The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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Making Things Move - BC11

Friday 9th January 2015

14:00 - 16:00

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

We'd like to share a range of simple activities that we offer schools and Science Clubs in the North of England. We offer a number of practical sessions that have as their basis 'Things that Move'. Some are our own contraptions - others are value for money commercial kits. In our session participants will make two models and take two others home - to make at their leisure. Looking for ideas to get you on the move - in lessons or clubs we have the start point to move you forward.

Super Suckers: KS2 Circuits - W62

Friday 9th January 2015

14:00 - 16:00

Location : Palmer, 107

Speakers

  1. Natalie Ford - Science Oxford
  2. Olivia O'Sullivan - Science Oxford

In this hands-on session, design and build your own mini-vacuum cleaner using a simple motor circuit and everyday materials. Designed for 9-12 year olds, this is one of 10 inspiring and practical problem solving challenges created by the, EU funded, ENGINEER project. Great for both teaching circuits and as a D&T project, the session is full of practical advice on how to run this activity successfully in your own school. Free teacher guides for all 10 units are available electronically.

Subjective and Objective Assessment of an Accelerated Learning Course on Entry to Medicine - W63

Friday 9th January 2015

14:00 - 16:00

Location : Carrington, 101

Speakers

  1. �lvan �zad - MeDCAS
  2. Thuvarahan Amuthalingam
  3. Shaheed Walji

A course combining theoretical active sessions and practical sessions for highly motivated 6th form students was assessed using subjective feedbacks of students and objective grading of their practical work with a final year medicine mark practical session mark scheme. The results were surprising as all high school students passed the medical school final exam.

Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) Findings Year 2 - T109

Friday 9th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Palmer, 108

Speakers

  1. Sarah Earle - Bath Spa University

Now in its second year, the Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project is considering how teachers can be supported to assess science in primary schools. The project is based at Bath Spa University and is funded by the Primary Science Teaching Trust. The team have worked with local project schools, the Primary Science Quality Mark and the Primary Science Teaching College. Findings and support materials will be shared and discussed.

ASE Presidential Address: Sir David Bell FRS - T113

Friday 9th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Palmer, G10

Biology in the Real World - Life in Town - T115

Friday 9th January 2015

14:15 - 15:00

Location : Palmer, 109

Speakers

  1. TBC - British Ecological Society

How do humans and other organisms live side by side in urban settings and which species have been able to adapt and thrive in towns? Take journey through our towns to discover the diversity of life on our doorsteps. Even in the most urban of environments, species are able to find food, shelter and mates and thrive

DNA Fingerprinting and Forensic Blood Typing (Repeated) - W85

Friday 9th January 2015

14:30 - 15:45

Location : Exhibition Marquee, A110

Explore genetic diversity using forensic science! Your students become crime scene investigators as they analyze biological evidence using DNA fingerprinting, a technique that identifies people via genetic differences. Gel electrophoresis is used to create DNA fingerprints from crime scene and suspect samples. A match between samples suggests which suspect committed the crime.

Introduction to the New Pearson Edexcel GCSEs in Science - T119

Friday 9th January 2015

15:00 - 16:00

Location : Henley, 208

Speakers

  1. Kathryn Booth - Pearson

GCSEs are changing in September 2016. This session gives an overview of the changes to the Edexcel Specifications, it will give you the opportunity to ask questions and hear about our support.

Success in the New Linear A-levels - W66

Friday 9th January 2015

15:00 - 16:00

Location : Henley, 101

Speakers

  1. Oxford Science - Oxford University Press

Strategies for effective formative assessment and independent study.

If It Doesn't Work, It's Physics - T116

Friday 9th January 2015

15:00 - 16:00

Location : AMS, G9

Speakers

  1. Geoff Auty - Geoff Auty

Practical work in physics is often regarded as difficult. Should we avoid demonstrations or class practical work for fear of failure? This session will show over a dozen effective practical items from various areas of physics. Many have been described in the ASE's School Science Review (SSR). This follows similar sessions at recent ASE conferences but with many different topics, including some items which are often regarded as difficult

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