ASE Newsletter 30 June 2011
 

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The Association for Science Education is a dynamic community of teachers, technicians, and other professionals supporting science education and is the largest subject association in the UK. The ASE is an independent and open forum for debate and a powerful force to promote excellence in science teaching and learning, with unique benefits for members. 

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VOTE NOW!
Voting is now open for positions on our new Council which will be the board of trustees of the Association, following our Rule Change, and the position of Chair-elect. Click here for more information.

YOU are ASE…over to YOU!
The membership survey, which will help shape the future of ASE, is now available. Not a member? We want to hear your views too!

NEW! It's Not Fair

NEW! It's Not Fair

‘Science enquiry is what children do in order to answer scientific questions about the world around them.’
This new publication describes different types of science enquiry, how they help with developing scientific understanding and how children’s scientific enquiry skills develop. It will help all primary teachers to broaden the range of science enquiries that children experience.

 It's Not Fair will be available for purchase soon. Please click here to view all publications available from ASE. Members receive great discounts!

New on your website

New on your website

Member Discounts
ASE members are entitled to discounts on the products or services of many other organisations. These discounts include:
  • Up 40% on New Scientist Magazine
  • Intercontinental Hotels accommodation discount
  • NEW! 50% discount subscription to Nature
  • Europcar Rental – Preferential rates for car and van rental
Click here to access these discounts.

Journals Update
New issues of Education in Science and School Science Review have been uploaded this month.

Need help searching Primary Science issues?
Primary Science is trying to produce a way of searching for articles with particular themes, or key words. Click here for a spreadsheet that links articles from 86 onwards to a list of key words. If you have any suggestions or comments please contact us

Are you a trainee teacher in primary education?
Click here to access a list of essential books.

Are you a trainee teacher in 11-19 education?
Click here to access a list of essential books.

Join ASE now! 20% discount for new members
Have you been thinking about joining ASE? Do you have a colleague who can’t make up their mind? Now is the time to act.

ASE Chat

ASE Chat

ASE Chat is a weekly online science education discussion group. The discussion is conducted via Twitter using the #asechat hashtag. It takes place on Monday evenings from 8.00-9.00pm (UK time). 
If you are an ASE member, you can submit ideas for future #asechat discussions via the ASE Forum. Polls will then be conducted in order to select a topic.
Please download the #asechat flier and display it in your science prep room or staff room.
Don't forget to follow the ASE on Twitter!

 Polls and summaries of past discussions can be found on the #asechat page.

Cafe ASE presents 'Why should we teach about how science works?'

Cafe ASE presents 'Why should we teach about how science works?'

Andrew Hunt will present 'Why should we teach about how science works?' on July 14 at Waterstones Bookshop in London. The talk will begin at 6.45pm at Waterstones Bookshop (2nd Floor), Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ. Admission is free. To discuss this topic, login to the ASE member forum and join the conversation.

 For more information, including video of past events, please click here.

Schoolscience

Schoolscience

Schoolscience is working with the British Heart Foundation to promote their Emergency Life Support in schools campaign. Visit unfortunate Eric and follow the links if you want to lend your voice to the debate.
Have you seen the Most Recent tab? This is where to find the latest resources on schoolscience including new books, careers website, summer school, and competitions.
Mission Discovery - An exceptional opportunity to be involved with the development of a real space experiment at this Imperial College summer school from 1 - 5 August 2011.

Crucial - the GCSE resource you can't afford to be without

Crucial - the GCSE resource you can't afford to be without

upd8 has developed Crucial as the most effective and affordable preparation for success. In 'New Antibiotics', students discover how to fight antibiotic resistant bacteria. It is designed to teach new content from the AQA A 2011 specification, and develop the assessed skill of deciding whether evidence justifies a conclusion. The online preview shows the teachers’ presentation. In the full version there is also an exam question with marking guide, student sheets, and a teacher’s guide. Sign up to recieve Crucial activities.

 Choose Crucial - the essential upgrade for 2011.

ASE News

More news articles

2011 Primary Science Teacher Awards Now Open

The Awards recognise excellence in Primary Science Teaching. Deadline for nominations: 7th October 2011. Click here for more information

ASE in the News

Annette Smith: How can we make Science fun for kids?
AXA Website, May 2011
My organisation is the membership association for science teachers so I’m taking this question to mean – how can we make science lessons fun?  Should science teachers feel the need to blow up caravans at every opportunity or at least to create lab sized explosions?  They also need to make sure that the learning is moving along so the pyrotechnics could conflict with that aim.

Climate change should be excluded from curriculum, says adviser
Jessica Shepherd, guardian.co.uk,12 June 2011
Head of government review says school syllabus needs to 'get back to the science in science'

Liz Lawrence becomes Chair Elect on 1st August

Liz Lawrence becomes Chair Elect on 1st August

15 Jun 2011

ASE is very pleased to announce that Liz Lawrence, current Chair of Primary Committee, will take up the position of Chair-elect of the Association on 1 August 2011.

Communications Officer/ Web Editor

Communications Officer/ Web Editor

27 Jun 2011

Experienced and energetic communications professional required to continue to improve communication within the Association for Science Education and to help to maintain and enhance our profile externally.

Science Newswise 2 launched on the ASE website

Science Newswise 2 launched on the ASE website

17 May 2011

News items in both broadcast and print media can be used to illustrate a wide range of ideas associated with science – its content, its methods of inquiry and, particularly, its impact on society.

Students for Sydney winners announced

Students for Sydney winners announced

22 Jun 2011

Applications for Students were received from all over the UK and five students have been selected to travel to the Professor Harry Messel International Science School 2011 in Sydney, Australia!

Students for Sydney winners - Andrew Bunting

Students for Sydney winners - Andrew Bunting

28 Jun 2011

Andrew Bunting has been selected to travel to the Professor Harry Messel International Science School 2011 in Sydney, Australia as part of the Students for Sydney program.

Students for Sydney winner: Danya Zeng

Students for Sydney winner: Danya Zeng

27 Jun 2011

Danya Zeng, a student at King’s High School in Warwickshire, has been selected to participate in Students for Sydney.

Students for Sydney winner: Richard Lewis

Students for Sydney winner: Richard Lewis

30 Jun 2011

Richard Lewis will be joining five other students on a trip to the Professor Harry Messel International Science School 2011 in Sydney, Australia as part of Students for Sydney.

Students for Sydney winner: Nicholas Hulbert

Students for Sydney winner: Nicholas Hulbert

29 Jun 2011

Nicholas Hulbert will be joining five other students on a trip to the Professor Harry Messel International Science School 2011 in Sydney, Australia.

ASE Events

More events articles

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.

Save the Date: Upcoming Conferences

NAIGS conference
30th June & 1st July 2011 in Durham City

National Technicians Conference in association with the NSLC 
July 7 & 8, 2011 in York

ATSE Conference 
Aug 22 - 24, 2011 in Hatfield

ASE Annual Conference 2012
January 4-7, 2012 at University of Liverpool

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