One of my first projects since starting my role as Lead Educator in Secondary and Post-16 Sciences here at the Manchester Museum is coordinating Darwin’s Legacy A-level Study Days to be held in October and November.
These study days take place as part of our Darwin Extravaganza and will allow A-Level students to explore Darwins theory of natural selection and how his theory changed the way scientists interpret the natural world. The days start off with a series of lectures and debates from Museum and University of Manchester research scientists that will explore Darwin, Evolution and Dinosaurs!
The afternoon session will include a workshop that utilises the museum collections to understand how evidence can support theories and also an activity called Clippy Island: An Investigation into Natural Selection. Clippy Island allows students to play a game to see how adaptation created by natural variations within a species enable a population to change over time. The study days take place on Wednesday 14th October and Tuesday 10th November 2009 and places are booking fast. If you are interested in booking one of these exciting A-Level Study Days, then please do get in touch with me.
Another special event at The Manchester Museum is our Darwin Educator Preview Evening on Wednesday 21st October from 5 – 6.30pm. Come and see our new ‘Charles Darwin: evolution of a scientist’ exhibition to learn more about Charles Darwin and find out about the exciting educational opportunities for your school or college. Take part in one of our hands-on activities, handle museum objects, take a guided tour or just enjoy our exhibition. Places are limited so please RSVP to Louise before 16th October 2009.
There are so many exciting events coming up over the next year at The Manchester Museum and I am looking forward to being involved.