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Invitation for Teachers to our Summer Science Showcase

Calling all science teachers!

Join us for an evening of science education talks and wellbeing activities, free of charge at the Garden Museum.

Join us on Tuesday 27th June from 5.30pm for refreshments and relaxation in our courtyard garden. Learn about the plant science sessions we offer at Key Stages 3,4 and 5. We aim to inspire young people to become involved with plant science within a fascinating and unique museum setting on the banks of the river Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament.

Speakers Schedule

6.00pm Dr Andrew Carroll – Brunel University

Andrew began his career as a plant biologist, before moving into teaching and teacher education. In his talk Andrew will explain how biology teachers can explain the concept of ‘being alive’ to their students, concentrating on two metaphors, machines, and streams. Andrew will demonstrate how teleological arguments and explanations can be employed when teaching about living things. We will also consider how teleological explanations are helpful for students’ learning, even if they are ‘wrong’. Questioning if they are ‘wrong’ by considering the idea that at certain levels of organisation, living things show agency or a sense of purpose.

6.45pm Break

7.00pm Dr Giulia Carabelli – Queen Mary, University of London

Dr Giulia Carabelli is a lecturer in Social Theory in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London, and Director of the Environmental Futures programme. Her current research explores how people make home with houseplants and the potential of these affective bonds in the making of a more just environmental future.

Giulia will introduce “Cabinet Cultures”, an intervention in the Community Wall of the Garden Museum that reflects on the different “values” we attribute to plants. The display is co-curated by Giulia and Matthew Beach, an artist and doctoral researcher in the School of Geography at Queen Mary. The project was developed in collaboration with Sarah Gardner, a botanical illustrator, and Emma Angold a content creator.  Giulia will discuss the background of the project and its research questions, the methodology adopted, and she will invite the audience to share their views on the values of plants in their life.

7.30pm   Drinks, light refreshment, an opportunity to make energy balls and herbal hand creams, view current exhibitions at the Garden Museum and climb the Medieval Tower with its views across the Thames.

To RSVP please email samia@gardenmuseum.org.uk.

Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB

0207 401 8865

Top image: Courtyard garden at the Garden Museum, image (c) Eva Nemeth, Gardens Illustrated
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