Our projects

This sample of our most current innovative projects which are underpinned with educational research. These demonstrate how we work in partnership with teachers to create and support school clusters across Greater Manchester. We are proud to collaborate with other organisations, charities and Learned Societies to bring these projects to teacher networks across Greater Manchester.

  • Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2016 - SUPERCHARGED: Fuelling our future

    Resources for Primary School Teachers

    The 2016 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures were presented by Professor Saiful Islam Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath.

    In each  of the three lectures, Professor Islam explores a big question – what is energy and where does it come from, how can we best make use of it, and how can we store energy to use later on? Along the way, the lectures cover the energy that powers our homes, the energy that powers our cars and see how the most important machine of them all, the human body, compares to all the gadgets we carry around with us.

    SEERIH partnered with the Royal Institution to create a set of resources for primary school teachers that complement the lectures and will inspire primary school children.

    Karl Byrne, Christmas Lectures Manager at the RI said of working with SEERIH:

    "It has been a pleasure working with Lynne and her team at SEERIH. Their experience and passion in primary education is second to none and they have created excellent curriculum resources to go alongside our Christmas Lectures. These resources help open up the Lectures to a new audience and help educate and inspire primary school children in  a wide range of science topics. The resources they created are a great benefit to any teachers planning science lessons and go beyond simply explaining facts, but get the students to think like a scientist . I would highly recommend SEERIH to anyone interested in primary education."

    The resources are available to download below.

    Lecture 1: Let There Be Light!

    In his first lecture, Saiful investigates one of the most important challenges facing humankind – how to generate energy without destroying the planet in the process

     Lecture 2: People Power

    In his second Royal Institution Christmas Lecture, chemist Saiful Islam continues his exploration of one of the most important questions facing humankind – how to generate and use energy. In this lecture he investigates how humans as living pulsing machines actually use energy, asking whether it’s possible to ‘supercharge’ the human body and increase its performance. 

     Lecture 3: Fully Charged

    In this year’s final Royal Institution Christmas Lecture, chemist Saiful Islam explores of one of the most important issues facing the modern world – how to store energy. 

     

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  • 2015 How to Survive in Space

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    Download and enjoy learning with Dr Kevin Fong about how to survive in space.  These resources link to the 2015 Royal Insitution CHRISTMAS LECTURES which we developed three primary science and engineering focused activities aimed at junior school children.

    Lecture 1: Lift off - This lesson for students aged 7-11 is about life on extremely long space journeys, and how toprovide enough food and water to keep astronauts going.Teachers Notes 1‌ Lift Off Powerpoint  

    Lecture 2: Life in Orbit - This lesson for students aged 7-11 is about what it's like to live in space, and what needs to be done to keep people alive in space. Teachers Notes 2 In orbit ppt

    Lecture 3: The New Frontier - This lesson for students aged 7-11 is about life on extremely long space journeys, and how to provide enough food and water to keep astronauts going. This lesson for students aged 7-11 is about life on extremely long space journeys, and how to provide enough food and water to keep astronauts going. Teachers Notes 3 New Frontier Powerpoint ‌

     

  • 2014 Sparks will fly

    Explore how the spark of your imagination and some twenty first century tinkering can change the world with Prof Danielle George in the 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES. Download three primary science and engineering focused activities aimed at aged 7-8, 8-9, 10-11 year olds.

    The Light Bulb Moment

    Download "The Light Bulb Moment" Teacher guidance notes (PDF, 315KB)

    Download "The Light Bulb Moment" Powerpoint (PPT, 5.6MB)

    Making Contact

    Download "Making Contact" Teacher guidance notes (PDF, 238KB)

    Download "Making Contact" Powerpoint (PPT, 5.3MB)

    A New Revolution

    Download "A New Revolution" Teacher guidance notes (PDF, 310KB)

    Download "A New Revolution" Powerpoint (PPT, 7MB)

  • Tinker Tailor Robot Pi

    This project explores how through a partnership approach between primary and secondary teachers, and University engineers we can respond to the project question:

    How do we embrace engineering education and an ethos of tinkering using computer science, design and technology and the science curriculum?

