The Festival of Science, run by the British Association for the Advancement of Science, which opens in York from September 9-15, will offer a number of education-related events in its programme, discussing the latest developments in science with the public.
One such event, entitled "Engaging young people with science through practical work both in and out of school", will examine an initiative to reverse the trend of falling numbers studying science post-16 by providing greater engagement with practical science pre-16. This has been achieved through greater use of field trips and school clubs within the school environment, and giving an enhanced role to science centres and external schemes that highlight how technology, engineering and maths are used in industry and research. Allied to this event is another, "Girls in physics", which discusses ways of making physics fashionable.
A presentation on "Reading and human progress" will look at how reading difficulties can impact upon an individual's development and present new evidence of the efficacy of early language intervention, the techniques involved, and how they can quickly be put into practice.