The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

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Keeping Buildings and Cities Cool in a Heat Wave - T156

Saturday 10th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Henley, G10

Speakers

  1. Prof Li Shao - School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading

Climate change projections show an increase in both the frequency and severity of extreme weather events. These include heat waves, such as the one in August 2003, which resulted in the deaths of more than 35,000 people around Europe. Future building retrofit planning therefore needs to take account of not only winter thermal performance and associated carbon emissions, but also reducing summer overheating to provide a safe and comfortable environment in a changing climate.

Using Peas to Teach Mendel's Laws, the Nitrogen Cycle, Sustainability and more - T160

Saturday 10th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Henley, G15

Speakers

  1. Prof Donal O'Sullivan - School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading

Gregor Mendel's historic pea mutants make aesthetically attractive (as well as edible) model plants for hands-on exploration of the principles of genetics and breeding in the classroom. However, I will argue that peas in the classroom can additionally provide a unifying thread linking numerous aspects of the science curriculum from symbiotic nitrogen fixation, the global nitrogen cycle and crop rotations to nutrient cycling in the food chain and the environmental and health implications of how we source the protein in our diet.

Gaia: 'The Cabaret!' - T157

Saturday 10th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Palmer, 105

Speakers

  1. Peter Horton - Gaia's Company

Using songs, sketches and surprises 'Gaia - the Cabaret!' celebrates the world view of Gaia Theory. It provides an interactive, entertaining and provocative look at how the dynamic systems of planet Earth work and evolve and where we as a species really fit in. Once you see the world from a Gaian point of view, you'll never look at yourself in the same way again.

Developing Literacy Skills in KS3 Science - W93

Saturday 10th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : HumSS, 125

Speakers

  1. Richard Durant - Adviser for English, Devon

The new KS3 curriculum requires teachers to develop students' spoken language, reading, writing and scientific vocabulary so that they can articulate scientific concepts clearly and precisely. This practical workshop will look at strategies for developing literacy skills at Key Stage 3. Drawing on research and practice, the session will introduces resources and techniques to improve students' progress in science by supporting their relevant literacy needs.

The Fair Test Debate - D13

Saturday 10th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : HumSS, 128

Speakers

  1. James Turner - N/A officially as yet. My school is Budehaven Community School

Please see www.thefairtestdebate.co.uk for full details. The Fair Test Debate is a national conversation among Heads of Science about how learners and schools could benefit from an Awarding Organisation being simultaneously opted for. Objective: discuss the merits of simultaneously opting for the same AO. � Reversal of the 'race to the bottom' arising from competing AO � Improved sharing of resources between schools � Greater incentive for AO to improve provision of resources and training � When results are based on assessment by different AO, is comparison reliable and fair? Reversal of the perceived 'race to the bottom' that arises from competing exam boards Improved sharing of lesson resources between schools Ease of movement for learners who need to change schools Greater incentive for examination boards to improve provision and dissemination of resources and training Furthermore, as a teacher of science, you will be aware of the need to control variables when making reliable comparisons across data. You will also be acutely aware of the exam results data that form the basis of comparisons in education. When these results are based on assessment by different Awarding Organisations, is comparison reliable and fair?

Making Things Fly - BC18

Saturday 10th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

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

Speakers

  1. David Ward - Greater Manchester STEM Centre

We'd like to share our work with primary and secondary colleagues on 'making things fly'. We'll provide you with a work book of templates and in the session take participants through the 'lost art of paper planes'. We have a range of simple items that fly that could form the basis of work on forces or for 'after school clubs'. The majority of our ideas use 80g or 160g paper/card. We'll spend some time doing rockets and 'debate' whether they actually fly!

Evolution and Inheritance for Primary Teachers - T158

Saturday 10th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Palmer, 102

Speakers

  1. Stuart Naylor - Millgate House Education
  2. Jo Horlock - Millgate House Education

Many primary teachers are concerned about teaching the section on evolution in the new primary national curriculum. That's understandable. The aim of this session is to outline the background that you need to teach this area, to make it accessible and easy to understand, and to give you ideas for what you can do in the classroom. You will leave this session feeling confident and looking forward to putting this into practice!

Creative Ways of Collecting Data - W95

Saturday 10th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Palmer, 104

Speakers

  1. Dr Fiona Woodhouse - Huddersfield University

Good, relevant data is essential to enable a researcher to answer research questions. How do we collect this data, particularly in school settings and often when the data is from your own pupils? What happens if they have low literacy levels or very young. What range of data collection tools are possible to use in these settings? This workshop will consider and discuss some of the ways of collecting data.

Digital Outreach with the Zoological Society of London - T161

Saturday 10th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Palmer, 109

Speakers

  1. Rachel Haydon - ZSL London Zoo

Over the last summer and autumn terms, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo ran a pilot project of digital outreach sessions with schools using Skype. These digital sessions were linked to bookable sessions delivered onsite at both zoos. This presentation will share the content of these digital sessions, how they linked to zoo learning programmes and evaluation of these trials, specifically focusing on feedback from teachers and students that took part. It will also provide a platform for teachers to share their thoughts, ideas and interest to help shape the finalised programme in the future.

Tablets for the Science Teacher - D12

Saturday 10th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : HumSS, 124

Speakers

  1. Ed Walsh - Cornwall Learning

An increasing number of schools are using iPads and other tablet devices, both as teaching aids and as tools for students to use. Their portability, versatility and tactile interface open the door to a range of strategies that can improve engagement, understanding and outcomes. This demonstration features a range of ways in which these innovative pieces of equipment can enhance teaching and engage students. Bring a tablet or smartphone and participate! Sponsored by Collins Education.

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