The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2017 - University of Reading

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Alan D Tunnicliffe workshop - W52

Thursday 5th January 2017

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Palmer, 108

Speakers

  1. CASTME - Kathleen Nugent
  2. CASTME - Denise Balmer

Drop in and try out a variety of low-cost science hands-on inquiry activities with everyday materials used around the world. They are not linked to any particular curriculum and participants can take the ideas and modify them. Several foreign delegates will be here to present their activities.

Contact email for web/handbook : www.castme.online

Flavour SenseNation - A taste or flavour when working scientifically - W162

Thursday 5th January 2017

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Henley Business School, 101

Speakers

  1. Flavour SenseNation

Introducing our 'Flavour SenseNation' classroom resources exploring how we use each sense to inform our experience of food and flavour. Our resources are aimed at children in years 4, 5 and 6, supporting changes to the curriculum by providing the tools for teachers to translate new curriculum content into innovative classroom practice. Lessons and resources cover each of the senses; taste, touch, hearing, smell and sight, with practical science activities that encourage and inspire children to perform their own scientific enquiry.

Frontier Science: Protecting human health when we build on brownfield sites - T53

Thursday 5th January 2017

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Henley Business School, G15

Speakers

  1. Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading

With the increasing urbanisation and an expanding population the UK has a well-publicised need for housing. If we are to protect the greenbelt we must use existing urban land i.e. brownfield. The majority of such areas have legacy contamination from their previous industrial use. In order to protect the public health we must identify any pollutants at development sites. The assessment process undertaken during this evaluation in the UK is based on risk not hazard. It is important we maintain this approach is we are to maintain a sustainable building programme.Potential for learning: Balancing risk and hazard; Movement of chemicals in the environment; Exposure assessment for human health; balancing housing need with access to open space

Meet the A level PAGs REPEATED - W51

Thursday 5th January 2017

16:00 - 17:00

Location : AMS, G6

Speakers

  1. OCR - David Paterson
  2. OCR - Neil Wade
  3. OCR

A hands-on practical workshop for all A level biology, chemistry and physics teachers, trying out some suggested OCR activities. The workshop will include time for discussing the embedding of practical into your scheme of work, and maximising the teaching and learning opportunities of practical work.

Contact email for web/handbook : www.ocr.org.uk/science

FE TeachMeet - S09

Thursday 5th January 2017

16:00 - 17:30

Location : Exhibition Marquee, The Pearson Teaching, Learning and Assessment Hub

Do you have a top tip to share? Or do you want to find out what works for other teachers? This informal session gives you the chance to share effective practice.

Is subject knowledge important? - T52

Thursday 5th January 2017

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Palmer, G06

Speakers

  1. University of Reading, Institute of Education

This presentation focuses on the subject knowledge of science teachers in secondary schools. Current policy encourages the most qualified in physics, chemistry and biology to enter the teaching profession, through the use of bursaries. There is an argument that aspects of science should be taught by specialists. But what is the current reality in schools? The subject knowledge required for effective teaching and learning will be considered alongside the confidence and interest of teachers outside their subject specialism. Implications for students' academic progress, uptake of science subjects post-16 and implications for departments and schools will all be considered.

Contact email for web/handbook : J.Fieldsend@reading.ac.uk

Earth Science: ESTA distinguished speaker - Professor Monica Grady - S10

Thursday 5th January 2017

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Chemistry, LT1

This year's Earth Science keynote is from Professor Monica Grady who is Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences and Director, Cosmochemistry Research Group. Prior to that, Monica was in the Department of Mineralogy at the Natural History Museum in London, where she headed the Meteorite team. Recently she has become recognised for her delight at the landing of Rosetta that was captured on the news.

Contact email for web/handbook : www.earthscienceeducation.com

Your sustainable school's learning journey: where to find resources and support - T50

Thursday 5th January 2017

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Palmer, 107

Speakers

  1. SEEd - Victoria Tait
  2. SEEd

Contact email for web/handbook : se-ed.co.uk/edu

STEM career choices in primary - T51

Thursday 5th January 2017

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Hopkins, 101

Speakers

  1. none

Supporting STEM career choices of girls. Activities that can be done either as homework or in class. The focus will be on the research and manufacture of personal care products. The activities will be linked to the careers of the people in this industry. The session will be delivered by a mother and daughter team of educator and engineer.

Contact email for web/handbook : susanburr952@btinternet.com

Frontier Science: Evolution of medicinal plants, and implications for bioprospecting - T45

Thursday 5th January 2017

16:00 - 17:00

Location : Henley Business School, G11

Speakers

  1. School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading

There is controversy about whether traditional medicine can guide drug discovery, and investment in bioprospecting informed by ethnobotanical data has fluctuated. One view is that traditionally used medicinal plants are not necessarily efficacious and there are no robust methods for distinguishing those which are most likely to be bioactive when selecting species for further testing. Here, I discuss the use of methods from plant evolution to revitalize the use of traditional knowledge in bioprospecting.

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