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OPAL Open Air Laboratories Train the Trainers
Fri 28 April 2017, 09:30 – 15:00 BST
The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) is an UK wide citizen science project that helps everyone take part in meaningful scientific research in their local area. We have eight different environmental topics from air pollution to mini beasts and the surveys are perfect for use with primary or secondary schools as first step into environmental monitoring and outdoor learning.
All of our surveys are Curriculum for Excellence linked and involve numeracy and literacy as well as scientific field skills. After taking part, pupils can send their data back to our OPAL scientists helping them find out more about the health of the UK environment.
In this training you'll be introduced to Citizen Science and find out why it's a great way of teaching scientific skills and enthusing young people about the world around them. We'll show you a host of great, free curriculum linked resources for your school, and in the afternoon we'll be getting hands on with some of the activities your pupils can take part in. We hope you'll leave enthused and full of ideas you can take back to your classroom and school grounds to take your science learning outdoors.
At least part of the day will be spent outdoors come rain or shine, please come dressed appropriately for spending time outside. Light refreshments will be available throughout out the day. Lunch will not be provided.