God and the Big Bang gives students from Years 7 to 13 (11 – 18 year olds) an exciting opportunity to discover, discuss and debate the compatibility of science and faith. The day aims to equip young people with the all-important tools they need in order to form their own opinions and engage in rational, exciting, well-reasoned and thought-provoking discussion about the place for science in God’s world.
Each event is carefully tailored to the age-range of the students, hosted by a local school or Cathedral, and generally consists of a combination of:
• keynote talks by a prominent member of the science-faith community;
• practical science demonstration sessions;
• interactive ‘hands-on’ sessions;
• a question and answer panel session.
Events for the older age-range of students particularly benefit from a keynote talk session given by a scientist with faith and usually revolving around the keynote speaker’s area of specialism. The talk gives pupils and teachers the chance to hear often world-renowned scientists sharing their knowledge and passion for the science they work on, why they chose to become a scientist and how they see science and faith interact in their life on a personal level. Talks have included:
• ‘From the Big Bang to biology: Where is God?’
• ‘Biology and Beauty – Why I am a Scientist and a Person of Faith’
• ‘God and the Physics of Life’.
The talks are captivating and stimulating, dealing both with cutting-edge science and personal and honest reflections about the interaction of science and faith in an eye-opening way that will enthuse and inspire pupils and teachers for years to come. A real once in a lifetime experience.
Practical Science Demonstration Sessions
From magic tricks to explosions, this session interweaves poignant personal thoughts about science and faith with the chance to show pupils just how exciting science actually is! Don’t worry you’re in safe hands, just don’t try this at home!
Even more exciting than listening to talks and watching explosions (if that’s possible) is the chance to try out some hands-on science for yourself! Again, early career scientists lead a thought-provoking session, this time ranging from the ethical debate of a controversial scientific topic, to solving a mystery using chemistry experiments, to trying your hand at observing an animal’s behaviour and collecting scientific data. Pupils will be encouraged to consider how these areas of science can fit with faith whilst they delight in the thrills and ethical implications of scientific research.
Questions and Answers
God and the Big Bang allows young people to ask some of the big questions they usually struggle to find answers to, and hear responses from leading scientists with a wealth of knowledge about, and passion for, both science and theology. With fascinating questions and deeply insightful, respectful and honest answers, this panel session prompts a high level of discussion around science and faith, providing pupils with the opportunity to grapple with current ideas surrounding science and faith, in an inspiring, eye-opening way that helps make the event one that will be remembered by students and teachers alike.
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