1. Register to the platform at page
2. Contact the local coordinator from the country where you live/travel (you will receive the email with the contacts of local coordinators)
3. If you are interested to help with the organization contact us and we will include you to the slack channel of Lecturers without borders.

Content of the lecture

The lecture is on some nice theory with some nice application – you talk about both.
The application has strong connection to something well-known for the students.
The lecture is 90% clear for any good student of the class (10% remains a mystery) – at least half of the lecture is clear for everyone who listens, regardless of how good they are.

Presentation

You are not too fast and adapt the tempo to the class – students are allowed to ask questions during the lecture.
You use different formats (theory explanation, example calculation, experiment, short video etc. – always more pictures than formulas).
You ask short questions and give short tasks (short problems to think over for 5-10 minutes, but no long calculations) during the lecture.

General remarks: scientific lectures in schools

1. When talking about any scientific subject the most important is to make children interested.  As V.Arnold, famous mathematician, was saying,  it is the most important, to make children to be  able to look at some simple yet interesting problems by themselves, so that they would be able to learn to think by themselves.
2. It is important to explain something in a simple way. It does not mean everything should look easy, however, children need to understand, what they are told about and believe that they can try to solve it.
One can also look at L’oreal  program from France, who organized lectures by researchers in schools around the globe.
(Foto from A.Flerov)

 

How to create material for lectures ?

Educational materials produced by professionals is essential. Therefore, is it very useful to establish the right connections.

For example, booklets created by the environmental education department at Bogor university (IPB) in Indonesia is adapted to local curricula. Thanks to SciEd network, such books were donated to our local partner (MAPALA Singinjai Jambi) and can then be used for inspiring SciEd lecturers.

 

 

 

Another source of inspiration comes from our own research and scientific material.

For example, figures from a scientific publication (here, Foster et al (2011) showing lateral sections through primary forest and oil palm plantation in Sabah) can be used as pattern for colorful drawings.

Example of material for lectures created by SciEd can be downloaded:
https://networkscied.wordpress.com/fields/material-scied-lectures/

 


 

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