Lightyear Foundation works to make science education more accessible for children in the UK, so that more children have the opportunity to explore, get excited by, and gain a deeper understanding of science. We help to break down the barriers to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) participation for disabled children, at the same time using science to help them to deal with specific challenges and development issues.
Sensory Science is an immersive, creative sensory experience breaking down the barriers to science participation for disabled children. Led by drama professionals, we use entertaining science experiments as a way to teach life skills. We use space exploration, for example, to help disabled children cope with unexpected outcomes and make choices, while our biology workshop helps familiarise them with medical environments. We are currently exploring how we could address barriers to disabled young people pursuing science careers.
JESSICA BUTLER – SCIENCE TEACHER
“Sensory Science gives all children the chance to children the chance to explore through sensory learning. All too often disabled children are overlooked in this area, with people assuming they will be unable to participate. Yet actually science has a great appeal – particularly when applied practically, as children can begin to learn there is no right or wrong when exploring and things can go wrong, which is fine, a valuable life skill which special needs children often have difficulty with in life. It can even offer a viable career path for some of our children. All special needs students can benefit from Sensory Science. For some it’s a support to what the session is about, for others it’s a reinforcement to further scaffold or consolidate learning.”
BEN PICKETT – SENSORY SCIENCE
“Thank you, we thought it was brilliant! It was great to see them all involved – a number of the pupils in that group are notoriously dif cult to engage with anything like this, and they all participated in your workshop without much prodding. They were all talking about it on the way back, and it was pitched at a good level.”