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CANCELLED ASE Scotland Annual Conference 2018 - Edinburgh

Date: Saturday 3rd March 2018

Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location : Currie Community High School, 31 Dolphin Avenue, Currie, EH14 5RD

Cost : Starting from £55.00

Due to adverse weather condition we regret to announce the cancellation of the ASE Scotland Annual Conference 2018

In addition to supporting teaching in biology, chemistry and physics, the conference will explore primary science and careers in STEM. There will also be a full exhibition of support and resources for science education at this conference. 

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Workshop A choices

A1 Primary: Lets talk – Bogs: Teresa McErlean and Hayley Sherrard SSERC

This workshop provides an introduction to an addition to the Lets Talk series.  ‘Lets Talk – Bogs’ supports discussion of the importance of this habitat.  Whilst written for pupils at CfE Second level it could be modified for use with younger pupils.  The workshop also features related practical activities.

A2 Primary: Cheap/low budget investigations for teaching science enquiry skills: Diane Molyneux, St Georges School for Girls

No need for expensive equipment, this workshop looks at skills of scientific enquiry (prediction, planning for fair-testing, evaluation of results, classification, carrying out investigations on friction, air resistance, motion, gravity and growing peas and beans) using everyday and recycled materials. 

A3 BGE: Assessing progress and monitoring and tracking in BGE science: Nicola Jones Monfieth High School

This seminar will describe the use of an approach for assessing progress in the BGE sciences at Monifieth High School, Angus. The approach described in the session was received very positively by HMIE in a recent inspection and has been used as an example of good practice during both the 2017 Scottish Learning Festival and in subsequently inspected schools.

A4 Biology:  Flipping Higher Biology!!!: Gillian Davis, Leith Academy

In this session I will share my experiences of using flipped learning over the last two years.  This will include why I decided to try it out and how I went about it, as well the impact it has had on my learners and my classroom practice.

A5 Chemistry: Microscale Chemistry: Chris Lloyd, SSERC

Microscale chemistry is growing in popularity as teachers see its many advantages: cost, time, safety and more. This workshop gives an opportunity to try out various microscale techniques and experiments to see how they might enhance chemistry in your establishment.

A6 Physics: Reliable Practicals for the N5 Physics Assignment: Gregor Steele, SSERC

The Assignment for National 5 Physics now includes a compulsory practical element. In this workshop, we look at low cost, reliable investigations where there is also online data available for comparison in the write-up.

A7 General: Interdisciplinary Microscopy: Seeing with all the Sciences: Dr Paul Dalgarno and Laura Wicks, Heriott Watt University


Microscopy is one of the key technologies in all of modern science; with primary applications towards biology and the life sciences. The modern microscope is based on physics principles, applied through chemistry applications to life science challenges. Interdisciplinary science is therefore the key to advancing this principle. We will discuss how interdisciplinary research and learning is critical for all ages, with hands on examples from university research and smartphone microscope.  30 min talk, 30 min workshop with smartphone microscopes and high-speed cameras.


Workshop B choices

B1 Primary: To dye for Teresa McErlean and Hayley Sherrard SSERC

This workshop offers practical activities around the theme of dyeing using natural materials.  The activities which could be used to address SCN 2-02b offer opportunities for Interdisciplinary Learning linking science to Technologies, Social Subjects and Expressive Arts.

B2 General:  Learning beyond labels: science education for learners with additional support needs: Jane Essex, Strathclyde University

The session will consider the reasons why science is often disproportionately difficult to students with intellectual disabilities and other additional support needs. It will also demonstrate a range of practical strategies to enhance their science learning.

B3 General: A Case Study of STEM Implementation in A Secondary High School: Irene Somerville, Currie High School

The session will provide a case study concentrating on the implementation of STEM strategies into the curriculum at Currie Community High School including visual displays of resources and students work, discussion of cross-curricular activities and targeted sessions and developing links with STEM industries.

