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Inspiring the UK’s next generation of scientists from home

13/05/20

Emma Lynn
Director of Corporate Affairs, Pfizer UK

 
With the Easter holidays behind us and children settling into the summer term, it’s more important than ever that we keep students engaged, inspired and enthused by science while learning from home during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

At Pfizer, we want to support teachers and parents as much as possible to ensure STEM learning can continue as studies move from the classroom to the home. In fact, it’s vital now more than ever that young people understand and are passionate about science. We are living through an unprecedented time in our history, and for many children they are experiencing something that generations before them haven’t. What better time than now to inspire the next crop of budding UK scientists.


Making slime with the KS2 'Medicine and Me' home-learning resources.

It may be an unprecedented time, but it can also be a very confusing one for children, especially adapting to new ways of learning away from the classroom. In response to these new challenges, we recognise that Pfizer can play an important role through providing virtual support for teachers and parents within the home. In order to support, we’ve been working with The National Schools Partnership to adapt our superbugs and vaccines schools education programme to be suitable for home learning. 

The teaching resources explore two highly topical themes. The ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ materials outline practical ways to prevent the spread of infection, introduce concepts such as the inappropriate use and misuse of antibiotics and the role of vaccines in preventing disease. The ‘Science in a Box’ resources aim to demystify the making of a medicine; inviting students to learn about medicine development through e-learning modules and virtual puzzles. The curriculum linked materials are available for remote use by students, teachers and parents and the modules cover ages 5-14 years.

Since their launch in 2017 our classroom materials have proven hugely popular with schools the length and breadth of the country. During a time of considerable upheaval, we want to continue to play an active part to ensure that parents, students and teachers are as well equipped for home learning as they can be. By redesigning our resources, we hope students and parents alike will continue to be engaged with and inspired by science. Pfizer has a proud history of working with schools and hope these new digital resources will allow us to continue this important work.

Over the coming weeks, we will also be creating new materials aimed at helping students understand the science behind viruses and pandemics so they can ultimately feel more knowledgeable about the current pandemic.

Now available for home-learning

As part of our response efforts to the coronavirus outbreak, we have adapted our lesson materials to enable children to participate online from home:

 
 

 

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Find out more about Pfizer's global efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Working alongside the PSHE Association and National Schools Partnership, 'Superbugs: Join the fight' is designed to help raise awareness of antibiotic resistance to school children.

 

‘Science in a Box’ was created for students to learn more about medicine development, the role of the pharmaceutical industry and to demonstrate the range of career opportunities that exist in the pharmaceutical industry..

 

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