Science for Community Learning and Development Workers
- Curiosity and a desire to learn!
A very warm welcome to "Science for Community Learning and Development Workers". We hope this course ignites (or reignites!) your passion for science. By the end of this course we hope you will have some fresh ideas on how to engage with your learners on a range of scientific topics.
You will be provided with detailed instructions on how to carry out scientific demonstrations and some ideas on how to adapt and extend these demonstrations to suit your learners. While watching the demonstrations you will learn how to encourage scientific thinking and enhance your learners observation and critical thinking skills.
This course contains 6 exclusive videos designed specifically for this course. These videos will explain the scientific principles behind the demonstrations so you, as a practioner, have the background knowledge you need to help your learners engage with topics they may previously have felt were "not for them".
This course is fully aligned with the CLD Standards Council's Competencies. In particular you will be supported to manage and organise resources, you will be provided with feedback forms tailored to the STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities to help you manage and monitor programs and activites (E2), you will be provided with risk assessments that you can adapt to suit your own organisation (E7). You will also be asked to reflect on barriers to participation in STEM (C3) and be provided with a series of STEM worksheets that you can use with your learners to take advantage of learning activities in everyday life (C5).
Finally we will provide you with links to further information and organisations who can help you deliver STEM in a CLD context. We would be delighted to welcome you onto the course and support you as you explore the wide range of science resources available to promote scientific thinking in your community. #unlockingstemincldpractice
Who this course is for:
- Community Learning and Development Workers
- Session Leaders working in Community Learning and Development
- Volunteer Tutors working in the Community
- Pupil Support Assistants
- Early Years Practitioners
Avril Morrison is a Community Learning and Development (CLD) Worker at Aberdeenshire Council. She is a STEM graduate and is passionate about working with learners to explore the role of scientific literacy and critical thinking in everyday life. She thinks lifelong learning should be fun and accessible to all. She is a member of the CLD Standards Council of Scotland and the Biochemical Society.
I am currently the Community Engagement Manager at Aberdeen Science Centre. Following a long career in Science Communication, I am very passionate about all things STEM. I believe that STEM relates to all aspects of our lives and engaging with it should be accessible, relevant and fun! It is through meaningful interactions with STEM that we find our Best self. Furthermore, I think that Science is a lens that helps us make the greener, healthier and smarter choices for ourselves and others.
I am a member of the BIG Communicators Network and an associate member of the CLD Standards Council for Scotland.