ASE Newsletter 28 February 2011
 

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Upcoming Area Conferences in March

Upcoming Area Conferences in March

The Scottish Science Education Conference: Science without Limits will take place at the Crieff Hydro Hotel on March 4-5, 2011. To book online, click here.You can also register in person on the day of the conference.

The East of England Science & CPD Conference will take place at Stewards School, Harlow on Saturday 5th March 2011. Click here for more information, including the conference programme. Online booking is now available. You can also register in person on the day of the conference.

Northern Ireland Conference 2011 will be held on 11th March 2011 in Belfast. Click here for more information. Booking has now closed.

The Northern Area Science & CPD Conference will take place at Science Learning Centre North West, Didsbury on Saturday 26th March 2011. This event is sold out. A waiting list is available. 

For more information about Area Conferences, including more information about the Primary Science & Design and Technology Conference, National Technicians Conference (in association with the NSLC), and South East Area Science & CPD Conference, please click here

Are you a Chartered Science Teacher?

Are you a Chartered Science Teacher?

CSciTeach is a chartered designation which recognises the unique combination of skills, knowledge, understanding and expertise that is required by individuals involved in the specific practice and advancement of science teaching and learning. The next deadline for CSciTeach in 2011 is March 3. Missed this deadline? The next opportunity to submit applications will be on June 2.

 Show your commitment to CPD - Apply today!

Subsidise your ASE subscription!

Subsidise your ASE subscription!

Claim back your tax relief now. It is worth 20% to a basic rate taxpayer.If you have not claimed previously, you may be able to make a claim going back for the last six years! 

 Click here to find out how to claim!

ASE Online - Becta Legacy Science Resources now on the ASE website

ASE Online - Becta Legacy Science Resources now on the ASE website

Becta, the government agency that developed the innovative use of technology throughout learning, closed on January 31, 2011. The ASE has uploaded a selection of science education resources that Becta produced to our website. Resources include: the Hard To Teach (2008) series, Science Symbols in Different Languages, and additional resources such as ICT in Primary Science: A Pupil’s Entitlement (April 2009), ICT in Secondary Science: A Pupil’s Entitlement (April 2009) and the 21st Century Teacher: Science (March 2010) – a booklet introducing new technology for science teachers.

 Click here to view Becta Legacy Science Resources

ASE Online - New Safety Resource available for members

ASE Online - New Safety Resource available for members

Health and Safety Resources for ASE members are also being continually updated. New this month for members - The Chemicals List table from Safety in Science Education, DfEE, as revised by the Laboratory Safeguards Committee.

 ASE's resources are all a part of ASE Online. Login and get involved today!

ASE Journals Update

ASE Journals Update

This month sees the publication of the two latest ASE journals! February's Education in Science features news from the ASE Online as well as keeping you up to date with what is happening in science education.

Science Teacher Education (STE) no. 60 is now live - containing articles about science and sustainability, the Government White Paper, CPD, lessons for chemistry and much more. If you don't already subscribe, click onto the issue cover and look at the sample articles.

Have you seen the new issue of School Science Review? The theme is small-scale science. Click here to view samples or login to view the full journal

 Click here to view the journals area and download free samples.

New books - get yours today!

New books - get yours today!

ASE members benefit from discounted prices on all ASE Publications and lower prices on selected titles from leading publishers. For example, the new editions of the ASE Guides to Science Education are £19.00 for members and £25.00 for non members. Be sure to take advantage of this member’s benefit!

ASE’s new titles for 2011 are:

 To view all publications available from ASE, please click here.

Cafe ASE

Cafe ASE

Café ASE is an informal new discussion event in London that aims to provide ASE members with a forum to express their views on science education. Based on the Café Scientifique model, the meetings start with a short presentation from an influential teacher or policy maker and then open up into a discussion, with questions and comments from the audience. Many thanks to all those that made the first Café ASE such a success. 

