Children Challenging Industry Programme

Project information

Index: 0699R2
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Innovation, research and technology development
Location UNITED KINGDOM NORTH EAST Tees Valley and Durham Start/End date of the practice
Start: 1996-01-01
End: ongoing

Topic of the practice

To promote science teaching in UK primary and secondary schools

Good Practice Information

Children Challenging Industry is aimed at teachers and children in UK primary schools, and at science-based manufacturing companies in the UK. The project aims to: * Improve the quality of science education, * Inspire and enthuse school children and their teachers about science, and * Enable schools and industry to work in partnership. It was initially piloted in 5 schools in 1996 and has since been rolled out across the north of England providing interventions in over 1500 schools. CIEC are part of the Department of Chemistry at the University of York and they employ and support an advisory teacher for each sub-region.
Support is provided by industry, associations of the industry sectors and industry clusters. Government funded agencies also support the programme.

Evidence of success

Evaluation and research has proven the long-lasting impact on school children and their pupils. Since the programme received the first regional funding in 2000, over 1,500 schools have participated resulting in upward of 40,000 children having a positive experience that showcases science as a useful contributor to society and the economy. Impact has been measured through the collection of drawings and response to questions about perception of industry and the people that work there. A significant number of children indicated that the experience provided them with new knowledge about science and/or industry and many expressed further interest. The research reports relating to this are available through the CIEC website.There is evidence that many of the teachers involved continue to use the resources and teaching techniques to support their science teaching and value the opportunity to learn more about the links with industry.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

CIEC Promoting Science University of York and

Annex completed on: 10-11-2011

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