Scientix webinar: Low-cost experiments - increasing access to hands-on science in your home and around the world
Type of event: webinar
Target groups: general public, parents, teachers
Topic: STEM Education
Language of event: English
In this webinar, held on 10 February 2021 at 18:00 CET, you will be invited to take part in a couple of short experiments using simple materials from around your house. To get the most out of this session, it is strongly recommended that you try to gather the recommended materials so that you can actively participate.
The experiments will be put into context where they can promote access to hands-on science education in situations where cost and access to materials are often barriers to science experimentation. We hope that you will get a few ideas for your own teaching, and be inspired to include more hands-on active learning.
It is recommended to participate using a computer, and to have a smartphone you can use for the experiments.
- Paper towel roll (with or without paper towel on it)
- Toilet paper rolls x 2 (with or without toilet paper on it)
- Ear-bud style headphones
- Mobile phone with a frequency tone generator app installed
- Adhesive tape (cellotape or electrical tape)
- Candle/tea light
- Face mask
- Plastic mesh (from fruit or vegetable packaging)
Michael Gregory – speaker’s bio
Grew up near Toronto Canada and studied science education at McGill University and the University of Ottawa before teaching in England, Scotland and France, and volunteer teaching in Cambodia and Ghana. He is an alumni of the Exploratorium Teacher Institute and CERN’s International Teacher Weeks, and has experience volunteering at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Inspired by the diverse variety of teaching methods and experiments that exist around the world, in 2017 he founded My Favourite Experiments, a project where he seeks out scientists and educators around the world to share their favourite experiments, which he then shares forward with other educators, his students in Paris and by his YouTube channel www.youtube.com/MyFavouriteExperiments.
He is coordinator of science programs for gifted learners at his school in Paris, France, and is heavily involved in extra-curricular and outreach, notably his club YES! for Young Enthusiastic Scientists, where he coaches students to develop hands-on science activities to lead in younger classes within their school and the community. When travel was more possible, some of these students joined his adventures as far afield as CERN and Ghana to share some of their favourite experiments.
During the pandemic, he founded Virtual Science Camps, where families and teachers around the world are invited to join free Zoom classes to do experiments with simple materials from around the home. To date students and teachers from 17 different countries have joined the camps, and more are always welcome. Guests hosts often include his students, colleagues and scientists and educators from around the world, including exciting places like CERN, JINR, Perimeter and CAFM.
Please register for this webinar via the link below.