The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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Better Practicals, Better Learning: Improve your Skills (Hands-On!) (Repeated) - D15

Friday 9th January 2015

11:00 - 13:00

Location : AMS, Lab G11

Speakers

  1. Matt Endean - CLEAPSS
  2. Harriet Truscott - Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS)

A chance to get hands-on and try out new and interesting practical activities covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Many of these are based on the reduced scale principle. Also you can make your own equipment which you get to take back to school with you.

Adventures in a Primary Science Teacher's World - T85

Friday 9th January 2015

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Palmer, 102

Speakers

  1. Dr Lynne Bianchi - University of Manchester
  2. Sarah Earle - Bath Spa University
  3. Kathy Schofield - Primary Science Teaching Trust

How do we really make a difference to a primary science teacher's world? What kind of CPD is most relevant today? Can research really influence practice and vice versa? These and other fascinating questions cut to the core of the work of the Primary Science Teaching Trust's 'Hubs' activity, located across the UK. Come and learn what's happening, what PSTT can offer, add to the discussions and explore how you might get involved.

Using the Outdoor Environment for KS1&2 - W45

Friday 9th January 2015

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Palmer, 104

Speakers

  1. Lynette Merrick - GateKeeper Educationl Ltd.

Easy investigations of invertebrates and common plants in the school grounds or local environment, which fulfil many of the requirements of the new Science Curriculum. Delegates will be supplied with sets of ready-to-use activity sheets for pupils and be able to select a free Gatekeeper identification guide from a choice of eleven titles.

Integrating Science and Literacy for Improved Student Learning - W41

Friday 9th January 2015

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Palmer, 106

Speakers

  1. Bill Badders - National Science Teachers Association

Teachers can capitalize on the synergies between science and literacy. Science and literacy share many of the same cognitive strategies, science is the ideal context for literacy learning, and literacy is an essential and authentic part of what scientists do on a daily basis. Literacy connections lead students to understand the nature of science and how scientists read, write and talk about their work. In this hands-on session we'll explore strategies for linking science and literacy that support students' abilities to read, write, and discuss in the context of inquiry based science learning using both fiction and non-fiction text.

Engineers: Don't They Fix Engines? - W42

Friday 9th January 2015

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Palmer, 107

Speakers

  1. Natalie Ford - Science Oxford
  2. Camilla Bell - Science Oxford

What would your pupils say if you asked them what an engineer does? Pupils are surrounded by an environment largely created by engineers, but 'engineering' is a word rarely used in primary schools. Engineering can provide a highly motivating context for developing pupils' science and D&T skills by undertaking practical problem solving challenges. This interactive session explores how to increase your pupils' awareness of what engineering involves and also introduces practical resources that you can use in your own school.

Developing Schemes of Learning for the New Programme of Study in KS1&2 - BC09

Friday 9th January 2015

11:00 - 13:00

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

Speakers

  1. Ed Walsh - Cornwall Learning

The new Programme of Study for Science at KS1&2 presents challenges and opportunities. This course will explore how 'Working Scientifically' can be integrated across topics and used to develop pupil participation and engagement. It also looks at ways of approaching some of the more challenging aspects, such as astronomy and evolution. Furthermore, in the absence of levels, it proposes how the development of learning outcomes can not only facilitate the tracking of progress but can inform effective planning and teaching.

Improving Science Expertise - T88

Friday 9th January 2015

11:00 - 13:00

Location : Palmer, G10

Speakers

  1. Dr Hilary Leevers - Wellcome Trust
  2. Louise Stubberfield - Wellcome Trust

Primary teachers tell us that access to subject-specific high-quality continuing professional development (CPD) that addresses subject knowledge, pedagogy and subject leadership is the key to improving science teaching. But how can we be sure that this makes a difference? Join us to hear about the outcomes of an extended randomised control trial researching the impact of CPD on teachers, their pupils and their science leadership. Discuss the findings and consider what is next for primary science.

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.

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!

Ready-to-Load Flu ELISA - W29

Friday 9th January 2015

11:15 - 12:30

Location : Exhibition Marquee, A110

The yearly seasonal flu epidemic is caused by one of two species ofOrthomyxovirus known as Influenzavirus A or B. As a general rule,symptoms of the flu are enough to warrant its diagnosis, especially during flu season. However, sometimes further testing is necessary to rule out more serious conditions, like pneumonia. In this simulation, students will perform two common tests (rapid ELISA, RT-PCR) used to diagnose the flu in a clinical setting.

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