The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

Motivating Physics - T04

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : HumSS, 25

Speakers

  1. Alex Holmes - AQA

Assessment Beyond Levels - T05

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : HumSS, 124

Speakers

  1. Chris Haines - Essex Education Services, Essex County Council

As part of the reforms to the national curriculum, the system of ´┐Żlevels´┐Ż used to report children's attainment and progress were removed from September 2014. Schools are expected to have in place approaches to assessment that support pupil attainment and progression. The assessment framework should be built into the school curriculum. This workshop showcases the approach developed by Essex Education Services with enhancements to Target Tracker designed to provide a suite of assessment materials as diagnostic toolkits to determine progress

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.

From Supernovae to Sparks: How Cosmic Rays Affect Lightning Rates at Earth - T08

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Henley, G15

Speakers

  1. Dr Chris Scott - Department of Meteorology, University of Reading

The space through which Earth orbits contains a constant stream of energetic particles known as cosmic rays. The most energetic of these are generated by supernovae explosions and can penetrate the atmosphere down to ground level, influencing the electrical properties of the air. Recent evidence indicates that cosmic rays are responsible for triggering lightning strokes, leading to the tantalizing prospect that the distant explosion of a star can influence the weather on Earth.

BERG - Lesson Design for Conceptual Progression - T02

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Palmer, 108

Speakers

  1. Dr Pamela Black - University of Cambridge

How to design and teach science/genetics lessons that support 14 to 18 year olds' conceptual progression. Join this talk and discussion with lesson exemplars.

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.

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).

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!

Electronics for Novices - BC01

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 11:30

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

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.)

Pinhole Photography, Camera Obscuras and 6-Month Exposures - BC02

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 12:30

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

Speakers

  1. Justin Quinnell

Designed to push experimentation and learning alongside automated technology. The session will cover Camera obscura construction, Pinhole photography, Solargraphy (6 month exposures tracking the sun) and non chemical approaches as well as darkroom construction and digital image capture with pinhole. The techniques will benefit primary, secondary and FE teachers.

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