The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2017 - University of Reading

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Roots, eats, soils and leaves REPEATED - T05

Thursday 5th January 2017

10:00 - 11:00

Location : To be confirmed

Speakers

  1. Dr John Grainger - Microbiology in Schools Advisory Committee (MiSAC)

Stimulating ideas for microbiology practicals that study natural sources and products by using selective and enrichment culture methods and microscopy in a straightforward and safe manner to demonstrate microbial activities in the nitrogen and carbon cycles and to illustrate the diversity of properties and uses of microbes .

Contact email for web/handbook : microbe@misac.org.uk

Attitudes to science and Principia - T08

Thursday 5th January 2017

10:00 - 11:00

Location : To be confirmed

Speakers

  1. Dr Maria Turkenburg - University of York Science Education Group
  2. Prof Judith Bennett - University of York Science Education Group

Research Into Spaceflight and Engagement with STEM (RISES) investigates the influence of learning about space on 2,500 students from over 40 schools across the country. The Principia education programme attached to astronaut Tim Peake is the most extensive to date globally, and the first to be investigated by education researchers.

Contact email for web/handbook : spaceflight-project@york.ac.uk

Enabling dyslexic science students to excel - T11

Thursday 5th January 2017

10:00 - 11:00

Location : To be confirmed

Speakers

  1. Dr Diana Hudson

Between 5-10% of students in main stream classes may have a specific learning difficulty. This does not affect their intelligence but they learn and think differently. Our challenge as science teachers is to enable them to thrive by teaching in an accessible and supportive way. Practical classroom techniques and ideas will be shared along with a brief outline of the strengths and weaknesses of students with a range of common conditions.

Contact email for web/handbook : dianahudson@btconnect.com

Electronics � a disappearing dimension in schools - W06

Thursday 5th January 2017

10:00 - 11:00

Location : To be confirmed

Speakers

  1. David Ward - The Greater Manchester STEM Centre

Once upon a time Electronics and Control Technology were the domain of the forward-looking Science Department. Along came the National Curriculum and they were transferred to the Design and Technology Department. Fewer schools are offering these in Key Stage 4 and inevitably Post 16 courses too. The session will remind delegates about unused and forgotten equipment that may be in cupboards. Hint � do you know what M.F.A stands for.Its MicroElectronics for All.

New biology�new practicals REPEATED - T02

Thursday 5th January 2017

10:00 - 11:00

Location : To be confirmed

Speakers

  1. Mary Philpott - CLEAPSS

Biology is advancing very rapidly and the new understanding is increasingly seen in everyday life. Each iteration of GCSE or A level therefore includes new aspects of molecular biology, physiology and ecology, to prompt students to learn the theory.However, students often find the new material difficult to grasp because it is so abstract. This workshop gives ideas for simple hands-on practicals that help students to understand the experimental basis for the modern Biology. As the practicals are investigative, the students can also make some discoveries of their own!!!After all, isn't the 21st Century the �Age of Biology�.

Contact email for web/handbook : www.cleapss.org.uk

AQA & CLEAPSS Practical Hub launch - S02

Thursday 5th January 2017

10:30 - 11:00

Location : To be confirmed

Find out what makes great practical work and about the range of sessions on offer during the conference.

Contact email for web/handbook : www.aqa.org.uk/science

Technical Education - S27

Thursday 5th January 2017

11:00 - 12:00

Location : To be confirmed

Speakers

  1. Jenifer Burden - Gatsby Charitable Foundation
  2. Daniel Sandford Smith - Gatsby Charitable Foundation

Findings from the recent report into Technical Education in the UK.

Qualification reform; a two-way conversation - T14

Thursday 5th January 2017

11:00 - 12:00

Location : To be confirmed

Speakers

  1. Lucy Rimmington - Ofqual

In brief, I will share information about the reforms to GCSEs and A levels, with particular emphasis on the changes to practical science at GCSE, science awarding and the A level practical endorsement. I should also be able to share some of the emerging insight from our research into the impact of the A level practical changes, although this is TBC. I'll share some resources we have prepared for teachers to use in schools. The session will have plenty of opportunities for colleagues to feed back how the reforms are affecting them and their students.

The HiSPARC project - W09

Thursday 5th January 2017

11:00 - 13:00

Location : To be confirmed

Speakers

  1. Cristina Lazzeroni - University of Birmingham
  2. Maria Pavlidou - University of Birmingham

This session presents the international project HiSPARC to study high-energy cosmic rays in schools. Try the software analysis tools to identify and measure cosmic rays showers and their energy and provenience, and see how real research can inspire students and give insights into �how science works�. Also see practical demonstrations about particle detectors.

Contact email for web/handbook : c.lazzeroni@bham.ac.uk

Enriching project work with CREST - D03

Thursday 5th January 2017

11:00 - 12:00

Location : To be confirmed

Speakers

  1. Jenny O'Hare - British Science Association

Find out what's new with the CREST Awards scheme, which has been recognising success in STEM project work for 30 years.

Contact email for web/handbook : www.britishscienceassociation.org/crest

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