The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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Concept Cartoons: New Resources for a New Curriculum (Repeated) - T139

Saturday 10th January 2015

10:00 - 11:00

Location : Carrington, 201

Speakers

  1. Jo Horlock - Millgate House Education
  2. Jo Moules - Millgate House Education

Concept cartoons have been around for a long time but have only covered a small proportion of the secondary curriculum. There is now a brand new set of concept Cartoons specifically for KS3 and KS4 and written with the new curriculum in mind. In this interactive session we will showcase some of the new concept cartoons and explore different ways of using them in science education. Whether or not you have used Concept Cartoon before this workshop will give you some thing new.

Synergy Space Mission Control - W82

Saturday 10th January 2015

10:00 - 12:00

Location : Palmer, 101

Speakers

  1. Sotira Trifourki - Artemis Space

Synergy Space Mission Control is an Online Lab and Virtual Learning Environment which allows participants to design and upload proposed space experiments to carry these out on our Lunar, Interplanetary and Earth monitoring missions. The portal provides user access to a wide programme of space missions, democratizing space by enabling students and educators to participate in the exploration and the development of space. Users can select a space mission from our database, create your own experiments to upload to the spacecraft, design and build payloads to add to existing missions, request data, imagery and near-time video, book observation time on the Space Telescopes, and upload tasks to the Tesla Lunar Rover.

AQA A-level Chemistry: New Specification (Repeated) - T138

Saturday 10th January 2015

10:00 - 11:00

Location : HumSS, 25

Speakers

  1. Caroline Chambers - AQA

An introduction to our new Chemistry specification. Come and learn about the changes to our A-levels, including linear assessment and how practical work will be assessed.

Measuring Planck's Constant - T141

Saturday 10th January 2015

10:30 - 11:30

Location : HumSS, 127

Speakers

  1. Dr. Damian Pope - Perimeter Institute
  2. Kevin Donkers - Perimeter Institute

Come explore Measuring Planck's Constant, a classroom resource designed by educators in collaboration with Perimeter Institute researchers to introduce students to the basis of quantum mechanics, based on Planck's theory that energy was not continuous. Using light emitting diodes (LED's), this hands-on lab activity is a neat way to accurately measure that fundamental value of nature, Planck's constant. Perimeter's Measuring Planck's Constant lab has direct connections to the A-level and GCSE Specifications.

Embedding Practical Solutions for Creative Outdoor Learning in the New Curriculum - T140

Saturday 10th January 2015

10:30 - 11:30

Location : Henley, 101

Speakers

  1. Dr Paul Davies - Institute of Education, University of London
  2. Ruth Amos - Institute of Education, University of London

The new science curriculum presents exciting possibilities to engage students in learning science outside of the classroom, especially through both an inquiry focus and within the 'Working Scientifically' strand. However, making the best use of these opportunities can be challenging. Drawing on work we have done with student teachers, we will consider why learning outside the classroom is important and present strategies, with resources to take away, which support this in a range of settings in and around schools.

Action Research Posters: The Impact on Teachers and Learners - W87

Saturday 10th January 2015

10:30 - 11:30

Location : Henley, G03

Speakers

  1. Research Specialist Group - ASE

Many teachers now undertake Action Research as part of their professional development. Action Research as an indicator of their professionalism. This coordinated poster session of completed work, or work in progress, will demonstrate topics that can be explored, methods that can be used, and significant outcomes that affect the researcher's classroom, and potentially other delegates, too. After a short introduction, you will be free to engage in deep conversation with the poster producers, and meet some members of the ASE Research Specialist Group, on hand to give advice and support.

Quick and Fun Ideas to Engage Pupils - D09

Saturday 10th January 2015

10:30 - 11:30

Location : AMS, Lab G6

How can you teach biological concepts using play pit balls and link art and chemistry? Join members of the Surrey and Sussex region to discover some simple, engaging practicals and fun modelling activities - all achieved at minimal cost and suitable for a wide age range.

The New SHAP A-level Course - T142

Saturday 10th January 2015

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Carrington, 101

Speakers

  1. Elizabeth Swinbank - University of York Science Education Group
  2. Hovan Catchatoor - Reigate College

The successful and well-established context-led Salters Horners Advanced Physics course has been updated to match the new 2015 Edexcel/Pearson specification. There are new activities to develop practical skills, increased emphasis on maths, and the contexts have been enhanced with updated information. Existing SHAP teachers: come and see what's new. Everyone else: find out how SHAP can benefit your students, meet experienced SHAP teachers and find out what's involved in implementing the course.

Working with Others and Ethics - T144

Saturday 10th January 2015

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Palmer, 104

Speakers

  1. John Oversby - University of Reading

Treating others involved in Action Research with a sense of fairness and justice is an important part of undertaking research. There are often quite different participants, including mentors, colleagues, adults who provide data, and students/ pupils who provide data. While this session is based on principles, I will deal with concrete examples of how to inform participants of their responsibilities and rights, how to collect and store consent, what data needs to be shared, ideas about confidentiality and anonymity, and requirements of data security and destruction. There are questions of protecting the reputation of institutions and individuals to be considered alongside research requirements to have open data and analysis. Science education research is a human matter, with a need to maintain and develop relationships.

Project 500: Promoting Science Reading for Pleasure - T143

Saturday 10th January 2015

11:00 - 12:00

Location : Henley, G04

Speakers

  1. Dr Ruth Jarman - Queen's University Belfast

'How to make a universe with 92 ingredients' - even the title of the book attracts attention and inside it is full of intriguing ideas and illustrations. It is typical of many science information books now being published which have the power to extend the knowledge and to excie the interest of children and young people. However, promoting science reading for pleasure is rarely a specific aim of our primary or secondary courses. This session presents ideas for encouraging such practice.

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