Our founder & where it started
Dan’s inspiration for Empiribox comes from his experience
as Head of Science in tough, inner London schools.
Dan Sullivan BSc PGCE QTS – Founder of Empiribox
Dan’s inspiration for Empiribox comes from his experience as Head of Science in tough, inner London schools.
“It was so difficult to get pupils to take an A Level in science, yet I knew these kids would make brilliant scientists. Why were they so disinterested in science, yet many would tackle Maths A Level – no easier than science, and certainly less fun!
“I concluded the solution was to enthuse children at an early stage by getting them to do hands-on experiments, week in week out. Many worthy reports have also been written for government saying the same thing.
“So I started working with the Primary feeder schools and learned that most (97%) of the teachers were non-specialists and often lacked confidence teaching science and time to prepare, the curriculum books gave lesson plans, but no training or equipment, the schools had no idea what equipment to buy and nowhere to manage and store it. The result was far too often book learning, with none of the magic of science.
“The result is Empiribox. My ambition is to provide primary schools with a complete solution to the problem of how to teach wow! science, create independent thinking pupils and nurture MORE scientists! As a bi-product, the effect on Literacy and Numeracy, let alone enthusiasm and behaviour, is also quite stunning .
“Please look around our website and you will see how Empiribox delivers on my vision. I hope you will share my ambition of creating more people of all ages who are scientifically literate.”