How might your students know that their trip really made a difference to peoples lives? Taking students on a school trip to a developing nation can be transformational. Our Rubbish Science workshops aim to increase the positive impact of these by developing scientific literacy. Humans are naturally intuitive scientists. Babies have been found to have a grasp of the laws of physics, Curiosity drives infants to search for understanding and to try to make sense of the World. All scientists do is systematise this curiosity to make learning more effective. We can equip people with some very powerful tools and turn them into science communicators within a couple of days. “A weekend of Rubbish Science was just what our students needed to bring them together as a team before we head off to Cambodia on a service project. The activities inspired them to think ‘outside of the box’ and to find creative solutions to problems” John Turner Aiglon College Switzerland We are not the solvers of problems, we give people the tools to try and solve problems. Your students will learn a great deal about themselves as well as others. Most of our activities have no currently known ‘best’ solution. The journey is more important than the destination and the ‘winner’ is the person who has learned the most, not who achieved the highest performing result. We actively promote a Growth Mindset through productive failure. Failure is simply a learning experience, the beginning of something, not the end All Rubbish Science Workshops are bespoke, tailored to the requirements of the group. This workshop for Aiglon College in Switzerland is outlined to give an idea of what we can offer. The school was taking a group of students to Cambodia for a Service Project working with refugees. The students were going to be teaching formal English lessons as well as some practical science projects. We started with the idea of what a scientist is. Someone who looks at evidence and then makes decisions based on that. So we are all scientists and fundamentally we just need to systematise our thinking to make better decisions. The TASC Wheel combined with Design Thinking does this nicely and is the model we use to develop all our activities
- What is the task/problem?
- What questions do I need to answer in order to solve it?
- What do I know already?
- What do I need to know and how will I find out?
- What ideas do I have?
- What’s probably the best idea?
- How might I try something without using much time or resources? (Prototyping)
- Did it work? What did I learn?
- How might I tell others about it?