interested in working in the science industries. The primary teachers gain excellent CPD in their own school and the local industries find that not only do the local children and community benefit but the experience of working with the children and schools promotes job satisfaction.

Children Challenging Industry runs in the north of England and the Hertfordshire area. If your company is interested in getting involved (wherever you are) please contact either Joy Parvin or Gayle Pook (Co-directors of CIEC) at ciec@york.ac.uk

Monday, July 28, 2014

Showing children industry to help them understand science in context and as a route to a career really works


The long summer holiday is not the time to be thinking about next term’s science work!

However – in a broader sense it may be a good idea to think in the round about helping your school to interact with science in a more useful and meaningful way for the children. At CIEC the long running Children Challenging Industry project has been shown to increase understanding of scientific principles, understanding of how science is happening in industry and how many jobs there are in the scientific industries.

The Children Challenging Industry project involves one of our Advisory Teachers going into schools and delivering science activities with an industrial context. The last session involves a site visit to a local industry. The lessons in school are always very enjoyable for the children – and importantly very much appreciated by the teacher who is able to observe (and join in!) an experienced primary science teacher in action.

The whole experience is remembered positively by the children many years after the event and it is often the site visit that is remembered most fondly.

Below are some comments collated by Advisory Teacher Jenny Harvey following a visit by St John the Evangelist RC Primary School, Billingham, to the Johnson Matthey site in Billingham.

The thing that you enjoyed doing the most;

The experiments

I enjoyed learning more things about industry and doing all the experiments. I felt very professional

The liquid nitrogen

Was when he put liquid nitrogen on the floor and it turned straight away into a gas

Going to Johnson Matthey. I especially liked the nitrogen gas

I enjoyed doing experiments and learning about catalysts and how important industry is

I have learnt many new things at Johnson Matthey and it has given me a great interest in science. I had lots of fun here

Filling the balloon with coke

I enjoyed the part where the balloon was popped with diet cola

I really liked talking about catalysts

I found it a treat that we were allowed in to see how they make stuff

 

 

The thing that you enjoyed doing the least;

Leaving

Nothing, it was fantastic

I didn’t enjoy the liquid nitrogen bit that much

Nothing

Nothing

It was all fantastic

Nothing I loved everything

 

 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

How Industry can make a difference: Children Challenging Industry Celebration Day in the North East


Jenny Harvey, Advisory Teacher for the North East, hosted her first Children Challenging Industry (CCI) Celebration Event on the 1st July at the Wilton Centre, Redcar.

Leilla Elliott of the Cleveland Scientific Institute with children from  Billingham South Primary School
 
Mark Kenrick, CEO of LOTTE Chemical UK, opened the event by passionately endorsing Children Challenging Industry, stating the benefits to the teachers, children and the companies involved in hosting the visits. Jenny talked about the CCI project, what it involves and how it is implemented and all her statistics for the year (including the number of children, teachers and schools involved). Pupils from Mill Lane Primary School spoke about CCI in their own words and Dr Stan Higgins, NEPIC, closed the speakers by presenting some facts and figures about the impact and benefits of CCI across Teesside. There was a positive buzz of excitement all around and five new bookings were made and interest from new companies voiced.

 
Children from five different primary schools (Billingham South Primary School, Breckon Hill Primary School, Mill Lane Primary School, St Helens Primary School and St Therese of Lisieux RC School) who have already experienced CCI demonstrated various CCI activities on different tables.  Four companies exhibited; Chemoxy International, Johnson Matthey, TTE and Spearhead Interactive. Sembcorp had a display of photographs from a CCI visit.

In all sixty seven people attended the day. Jenny was delighted, “It was great to have speakers like Stan Higgins and Mark Kenrick to enthuse new companies about CCI and to have so many pupils here to show CCI in action.”

Monday, June 30, 2014

How can we engage less priveliged children with education in general and science in particular?

 
 
Quit a bit of research lately seems to show that the underprivileged indigenous population are falling behind in their educational attainments when compared with other underprivileged groups - with boys also lagging behind girls. How can we engage these children and get them interested in improving their life chances?
 
One of the classic educational tools is using 'learning by doing' - something CIEC has proved can improve science attainment .
 
 
All CIEC activities are context based - so why not try Turf Troubles  ?
 
Turf Troubles investigates the best conditions for growing grass suitable for a sports pitch. Tie this work to the World Cup/Wimbledon/golf/whichever sport your children like!
 
Turf Troubles
A sports company wish to provide a turf surface at a sports ground suitable for a range of activities. Information is required on suitable grass types and the best growing conditions. They also need to know how much water will be needed, and the effects of soil type. By investigating various conditions of plant growth the children discover which will produce the best grass.

For children aged 7-9
 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Johnson Matthey appreciate the importance of encouraging young scientists into industry

Pupils from St Marys RC Primary school, Royston, taking part in a soot filtration demonstration at the Johnson Matthey site at Royston
Congratulations to Adel Neale and Debbie McGarrity who were part of the winning entry in the
 ‘People and community development collaboration’ category in Johnson Matthey’s Collaboration in Action Awards. They were nominated for their involvement with the Children Challenging Industry programme now running in the Hertfordshire Johnson Matthey site. They have been working with the CIEC Advisory Teacher for Hertfordshire, Clare Warren. Clare delivers the CCI lessons in school before the children visit the JM site at Royston. So far being involved in CCI has enabled JM to introduce 300 school children to science and industry. Johnson Matthey’s Chief Executive Robert Macleod was delighted that JM is reaching so many primary children because ‘collaboration is a key part of Johnson Matthey’s business strategy as we enter our third century ‘and he sent his congratulations to Adel and Debbie.  

 Johnson Matthey is also involved with CCI in the North East where Jenny Harvey, CIEC Advisory Teacher for the North East, organises site visits by local children to the Billingham JM site as part of their CCI involvement.


 

Children from Billingham South Primary School visiting the local Johnson Matthey site after working on Water for Industry in school


Monday, June 9, 2014

How to use water to de-mystify science and industry!

 
Children from Billingham South Primary School constructing a heat exchanger in school
 

Getting primary age children to focus on a career may seem like a tall order - but given the need for skilled employees in the science industries it makes a lot of sense.

A recent article in Process Engineering Magazine ‘Skills shortages are a number one concern’ included the following points:

 “Skills shortages are now the no. 1 issue for the process industries worldwide, industry leaders report. The problems, they say, are most acute in countries which have, over recent times, reduced their focus on manufacturing.”
Science can seem a little mysterious to young children, and often primary teachers have no science background which compounds the idea that science is 'difficult'. By using science materials that are context based and using everyday materials (what could be more basic than water) it is easy and enjoyable to introduce primary children to the excitement and possibilities of both science in school and beyond.
Using the CIEC resource 'Water for Industry' children see how important water is to the process industries whilst investigating corrosion and constructing their own heat exchanger out of a plastic drinks bottle!
By following a 'water cycle' from a reservoir, through an industrial site where it is treated, used as cooling water, and treated again before being returned to a river, the children investigate corrosion of materials, filtration techniques, heat exchange and carry out an extension activity on pH adjustment to regulate the acidity of the water.

 
Download Water for Industry (free) from the CIEC site