Inspiring Minds – Real World Problems

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Delivery Partner

Canterbury Christ Church University


TBC with school


TBC with school

Year Groups

12, 13

Delivery style

Face to Face - in school, Virtual Delivery

Group size

Class size


Each sessions last between 6090 minutes

Part of a series


About the activity

What is and should be the role of science in helping us to answer some of the problems we are facing in society today? These workshops with epistemic insight support students to investigate the powers and limitations of science through the lens of a real-world problem, and through mock committees students develop their understanding of the importance of multidisciplinary thinking. In these sessions we develop young people’s interest in how science applies to real-world problems with interactive, engaging and thought-provoking activities.

Each session lasts between 60-90 mins and can be delivered in school or virtually.

• Climate Change Challenge
Students will form a committee tasked with deciding how to cut greenhouse gas emissions, exploring the different ways that science impacts real-world decision making.

• Vaccinating Covid-19
Through a mock ‘SAGE’ advisory group exercise, students will find out how different disciplines can help guide decisions about vaccination.

• Saviour Siblings
Students will investigate scientific and ethical issues concerning an innovative new genetic selection treatment with implications for how we think about human personhood.

• Sustainability and Survival
Through engaging with the new challenges of caring for our planet, students will discuss the connections between different types of knowledge, including science and religion.

• Robots and Responsibility
Can robots be held responsible for their actions? Students will role-play a legal consultation involving AI, engaging with the complexities of the law around advanced technology.

• Driverless Cars
Students will form a committee tasked with implementing driverless cars safely, considering the different kinds of knowledge needed to make complex decisions.

Subject areas

Politics and International Relations
Religious Studies, Theology and Ethics

Activity themes

Broadening Horizons and Aspirations
Understand and Develop Academic Knowledge and Soft Skills

Gatsby benchmarks

7. Encounters with further and higher education

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