We were thrilled to return to the Royal Society’s Chicheley Hall for our Science Educator Residency 2017! This year a diverse range of educators, artists and scientists were welcomed into the Classroom of the Future. Watch our short video here:
What is the Classroom of the Future?
We invited 40 community members to explore what this classroom might look like through a variety of hands-on activities; including a new Nano Simbox Augmented Reality board which showed simulations of their chosen molecules on tablet, a multi-player VR simulation of a Bucky Ball and an interactive playable textbook – merging digital and analogue experiences to create an immersive experience. We also explored how the current science curriculum can be viewed through lenses of creativity and technology, and how it could impact learning in a design-led, hands-on playful workshop.
As part of our Classroom of the Future, we were proud to bring Finnish edtech to our community. With 100% of schools in Finland being connected to the internet, it’s no surprise that Finland are renowned for being one of the most innovative countries in the world when it comes to education. This Spring, we were part of the xEdu residency in Helsinki, and along the way met many incredible edtech start-ups. We invited our friends Lyfta and Lupo World to share their future aspirations, and they also got stuck in with our discussions about global citizenship and responsibility.
A major theme that ran through the residency was co-creation. The community created 5 STEMscripts that they would like to see in their classrooms, exploring creative and scientific storytelling through art and molecular simulations. These STEMscripts were all inspired by and designed around physical experiments that our community use in their lessons. We wanted to take it one step further – enhancing experimental learning by adding a digital experience. The 5 STEMscripts covered topics such as the Haber process, the role of different fats in our diet, crystallisation and the reactivity series. As well as facilitating a creative session, we also ran this session as a competition and we voted for our favourite topic, which was the Haber process!
Over the next year we will work with the winning team and Chestnut Grove Academy in London, to turn their STEMscript into a STEMscript experience – a fully immersive physical experience based on the framework of a STEMscript, working over multiple technologies, which can include but not limited to AR, VR and tablets, involving more of the class and incorporating movement and physical props.
We like to thank all of our science educator community for their passion and commitment. After all, without you, there would be no classrooms of the future.
Applications for next year’s residency is open, so if you are in science educator and want to explore, collaborate and co-create, then join us next year on the 9 – 10th July 2018. Register now to book your place!