The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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The STEM Challenge - W33

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : HUMSS, 125

Speakers

  1. Karen Hornby - National STEM Centre

The challenge is to get to grips with a range of toys and gizmos for inspirational science teaching in just one hour! There are so many engaging examples that pupils have access to but which are also great for teaching science concepts. This session takes a look at a variety of gizmos and gadgets and tries to unpick the science that sit behind them. The challenge is further extended to integrate these ideas into your teaching and learning.

GeoBus: Teaching Chemistry with Earth Science - BC08

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Booked course, pre-registration required. Confirmed upon booking.

Speakers

  1. Dr Ruth Robinson - University of St Andrews, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
  2. Charlotte Pike - GeoBus, University of St Andrews, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

This session will introduce the aims of the GeoBus mobile outreach project and demonstrate how Earth Science can be an interesting and hands-on way to teach fundamental ideas in chemistry at secondary school. This practical workshop gives a taster of the interactive sessions that GeoBus can bring to schools, and includes growing crystals under the microscope to examine mineral structures and looking at the chemical processes involved in calcification by producing your own limestone acetate peel (www.geobus.org.uk).

Practical Sixth Form Physics (Repeated) - W35

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Exhibition Marquee, A110

Speakers

  1. Karl Fairbank - Lascells

Come and have a look at some of the apparatus and resources that can be used to capture interest and enhance student learning in A' Level Physics - Includes a mix of traditional and unique experiments with a wealth of ideas all geared towards practical activities tied to the new curriculum.

Brenda Keogh Memorial Lecture by Paul McCrory - T70

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Palmer, G10

Speakers

  1. Paul McCrory - ASE

Paul McCrory is passionate about science and communicating this enthusiasm to others. Having worked in informal education in science centres and as an outreach organisation for 15 years, he has a wealth of experience in engaging a wide range of audiences in an accessible and interesting way. Paul now runs Learn Differently, a social enterprise which seeks to inspire everyone in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Constructivist Theatre Instruction - T68

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 12:30

Location : Henley, G14

Speakers

  1. Ngozi J. Anyaegbunam - University of Nigeria

The work demonstrates the procedures for the development of a Constructivist Theatre Instruction (CTI) package which can be used for teaching any content e.g. HIV and AIDS. - Training process for script writing - Enlightenment programme on HIV and AIDS content area - Actual script writing by participants - Script vetting and selection by experts - Acting, videoing and packaging of selected script - Rating of the Constructivist Theatre Instruction Package

Working Scientifically to Deliver the New Curriculum - W32

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Palmer, 105

Speakers

  1. Martin Wesley - Sphere Science

This practical workshop covers several activities which help deliver the 'working scientifically' aspect of the new Primary Curriculum. These activities use easily-sourced materials and equipment.

Education and Neuroscience - T75

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Henley, 101

Speakers

  1. Lia Commissar - Wellcome Trust

In January 2014, the Wellcome Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) launched a new �6 million funding scheme to develop, evaluate and communicate the impact of education interventions grounded in neuroscience research. Come along to find out about the projects we have decided to fund and how this field is developing.

Biology in the Real World - Osteoporosis: The Final Frontier - T71

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:15

Location : Palmer, 109

Speakers

  1. Dr Adrian Moore - British Pharmacological Society (BPS) & Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

We begin in South Africa with an incredibly rare high bone mass disorder, sclerosteosis. Then to Seattle where it was discovered that absence of the protein sclerostin is responsible for the disease. Scientists in Europe and America then collaborated to develop an antibody to sclerostin aimed at increasing bone in conditions of low bone mass e.g. osteoporosis. The antibody is currently in clinical testing. The story ends in outer space as we consider how to combat bone loss induced by microgravity.

Cancer: Fact or Fiction - T66

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : HumSS, 27 LT

Speakers

  1. Kayleigh Bassiri - Plymouth University

A workshop based on discussing the proposed causes of cancer, and how scientifically factual and/or relevant they really are. I work in cancer research as a PhD student and have spent a number of years studying cancer and how to treat it. I am constantly challenged with questions about cancer that to me seem trivial, but this has highlighted my desire to educate the wider public on information they will gain otherwise from the media, which is not always accurate.

Resources for Particle Physics: the Particle Zoo, Strangeness, and Feynman diagrams - T77

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 11:30

Location : Palmer, G06

Speakers

  1. Cristina Lazzeroni - University of Birmingham

The classification of elementary particles will be reviewed, including the concepts of baryon, hadron, meson, strangeness and the quark model. The theory of Feynman diagrams and their usage for A-level particle physics will be revisited, with particular attention to the idea of propagators and virtual particles. Teaching resources will be explained and practiced, illustrating how they can be used effectively in the classroom.

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