I have a lot of experience of science in a schools context. I am a fully qualified science teacher and worked in schools for about two years before I went back into higher education to progress towards my PhD. In the meantime I have worked as an outreach assistant at Surrey university, tutoring a number of physics students, mentoring a pupil at a local school, and running workshops and residential courses for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Schools Liaison Service.
Workshops & Talks
I took part in the March 2012 round of I’m A Scientist… and won my zone. This meant I won some money to develop an outreach activity.
The idea I have had is to buy research materials and equipment to deliver a long term project with a small group of pupils, designing their very own space mission in a free-form and pupil-led fashion. I am currently piloting the Schools Space Agency project, but would be happy to adapt it to your needs.
I much prefer the interactive format of workshops and can organise and deliver to various sizes of group at any level (with a bit of notice, that is!) on any of the subjects listed below (and probably others if you ask).
However, if you would prefer a talk I can deliver content around any of these subjects to suit your requirements. Any of these can be adapted for adult audiences.
- Our solar system (in general)
- Mars and why we should go there
- Climate change (including on other planets)
- The search for life in the universe
- Human spaceflight
- The history of space exploration
- How anybody can be a rocket scientist
- The history of the scientific method
For professional audiences
- Improving scientific presentations
- Design of visual and instructional materials
Some feedback I’ve had from my talks:
“Thank you for a tour de force yesterday. You completely held the attention of a huge crowd of children and parents of all ages, energy never flagging for one minute!…I am sure you have inspired some future astrophysicists.”
“Many thanks to
@adamhstevens for a very interesting talk tonight. Everyone (definitely myself included) found it fascinating. Thank you!”
“Adam, thanks again for a brilliant talk. The Q&A was pretty lengthy which is generally a good indicator of how engaged the audience was.”