3 February 2017

The ASP has been forging new links this week, both in science and across other curriculum areas such as Maths, History and Geography. The Royal Institution Maths Masterclass series continued, with sixth form Science Ambassadors leading their first, independent session of challenging maths activities for local primary children on Tuesday. ASP Co-ordinator, Jeremy Thomas, helped to lead a pilot Critical Thinking workshop at the Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth on Wednesday. The workshop has been developed as a collaboration between the Museum's education team and the ASP and encourages sixth form participants to develop and test hypotheses through an examination of both historical sources, technical information and archaeological evidence. The ASP also co-ordinated two important meetings this week. The first was an initial discussion of plans to develop an A-level Geography workshop in collaboration with the National Space Academy and the Satellite Applications Catapult at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, utilising Abingdon School's GIS suite as a partnership resource. The second, larger, meeting saw the re-launch of the Abingdon Schools' Partnership Science Co-ordinators' group, with over twenty local, primary and secondary science co-ordinators gathering in the ASP lab to discuss plans for future co-operation, professional development and pupil centred science events. Along with normal teaching, three primary school workshops, outreach visits and a Benson Brownies Stargazer evening, it's been a pretty full week for teachers, technicians and science ambassadors supporting the ASP's work.

Photo credit: Jason Baker, Photographer in Residence, Portsmouth Grammar School

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