MRC Festival of Medical Research 2019 event: Supercytes Teacher Training

MRC Festival of Medical Research 2019 event: Supercytes Teacher Training

June 2019: Donald ran a free, “sold out” interactive workshop at the University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research, to train teachers in using our “Supercytes” game-based schools’ resource, for the MRC Festival of Medical Research.

Teachers playing Supercytes

Supercytes is a game-centred resource for teachers, targeting young learners aged 9-18 (using 3 different formats).  Supercytes aims to:

  • Facilitate enhanced, engaging teaching of immunology, inflammation and infectious disease biology by primary and secondary teachers.
  • Incorporate interdisciplinary learning including numeracy, literacy, problem solving, working with others, and self-directed learning.
  • Enhance collaboration with Universities, providing science capital and confidence in STEM careers to pupils from diverse backgrounds.
  • Complement formal learning approaches with a fun, active, game-based approach, designed to reinforce key learning objectives.
  • Deliver specific Scottish Curriculum for Excellence objectives in an accessible manner, with added value and differentiation opportunities.

Supercytes playing cards

The full resource features:

  1.  Card games – designed to be genuinely fun, appeal to active learners and reinforce learning objectives in gameplay;
  2.  Professional animations – engaging, easy to remember, highly accessible, yet scientifically accurate – to improve practitioner knowledge and enable differentiation;
  3. Quizzes – to assess learning outcomes;
  4. Worksheets – to enhance teaching and/or facilitate self-directed learning;
  5. Lesson plans – specifically integrated into Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Levels 2 – 4, National 5 and Higher;
  6. Teaching presentation materials – enhancing practitioner knowledge and providing specific teaching aids applicable to SCE, but also added value and aids for differentiation;
  7.  Videos about medical research at University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research – highlighting diversity of researchers in our laboratories, to address unconscious bias and show medical research careers as real jobs for real people.

Resource packs are FREE to schools in Edinburgh and the Lothians and all trained teachers (regardless of school location) or can be purchased online.

All components are also freely downloadable under a Creative Commons Licence, on our dedicated interactive website.

Supercytes website

Supercytes cartoon screenshot

This MRC Festival of Medical Research 2019 event at the Queen’s Medical Research Institute, Edinburgh, was an interactive workshop to introduce the Supercytes resource to teachers, delivered by researchers Donald J Davidson, Richard O’Connor, Susanna Riley, Jiwon Park and Valentina Rausch, with support from Sheila Marshall.

The event was a great success and fully subscribed with a mix of Secondary School Science and Primary School teachers, and Higher Education staff participants. The participants learned to use the Supercytes resource, and apparently enjoyed playing the game as much as the pupils who have used it!

100% of attendees said that they would definitely use the Supercytes resource, and the group gave a mean rating of 6.7/7 for the quality of the workshop. Thanks to all the participants!

Teachers playing Supercytes

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