Research by the Institute of Physics shows that although girls outperform boys at GCSE, they lack confidence in their ability in physics and so are less likely to continue with the subject post-16. The Science Ambassadors scheme is designed to help build confidence through supporting students in the planning and delivery of physics-based outreach.
There are three workshops for teachers to run in schools to help resilience, develop creative thinking skills and provide practice in science communication. You can download the resources HERE.
Each workshop is designed to take 45 minutes. However, each can also be easily extended, shortened or spread over two sessions. The equipment required is either provided or should be readily available in schools.
Participating schools will also bring a group of around 10 students to one of our IOP Science Ambassador training days. Students will learn how to deliver a range of science demos and activities, as well as taking part in a session on presentation skills.
We need volunteers with a science background to act as mentors to students during training days. You’ll be showing them how to run demos and activities and explaining the science. Interested in volunteering? Get in touch with the relevant contact below to find out more.
If you have a space, whether it is a hall or a few large classrooms, and want to contribute to improving student’s confidence and perceptions of science, please contact us.
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The IOP has published a number of reports exploring the factors affecting girls’ subject choice, as well as producing a range of resources and guidance for teachers. These are available to download from the IOP website, or from Teaching and Learning Coaches:
Around 50 teachers and Project Officers shared their results and experiences at the 2016 IGB conference. Access the conference materials, and take a look at this crowd-sourced resource from the event - teachers' messages to their former and future selves on improving gender balance in schools.