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ASE Cymru Regional Conference - The Art of Communication

Date: Saturday 4th October 2014

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Location : National Museum of Wales Cardiff

Cost : FREE

Venue: National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP View directions

Time: Tea and coffee available from 10am. Conference close at 2.30pm.

Lunch: Please bring your own or can be purchased at venue.

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Available in welsh/English

Programme - 4 October 2014

Keynote Speaker

Science and storytelling - Professor Alice Roberts, ASE President 
Using examples from ancient and contemporary culture, this discussion explores how storytelling has been essential to transmitting cultural knowledge within and between generations, for thousands of years. Storytelling is fundamental to the way we share information. Both art and storytelling are important to cooperation and social learning: we naturally share ideas and create cumulative culture. Science now represents a huge and important proportion of our cultural knowledge. Sometimes the story can get lost, when we focus on communicating individual concepts. We need to remember how powerful stories are in communicating ideas.

Workshop sessions

KS4 & 5 Dayna Mason  Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

Spectroscopy in a Suitcase is an outreach scheme that gives school students the chance to learn about spectroscopy through hands-on experience. The activities cover the principles of spectroscopic techniques and use real-life contexts to demonstrate their applications.
Spectroscopy in a Suitcase in Wales is a partnership between the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Welsh Government (National Science Academy). The Royal Society of Chemistry is the largest non-government supporter of chemistry education in the UK.  Our activities encompass lifelong learning, including formal and informal education, and are grouped into three key areas: schools and colleges, higher education and continuing professional development.

KS3-5: Alessio Bernardelli – Have you Ever TRULY Mind Mapped? 

Alessio Bernardelli has extensive experience in developing thinking and in making mind mapping and other learning techniques accessible to learners and teachers. He is an Official iMindMap Leader and TASC Specialist and in this workshop he will give an insight into how to develop effective memory and mind mapping techniques to support learners’ revision and to enhance their comprehension of science topics. This workshop is for anyone interested in improving their mind mapping skills and for those who want tounderstand what mind mapping is all about within a science context. 

KS2 & 3: Liz Terry – Gopher Science Laboratory

Gopher Science Lab Wales is a transition phase initiative funded by the Welsh Government through the National Science Academy and delivered by the Society of Biology across Wales.  All participants will receive the Gopher Science Lab Wales resource box with 10 specially designed activities and full teacher notes. The Gopher Science Lab Wales is a hands-on workshop designed especially for inquisitive primary aged children where they use house-hold items, familiar analogies, simple language and fun to encourage natural curiosity. Schools can run Gopher Science Lab Days in secondary schools with their feeder primary schools or in primary schools with KS2 pupils as a STEM  Club activity or classroom session.  During this process pupils develop skills in communication, innovation and increased self-confidence.  Find out more.

Foundation & KS2: Heather  Jackson and Liam Doyle – Story telling in Science

KS3 & 4: Jocelyn Wishart – Making animations for teaching and learning

Making non-stop animations as a means of teaching in school has been found to be very engaging, both promoting peer discussion about the physics and showing up students misconceptions for the teacher to act upon. Students reported the discussions to be the most help to understanding the science and enjoyed modelling or drawing the most. Participants in this workshop will trial making an animation for themselves and learn more about the benefits of and challenges to teaching this way

Plus find out about the Association for Science Education, Primary Science Quality Mark, Chartered Science Teacher and opportunities for school groups to visit the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. ASE in partnership with