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Keeping Alan Turing’s name alive at Sherborne School

Issue: September 2016 265

Author: David Ridgeway

Extract: Alan Turing is now a household name, and in Britain he is a national hero. There are several biographies, a handful of documentaries, one Hollywood feature film, countless articles, plays, poems, statues and other tributes, and a blue plaque in almost every town in which he lived or worked.

Elf & Safety: Part 1

Issue: September 2016 265

Author: Andy Piggott

Extract: Many problems with health and safety are due to poor design of labs and prep rooms. Advice and guidance on good design of science accommodation can be found at However, this article looks at how our behaviour, as science teachers and technicians, affects the management of risks to ourselves and our students.

Virtual Reality in science and geography via Google Expeditions

Issue: September 2016 265

Extract: The year 2016 is when Virtual Reality has finally become a mainstream product, with major investment by some of the leading developers in the IT and smartphone sector (e.g. HTC, Samsung, Sony). Whilst the Virtual Reality (VR) devices being launched this year are usually associated with gaming and entertainment, their potential in education is also being explored.

The CREST 30th anniversary–looking back into the future

Issue: September 2016 265

Extract: Find out about new developments and planned festivities at the CREST awards celebrates 30 years. updates

Issue: September 2016 265

The Great Bug Hunt 2016

Issue: September 2016 265

Extract: The 2016 winning entries were judged on 28th June, during National Insect Week, by Dr. Luke Tilley from the RES and Rebecca Dixon-Watmough from ASE. Children taking part in the competition had spent their time exploring habitats before recording their observations and researching the insects. Photos, pictures, poems, graphs and songs were all used to creatively show off the little things that run the world – insects.

The Prep Room

Issue: September 2016 265

Author: Compiled by Sue Smith

Extract: Notes and news for technicians by technicians.

Primary Science Focus: The year ahead

Issue: September 2016 265

Author: Lesley Hunter

Research Focus: Science teachers engaging with research

Issue: September 2016 265

Author: Shirley Simon

Extract: Setting out on a professional journey as a new teacher involves experiencing a very steep learning curve. Early experiences usually stay in the memory for a long time; I can still remember my first lesson as a newly qualified teacher over forty years ago.

What resources to buy?

Issue: September 2016 265

Extract: We are pleased to present summary reports of the next three resources to have been awarded the ASE Green Tick. Full evaluations can be found on the ASE website ( uk/bookshop/reviews/).

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