Making Science Make Sense

An intervention aiming to develop opportunities for primary school children in rural provinces in Mekong Delta to access to science through informal science settings based in schools.

BACK GROUND

Science can enthuse and inspire children to have better understanding about the world around them. Science also provides children opportunities to improve their future by developing their life skills. The earlier children get to practice science, the more independent and confident they become. This increasing understanding and appreciation of children for science will help them to make better decisions in their lives. Moreover, the development of Vietnam and its future depend on innovation and new approaches to health, environment and community.
Children are next generation who need to drive these innovations, and therefore, they should be the ones motivated to engage in science and it’s application to life around them.

Hands-on activities development workshop

Hands-on activities development workshop for primary school children.

As a Life Science company, Bayer has its foundation in science and innovation. This gives Bayer a unique understanding of the integral role science plays in everyday life. Bayer and its MSMS partners are dedicated to changing the way science is taught and learned both in and out of the classroom. It’s about making science more accessible and less intimidating – to children and adults.
In response, OUCRU Public Engagement Department is working with Bayer Vietnam to develop an intervention by informal learning to promote science in primary schools. We designed a project called ‘Making science make sense’ (MSMS) which aims to provide opportunities for school children to access and enjoy science. Particularly those living in provinces, many Vietnamese children have limited spaces to interact with science and hands-on science activities in an engaging and effective way.

WHAT WE DO

1. Material development

OUCRU works with scientists to develop on hands-on science activities packs for teachers and primary school students. There will be science books produced to give to school libraries and the students.

2. Training for teachers

OUCRU works with trainers and scientists to design activities on participatory teaching methods and how to use the school science packs to organise science clubs for teachers.

3. Science clubs

Schools will run science clubs for a period of 3-4 months for students aged 10-12. These activities will take place at schools every week. The teachers will carry out the clubs activities plus additional support from young ambassadors of OUCRU.

4. Hands-on science design contests

OUCRU supports schools to run their own Hands-on science design contest for teachers. Collections of good hands-on science activities designed from the contests will be added into the schools science packs and give back to schools for futher usage.

5. Science fair

Around 500 children from the 5 schools will participate in each science fair. A number of science booths will be prepared by OUCRU, Bayer Vietnam and other invited collaborators from science and education institutes for the students to experience science at this event.
Awards will be given to those teachers who joined the contest with the best hands-on science activities designs.

Students are attending a science club activity at their school.

Students are attending a science club activity at their school.

HIGHLIGHTS

3 annual teachers training workshops

15 hands-on science packs developed for teachers to organize science clubs at school

1,000 science kits and science books produced for children to practice science at home

3,000 Primary school students access to all activities of the project