ASE Scotland Conference 2019

09 March 2019
Hutchesons' Grammar School
21 Beaton road , Glasgow G41 4NW , United Kingdom

The ASE Scotland 2019 conference will see an exciting range of workshops running. From Primary Sensory Science to Advance Higher; there is something for every level.

Event Type: 
11-19 Teachers
Early Career Teachers

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This year will include, workshops run by SSERC on the latest research and guidance in Scottish Primary and Secondary Science Education, Raising Aspirations in Science Education and STEM and Learning beyond labels: Science Education for those with additional support needs.

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. 

Keynote 09.30 - 10.00: Why Science teachers matter: Professor Sir John Holman

Why science education is so important and the critical role of science teachers. Empowering science teachers.The importance of ASE and professional bodies and my hopes for science education

Workshop A choices 10.00 - 11.15:

A1 : Biology: “Supercytes: the immune cell standoff”; a game & animations-based biology resource : Dr Donald J. Davidson (University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research) Supercytes is a new resource pack developed for use in schools. Using different gaming formats for students aged 9-18, it introduces younger learners to white blood cells and how our bodies fight infection, and supports older students learning basic immunology and inflammation biology. Suggested use of the resource is integrated into the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence framework, with proposed lesson plans, and a dedicated interactive website ( Attend this session with the Supercytes designer (a research group leader at the University of Edinburgh); get hands-on time playing the game; and sign up to qualify for a free Supercytes resource pack (including card games, animated cartoons, video, presentation slides, worksheets, and quiz). "Quality of the cards and the design is excellent." "Great way to reinforce a difficult area of the curriculum. LOVE the animation slides." "Lots of scope to use creatively in an interdisciplinary topic." - Secondary and Primary school teacher comments from 2018 training events.

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 STEM: Engaging pupils in science using real world contexts: Katie Hanson, Biology Teacher, Culloden Academy.

Setting your science teaching in a global context helps engage pupils in your subject and inspire them to take up STEM subjects and peruse a STEM career. This hands on workshop from Practical Action focuses on their popular free STEM challenges and demonstrates how they can be embedded into the BGE Science curriculum. In the STEM challenges, pupils are asked to use their STEM skills to solve a problem faced by a community in the developing world then design, build and test a model of their solutions. Linked to the curriculum for excellence and Learning for Sustainability, STEM challenges are designed to be used in lessons but also flexible enough for STEM/science clubs, transition and off timetable days. Teachers notes, pupil worksheets, PowerPoints, in fact all you need to deliver each challenge is available to download from the website. To take a look at the Squashed Tomato Challenge, Beat the Flood, Ditch the Dirt, our new solar challenge and more go to

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 Senior Phase Physics Assignments: Gregor Steele, SSERC

Higher and National 5 assignments now include compulsory practical elements. In this workshop, we look at low cost, reliable investigations where there is also online data available for comparison in the write-up.

A7 BGE: Something Old, Nothing New or Swap Shop! - Helena Edmondson, Chemistry Teacher - Auchmuty High School, Glenrothes, Fife.

There just aren't enough hours in the day! I have spent hours, nay days and weeks preparing resources often to then stumble across something similar that someone else already made! Bring something with you that you didn't make! Let's share! Let's tweak things and make small changes for the learners in front of us instead of using up precious time starting from scratch!

Workshop B choices 11.45 - 13.00:

B1: Primary: ‘To dye for’:Hayley Sherrard, Primary Education Officer - 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 Primary STEM: ‘Coding for all’ problem solving through creative thinking – James Massey – Discovery Education

Coding is about thinking creatively to solve problems, and can not only develop computational thinking but also aid in the development of softer skills such as communication and collaboration. Join us for a workshop exploring how you can use online and offline activities to develop skills in logical reasoning, problem solving, communicating ideas with others and collaborating on projects to build resilience through setbacks and debugging. Attendees will leave with suggestions for creating a coding culture throughout their whole school.

*EQUIPMENT: It's a hands-on workshop so don't forget your internet enabled device.

*James Massey

As an excitable teacher, global educational speaker, change instigator and hopeless optimist, James has a Masters degree in Educational Studies, and a passion for research based, modern-day learning that works. James has 17 years’ experience working closely with schools on a 1:1 basis to improve the use of digital technology in classrooms and delivering effective and relevant professional development.

B4 BGE: 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: Gayle Duffus, Primary Science Education Officer, City of Edinburgh Council

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 BGE: Aseptic techniques: A dummies guide: Tess Watson, ASE Scotland Field Officer and Science Teacher.

Aseptic Techniques appear with in Science BGE. In this session you will learn how to perform aseptic techniques with Science classes with a ‘hands on’ practical taught in line with the most recent Risk Assessments and guidance from SSERC. This session will be useful for any Science Teachers looking to brush up their knowledge and skill on Aseptic Techniques and Primary Teachers with a general interest in Science will be most welcome too.

B7 Physics: Hands-on Wave-Particle Duality: Damian Pope, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Canada (second presenter TBC)

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 14.00 - 15.15:

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

Thirty-three practitioners from Early Years, Primary, Secondary and FE have completed Primary Engineer's Professional Recognition course, Engineering STEM Learning, fieldwork into industry and 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. The course won a GTCS Excellence Award in 2017 and has been accredited as a PGCert worth 60 Master's-level credits by the University of Strathclyde.

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: Escape The Classroom - Activities to Challenge and Enthuse – Adrian Allan, Teacher of Chemistry, Dornoch Academy

In a typical Escape Room game, participants are locked in a room and must solve puzzles as a team to escape. While this is not practical in schools, an alternative format to use in the classroom is to have students working as a group to solve various science based puzzles to open a locked box. This allows them to develop problem solving, practical and knowledge skills in a novel way. This session will provide puzzles for you to try that may inspire you to develop your own challenges with your students.

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 (second presenter TBC)

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 15.45 - 17.00:

D1 Biology: Moving forward with feedback –improving learning, studying and attainment in biology : Geoff Morgan, Head of Biology, George Watson’s College, Edinburgh

As a profession we have had a lot of feedback over the last few years about the importance of feedback in learning. How do we put this into practice within a department? Using the model of teaching a science N5 or Higher course, we will start with a review of current best practice and then look at the main opportunities for feedback. We will consider 'planning pace to avoid cognitive overload', 'lesson planning for formative feedback', 'homework for consolidation and feedback', 'the use of electronic feedback to generate targets' and 'the use of electronic feedback to understand pupil behaviour'. We will look at data from my own department showing that pupils experiencing this model are not only doing more work and attaining higher, but are also planning to do even more work in future and, crucially, reporting that they are more interested in the subject – a win–win–win–win!

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 BGE: 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: Simple, successful lessons in Senior School Physics: 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.


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What are my transport and accommodation options for the event?

Road: The postcode for Sat Navs is G41 4NW. Parking is available on the school site.

Hotels: There are several hotels nearby - more details will be available nearer the time. Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation if required. 

What's the refund policy?

Tickets are non-transferable. All refund request will be consiered up to 7 days before the event.  After this date no refunds can be made.

Venue Location

Hutchesons'Grammar School

21 Beaton Rd


G41 4NW

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