Here is a brief overview of the past month’s activity at ASE’s Headquarters, including some of the major interactions, as compiled by the CEO Annette Smith.
In July, the Registration Board met to decide on the latest round of professional status applications. There were additional Chartered Science Teacher, Registered Scientist and Registered Science Technician applications after the close of nominations, and a further steady stream since then. We now have in place a system to send through Fast Track applications fortnightly, so members who meet the criteria for registration don’t have to wait for the next board meeting. RSciTech has also been promoted at the two large technicians conferences and been enthusiastically received.
ASE’s Council met for the final time this year, and said goodbye to Richard Needham as he stepped down as Chair. The council elections were held and their new membership for 2012/13 can be seen on the website’s About ASE section. Council has approved the proposals for ASE’s committees and regions and these proposals will now go out for final discussion periods.
During the month, I attended the UK’s live transmission of the latest results from the Large Hadron Collider. DfE held a feedback session for the draft Programmes of Study for the primary science National Curriculum, to which I and ASE’s Director of Curriculum Innovation Marianne Cutler were invited. The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition Soiree was attended by several ASE representatives and I also attended the Royal Society of Chemistry’s summer event at the Royal Academy. Finally, I also contributed to a discussion at the British Science Association on the future of the National Science and Engineering Competition and the Pearson Science and Mathematics panel.
Don't miss the next Primary Science issue
Don’t miss the next issue of Primary Science due out in September. There will be plenty of top tips to take your science teaching to the next level in the new year. Articles include a look at how maths and science are intrinsically linked, with examples from the wonders of the universe, to the length of a bats' tongues!
There will also be a response to a letter about the state of science in primary schools and funding providers will share their criteria, providing a handy summary of the information you need to fund your latest project.
If you have missed a session of the weekly online discussion group #asechat, you can catch up with our online archives and summaries.
These are the latest topics discussed:
What is your favourite science demonstration?
What are your top tips for teaching maths in science?
What are your favourite extra-curricular science activities?
How do you teach energy?
Taking part in #asechat is easy, so why not give it a try and find out how being part of this lively online community of people passionate about science education can benefit you.
Support the ASE's 50th Anniversary Celebrations
The ASE is turning 50 next year and to mark the occasion there will be a host of celebratory activities.
To help us make these exciting plans a reality, we recently launched the ASE Anniversary Appeal, inviting supporters to help us redouble our efforts to influence and lead the future of science education.
Our latest endeavour to support the plans, is our new Donate facility, which makes giving to the ASE easier than ever!
Schoolscience picks the latest resources and news
As always, ASE's learning resource website schoolscience.co.uk has plenty of ideas you can use to make the most of your science lessons.
- As A-level results are out, the decision to go to university may be a simple one for some, but for others it is a complex choice that requires a lot of thought. The Economic and Social Research Council has produced a series of papers, useful for debating Why go to university?
- Schoolscience also acts as a handy round up of science and education news. Find out about new research funded by Cancer Research UK and the Medical Research Council (MRC).