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ASE: The Mighty Sky project

Issue: November 2014 258

Author: Nick Swift

Extract: Music and science are normally distinct departments in schools, yet coming together to combine the two can create effective and lasting learning experiences. In October, the Daventry Music Centre, under Kerry Horner, blew the barriers down in a memorable live performance with American singer songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, playing songs from The Mighty Sky, a Grammy-nominated album about astronomy.

How Family Learning Nights raise the scientific interest of pupils

Issue: November 2014 258

Author: Kirsten Greygoose

Extract: In a generation of perpetual connectivity to our mobile devices and the constantly changing face of technology, it seems absurd that we should be suffering a lack of skilled scientists and engineers. In an interview with the BBC in 2013, Professor John Perkins, chief scientific adviser at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, said that this could be constraining the UK’s economic recovery.

Innovation and enterprise in STEM

Issue: November 2014 258

Author: Margaret R. Ritchie

Extract: The very first Schools’ Innovation and Enterprise event took place on Friday 13th June 2014. The event was hosted by BioCity Scotland and organised by the University of Edinburgh. The aim of this unique event was to stimulate pupils’ interest in STEM and Life Sciences, by providing opportunities for schoolteachers and young people to experience innovation and enterprise in Life Sciences at BioCity Scotland.

Gaia – the workshop

Issue: November 2014 258

Author: Neil Herrington and Peter Horton

Extract: Gaia Theory, often characterised as Earth System Science, emerged from the work of James Lovelock and his subsequent collaboration with the microbiologist Lynn Margulis. Lovelock’s life and work is the subject of a major exhibition at the Science Museum www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/lovelock, which will run until April 2015.

Sparks will fly! The RI Christmas Lectures 2014

Issue: November 2014 258

Author: Lynne Bianchi

Extract: ‘I believe everyone has the potential to be an inventor!’ says Newcastleborn Professor Danielle George. Professor George will be presenting the 2014 series of Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, the sixth female lecturer since 1825. This article outlines this year’s Lectures.

Annual General Meeting 2015

Issue: November 2014 258

Primary Science Focus

Issue: November 2014 258

Author: Lois Kelly

Extract: Will you be at ASE Annual Conference 2015? and meet your committee!

The Prep Room

Issue: November 2014 258

Author: Sue Smith

Extract: Notes and News for Technicians by Technicians

Research Focus: Assessment without levels

Issue: November 2014 258

Author: Sarah Earle and Dan Davies

Extract: Assessment is primarily a matter of judgement rather than measurement, yet for too long we have been pretending that we can measure pupils’ attainment and progress in increasingly fine detail.

Science Learning Centres Roundup – STACS: what happened next!

Issue: November 2014 258

Author: Simon Quinell

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