The Great Science Share 2021

The Great Science Share for Schools is an award-winning campaign that invites 3-14 year olds to share their own scientific questions and investigations, to raise the profile of science in schools and communities, and inspire young people into science and engineering.

The great thing about the campaign is its flexibility. Children can take part from any location and however suits them best – with their class at school, as part of a STEM club, community group or at home with their family.

And this year there’s something new.

In response to the amazing growth of the campaign in recent years, the Great Science Share have now introduced Regional Champions a team of passionate and experienced STEM advocates to support the Great Science Share for Schools across the UK, helping teachers with information, guidance and professional development relating to the campaign.

Allow me to introduce your new Regional Champion for the South West – Liz Southwell!

Liz Southwell, South West Regional Champion for the Great Science Share 2021

Liz is a Year 6 teacher and science subject leader at Raysfield Primary School in South Gloucestershire. In addition to teaching part-time, she runs an independent primary science consultancy service, providing subject leader networks and teacher training in South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire.

Liz is perfectly placed to support teachers in the South West with their Great Science Shares, having taken part in the campaign in previous years, including during the recent lockdown. Liz was able to help children from her school get involved, setting a weekly science challenge they could complete at home. Lots of brilliant questions were asked and a huge amount of fun had with challenges featuring bubble snakes, O gliders, Coco Pops shakers and much more!

The theme for this year’s campaign is Climate Change and will link to the Global Sustainability Development Goals. Liz is keen to help teachers in the South West connect their science work to real-life issues, helping the children ask scientific questions with real-world solutions. Along with offering advise and top tips on how to achieve this, Liz will be delivering a CPD session for teachers in the region, which will be available early next year. You can read more about Liz and the other regional champs here.

So what should you do next?

First things first, get yourself registered to take part, it’s free, easy and quick to do.

Save the date – pop the 15th of June in your diary. This is the date of the Great Science Share celebration event. This year the event will be hosted online, featuring brand new live lessons, conversations with scientists and the opportunity to share all your great scientific questions and investigations.

Then start sharing! Ask your pupils about the questions that interest them and explore ways to investigate. There are a whole range of great resources available to help get you started.

And remember, if you have any questions or would like some help with taking part in the Great Science Share for Schools, you can get in touch with your Regional Champion, Liz Southwell at greatscishare@manchester.ac.uk

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