B4 General: 5 minute datalogging activities covering Physics, Chemistry and Biology: Lucienne McCallum Timstar

This exciting and engaging session will be hands on using Dataharvest datalogging.  There will be 5 minute activities to try including the chocolate effect, magnet through a coil, reactions using coke and alkaseltzer to name a few.  It will demonstrate the simplicity and ease of use of this particular system has to offer.  It can be incorporated at all levels of the curriculum and covers a wide range of practical science experiments.  Delegates will receive free resources.  Come along and be inspired.

B5 Primary: ‘RAiSE’: Raising aspirations in science education: Juliet Lunniss & Gayle Duffus

The Raising Aspirations in Science Education Programme has been running for over a year in nine local authorities. This workshop shares the objectives and successes of the programme before exploring a range of easy and engaging STEM activities suitable for use in primary school settings at early, first and second level.

B6 General:  Regenerative Medicine: Development of Blood Stem Cells: Sabrina Gordon-Keylock, PhD Research Associate, Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Stem cells are vital for building and repairing the body. There are many types of stem cell - some exist only in the embryo, and others are found in adult tissues, such as skin, muscle, bone, blood or the nervous system, where they can produce specialized cell types of the organ in which they reside. Regenerative medicine holds great promise for restoring or replacing damaged tissues in patients, for investigating causes of different diseases and in drug discovery. Here we will present recent advances in the field, how we might use stem cells in the future and the latest educational resources. 

B7 Physics: Hands-on Wave-Particle Duality: Damian Pope and Nathan Chow, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Canada

Wave-particle duality is one of the deepest mysteries of quantum mechanics.  Explore hands-on activities that introduce students to this

vitally important concept in the quantum world. Perimeter’s The Challenge of Quantum Reality classroom resource is developed in collaboration with educators and PI researchers with connections to the Scottish National Course Specifications in Advanced Higher and Higher Physics.


Workshop C choices

C1 Primary:  Primary Data Logging Workshop – bring your own device: Lee Grahame, Data Harvest

Download EasySense software from app store, and bring an iPad/Android along.  Capturing data has never been easier. The Vu+ data logger has built in Temperature, Light and Sound sensors giving instant results. Two external inputs are also available for sensors such as Heart Rate, Powerhouse to our Friction Ramp.


C2 Primary:  Engineering Your Curriculum: Research by teachers for teachers: Lise McCaffery Med, Primary Engineer

Fifteen practitioners from Early Years, Primary and Secondary have completed Primary Engineer’s Professional Recognition course, Engineering STEM Learning, including a cycle of practitioner-led enquiry into STEM pedagogy. This is research for teachers, by teachers, and they are sharing their findings during this session on developing a community of practice in STEM

C3 BGE: Practical ideas for teaching Climate Change: James Rae, Geobus


The session will be based around a series of practical experiments, for Third Level to Higher, exploring the science of Climate Change, along with the impact and effects in Scotland and across the world. Instructions for carrying out experiments will be given, along with an introduction to related online GeoBus teaching resources


C4 General: Fluorescence Analysis using Standard Silicone Technology: Bruce Rae, PhD Photonics Pixel Architect, STMicroelectronics, Edinburgh

Fluorescence based analysis of samples is a fundamental research technique used in the life sciences. The sensitivity of a sample’s properties to the micro-environment, which can be measured using time-resolved fluorescence detection, provides an extremely powerful analysis tool. However, current fluorescence lifetime analysis equipment tends to be bulky, delicate and expensive and this largely restricts its use to research laboratories.

Using CMOS technology (complementary metal oxide semi-conductor, used in standard silicone chips) to perform fluorescence lifetime analysis, could lead to the development of a low-cost, robust and portable diagnostic device, with the potential to enable point-of-care or in-the-field diagnostics. At the time of this work, it was the first complete micro-scale time-resolved fluorescence analyser to include excitation, detection and signal processing.

C5 Biology:  A load of old spheres: Kate Andrews SSERC

The Biology team at SSERC has long advocated using immobilised techniques most notably with ‘algal balls’.  In response to recent requests from teachers for easily generated data sets, SSERC has adapted some pre-existing protocols using ‘yeast balls’.  Delegates will try a thought-provoking and fun approach to measuring catalase levels in yeast and will consider the generation of data related to dehydrogenase activity in yeast using resazurin.

