The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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Innovative Learning Resources for Protein Structure and Function - W25

Thursday 8th January 2015

15:00 - 16:00

Location : AMS, G7

Speakers

  1. Dr Peter Hoare - Newcastle University
  2. a representative of the PDBe - Protein Data Bank in Europe

This workshop will introduce the Protein Data Bank, the worldwide repository for 3D protein structures. We are collaborating to produce innovative resources which use the PDB to teach fundamental concepts in protein structure and function for UK A-level and equivalent courses in both chemistry and biology. The resources were produced by an MChem project student and further worksheets and new topics are planned. The resources were trialled in the UK and feedback was overwhelmingly positive from both students and teachers.

Teaching Resources for Particle Physics: Particle Detectors - W24

Thursday 8th January 2015

15:00 - 17:00

Location : Palmer, 103

Speakers

  1. Cristina Lazzeroni - University of Birmingham

Resources will be presented, regarding how a cloud chamber and a cosmic telescope can be used in a classroom to collect data and perform real physics experiments that can be repeated in a classroom. The experiments involve radioactive decays, and the detection of cosmic rays, and include statistical data analysis and a comparison with predictions based on calculations. Both sets of equipment are available for short term loans for local UK schools. There will also an opportunity to see how an home-made cloud chamber can be built directly at schools.

Any Story, Any Age, Same Activity - W27

Thursday 8th January 2015

15:00 - 16:00

Location : Palmer, 105

Speakers

  1. Martin Wesley - Sphere Science

A wide variety of activities which can be adapted easily across the whole of the primary age range. All these activities are designed to support the 'working scientifically' aspect of the new Primary Curriculum.

Hands-On Wave-Particle Duality - W23

Thursday 8th January 2015

15:00 - 17:00

Location : HumSS, 127

Speakers

  1. Dr. Damian Pope - Perimeter Institute
  2. Kevin Donkers - Perimeter Institute

Come explore the Challenge of Quantum Reality, a classroom resource designed by educators in collaboration with Perimeter Institute researchers to introduce physics students to the wonder and power of quantum physics. Experience the electron double-slit experiment as you participate in a hands-on classroom activity that will introduce the fundamental concepts involved in the wave-particle duality. Perimeter's Challenge of Quantum Reality classroom resource has direction connections to the A-level and GCSE Specifications.

Remember the Egg Race? - W26

Thursday 8th January 2015

15:00 - 16:00

Location : AMS, G9

Speakers

  1. Geoff Auty - Geoff Auty

There have been many Science/Technology competitions, but the best remembered title is the Great Egg Race. Ideas will be offered which can be adapted to suit all levels of education, to illustrate how short competitions using simple materials can be used to promote practical and thinking skills (and be good fun). It will include trying some items for yourself.

The Effect of Novel Vegetables Enriched Breads on Blood Pressure and Consumer Acceptance - T46

Thursday 8th January 2015

15:00 - 16:00

Location : Chemistry, LT G

Speakers

  1. Ditte Hobbs - University of Reading

Cardiovascular disease is the biggest cause of mortality in the UK. High blood pressure (>150/90 mm Hg) and endothelial dysfunction are major risk factors for the development of the disease. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables are associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly green leafy vegetables and beetroot. Beetroot is rich in dietary nitrate, which has been shown to lower blood pressure and improve endothelial dysfunction by a process that relies on the bioconversion of nitrate to nitrite and subsequently to nitric oxide endogenously, thus resulting in increased vascular vasodilation and improved blood flow. However, beetroot is consumed by only 4 % of the UK population. In contrast, bread products are consumed by >98 % of UK adults. It is therefore hypothesised that enriching bread with beetroot will beneficially lower blood pressure, improve endothelial function and be a bioavailable source of dietary nitrate in healthy individuals. In order to test this hypothesis two clinical studies and one consumer study were conducted in healthy individuals, and the findings from these studies will be the focus of my talk.

What Do You Do with the 'Wonder of the World' Moment? - T49

Thursday 8th January 2015

15:00 - 16:00

Location : Palmer, 104

Speakers

  1. Sally Hardman - University of Winchester
  2. Sue Lake

This project focuses on pedagogical enquiry and involves collaboration with primary school teachers.

BERG - Teaching Evolution in Primary Science: The Views of Undergraduate Trainee Primary Teachers - T51

Thursday 8th January 2015

15:15 - 15:45

Location : Palmer, 108

Speakers

  1. Dr Paul Davies - Institute of Education, University of London
  2. Dr Berry Billingsley - University of Reading

The requirement to teach evolution in Key Stage 2 science in the new science curriculum presents a challenge for teacher-educators to ensure that future primary teachers are prepared for the task. This session will describe a study with first year undergraduate, mainly non-science specialist, trainee teachers which investigated their understanding about, and attitudes towards teaching evolution and the powerful transformative effect that a short workshop had in helping prepare them to teach evolution.

IOP - Girls and Physics - T52

Thursday 8th January 2015

15:30 - 17:00

Location : AMS, 133

Speakers

  1. Clare Thomson - Institute of Physics

This session will look at the work the Institute has been doing since the publication of its report 'Closing Doors' in December 2013. The focus is particularly on co-ed schools and what they could be doing to challenge gender stereotyping. It will be looking at suggested interventions and resources to help with this work both at the whole-school level and in the physics classroom.

Mathematics in the New Science Curriculum - T53

Thursday 8th January 2015

15:30 - 16:30

Location : HumSS, 27LT

Speakers

  1. Richard Needham - AQA

Changes in the secondary science curriculum are putting more emphasis on the place of mathematics in learning and doing science. Whilst welcoming these changes we recognise that what our students learn in their mathematics lessons does not easily transfer across to science lessons. In this session we will consider some of the areas that students find difficult, some of the reasons for this difficulty and activities that can be used in science to help students.

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