The RinR programme is a chance for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers to go to schools and spend time "teaching" classes. You're supposed to spend a minimum of 14 hours in contact with students, although the organisers encourage 24 hours per placement. What you do is almost entirely up to you.
When I met with the teachers I'm supposed to work with during the placement, we discussed some options for the first day. I left the meeting with the impression that I'd be able to recycle an outreach talk about the potential for Enceladus to support life, bring in my Ph.D and pass it around, and run a short question and answer session. But then I received this.
Wednesday 3rd December:
- Lesson 1 (9-9.50am): Year 10 Triple Science 1: Introduction on your work and research with Miss O.
- Lesson 2 (10-10.50am): Year 10 Triple Science 2: Introduction on your work and research with Mr B.
- Lunchtime: 12.40 - 1.30
- Lesson 5: (1.40 - 2.20): Year 111X (top set A*/A group): Introduction and why choose Science as a career / research work with Miss R.
- Lesson 6: (2.20 - 3.10): Year 111Y (top set A/A* group): Introduction and why choose Science as a career/ research work with Mr C.
- 3.20 onwards: Working with technician Chris Hardie with our lower school Science club.
We can also discuss what the plans are for the following week ie, can life be supported on Saturn's moons.
...and I went, WHAT.
I have to invent these talks in the next four days. And they can't just be talks, either, because no 15 year old is going to sit there and let me witter on at them about magnetic fields for 50 minutes without falling asleep.
I'm seriously tempted to bring in a magnetometer, wave it at them, and say "See this? I helped make this work. This has been in SPACE, muthafuckas," and walk out again.