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"Boring Science No Fun Anymore"

David Gregory | 16:39 UK time, Tuesday, 23 November 2010

At least according to David Hardman, Head of Birmingham Aston Science Park. He was talking to a Birmingham City Council scrutiny committee and according to the Birmingham Mail

"(Mr Hardman) Hit out at teachers for "making science lessons boring", but added that their hands were tied by safety legislation."

Now this is actually something we've covered on Midlands Today and it turns out there is still plenty of stuff you can blow up in a lab in the name of schools science. Don't believe me? Watch this!

So I do hope I can reassure Mr Hardman and the council that you can still set fire to a child in the name of chemistry.

For teachers looking for more information about how to conduct explosive or otherwise exciting experiments in the classroom both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Practical Chemistry websites have lots of useful resources.

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  • 1. At 09:29am on 24 Nov 2010, David Hardman Birmingham Science Park Aston wrote:

    Response to David Gregory’s blog on ‘boring science no fun anymore’
    Dr David Hardman, managing director of Birmingham Science Park Aston said: “My comments at the Birmingham City Council scrutiny committee meeting were addressed at the skills agenda as a whole. I was certainly not criticising teachers, but we do need to get more young people engaged in science and engineering, so the education system needs to address this.
    “Young children are natural scientists – even before they can walk they explore things, want to hold things, touch things, put them in their mouth. They naturally ask why? how?, so what happens as they get older? The way that science is taught needs to excite children and what I was saying was it needs to be highly interactive and hands on. Even in the video footage here, the teacher is carrying out the experiment, as current health and safety laws prevent the students from taking part in such activities.
    “Good teachers switch students onto their subject. Good science teachers switch students onto science and technology and it is clear to see how enthralled these students were with their lesson, but how much more would they have got out of it if they had done the experiments themselves. We need to do everything we can to encourage an interest in science and technology. Everyone makes important decisions about their lives, their health and even what they buy and many of these decisions are influenced by science and technology – so it is important we all understand the basics of science, even if we do not become scientists, so that we can make informed choices. Obviously at Birmingham Science Park Aston, we want to engage with people to spread the message about the importance of science for these reasons but also over the exciting employment opportunities that are being created from the rapid growth of our digital community, particularly in the gaming sector. We want young people living within easy reach of the Science Park to create their own digital games, not just play them.”

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  • 2. At 5:35pm on 10 Dec 2010, AdamLCanning wrote:


    Great news item. My high school had similar 'experiments' going on in lessons. I attended Waseley Hills High School in Rubery, around 5 minutes away from Bromsgrove :-)

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