A Lost Generation of Scientists? UK schools urged to do more to turn kids on to science

Published Tuesday 2nd, October 2018

A recent survey* has looked into how pupils are taught science in schools and how using new technology could help with their learning.

An overwhelming 87% of parents said they felt children would be far more engaged in science lessons if they incorporated the most advanced technology as learning tools. However, almost seven in ten (68%) believed schools aren’t keeping up with the latest available technical innovations.

While science subjects are becoming more popular at ‘A’ and GCSE levels – more than half a million pupils took GCSE science in one form or another this year – the government itself admits that only a handful of schools and colleges are taking steps to put technology at the heart of the classroom. Last month Education Secretary Damian Hinds called on UK and Silicon Valley tech firms to work with government and educators to provide support in this area.

So, how do we get more children interested in science at earlier ages? And how do we equip schools and teachers to make teaching of science more fun and engaging?

Companies such as the Bristol-based start-up, Interactive Scientific, believe they are part of the solution enabling children to grow up loving, not dreading their science lessons. 

Their award-winning young CEO, Dr Becky Sage, says innovative cloud-based technologies like Nano Simbox – their immersive digital learning tool for visualizing molecular structures  - lets students jump right into the world they are learning about, gives them the scientific skills for the 21st Century and prepares them for using science in the workplace.

Nano Simbox has so far been rolled out in 40 schools across the UK, China and Germany with the goal of 10,000 students using it by the end of 2018. Watch our video here to see how it works.

The state-of-the-art science and technology that underpins the education tool is the same that is used in Interactive Scientific’s research tools in universities and pharmaceutical labs.

 

You can read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-technology-to-spearhead-classroom-revolution

 

* The research was carried out online by Opinion Matters between 21/08/2018 and 24/08/2018 amongst a panel resulting in 1,002 parents of children under the age of 25 responding