The Faraday Institute’s work has always included engagement with young people and since 2013 we have been developing a wide-reaching and successful programme, providing opportunities for thousands of young people to explore positive science-faith interactions through accessible interactive sessions, resources and training.
Our work is stimulated by research and experience which demonstrates that the majority of children and young people have important ‘Big Questions’ about the interactions of science and religious faith but that these generally go unexplored as teachers, parents and others with influence are often under-resourced to support them.
We aim to equip children, young people and those who influence them with opportunities and resources to explore these questions, recognising that they can have significant and long-term impact on the worldviews and societies developed as these young people grow up.
Interactive Sessions and Training
Positive science-faith interactions are best communicated through a combination of direct influence from enthusiastic scientists of faith together with effective support from teachers, church children’s workers and others.
We offer a range of interactive sessions for children and young people in a variety of school, church and other contexts. Since 2013 we have seen well over 20,000 children and young people aged 3-18 respond enthusiastically to our combination of hands-on science with honest, dynamic and thought-provoking discussion about science, faith and their interactions. We also offer speaker training to equip new generations of high quality science-faith communicators who can support and encourage this exploration.
In addition, we offer training events to equip teachers, church children’s and youth workers, and others who influence the way children and young people learn about science, explore faith, and consider their place and purpose in the universe.
All of our sessions and training events are flexible and can be tailored to the requirements and interests of each individual audience. We offer events across the UK and will happily discuss the possibility for events further afield. Costs vary depending on event requirements.
“The speakers and session were absolutely super! Very informed discussions and I feel I am now better prepared for teaching science and religion side by side with clear links and areas for discussion. I’m really happy I came!”
Recipient of Teacher Training
We are committed to ensuring that children, young people and those who influence them are well-resourced to explore positive science-faith interactions.
We work with leading publishers and content creators to produce high-quality resources, from story books to interactive games and activities. Some of our books are available in the Faraday shop. Several other resources are currently in production. To tell us what you think of our resources and receive a 10% discount on further purchases, please fill in our online questionnaire.
We also review and recommend helpful resources produced by others. See the resources pages on our kids, teens and educators sites for a full list. We welcome recommendation of relevant resources and submission of proposals for publication of new resources with support from our team.
Please connect with us if you have created or know of resources which might aid in supporting the communication of positive science-faith interactions to children, young people and those who influence them.
For more excellent content, check out the resources produced by the LASAR (Learning about Science and Religion) project at neverofftopic.com (previously at ‘faradayschools.com’), part of the Epistemic Insight Initiative.