Pre-school science engagement activities survey

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Project aims:

Science from the Start provides science-based play learning activities for pre-school aged children (and primary school age children where appropriate) and their parents/carers, and information and support for adults to facilitate their children's science-based learning and build their confidence in doing so.

Objectives:

This survey was set up to gather information, experiences and views regarding current provision of science engagement activities for pre-school aged children, and the need for and interest in such activities.

Summary of activity:

A survey was set up and distributed to potentially interested people (e.g. parents, researchers, science communicators, educators and childcare providers) via email lists and social media.

Evaluation approach:

What went well:

1. A sufficient number of responses were received to enable analysis of results.

2. Responses were received from people from a wide range of demographic, geographical and scientific backgrounds.

3. Feedback via the survey regarding the aims of the project was overwhelmingly positive.

What was learned:

1. Results supported findings of previous work (e.g. by the Wellcome Trust) and an internet-based series of queries made through this project that such informal learning opportunities and resource provision for pre-school age children is rare in the UK.

2. Some respondents reported engagement activities (usually in major cities) that provided useful and interesting resources and contacts.

3. Such activities are routinely available in other countries, which provide a useful source of information.

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About this project

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Started (approximately):

March 2014

Ended: (approximately)

July 2014

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Laura Hobbs
Science from the Start

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