    The proposition is that together (teachers, curriculum developers, engineers and enthusiasts) we can develop, trial and refine learning approaches/experiences that can work to ‘plug’ the gaps in school classroom practice so that computer science is actively and genuinely used to enhance science and technology, and indeed make real ‘what it means to be an engineer’.

    Download the project overview (PDF, 120KB)

    Read the Tinker Tailor Robot Pi Report

    Link to the Royal Academy of Engineering's School Resources at http://www.raeng.org.uk/education/schools/teaching-and-learning-resources‌‌

    Tinker Tailor Robot Pi2 is currently underway with twelve schools across Greater Manchester, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering, The Comino Foundation and The University of Winchester. To find out more email: jonathan.chippindall@manchester.ac.uk or lynne.bianchi@manchester.ac.uk

  • Working Wonders

    Exploring the role of wonder in the primary science classroom

    This 6-month project extended the successful work of the Top Marks project.  Primary teachers asked:

    • What will encouraging children to talk about their wonders bring to the science classroom?
    • What is our role as teachers in a child's 'wonderings'?

    Download the Working Wonders article (PDF, 5.3MB)

  • Scientific Weaving

    Cocreating science learning experiences by weaving together subject knowledge and enquiry skills with academic scientists

    This project focused on:

    • exploring how the practice of science in the primary classroom can be enriched when teachers work in partnership with scientists.
    • enhancing teacher’s subject knowledge in aspects of Chemistry
    • developing coconstructed experiences for children that weave together the science process skills, science subject knowledge and children’s own questions

    The Scientific Weaving review will become available for dowload soon.

  • Smart Scientists

    De-constructing what it really means to work scientifically and the implications for the teaching of science in schools

    Like its sister project, Scientific Weaving, Smart Scientists is driven by the desire to further explore what it means for primary children to 'work scientifically', 'to be a scientist'.  Although there are skills mapped out in our new National Curriculum for Science 2013, this project partnered teachers with research scientists and engineers from across the University of Manchester (mechanical engineers, cancer researchers and palaeontologists) to ask what it really means to be a scientist.

    Download the paper that relates to Smart Scientists (PDF, 509KB)

  • SK4

    Developing Scientific Capital through the School Community

    Take 4 primary schools in Stockport who are committed to exploring and developing children’s skills and understanding of working scientifically and encourage them to seek out and develop the Scientific Capital in their communities.  Through the 5 E’s Instructional Model: Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend (or Elaborate), and Evaluate teachers will work alongside scientists and engineers to deconstruct what it means to be a scientist, exploring where science is in our communities, who is a scientist, what is science, why there is science and how we do science.

    Download the project overview (PDF, 130KB)

  • In the Thick of It

    ‌‌Exploring the use of digital media as a tool for enhancing formative assessment of working scientifically in primary science teaching

    Working with 10 primary schools in North Manchester and Stockport this project will consider the implications of using more digital media and generally make more of the technological opportunities in the classroom when learning science. It will question whether this will better enable teachers to catch what is happening when the children are ‘in the thick of it’ so that…

    • …we improve our accuracy in measuring achievement of working scientifically
    • …we enhance opportunities to assess each child in each class
    • …we increase children’s engagement in science learning through attractive/engaging recording processes.

    Download the project overview (PDF, 220KB)

    Download the In the Thick of It Summary

     

  • Deep Dives

    The 'dives' provide opportunity to support primary school senior leaders to consider the status of science teaching and learning in their school. Working alongside consultants with experience in the field, the Deep Dives approach aims to:

    • explore the delivery of science across a school using informed and 'knowledgeable' others to evaluate activity with SLT
    • use the PSQM framework as a structure for evaluation, in order that the schools see value in the experience in a very practical way
    • consider with SLT the strengths and areas for development for science teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Making Space for Me

    A collaboration between the University of Manchester and the Ideas Foundation, funded by the UK Space agency.

    This project aimed to:

    • elicit children, teacher, parent and scientists perceptions of what it is to be a space scientist
    • increase awareness of the range of careers and career routes available in the space sector by partnering young people and their teachers with leading professionals in space science jobs..
    • The project will impact on young people and their whole school communities by raising the profile of science and having real-life interactions with scientists within their own localities.

