Tuesday 14th June is the Great Science Share for Schools, and here at Braintastic! Science we couldn’t be more excited.
For those of you who haven’t come across it before, the Great Science Share for Schools (GSSfS) invites young people around the world to come up with their own science questions and investigations, and then share them with each other. Their aim is to raise the profile of science, and to inspire kids everywhere to get curious, and have a go at doing science for themselves.
This year’s theme is Climate Action, and a wide range of themed activities and lessons are available on their website, for teachers to use to help fuel their students’ questions. There are loads of great resources to help you get started, but remember, it’s up to the students to come up with their own questions, and then to communicate their findings.
We love this idea of child-centered learning- it’s so powerful to give young people the chance to make their own decisions, and go where their curiosity takes them. The GSSfS encourages everyone to join in, in an inclusive & non-competitive way, fostering collaboration between students and the wider community.
So what can you do to support your students to take part? It’s a good idea to start with the Great Science Ideas section of the website, where you will find inspiring resources to spark your students curiosity.
Braintastic! Science have joined in this year and developed an emotional wellbeing worksheet all about the importance of nature for wellbeing just for GSSfS. For example, did you know that the smell of a forest can boost your immune system? Our resource is designed to give kids the background they need to start exploring their own questions about nature and wellbeing. We aim to get them thinking about the importance of the natural world for our health, as just one of the many reasons it’s vital to combat climate change.
Once your students have got their creative juices flowing, head over to the Great Science Skills- a collection of eight resources designed to help students learn the scientific process. This is a way to get them thinking about how science is done, and how they might be able to answer their questions.
Then, on the 14th June, get ready to share, share, share. Your pupils could present their findings to each other, to the whole school, or to parents and family members. And you can share what they have been up to online, using #GSSfS2022. It’s always such a fantastic day, seeing all the enquiries that students have been running, and we can’t wait to see what our resource inspires your students to investigate.