31 October 2019
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Venue: Skeel Lecture Theatre The People's Palace Mile End Road London E14NS
With a serious shortage of scientists going in to teaching and accusations that the science curriculum is overloaded and consequently dry, Becky Parker suggests bold changes to make science teaching more attractive and the experience of studying science more aligned with science as a verb, not a noun. Becky Parker will be joining the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary as a Visiting Professor.
About Becky Parker: After a physics degree and research at the University of Chicago, Becky taught in a variety of schools and found when she offered genuine research opportunities to her students they thrived in the subject, girls and boys alike. Setting up the Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) in 2015 was to scale this approach across the county and there is huge enthusiasm for authentic science from both school students and teachers. Becky returned to teaching in September 2019 as Head of Physics at Benenden School in Kent.
Becky was awarded an MBE in 2008 and in the summer of 2016, she was awarded the Kavli Education Medal from the Royal Society.