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House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into science practical experiments

What motivated you to study science at GCSE or A-level? Were you influenced by the opportunity to undertake practical experiments or participate in field trips? What value do you think practical experiments brought to your science education? What made science field trips really interesting for you?

These are some of the questions that the Science and Technology Committee in the House of Commons has set out to investigate. The Committee has noted press reports that the number of practical experiments in science lessons in schools and colleges and science field trips may be in decline. The Committee is conducting an inquiry into this aspect of science education and has teamed up with The Student Room to hear your thoughts and about your experiences.

Committee Chair Andrew Miller MP explains:

Your thoughts on science practical experiments?

Please use the threads below to tell the Committee about your thoughts and experiences of science practicals and field trips.

Where possible, please be specific – give your opinions, but also give examples and respond to what others have posted.

What motivated you to study science at GCSE or A-level?

In your experience, how often do/did your science lessons involve practical experiments or fieldtrips?

What value do you think practicals bring to your science education?

Your contributions will be considered by the Committee as it puts together its recommendations to the Government and may be quoted in the Committee’s final report.

About the Science and Technology Committee

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee exists to ensure that Government policy and decision-making are based on good scientific and engineering advice and evidence. The Parliament website has more information about Parliament and and the role of select committees.

You can also find out more about the Science and Technology Committee and follow the progress of its inquiry into science practicals via its website.
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