The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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Putting Experiments into EPQs - T03

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Henley, 101

Speakers

  1. Mat Hickman - Wellcome Trust

Extended Project Qualifications (EPQs) offer a fantastic opportunity for young learners to undertake their own hands-on science investigations. We are interested to know about uptake of science-based EPQs among young learners, especially those with a practical element. This will be an opportunity to find out about research we have undertaken with schools across England that looks at the uptake of science-based EPQs, and discuss the opportunities and barriers presented by EPQs in terms of undertaking practical science projects.

Toxic Gases as Therapies - T10

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Henley, G10

Speakers

  1. Dr Mark Dallas - School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy, University of Reading

Initially perceived as dangerous toxins, carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulphide are now being recognised as important signalling molecules within the human body. However, much is still unknown about the biology of these gases and their potential therapeutic use. In this talk I will highlight two conflicting roles for carbon monoxide in neuroscience and cardiovascular physiology. Improving our understanding of these gases will aid our development of novel therapeutics based on these gases.

DNA Fingerprinting and Forensic Blood Typing (Repeated) - W92

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:45

Location : Exhibition Marquee, A110

Speakers

  1. Brian Ell Ph.D. - Edvotek
  2. Timstar

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.

Electronics for Novices - BC01

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 11:30

Location : AMS, Lab G6

Speakers

  1. Dr David Ward - Greater Manchester STEM Centre

A practical hands-on session which begins with some first principles. The session uses a tried and tested approach with a 'breadboard' as the basis of the teaching. The session introduces a self programming work book which takes participants through switching, resistors, potentiometers, LEDs and transistors. All components are given in the kit. For novices we will also take folks through soldering techniques. (Note. The work book has additional sessions that take participants into 555timer circuits, microchips and relays which are not supplied.)

Science Rocks! - T07

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Henley, 208

Speakers

  1. James Rolfe - Judgemeadow Community College

An introduction into the use of videos, produced on smart phones/tablets, to enhance learning and practicals in science lessons. The session will focus on different ideas for videos and how they can be used in lessons. The session is designed as a starting point so only a minimal amount of editing is covered and only a tiny amount of technical know how is required. Check out our YouTube channel for examples - JudgemeadowSci.

Motivating Physics - T04

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : HumSS, G25

Speakers

  1. Alex Holmes - AQA

Join Physics teacher Alex Holmes and explore some creative ideas and activities to make Physics fun and more relevant, and to engage lower ability students.

7 Steps to Organising a Successful Overseas Group Trip - W02

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : AMS, 133

Speakers

  1. James Catterall - Gapforce

Bringing your subject to life with a well planned overseas group trip is a very appealing idea to many teachers. However, the thought of organising such a trip leaves many with a sense of dread and additional workload they can do without. Fear not as this session guides you through the 7 steps needed to arrange a successful school group trip that students, teachers and the wider school community will be talking about for years to come!

GeoBus: Teaching Physics with Earth Science - W01

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : HumSS, 126

Speakers

  1. Dr Ruth Robinson - University of St Andrews, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
  2. Charlotte Pike - GeoBus, University of St Andrews, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

This session will introduce the aims of the GeoBus mobile outreach project and demonstrate how Earth Science can be an interesting and hands-on way to teach fundamental ideas in physics at secondary school. This practical workshop gives a taster of the interactive sessions that GeoBus can bring to schools, and includes the use of cloud chambers to demonstrate radioactive decay which is used date the age of the Earth, and looking at earthquakes and the behaviour of seismic waves (www.geobus.org.uk).

"Square Pegs" Science for Everyone - T09

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Palmer, 105

Speakers

  1. Juliana Texley - President, National Science Teachers Association

Although we celebrate diversity, we often short-change the most diverse learners in our classrooms and out. This presentation will discuss students who are able but have great difficulty fitting into structured school environments--their psychology, their motivations and ways to excite them to science.

From Good to Outstanding - W03

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 11:30

Location : Carrington, 201

Speakers

  1. Fran Dainty - National Science Learning Centre

Moving from Good to Outstanding is not just about having a wide pedagogical approach, but how you engage all your students. Do you have high expectations, appropriate challenge, ways to make progress visible, and well rehearsed routines to move students into peer assessment or co-operative structures quickly? Can you show the difference between experience and expertise? This hands-on workshop explores the evidence-base of what great practitioners do really well.

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