C6 Chemistry: Chemistry on the cheap: Chris Lloyd, SSERC

School budgets and consequently chemistry budgets are under threat as never before. This workshop is a series of hands-on tips, involving home-made apparatus and other approaches to enable you to do more chemistry for your money.

C7 Physics: Physics in the News: Damian Pope and Nathan Chow, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Canada

Physics is developing all of the time with new technology and discoveries such as the Event Horizon Telescope and Gravitational Waves. In this session a number of resources designed to inspire pupils and to support physics teachers respond to current issues in physics will be introduced and used.

Workshop D choices

D1 Primary: Inheritance, Genes and Life: Nicky Souter SSERC

In this multilevel practical session participants will be given the opportunities to evaluate a range of activities and consider knowledge related issues in the potentially controversial areas associated with contemporary molecular biology.  Activities will be included for promoting pupils’ learning related to:


  • Introducing observation skills;
  • Recognising similarities and differences;
  • Creating and analysing family trees;
  • Describing variation in populations;
  • Examining different life cycles and development patterns;
  • Introducing DNA, inheritance and environmental factors;
  • Dealing with genetics, modification and controversy


D2 Primary: Science and Creativity - Tinkerlab (USA) and Makerspaces: Susie Burr and Tracey Ellicott

Tinkerlab: A hands-on science experience for 4+ aged children - hear about  and try out activities that young scientists and engineers are carrying out.

Makerspaces: how to create a space to encourage tinkering, making and child-led learning and parental engagement through STEM-based activities 

D3 BGE: 'Mission to Mars': Jen Brooke Geobus

How do we explore Space? Could we live on live on another planet? What would we need to survive? This session will introduce a new series of online teaching resources produced by GeoBus with support from the UK Space Agency, looking at practical experiments to investigate these big questions


D4 General: Using Tablets, Chromebooks for practical science: Dan Roberts, Instruments Direct Services Limited

Get you students using their Tablet or Chromebook for real-world measurements and experiments. A circus of practicals will be setup to have a play with. Bring your own device along with the free Vernier Graphical Analysis installed.


D5 General: Exploring the brain and STEM through the arts: Lewis Hou Science Ceilidh

This session will introduce our approach of exploring biomedical research in high schools though the arts, including creative interdisciplinary learning & tackling STEM stereotypes/careers. We’ll share our resources with follow-on activities, links to research and CfE. Your questions on the brain (including neuromyths) are welcome & you’ll also try our science-themed dances (e.g. Orcadian Strip-The-Helix)!


D6 Physics: Low cost Physics lessons: Iain Lawrie, George Watson’s College

The session will concentrate on giving examples of low cost apparatus to teach Physics principles.  Included will be supporting worksheets and links to purchase the resources. In addition, simple examples of utilising pupil mobile phones will be given.

D7 Chemistry/Biology: Higher/Advanced Higher Learning & Teaching Activities for Chemistry & Biology Using Web-Based Worldwide Research Databases: Peter Hoare, University of Newcastle

We have been collaborating with several worldwide research data curating organisations to develop web-based interactive learning resources for chemistry and biology.


This workshop will outline the features and activities available for each of these free resources which introduce key chemistry and/or biology concepts:


1. Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, UK (CCDC) - learning exercises using real 3D crystal structures (chemistry-focussed);

2. Protein Data Bank in Europe, UK (PDBe) - learning resources for basic protein structure and function (separate resources with chemistry or biology focus).


Supervised by a former secondary school chemistry teacher with over 20 years experience in the classroom, who for the past 9 years has been working as a Chemistry Outreach Officer in a UK University, these exercises have wide applicability and were all peer-produced by either Nuffield Foundation Research Placement students (English yr12 secondary school) or stage 4 MChem final year project students in the former School of Chemistry at Newcastle University.

How to book : 


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Early bird rate now ends on 5th February!

Conference RatesEarly BirdStandard
Conference registration includes lunch and refreshments. There is a large discount for members.
ASE member  £55.00 £80.00
Non member  £110.00 £135.00


Delegates will be invited to book their session workshops in the Autumn term.

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