STEM Conference Blasts off in Belfast

EHP_20160609_1795The world’s first international primary science education conference blasted off in Belfast at the when almost 400 delegates from across the world descended on the new Waterfront for three days of learning, networking and fun.

Hosted by the Primary Science Teaching Trust, the event was designed to break down any boundaries that stand in the way of excellent primary science teaching. Delegates had the chance to learn new teaching techniques in a fun and informative way, as well as interacting with likeminded individuals to further re-inforce the importance of teaching primary science in the curriculum.

EHP_20160609_1718There were lots of interactive activities, as well as the chance to listen to exciting presentations from well-known broadcasters Professor Alice Roberts, Professor Danielle George and the BBC’s ‘face of space’ scientist, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

Speaking at the event PSTT Director, Professor Dudley Shallcross said he hoped the conference would raise the profile of the teaching of primary science. He commented: “It’s no mistake we’re holding this event in Northern Ireland, there’s a phenomenal teaching base here.

IMG_7121“The teacher to teacher interaction is the whole purpose of a conference like this and our no boundaries, no barriers ethos is all creating transparency when it comes to research into what makes for good teaching practice. The biggest barrier facing the profession is an inability to access information but by bringing together academics, researchers and teachers at events such as this we can help find a way to break down any walls.”

It’s great to see STEM subjects being recognised in this way. This was the first time many of the teachers had been to Belfast and we hope to welcome them back to the city again soon. Check out the gallery and tag anybody that you know!

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