Events

Events and workshops for Schools

The project organises events for several hundred students on our campus to explore questions about what it means to be human with the help of leading theologians, biologists, geologists, neuroscientists and cyberneticists.

One of these was in September 2013, called “Robots, God and Free Will” and took place at the Sheldonian Theatre, the University of Oxford. It was attended by 700 students from 25 schools. Each school brought one RE and one science teacher. All the events were oversubscribed with some schools travelling four hours to attend.

  • Autumn 2012- 300 teenagers University of Reading
  • Summer 2013 – 300 teenagers University of Reading
  • Autumn 2013 – 700 teenagers and teachers Sheldonian Oxford University
  • Autumn 2014 – November 24th – 300 primary students
  • Autumn 2014 – September 24th – over 350 secondary students
  • Spring 2015 – March 11th – 350 primary students
  • Summer 2015 – June 24th – 300 secondary students
  • Autumn 2015 planned events for primary and secondary
  • Summer 2015: Residential Event for teenagers August 2015
Date Number pupils Number schools Primary/secondary
7th July 2016 120 1 Secondary
22nd June 2016 140 4 Primary
21st June 2016 41 3 Secondary
23rd May – 9th June 2 2 Teacher trainees (PG)
26th April 62 Teacher trainees (UG)
1st December 2015 220 7 Secondary
18th November 2015 270+ 5 Primary
17th November 2015 180 3 Primary
13th October 2015 39 1 Secondary

 

 

England, In school workshops

Personality Workshop – delivered by Alessia Costa, Emma Newall, Zoe Knapp and Keith Chappell

  • 9 sessions run (3 including the event day at the girls school in July)
  • All workshops were formally observed, all schools took part in the survey
  • Data collection: 9 cohorts of students from Year 10 (24 students each ca.)
  • Data collected through open-ended focus groups, 25 interviews conducted
  • See Appendix for more details

Robotics workshop – run by Berry Billingsley, Mehdi Nassaji and Martin Coath

  • 8 sessions run in a 5 schools/institutions, Year groups: Year 8, 9, 10 and 12.
  • Data was collected on a pre-and post-event short questionnaire style survey during the workshop – the ‘June event survey’ was used to collect responses to the robotics pre-workshop questions (9 questions). See Appendix for more information

Primary school workshop – run by Berry Billingsley and Martha Pipkin

  • Three schools participated with 25-30 students in each session and one was covered by a BBC Education Online reporter.  Read the full story covered by the BBC Peake practice – boosting primary science http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36577208