    The project worked to enhance the visibility of science in the world around them and their lives. 

    Teachers from 6 primary schools across Greater Manchester worked to co-create promotional resources to profile what it means to be a space scientist. The videos you can see here will be of interest to primary and secondary schools, families and careers advisers. Enjoy watching our Making Space for Me video above and don’t forget to let us know what you thought on Twitter @UoMSEERIH

  • Robot Orchestra 2016

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    Join the quest to make the recycled Manchester Robot Orchestra. Take part by recycling, sharing skills and collaborating to make musical robots.


    The Manchester Robot Orchestra is an experiment to bring people together to create, collaborate and care for the planet. It was dreamed up by engineer, Professor Danielle George and citizen science innovator, Dr Erinma Ochu based at Manchester University. They were inspired by people making instruments from recycled materials and The Robot Orchestra that features as part of Danielle’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. http://richannel.org/christmas-lectures/2014/sparks-will-fly-how-to-hack-your-home

     Feel supported by viewing four videos designed to get you started with the Crumble Controller and Raspberry Pi! The bit boxes that include all the components you need are available at the Robot Hack Day on the 17th May 2016 at the University of Manchester. Contact alison.mcmurray@manchester.ac.uk to find out more.

    Watch the videos

    CRUMBLE CONTROLLER KIT (contents list here: Crumble Bit Box)

     PI CONTROLLER KIT:

    https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxWzY5MJgRLzOU5iZXdkS2x3c1U&usp=drive_web&tid=0BxWzY5MJgRLzUUVfYng0dDBicDQ 

     

  • Great Science Share

    Manchester is the European City of Science - 6th July 2016 GREAT SCIENCE SHARE was a 'great' success!!!

    We wish to thank everyone involved - teachers, schools, children, parents, partner organisations, the University and many more supporters of what was a truly engaging and inspiring event. Provisional date for next year's conference is 5th July 2017 so please save the date!

    Watch the video here

    Read all about the event here  http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/pupils-join-forces-celebrate-science-11581802 

    You can still find the full details on the website. Below we offer you the brilliantly composed Great Primary Science Share Song that has been written for us by Dr Sam Illingworth from Manchester Metropolitan University (lyrics) and Steve Pickett (music) from Halle Education. We were deeply honoured and proud that this collaboration has resulted in such a super performance on the day.

    Download the Song lyrics and score here.

     

    Science Song Lyrics Hear it here

    Science Song Score  ‌Hear it here

    Science Song Score for Piano 

     

  • Stelllarium

    Stellarium is a collaboration between SEERIH & Dance Manchester.

    It is a new youth dance performance project bringing the arts and science together through dance.

    The choreography is based on the knowledge of leading University of Manchester astrophysicists, Dr Rowan Smith & Dr Helen Mason on the subject of how stars are formed and ‘our star’, the Sun. This has then been interpreted into movement by Greater Manchester based choreographer, Bridget Fiske.

    In the year that Manchester is the European City of Science 2016, participants from the Derby High School, Falinge Park High School and Wright Robinson College will perform ‘Stellarium’ at Manchester Day, The Great Science Share, and Signatures Youth Dance trail 2016 as part of U.Dance at the Lowry.

    Stellarium is a partnership project with Science & Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub. Dr Lynne Bianchi, Head of SEERIH said, “This project is really fascinating in itself. It’s bringing together a leading scientist with a dance choreographer and a brilliant group of schools to take an aspect of contemporary science and make it more understandable to lots of different people…”

    It is also being supported by The Lowry/U.Dance and Walk The Plank/Manchester Day.

    Special thanks to: Deb Asby & Clare Brennan, Dance Manchester; Dr Rowan Smith, Norman Lockyer Fellow at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, which is part of the University of Manchester and to Dr Helen Mason OBE of The University of Cambridge. With additional support from Prof Philippa Browning at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester.

    Twitter: @stellariummcr

    Choreographer: Bridget Fiske

    Dancers: Thank you to Joe Delaney and James Rosenthal for their contributions to movement.

    Film-maker: Michael Donaghy

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