The Royal Society’s Inspiring Scientists project focuses on ten British scientists with minority ethnic heritage. All of the scientists were asked questions about their childhood, being an ethnic minority in science and the fun and importance of science. Their stories are fascinating, diverse and provide honest and often moving insights into their lives.
Innovate Educate used these stories to create a framework for teachers to deliver sessions on science, creative writing and employability. The resources are aimed at different age groups from 5 to 7 through to 14 to 16 year olds. They are designed to be flexible providing a range of ideas and activities to engage children and young people from all backgrounds, with different learning styles, interests and abilities. The hope is the resources will inspire the next generation to become Inspiring Scientists.
The Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions is acknowledged to be the first scientific Journal. As part of the 350th anniversary celebrations of its publication, Innovate Educate was asked to create a series of education resources for young people aged 11 to 18. The resources explore the scientific discoveries first published through the journal but they also look at the social history of the journal and its impact on wider society. The activities are designed help students understand not only the importance of rigorous scientific research but the importance of sharing scientific discoveries with a wider audience.