About

The Faraday Institute team helps people to explore life’s big questions, especially those about science and religion. We do research, make resources, and we teach, train and speak to people in schools, colleges, the scientific community, religious groups and lots of other places too.

About The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion is a Cambridge-based interdisciplinary research and dissemination institute improving public understanding of science and religion, and their interactions.

The Faraday Institute aims to shed new light on life’s big questions through academically rigorous research in the field of science and religion and dissemination of related resources, training and outreach to schools, colleges, the scientific community, religious institutions and the general public.

Founded in 2006 (as part of St. Edmund’s College), it is now an independent charitable organisation with membership of the Cambridge Theological Federation, an affiliate of Cambridge University.

About The Faraday Institute Youth and Schools Programme

What we do, and why.

Research, and experience, show that the majority of children and young people have important ‘Big Questions’ about the interactions of science and religious faith but that these often go unexplored as it isn’t always easy for teachers, parents and others to find time and resources to help. Our work aims 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.

The Faraday Institute’s work has always included outreach to young people and since 2013 we have been developing a wide-reaching and successful programme, providing opportunities for thousands of young people of all ages to explore positive science-faith interactions through accessible interactive sessions, and providing training for those in positions of influence.

Visits for young people

We love to run fun, hands-on, question-based  sessions for young people of all ages, all over the UK (and beyond!). These opportunities to explore positive science-faith interactions are tailored to whatever you might need for your setting and group of young people.

See our visits page for more information.

Training

We run training for teachers, trainee teachers, youth workers, budding science and/or faith communicators and others who have the opportunity to help young people explore science-faith interactions.

See our training page for more information.

Resources

We create, share, and collaborate to support, a range of online and in-print resources.

The ‘Faraday Kids’, ‘Faraday Teens’ and ‘Faraday Educators’ websites you’re looking at now are outputs of our programme – tailored to suit children, young people, and their influencers, respectively.

On these sites you can find helpful science-faith content and links to helpful resources (books, videos, podcasts, lesson plans, science-faith activities and session materials) produced by ourselves and others to support kids, teens and educators.

How do we do what we do – our ethos

The aim of our programme is to help and encourage everyone to use reliable information and well-thought-through ideas to explore and talk about big questions. An important part of this is equipping young people to engage thoughtfully and respectfully with different people, ideas and beliefs.

Some of our work and resources focus particularly on the relationship between science and the Christian faith. This is due to the high proportion of questions asked regarding science and Christianity and because our Youth and Schools team members each hold a Christian faith, so are particularly well-equipped to contribute to this discussion from a place of personal experience.  This is in line with The Faraday Institute working with a Christian ethos while encouraging engagement with a wide diversity of opinions concerning interactions between science and religion.

Although we sometimes have a particular focus on the Christian faith, the aim of the programme is not to advocate any one particular viewpoint, but to encourage informed, accurate and respectful engagement with a wide diversity of opinions concerning interactions between scientific and religious thinking. We love to engage with people with any or no religious background, and have had great success doing so in a wide variety of schools and other contexts. Through our work, young people from a whole range of different faiths and worldviews have the chance to explore their questions with those who have spent many years thinking about these ideas, and are well respected within the mainstream scientific and theological communities.

Please get in touch if you have questions about how our ethos influences our work.

Meet the team

We are Steph, Lizzie, Cara and Cathy, the Youth and Schools team of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, based in Cambridge, UK. Click here to meet the team. We have 3 websites: 'Faraday Kids', for 2-11 year olds, 'Faraday Teens' for 11-18 year olds, and 'Faraday Educators' for grown-ups who want to help young people explore science-religion questions.

Steph Bryant

Youth and Schools Programme Co-Director

Lizzie Henderson

Youth and Schools Programme Co-Director

Cathy Priest

Youth and Schools Programme Training Lead

Cara Parrett

Youth and Schools Programme Officer and Researcher

Ana Jones

Youth and Schools Programme Assistant

More information – our past newsletters

Please click on the links below if you are interested in browsing past newsletters from the Youth and Schools programme at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. To sign up to receive newsletters, please visit our ‘Get in Touch‘ page.