The Abingdon Science Partnership is an organisation based at (and generously supported by) Abingdon School. The aim of the Partnership is to widen access to science and to broaden participation in science across all stages of education and for the general public.
We aim to accomplish these goals by providing and/or facilitating a variety of services to increase engagement in science:
We run the British Science Association CREST Star Award programme for a number of primary and preparatory schools, exposing the youngest learners to investigative science;
We run a series of GCSE Science ‘Masterclasses’ for year 10 and year 11 students to challenge the most
Operating as usual
abingdon.org.uk 26 Apr 19 - The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the education sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the Tes Schools Awards 2019. It's been revealed that Abingdon School’s Abingdon Science Partnership has been shortlisted for the Community and Collaboratio...
For the second year running:
abingdon.org.uk 1 Apr 19 - The ATOM Festival of Science and Technology 2019 was an inspirational success, showcasing the rich variety of STEM related organisations and opportunities around Abingdon and the Science Vale.
abingdon.org.uk 15 Mar 19 - The theme of water ran through a whole day of activities involving Year 5 and 6 pupils from Buckland School and the members of the weekly Primary Science Club run by ASP Science Ambassadors.
abingdon.org.uk 26 Feb 19 - Abingdon's ATOM Festival of Science and Technology 2019 is only a few weeks away and looks to be the most exciting and varied programme of events in the Festival's history so far.
ATOM Festival of Science and Technology
Live near Abingdon? Want to get closer to science? We'd love to welcome you onto the ATOM team as one of our volunteers.
Volunteers help ATOM deliver its diverse, imaginative and family-friendly events to our community. They help people discover world-class science and technology taking place locally. And they allow everyone - young and old - to meet the companies, organisations and scientists who make it happen.
Would you like to help inspire and develop a passion for science and its potential to change the world? Would you love to rub shoulders with scientists, and do something that is fun, stimulating and looks great on your CV?
The Festival runs from March 16th - 24th, and you can do as little or as much as you want at various venues and events. Volunteers help out with ticket sales, ushering, parking, as guides and to be a friendly face at information points.
You'll get a smashing ATOM T-Shirt, get free access to at least one event of your choice - and other benefits that come from being part of one of the UK's most quirky and dynamic science festivals.
You can sign up here: http://www.atomfestival.org.uk/volunteers/ - enter dates, times and preferred tasks - and we hope to meet you soon!
Join YouTuber and #BluePeter ‘Science Guy’ Greg Foot for the story of his scientific adventure to the world’s highest pop-up lab at #Everest base camp. Amey Theatre Abingdon Abingdon Science Partnership ATOM Festival of Science and Technology http://ow.ly/8nEH30meLqR
A fascinating day with 60 students from 6 schools discussing the issue of risks to humanity with leading academic experts in the field. Lectures were delivered on The Dark Side of Technology, Microbial Attack, Asteroid Impact and The Rise of Dictatorship. The students also got to discuss the issues with the presenters in smaller groups and then feedback their ideas and observations to the audience. Following the symposium, the students will work in teams to submit a poster on the topic 'Is there a Plan-et B?' with the three best posters to be displayed at a presentation event at Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute next year
For the second time this year we have been shortlisted for a TES Award! Thank you partners.
British Antarctic Survey
Calling all teachers! We’re offering schools the chance to link up with polar researchers and experts between 3-7th December. Deadline for registering an interest: 9th November at 17:00 GMT
Follow this link for further information: https://www.bas.ac.uk/event/antarctica-week-2018-for-uk-schools/
The Orionids meteor show peaks this weekend. See http://www.abingdonastro.org.uk/aas_blog/?p=1139 for more details.
In preparation for ATOM 2019 next March, the teams from each primary school attended an inspiration day workshop co-ordinated by the Abingdon Science Partnership and hosted by the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford. http://ow.ly/2reQ30m9EVf
eventbrite.co.uk Evolutionary biologist, author and broadcaster Ben Garrod has worked across Asia and Africa with great apes and is still no closer to defining what exactly makes us 'special' as a species. In this light-hearted informative talk, Ben takes us through what it means to be human and what really sets us....
blogs.royalsociety.org The Abingdon Science Partnership Wildlife Monitoring Project5 October 2018 by Jeremy Thomas, Co-ordinator at Abingdon Science Partnership Everyone involved is thrilled to have had our Royal Society Partnership Grant proposal funded so that we can run this project, with collaboration between secondar...
Looks good for Polar Explorers!
Take a look at the refreshed discoveringthearctic.org.uk - an excellent resource for teaching/learning about the Arctic!
Today we are at Fitzharrys School with Max from the Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine creating a podcast with Y8's from Fitzharrys and Abingdon Schools. Their ideas for uses of gene editing are amazing and their grasp of the ethical issues is very perceptive. The favourite idea seems to be the possibility fo re-creating baby dragons at the moment!
To a lot of people, the Mary Rose is just a ship (well, half of one), but it is so much more than that…
The spotlight has always been on the Mary Rose herself, mainly due to the media spectacle that was her raising on 11th October 1982. Admittedly, the hull of the Mary Rose is pretty impressive now she’s upright, no longer under the constant mist of either water or Polyethylene Glycol (depending on your vintage), but there is so much more to see.
This autumn we're celebrating Diwali – the Hindu festival of light with papercraft, shadow puppetry and candlemaking In Oxford, Abingdon and Bicester at Saturday Science Club for ages 5-9 🌟
Megalodon, the giant predatory fish of nightmares, was undoubtedly a magnificently terrifying creature. It's also been the target of many claims that suggest...
What's on for secondary partners next term and beyond?
A great course on teaching Electricity for primary colleagues:
Abingdon Science Partnership
Abingdon Science Partnership's cover photo
oxfordmail.co.uk EMERALD green flames and bright pink foam spurted from glass beakers as school scientists exhibited their expertise.
This is what you can achieve when you listen to scientists!
Is this the most important weather forecast of all time? #DDay #onthisday bit.ly/2xJv1lU
What a day and what an honour to be amongst such an amazing group of dedicated colleagues from all over the country shortlisted for TES Schools Awards 2018. Great to meet our enthusiastic and committed MP in Abingdon, Layla Moran, and very special to be able to have tea in such an historic location. It was also a marvellous surprise to catch up with two colleagues from my previous school. All three of us are now at different schools and shortlisted in three different categories.
Oxbridge STEM support workshops seem to be going well - most people are smiling!
Marvellous Megan hosting her pilot Oxbridge STEM support workshop with pupils from Abingdon, St.Helen's, John Mason, Fitzharrys, Cheney and Oxford Spires as well as tutors from Oxford and Cambridge colleges and subject staff from Abingdon School and St.Helen's running sessions. It's marvellous having a Science Partnership Graduate Assistant😍
oxfordmail.co.uk MINECRAFT, polar exploration and particle physics have helped an Oxfordshire school science programme get shortlisted for a top teaching award.
Welcome to our world... Awesome! BIG fun, stimulating & contemporary music/play based classes & parties for babies and young children.
Yoga, movement & mindfulness classes for children in primary schools, nurseries & preschools. Our programme aligns with the EYFS, KS1 & KS2 curriculum to help enhance learning & development, inspire confidence & improve general wellbeing.
Catholic Independent day school for boys and girls 7-18 in Oxfordshire. Small, friendly school founded in 1860. Welcomes children of all faiths and none. Small class sizes and excellent exam results. Highly praised pastoral support and personal values.