The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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Language of Mathematics in Science - W31

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Palmer, 106

Speakers

  1. Marianne Cutler - ASE
  2. Richard Needham

ASE teacher members have raised concerns on many occasions over recent years that mathematical aspects of science are often not well understood by their students. Teachers are also concerned that they may be using different terminology or approaches when explaining ideas compared to those used by mathematics teachers, which can lead to confusion. At this particular time when new science curriculum statements give more prominence to mathematical skills, ASE is clear that science teachers will need support in effectively preparing to meet the challenges of these changes. This project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, is developing guidance materials for KS3/4 teachers. This workshop invites teachers to identify and discuss issues for their students in effectively using mathematics in science.

Growing Up Bilingual: Cognitive, Linguistic and Literacy Issues - T65

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Henley, G15

Speakers

  1. Prof Jason Rothman & Prof Ianthi Tsimpli - School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences
  2. Prof Ianthi Tsimpli

Bilingualism in childhood is becoming a frequent phenomenon in the UK and abroad. Linguists and psychologists regard bilingualism as an advantage for the child�s developing abilities in cognition, such as attention, memory and flexibility. However, levels of proficiency in each language required for literacy

Buzz Aldrin Space Academy - W36

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 11:30

Location : AMS, Lab G4

Speakers

  1. Sotira Trifourki - Artemis Space

The Buzz Aldrin Innovation Institute (BAii) is an global initiative that fosters innovation in a variety of skill building fields. Students from early years to university level are inspired by using Space as a platform to increase their competencies by working with experts in the field of their interests. The Space Academy is an opportunity for young people to acquire 21st Century knowledge and skills through exploring space science, developing their ideas into experiments and applications and participating in real space missions.

The Future of Cities and Urban Retrofitting - T64

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Henley, G10

Speakers

  1. Prof Tim Dixon - School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading

Cities consume more than 75% of global energy and emit more than 70% of global greenhouse gases, yet they are powerful hubs and centres of urban innovation, and provide opportunities for economies of scale in tackling environmental issues. I will suggest how cities can respond to global challenges of energy, water and waste systems, and I will provide examples of how cities are planning for a more sustainable future by 2050.

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.

Brenda Keogh Memorial Lecture by Paul McCrory - T70

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Palmer, G10 LT

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).

Developing Analytical Thinkers: The Role of Technology and the Flipped Classroom Model - T74

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Carrington, 101

Speakers

  1. Steve Pincher - Espresso Education

This session will explore the role of a �flipped� science class model, what it looks like, why is works and how to encourage deeper learning techniques. Join us as we explore the �flipped� model in relation to science teaching and learning, promote active discussion and investigate science in relation to real world events.

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.

The STEM Challenge - W33

Friday 9th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Carrington, 201

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 : AMS, Lab 166

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).

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