The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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Biology in the Real World - Growing Cells in a New Dimension: 3D Culture and Beyond - T82

Friday 9th January 2015

10:15 - 11:00

Location : Palmer, 109

Speakers

  1. Stefan Przyborski - Durham University

Culturing mammalian cells in the laboratory is a common technique used in basic research, drug development, and disease modelling. However, these methods are not without their limitations. New technologies have been developed to provide a 3D culture environment for better growth, differentiation and function of cells. This presentation will take you on a journey, from the research discoveries that produced these novel cell culture systems in the laboratory to their application in zero-g experiments on the International Space Station.

Inspiring Primary Science: Novel & Fun Ways to Engage Your Pupils! - BC07

Friday 9th January 2015

10:30 - 12:00

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

Speakers

  1. Dr Mark - Dr Mark's INSPIREducation

Dr Mark' is back again! This lively and �inspirational� session - especially for PRIMARY teachers - is packed full of simple, novel 'hands-on' science experiments from across the science curriculum. The activities will help you put a 'WOW!-Factor' into your science lessons, and more fully engage your pupils! Featured on Teachers' TV, Dr Mark's activities will stimulate 'creative thinking', and get your pupils thinking and talking 'scientifically'! The resources provided are worth �200, and include full details of about 150 experiments!

Heavy Breathing - W39

Friday 9th January 2015

10:30 - 11:30

Location : AMS, G8

Speakers

  1. Barry Hawkins - Data Harvest

Use modern sensors to explore breathing, ventilation and lung volumes. See how the technology has moved on from large clumsy water filled devices and temperamental paper drum recorders. If you have your own iPad or WiFi laptop to use, install the easy sense app and share the data.

The Value of a Name - T83

Friday 9th January 2015

10:30 - 11:30

Location : AMS, 133

Speakers

  1. Neil Herrington - Gaia's Company
  2. Marcus Grace - University of Southampton

This session considers the findings of a study which examined the ability of participants to identify organisms and the way in which this impacted upon their perception of the conservation value of that organism. The study used Q methodology, an innovative technique for the exploration of subjectivities.

Teaching Electronics - W40

Friday 9th January 2015

10:30 - 11:30

Location : AMS, G6

We are running a seminar session that revisits an exciting time in the teaching of electronics when it was in the domain of the Science Department. Our organisation has retained the equipment from the 1980s and 1990s - principally that linked to the Micro-electronics for All (mfa) programme. We will setting up much of this equipment and some from the Technology Enhancement Programme (TEP) to explore its relevance for their use in 2015. I am sure we'll reminisce as well. If you have specific reasons to attend this session do email before - hand and we'll tailor more of the session to your interest.

Reduced Scale Science: A New Way to Improve Practical Work (Repeated) - T84

Friday 9th January 2015

10:30 - 11:30

Location : AMS, Lab G9

Speakers

  1. Bob Worley - CLEAPSS

Practical procedures for pupils using conventional equipment are often time-consuming and left out of teaching, consequently lowering pupil expectations of secondary school science. Small-scale chemistry is quick, saves on chemicals and offers variety in presentation. The course covers indicators, precipitation, salt preparation, reaction kinetics, iron/sulphur reactions, working with toxic gases and carrying out small-scale vigorous reactions.

Maths and Science Link through Diagrams - W38

Friday 9th January 2015

10:30 - 11:30

Location : Henley, G04

Speakers

  1. Lucy Sayce-Brown - Reading Borough Council
  2. John Oversby - University of Reading

Lucy, a maths educator, and John, a sciences educator, show in their interactive workshop how sciences and mathematics complement each other through diagrams, on which they have been researching together. Diagrams in problem-solving in quantitative work and diagrams in visualising complex data are but two of the contexts they will use. An important outcome is to show how the two disciplines complement each other in an unusual and innovative way.

Getting to Good - W44

Friday 9th January 2015

11:00 - 13:00

Location : HumSS, 126

Speakers

  1. Katy Bloom - National Science Learning Centre

Teachers in difficult and challenging circumstances need support in 'getting to Good'. This workshop puts teaching and learning at the heart of moving the science department forward. The online self-evaluation tool developed by the Science Learning Centres is a useful starting point to define current provision, and look at how to identify the next steps needed, in a can-do approach.

Introduction to New Pearson Edexcel A-level Chemistry - T87

Friday 9th January 2015

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Henley, 201

Speakers

  1. Damian Riddle - Pearson

Find out more about the changes to Edexcel A level Chemistry, our new specification and how we'll support you in the run-up to 2015 and beyond.

Creative Computing - BC10

Friday 9th January 2015

11:00 - 13:00

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

Speakers

  1. Brian Macken - Science Oxford
  2. Cathy Sturrock - Science Oxford

Science Oxford developed and ran a new project called �Creative Computing�, based around developing skills in programming and computer science of 9-16 year olds. This project used the popular 'Arduino' microcontroller as the basis for a number of after-school computing clubs in Secondary schools around Oxfordshire. Come along to see how Science Oxford ran the sessions, as well as having a go at using their equipment yourself. No experience necessary!

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