The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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Exciting Science Clubs for KS1 - W79

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : AMS, G9

Speakers

  1. Nicky Waller - CIEC Promoting Science

Why should Key Stage Two get all the best clubs? Who said 5-7 year olds were too young for a science club? In this practical workshop, you will try out a range of carefully planned, tried and tested science activities either created for or adapted to suit children in Key Stage One. Explore how you could organise and manage a science club in your school, access reasonably priced resources and inspire even the youngest of our future scientists.

Earth Theme - Working with Rocks and Fossils - BC13

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 11:00

Location : Chemistry, Lab G

Try sorting minerals by devising and discussing criteria, then use the knowledge gained to work through rock identification at different levels with the ESTA kit of 15 rocks. Test rock porosity and make your own well. Look at rock erosion and its place in the rock cycle. Consider the formation of fossils, how they provide information relating to previously living things and their place as evidence of evolution.

Toys: Science, Technology and History - BC14

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : HumSS, 128

Speakers

  1. Dr David Ward - Greater Manchester STEM Centre

Toys can be a wonderful starting point for a topic. They usually exploit a scientific concept and are often the driver for a new technology. We are not promoting computer games but use more traditional toys as our examples. Toys utilise materials, forces, sound, magnetism and light. During the session we'll cover the changes that materials technology have brought to toys in the last 200 years. Participants will construct some toys from paper, card, wood and string. There will be a bag of toys to take away - a dilemma you may face - to convince family or work colleagues that you have been to a serious science education conference and not just to play with toys.

Schools and Scientists Working in Partnership - T134

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Palmer, 109

Speakers

  1. Rachel Haydon - ZSL London Zoo
  2. Ngozi Okwesa - Swiss Cottage School Development and Research Centre

The Urban Habitats Project is a partnership between Swiss Cottage School and the Zoological Society of London, funded by a Royal Society Partnership Grant. The project partnered the school with a ZSL research scientist and education staff, to engage students with special education needs with, and to monitor, biodiversity onsite at school. The aim was to create a stimulating and sustainable learning environment allowing all students to be engaged, on some level, in improving, surveying and enjoying biodiversity. A key element of the project was to share what they have learned and created with the community.

Biology and Geography: Natural Bedfellows for Fieldwork? - T136

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 11:00

Location : Palmer, 102

Speakers

  1. Marianne Cutler - ASE
  2. Alan Kinder - Geographical Association

A workshop to share skills and techniques in data collection and analysis for effective biology and geography fieldwork. Participants will have the opportunity to try out the latest mobile technologies and sensors. Organised by ASE's Outdoor Science Working Group in partnership with the Geographical Association.

Neural Population Models: Brain Dynamics, Neuroimaging and the Mind - T131

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Henley, G10

Speakers

  1. Prof Ingo Bojak - School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading

I will briefly review the anatomy and physiology of the brain, and then focus on neural population models (NPMs). NPMs consider the collective activity of groups of similar neurones, like a pollster considering voter movements in terms of social groups. NPMs are well suited for describing noninvasive neuroimaging, and allow simulations of entire brains with currently available computers. I will explain how NPMs provide insights into general anaesthesia, and conclude with some thoughts concerning the connection between mind and matter.

CSI: Jurassic Coast - Come and Solve a Deadly Dinosaur Mystery! (Repeated) - W108

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : HumSS, 126

Speakers

  1. Dr Anjana Khatwa Ford - Jurassic World Heritage Team
  2. Simon Penn - Youth Hostel Association

Deep in a Jurassic Jungle, a terrible crime has been committed! Join us as we travel back in time and gather clues to solve this gruesome murder mystery. Our session is perfectly tailored to help you teach the new KS2 Earth Science content. Delivered in partnership with the Youth Hostel Association, we invite you to come along and see how the Jurassic Coast can help you to deliver innovative Earth Science education inside and outside the classroom.

Excelling in Primary Science - W75

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Exhibition Marquee, A101

Speakers

  1. Tanya Shields - National Science Learning Centre
  2. Jyoti Patel - Grange Primary School

This practical workshop will introduce teachers to the highly successful Science Learning Centre Primary Science Specialist CPD. Participants will be able to sample some of the activities undertaken as part of the CPD and identify how to become a Science Learning Centre Primary Science Specialist.

Teachers as Researchers - W76

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 11:00

Location : Carrington, 101

Speakers

  1. Katy Bloom - National Science Learning Centre

There is a growing call for 'teachers as researchers' within the education landscape, as evidence-informed practitioners, and as producers of research themselves: to implement new approaches to teaching, to evaluate the effects and reflect on the impact on both themselves and students An action research methodology therefore works really well for teaching staff, but how do you actually go about doing it? This workshop will go through the nuts and bolts of AR, and encourage you to plan a piece of research to carry out yourself in the classroom.

Rap: Master Regulator of Platelet Activation - T132

Saturday 10th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Henley, G15

Speakers

  1. Dr Lucia Stefanini - School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading

Platelets are essential to arrest bleeding at a site of injury but their uncontrolled activation is the underlying cause of diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. Our research investigates the proteins of the Rap family that control platelet activation like a �molecular switch�. This lecture will describe the upstream signalling pathways that stimulate Rap activation and explain how modulating Rap-dependent platelet activation could improve the clinical management of thrombotic disorders.

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