Evolution in Action; taking evolution research to the classroom

A group of postdocs and PhD students in the Department of Biological Sciences, we run evolution-based workshops at schools and events to allow students to engage with real scientists carrying out evolutionary research in Finland. Our workshops are based on our own research and include practical activities designed to promote critical thinking skills, and inquiry-based learning.

In 2017 we received funding from the ESEB Outreach Initiative that allowed us to take our workshops to schools around Finland.

We are also working with the teacher education program at the University to create instruction packs to allow teachers to run our workshops themselves. We hope to create high-quality content that helps teachers gain confidence presenting scientific ideas, while also linking with the new Finnish Science curriculum.