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Summer 2013

05/07/13  |  London

Beyond Biology - Plants in STEM subjects: Technology & Engineering

Always looking to increase and inspire the up-take of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects in schools, botanic gardens provide great outdoor learning sites to use plants to encourage inquiry-based learning for a wide range of subjects (not just biology!). This series of posts will look at how plants can be related to the subjects of chemistry, physics, maths, and, starting this week: Technology and Engineering...

27/06/13  |  London

The State of Nature

Last month saw the publication of an unprecedented report on the state of UK wildlife. 25 wildlife organisations came together to compile an extensive stocktake of native wildlife, assessing the status of a staggering 3,148 species. And the results weren’t pretty… Inspiring the next generation of conservationists is key to combating long-term biodiversity loss. Could IBSE contribute to this by helping people to explore, understand, and develop an appreciation for the natural world?

27/06/13  |  London

Inquisitive students ‘grow clothes’ from plants and fungus

In an inquiry-related eco-project four teenage students experiment with ‘growing’ their own clothes using plant-based materials.

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What is the biggest barrier to implementing IBSE in your practice?

Concern that I might lose control over the class during IBSE activities
Knowing which questions to ask to facilitate the IBSE activity
Changing from a didactic approach to an inquiry-based approach
Concern that the students will not be able to carry out the IBSE activities
Lack of confidence in delivering IBSE


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