Science at Work is a collaboration between the Primary Science Teaching Trust, Spectrum Drama and St. Mary's University to create opportunities to meet past and present scientists and to learn more about people who do jobs that use science.

Series 2 - now launched!

In this new series PSTT is creating two page activity sheets about past scientists or people who worked in science related jobs, and opportunities to ‘meet’ them will be available to book through Spectrum Drama. The activity sheets include information, links to find out more, and spaces for children to write and draw, and to record questions they would like to ask the scientist.

Explore Black History with the first in this series: Science at Work – meet Mary Seacole.

To celebrate Mary’s birthday on 23rd November, Spectrum Drama are offering three sessions to meet her at the special introductory price of £60.

How to ‘meet’ Mary Seacole – key information:

  • Session date and times: 23rd November at 10.30, 12.00 and 13.30
  • One school per session and schools can include as many children as they wish
  • Children’s questions for Mary can be sent to Spectrum Drama in advance of the session
  • All bookings should be made through Spectrum Drama's website, alternatively please email enquiries@spectrumdrama.com.

Only three sessions available so book quickly to avoid disappointment! If demand is high Spectrum Drama may offer further sessions. Please visit their website for updates about this.

Note that children’s questions cannot be submitted to PSTT: all arrangements for meeting the scientist need to be made by schools contacting Spectrum Drama direct. Any questions about the process for booking a session to meet the scientist should also be addressed to Spectrum Drama.

About Series 1 of Science at Work: a set of six activity sheets to accompany videos in which past scientists (played by an actor) and present scientists talk about their work and answer questions submitted by children. There is a two page activity sheet for each scientist with information about them and what they do, plus lots of links to related topics and activities. Children are encouraged to think of questions they would like to ask the scientist and although there is no longer an opportunity for them to send them in, the children are quite likely to hear the scientist answer the same or a similar question when they watch the video. NB: if you are unable to access Facebook, you can view the videos here.

PSTT has been pleased to work collaboratively with Spectrum Drama on a number of Science at Work activities. It should be noted that PSTT does not have any input into Spectrum Drama's content, programme or any of their offerings to schools, nor does PSTT have any financial agreement with, nor commercial interest in Spectrum Drama. Whilst we hope you enjoy your school's experience, PSTT accepts no liability for, and is unable to comment on, arrangements made between any school and Spectrum Drama.


ACTIVITY SHEETS

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7. MEET Mary Seacole

A chance to 'meet' the nurse behind the lines during the Crimean War

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6. MEET TWO ENGINEERS

A chance to meet a civil engineer and a structural engineer

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6. MEET TWO ENGINEERS PROJECT SHEET

Find out more about Jyoti and Alisa's projects

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5. MEET ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL

Meet the 'greatest engineer that has ever lived'

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4. MEET TWO SPACE SCIENTISTS

Meet a climate scientist and a space physicist

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3. MEET GENE CERNAN

'Meet' the last man ever to walk on the moon

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2. MEET TWO DOCTORS

A chance to meet a viral immunologist and a hospital doctor

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1. Meet Florence Nightingale

Learn about the 'Lady of the lamp'

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VIDEO LINKS


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6. MEET TWO ENGINEERS

  • The structural engineer talks about building different structures using examples from real projects, e.g. the velodrome in the Olympic Park in London, and she explains how bridges stand up. The civil engineer tells us about what being a civil engineer is like, and she talks about her role on a construction site, e.g. the new London Bridge Station.

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5. MEET ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL

  • This great engineer tells us about some of his most famous projects – the Albert Bridge, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and his series of steamships.

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4. Meet a Trainee Astronaut and a Climate Scientist

  • The trainee astronaut talks about the different challenges of becoming an astronaut as well as about her project to find out more about the planet Mercury. The climate scientist tells us how she uses space weather to understand events on planet Earth, and she shows us how we can make our own instruments to measure the weather.

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3. MEET GENE CERNAN

  • The last man to walk on the moon describes this exciting mission and talks about surviving in space, including how to drink a glass of water and how to go to the toilet.

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2. MEET A Junior Hospital Doctor and Viral Immunologist

  • The hospital doctor tells us about what she does at work and how they are looking after patients, including those with covid-19. The immunologists explains some of the science of viruses, how our bodies defend ourselves against them, and how vaccination works.

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1. Meet Florence Nightingale

  • The content of this video relates to the context we are in today with covid-19. Florence discusses the importance of hand-washing and the legacy of this.

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Safety Notice and Disclaimer


PSTT advises teachers to refer to either the CLEAPSS website or SSERC website for up to date health and safety information when planning practical activities for children.

PSTT is not liable for the actions or activities of any reader or anyone else who uses the information in these resource pages or the associated classroom materials. PSTT assumes no liability with regard to injuries or damage to property that may occur as a result of using the information contained in these resources. PSTT recommends that a full risk assessment is carried out before undertaking in the classroom any of the practical investigations contained in the resources. Please note that PSTT has created the Science at Work videos for children from aged 4 to 11 to watch with a parent, carer or teacher. PSTT recommends to any adult concerned that children might be sensitive to the content of the video, that they watch it in advance of showing it to the children.

All materials are ©Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) and are freely available to download and share for educational purposes. Whilst educators are free to adapt the resources to suit their own needs, acknowledgement of copyright on all original materials must be included. Rights to images included in the resource have been purchased for PSTT use only – as such, these images may only be used as part of this resource and may not copied into or used in other materials.

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