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.

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!

e-Bug Educational Resources - T01

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : HumSS, 127

Speakers

  1. Beverley Hoekstra - Public Health England

e-Bug is an exciting, fun and free health education resource for junior and senior school children covering topics around microbes and the spread of infection. Developed by Public Health England, the resources are available in 19 different languages and are promoted through partners in 21 countries across the world. In this session we will present the e-Bug resources, including lesson plans and interactive activities, to provide teachers with the skills to make learning about microbes fun and interactive for all!

GeoBus: Teaching Physics with Earth Science - W01

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Palmer, 106

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).

Reduced Scale Science: A New Way to Improve Practical Work (Repeated) - T06

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : AMS, Lab G9

Speakers

  1. Bob Worley - CLEAPSS

Practical procedures for pupils using conventional equipment are often time-consuming and left out of teaching, consequently lowering pupil expectations of secondary school science. Small-scale chemistry is quick, saves on chemicals and offers variety in presentation. The course covers indicators, precipitation, salt preparation, reaction kinetics, iron/sulphur reactions, working with toxic gases and carrying out small-scale vigorous reactions.

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.

Basic Microscopy for Teachers & Technicians - BC03

Thursday 8th January 2015

10:00 - 11:00

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

Speakers

  1. Frank Campbell - Irwin Science Education

A description of the microscope: the different types of microscopes used in schools and their applications, care and maintenance.

Top Grades from Outstanding Teaching - T13

Thursday 8th January 2015

10:00 - 12:00

Location : Carrington, 101

Speakers

  1. Stuart Sherman - Welsh Government- Central South Consortium
  2. Martin Reece - Advance Education

Participants will hear the very latest Ofsted updates and advice about how science teaching can be outstanding. Colleagues will experience a wide range of activities that will engage high ability pupils, develop their higher level thinking, nurture independence, and enhance literacy and numeracy skills, hence helping to ensure they achieve the highest grades and are suitably prepared for further study.

Assessing Practical Skills in the 2016 GCSE Science Courses - T14

Thursday 8th January 2015

10:00 - 11:00

Location : HumSS, 27 LT

Speakers

  1. Ed Walsh - AQA
  2. Jo Gough - Treviglas Community College

The next suite of GCSE science courses are likely to see practical skills being assessed in a rather different way. As part of the development process pilot schools have been working with draft criteria and applying them to practical activities to evaluate their impact and usefulness. This session will be led by developers from AQA and the Head of Science from one of the pilot schools. It will be an opportunity to see how the pilot went and the lessons learned about how practical work can be valued as well as be assessed.

Explore Evolution via Electrophoresis - W04

Thursday 8th January 2015

10:00 - 12:00

Location : Chemistry, Lab 1

Speakers

  1. Sherri Andrews - Bio-Rad Laboratories

In this hands-on workshop you will generate protein profiles from distant and closely related species of fish using protein gel electrophoresis. Test the hypothesis that protein profiles are indicators of evolutionary relatedness and construct cladograms from your own gel results. Learn about proteomics and explore the central mantra of biology: DNA> RNA>Protein>Trait.

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