Alom Shaha, Science Teacher, Film Maker and Writer, will present What’s the Point of Science? at the next Café ASE on Thursday 10th March 2011 at 6.45pm at Waterstones Bookshop (2nd Floor), Gower Street, WC1E 6EQ. Admission is free; you don’t need tickets, just turn up.

 For more information, click here.

Getting Practical - Free resources and CPD courses

Getting Practical - Free resources and CPD courses

FREE copies of SCORE' ‘Practical work in Science’ and ‘Practical work in Primary Science’ resources books are still available. Contact georginachapman@ase.org.uk to request your copy.

Getting Practical CPD courses are still available to primary and secondary science teachers across England, free of charge. Click here to see what is available in your area.

The latest issue of EiS features the latest on how Getting Practical is being embedded in CPD courses run by other organisations and how Getting Practical has been used to support Triple Science as part of a LSN funded network.

 Click here to visit the Getting Practical website.

The Great Bug Hunt 2011

The Great Bug Hunt 2011

What will you find? For more information about this competition, click here to download the flyer or visit the website. Deadline: June 15, 2011. 
Follow schoolscience on Twitter (@schoolscience) to get instant updates on new content plus things that have caught our eye from around the world.

ASE News

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Seeing the big picture

I was at a symposium last week with leading industrialists and entrepreneurs and I began thinking about our concern in the STEM world about young people taking up careers and qualifications in science.

ASE News

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Have you considered becoming an ASE Chartered Science Teacher?

Have you considered becoming an ASE Chartered Science Teacher?

16 Feb 2011

Jane Johnston achieved CSciTeach status in September 2006. To read her story or find out how to apply, click on the headline above. The next deadline for CSciTeach in 2011 is March 3.

ASE responds to the Review of the National Curriculum in England and welcomes your views

ASE responds to the Review of the National Curriculum in England and welcomes your views

14 Feb 2011

The Association for Science Education will be responding to the Review of the National Curriculum. Members can share their views by logging in to the ASE Forum or by participating in our survey.

The ASE launches Students For Sydney 2011

The ASE launches Students For Sydney 2011

10 Feb 2011

Do you know a science student with potential? Then give them the opportunity to spend the day at the Royal Institution and nominate them for a trip to the Professor Harry Messel International Science School 2011 in Sydney, Australia!

ASE’s call to action!

ASE’s call to action!

20 Jan 2011

ASE welcomes the Early Day Motion on Outdoor Science Education. Encourage your MP to sign it today!

Café ASE presents ‘How Should We Assess Science in Schools?’

Café ASE presents ‘How Should We Assess Science in Schools?’

07 Feb 2011

Café ASE is an informal new monthly event that aims to provide science teachers with a forum to express their views on science education.

ASE Events

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ASE Regional Events

Visit your region page to find local events, regional forums, documents, and links. Click here to view a list of upcoming regional events.

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here!

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! is an online event where students get to meet and interact with real scientists. The dates for 2011 are 14th - 25th March and 13th – 24th June. March is a small, warm up event, with 6 zones (i.e. 30 scientists and 120 classes).For more information go to http://imascientist.org.uk/

Global Stamp Competition about Culture and Chemistry

The Global Stamp Competition is an initiative to celebrate the UNESCO International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011). Enter this competition and design a national stamp that reflects on 'Chemistry as a Cultural Enterprise', showing the chemical impact on the culture and/or everyday life in your country. For more information, click here or email Lida Schoen at amschoen@xs4all.nl.

04 Mar 2011 - 05 Mar 2011
The Scottish Science Education Conference 2011

Location : Crieff Hydro Hotel

ASE Scotland organises (in partnership with SSERC) the annual Scottish Science Education Conference. The 2011 Scottish Science Education Conference, "Science without Limits" will be held at Crieff Hydro Hotel, 4-5 March 2011.

05 Mar 2011
ASE East of England Area Science and CPD Conference

Location : Stewards School, Harlow

Harlow 2011 covers all levels from Foundation to KS5 including technicians. The Conference will take place at Stewards School, Harlow on Saturday 5th March 2011.

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