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Teaching the history of the universe! Don't miss Dr Francisco Diego at ASE Annual Conference 2014

28 October 2013

Teaching the history of the universe! Don't miss Dr Francisco Diego at ASE Annual Conference 2014

ASE are delighted to announce that popular astronomer, TV presenter and UCL Research fellow, Dr Francisco Diego, will be speaking at the Annual Conference on his new project Think Universe: All is One with science teacher, Shirin Sheikh-Bahai. This project is a novel and simple teaching approach to all natural sciences for both primary and secondary education. From the surface of the Sun, subatomic particles and the emergence of quarks and electrons from the big bang - Don't miss this resource session on teaching selected milestones from the history of the universe!

Think Universe: All is One refers to the nature of the entire universe, where absolutely everything we see is made out of the same tiny building blocks. With this in mind, Dr Francisco Diego and Shirin Sheikh-Bahai will present a novel and simple teaching approach to all natural sciences, co-ordinated at all levels of education. They will describe the results of a pilot project sponsored by a Partnership Grant from the Royal Society, where analogies, materials and optical equipment were used to discover the amazing connections between the very small and the very large. Their journey of exploration went from biological cells to molecules and atoms, from the surface of the Sun, subatomic particles and the emergence of quarks and electrons from the big bang. Selected milestones in the history of the universe are displayed on a linear time line involving all natural sciences. The response they recieved from pupils exceeded all expectations and the project is being developed as coordinated core science at primary and secondary levels.

This session is part of the ASE Annual Conference 2014 programme, University of Birmingham, Saturday 11th January 1100-1300. Book online.

Dr Francisco Diego is senior research fellow at University College London. He has wide experience in the design, building and use of telescopes, spectrographs and microscopes including photography and video recording techniques. He also has extensive experience in education, media, public and schools outreach in a variety of topics from cosmology and particle physics to astrophysics, spectroscopy and life in the universe.

Shirin Sheikh-Bahai is the new Head of Science at DeBohun School, north London. She has a BSc in Natural Science with Physics and a diploma in physics and mathematics with special interest in astronomy. She has created and coordinated an astronomy club. Shirin took an educational training course in NASA's Kennedy Space Centre and as a result of this success, and the lesson plans of her astronomy club, she has written a guide book for teachers recently published by Cambridge Education. Shirin is currently engaged in an MA course on Current Development in Science Education at the Institute of Education, where she develops her concept of Open Investigatory Practical Work.