A dynamic debating competition which invites young people to engage in debate on the cultural, societal and ethical implications of advances in biomedical science. There are two components: a workshop and the debate competition itself.
laptop with PowerPoint presentation and DVD player, projector, speakers, pre-determined league table assigning the proposing team and opposing teams and motions for subsequent rounds of debates, stop watch.
After the workshop, students will have at least 2 weeks to prepare a debate. The student resource pages will guide the students’ independent research. The motions will relate to stem cell research and the schools will be asked to argue a particular side of the motion. 2 students will be speakers for the debating team but a team of researchers will help the speakers prepare. All research work for the debate should be carried out by the students with teacher support. Research materials should be compiled in a folder to be presented on the day of the debate. A different pair of speakers can represent the team on subsequent rounds if the team is successful. See debate rules for timing and score sheet for the judges to mark the teams (downloads below).
Suggestion: An intra-school debate can precede the official debate.
DEBATE ROUND 1 (If 8 schools are involved, plan for 4 debates, etc)
DEBATE ROUND 2 (If 4 schools are involved, plan for 2 debates, etc)
DEBATE ROUND 3 (If 2 schools are involved, plan for 1 debate)
Both semi final and final dates will be confirmed in consultation with participating schools. Suggested prizes include school bursaries, trophies, and iPod shuffles, framed certificates acknowledging the school, teachers and student speakers.
For more information on Debating Science Issues, visit the DSI website.
|Workshop: PlayDecide stem cells kit (pdf)||2.33 MB|
|Workshop- Presentation DSI_Stem Cells_2012.ppt||3.49 MB|
|Workshop: Student feedback form (pdf)||221.22 KB|
|Debate prep: STEM_CELLS- science & ethics resources & further reading list||111.76 KB|
|Debate prep: RARE_DISEASES- science & ethics resources & further reading.pdf||1.11 MB|
|Debate: Rules (pdf)||392.1 KB|
|Debate: Template for introductions (pdf)||211.04 KB|
|Debate: Judges' scorecard (pdf)||105.21 KB|
|Debate: Teacher feedback form (pdf)||213.92 KB|
|Debate: Student feedback form (pdf)||214.22 KB|
Debating Science Issues, the cross-border schools’ science debating competition has been designed and co-ordinated by REMEDI (Regenerative Medicine Institute) at the National University of Ireland in Galway, along with 8 collaborating partners throughout the Republic and Northern Ireland:
It has been generously funded by a Wellcome Trust People Award for 5 consecutive years.
Debating Science Issues- Stem Cells by Danielle Nicholson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.remedi.ie.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.eurostemcell.org/.