The ‘Robots, God and Free Will’ event organised by the project on 25th September 2012 at the University of Reading attracted over 300 students and teachers from 16 schools. The Event was covered by BBC Breakfast and their story was broadcast on 17th October to 1.5 million viewers. It was then transmitted again on BBC World News and BBC Newsround on the 18th October. BBC World News is received by 330 million households around the world. The story is also available on the BBC News website which is visited by an audience of 8.5 million. The BBC News coverage can be viewed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19974380
Additional Media Coverage
- BERA Most teenagers “believe they have a soul” 14 September 2016
- Christian Today Most English secondary pupils believe we have souls, less sure about God 14 September 2016
- The Yorkshire Post Most secondary school pupils think people have souls and life has a purpose 14 September 2016
- BBC World Service Radio Click 2 July 2016 Do Robots Think? http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03yzgyz
- BBC Education Online Peake practice – boosting primary science 23 June 2016 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36577208
- Radio Berkshire Matt Allwright Show 16 April 2016 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03q3llv#play, Interview 48:22-54:23.
- Radio Berkshire interview with Paul Ross about science and big questions on the 15th February 2016, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03gtcd8#play
- Radio Berkshire Interview with Phil Kennedy on Big Questions raised by science on the 12th February 2016. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03gmfz5
- BBC Radio Berkshire One hour guest-slot, Anne Diamond Programme, : the value for students of exploring questions bridging science and religion in contexts chosen to interest the general listener. September 16th 2015
- BBC Radio Berkshire Half-hour radio interview with presenter Paul Ross on Saturday 20th June 2015 at 10am to talk about early findings from our research in primary schools and children’s responses to the event on 10th June. The focus for the interview was the value of providing children with opportunities to ask big questions from an early age.
- Times Educational Supplement on ways of teaching evolution in primary schools, promoting the website. Published in TES magazine on 8 May 2015 https://www.tes.com/news/tes-archive/tes-publication/a-new-age-dawns-evolution-primary-schools
- BBC TV News – BBC South, 12 November 2014, coverage of the Primary Schools Event: “It’s long been a “hot potato” in multi-faith education. From next September ALL year 6 pupils, that’s age 10, will be taught evolution as part of the national curriculum. Whilst there are worries that the subject may prove difficult at such a young age, one of the South’s Universities says Religion and Science need not be so much at odds with each other…and has set out to prove it. What do you think?” https://www.facebook.com/BBCSouthToday/videos/735387349885191/
- BBC Radio Berkshire (30 min interview on 13th Nov) following event for primary schools
- BBC Radio Berkshire (short item on Saturday 16th Nov) following event for primary schools
- The Reading Chronicle (print and online feature November 2014) reporting event for primary schools
- The Reading Post (print getreading.co.uk and online feature October 2012 and November 2014) reporting events for schools
University of Reading leads the way on teaching evolution
The topic has been added to the Year Six primary school curriculum and will be mandatory in all schools in the UK from next year
Robots and religion under investigation at Reading university
What does it mean to be human? Can a robot ever be essentially human with its own mind and free will?
- Phys.org November 2014 reporting event for primary schools
- BBC TV World News 17 October 2012 The University of Reading has been trying to revolutionise the way science is seen by schoolchildren, giving hundreds of teenagers the opportunity to think outside the constraints of the curriculum.
- BBC News Education 30 November 2012
Teaching evolution key to free school funding deal
- Schools Week 12 October 2014
Secondary school teachers’ perspectives on teaching about topics that bridge science and religion
Christian astronomer shortlisted for Mars trip
Teenagers want to explore science and faith, says survey
- The Guardian 29 July 2010
What students really think about God
- Mirror 5 February 2015
US priest wants to convert ROBOTS to religion – says ‘Christ’s redemption’ shouldn’t be limited to humans
Primary Science Number 135 Nov/Dec 2014
What is the ‘one thing’ you should know before teaching about evolution?
Berry Billingsley tackles the thorny question of what to say to children about evolution and religion
Primary Science Number 127 March/April 2013
The Nature of Science
Berry Billingsley provides some ideas on ways to teach and conduct discussions about science and religion in schools
REtoday Autumn 2014 Volume 32 Number 1
Friends, rivals or pen pals?!
Thinking creatively about religion and science
School blogs and magazines
- Moorland Primary School Year 6 trip to Reading University JUN22 2016
On Wednesday, 22nd June year 6 visited the University of Reading London Road campus to take part in a day organised by LASAR (Learning about science and religion) We took part in sessions including: illusions and how brains can be tricked; why we are unique and we debated if we should ‘recreate dinosaurs from DNA – after making DNA helices from sweets and what miracles are and can they be explained by science?
The Allanian 2015 Autumn 2015
LASAR Residential – Learning about science and religion
Article written for school magazine by a student who attended the LASAR residential prorgramme.
Impact Highlight – UK curriculum
The recommendations that LASAR made to the RE Council to include objectives relating to science and religion in the new RE curriculum framework in England and Wales were accepted.
Key Stage 2 (Primary)
- Pupils discuss different perspectives on questions about the beginnings of life on Earth, so that they can describe different ways science and religions treat questions of origins
Key Stage 3 (Secondary school age 11-14)
- Students develop insight into and understanding of why some people argue that science and religion can be compatible and others argue that they cannot
- Students develop their skills in reasoning and constructing arguments by debating questions and dilemmas about the nature of human life and the moral responsibilities of being human.
- Students consider philosophical, ethical and religious questions about what it means to be human, for example questions posed in relation to the development of new medical technologies.