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ASE Technicians Conference 2014 - Silverstone UTC

Friday 23rd May 2014

We are holding a one day CPD event for technicians full of great sessions at a unique location at the heart of British motorsport - Silverstone University Technical College (UTC)

Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm

Venue:Silverstone University Technical College (UTC), Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 8TL  View map and directions

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Silverstone UTC, which opened in September 2013, is a brand new centre of excellence for young people wanting to specialise in the high Performance Engineering and Technical Events Management fields. It is based at the Silverstone racing grounds in a stunning new facility. Find out more about the Silverstone UTC www.utc-silverstone.co.uk

Conference RatesFee
ASE Member £45
Non-member £55
Provisional Programme - 23 May 2014, 9.30am - 4.30pm

09.15 Arrival, registration and exhibition

09.45 Keynote – Steve Jones Director of CLEAPSS

What is practical work for? Will changes to the science curriculum mean more or less practical work in schools?

10.30 Coffee and Exhibition

11.00 Session 1

Bringing real science to schools how microscience changed the way I do practical experiments - forever: Dr Wooster 

The workshop will be based around Microscience. We will be carrying out a demonstration of the reduction of copper oxide using Microscience equipment.

Don’t buy it, make it! Jane Major, CLEAPSS

Participants will make, and take away with them, items of science equipment that could be useful for their jobs and save their schools money. They will gain experience in glass working techniques, soldering, working with different materials and using hand tools. It is hoped that participants will go away with the confidence and ideas to tackle future DIY

Blood typing: Paul Gray, Timstar

ABO and Rh typing of blood left at the scene of a crime can help to narrow down a list of suspects. In this workshop delegates will use agglutination to identify the blood group of unknown blood samples as a step to identification of a criminal

12.30 Lunch and Exhibition

13.30 Session 2

Don’t buy it, make it! Jane Major, CLEAPSS

Participants will make, and take away with them, items of science equipment that could be useful for their jobs and save their schools money. They will gain experience in glass working techniques, soldering, working with different materials and using hand tools. It is hoped that participants will go away with the confidence and ideas to tackle future DIY projects.

Genes in a bottle: Hilary Cable, Sci Chem

Extract your own DNA from cheek cells and bottle it in a cool necklace.....using Biorad Technology Plus investigate the New Stem kit.

Transistors, simple electronics for the curriculum: John Dobson, Matrix

This workshop will give a hands on experience of using what has become a simple but effective range of components that simplifies the process of learning and teaching electricity and electronics. The core range consists of more than 200 electronic components (ANSI and DIN) mounted on rugged plastic carriers which are printed with the corresponding circuit symbols. Easily incorporated into the curriculum providing the tools to deliver experiments in electricity and electronics. A key benefit of Locktronics is that the user can construct a working circuit that can also show the corresponding circuit diagram. This workshop focuses on the use of the introduction of transistors.

15.00 Session 3

Managing Risk in the Science Department – the technician’s role: Steve Jones, CLEAPSS

How is risk managed in school science? Who is responsible for what and what does good practice look like? We will look at CLEAPSS guidance that helps schools meet their legal requirements and keep practical work safe (and exciting!). We would also clarify what your responsibilities are in relation to risk assessment

How quick are your reactions, and how fit are you? Barbara Higginbotham, Data Harvest

This is a hands-on session where we will investigate reaction times, heart rates and more, using a touch-screen datalogger and sensors.

Registered Technician status: Frances Evans, ASE

Have you ever thought about applying for registered status but didn’t know where to start? This session will describe the process by which you can gain accreditation and provide practical help.

16.00 Close