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The Charles Darwin Trust works closely with the English Heritage Education team on education projects at Down House, Darwin's home in the Kent countryside. We extend a special invitation to selected primary and secondary schools for our Origin Day for Schools event so that they can experience Darwin Inspired workshops in Darwin's own house and gardens. Origin Day is held in November on or near the anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species.
Young Experimental Scientists @ Swindon Academy is a Darwin Inspired Transition project now into its third year. The culmination of this programme are two consecutive Darwin Days in the summer term when the Key Stage 3 classes at the Academy mentor Key Stage 2 pupils from feeder schools as they work through experiments, inspired by Darwin's work.
Darwin Inspired Learning at the Harris Federation of South London Schools enters its second year in 2012. Programmes include a STEM event for Key Stage 3, when classes from all the 12 secondary academies will participate in workshops over two days during National Science and Engineering Week. We also collaborated with the Federation and the South London Botanical Institute to provide an inspirational CPD day for post-16 biology teachers. The day introduced teachers to the Trust's new A-level biology programme and resources, which will soon be available online. Some of the resources had their first use at an excellent hands-on student workshop at Imperial College Reach Out Lab. The Trust has been working with Exscitec to develop this enrichment workshop for Yr 12 biology students tackling taxonomy, phylogeny and microscopy. Harris Academy students took part in workshops throughout October 2011 that introduced these important topics and explored how new technology is influencing this important science.
We have also worked with Shropshire Wildlife Trust; Reading University; Wigmore Hall; Natural History Museum; London Borough of Bromley; Science Learning Centres; The Garden Classroom; the London Borough of Islington; Prof David Kohn; John Ross, specialist pigeon breeder; Darwin Digital Library of Evolution, American Museum of Natural History.
If you would like to know any more about these programmes or about working with the Trust please use the Contact us button at the top of the page.