ASE Scotland Conference 2021
The ASE Scotland Conference is a festival of best practice in science education for everyone with an interest
The ASE Scotland Conference is a festival of best practice in science education for everyone with an interest- teachers, technicians, lecturers, trainees, advisors, CPD suppliers and more. Discounts are available for ASE members.
We are planning this to be a face to face event but should government guidelines change then this will change to an online event.
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.
09.00 - 09.30 Registration and Exhibitions
09.30 – 10.05 Welcome and keynote
10.05 - 11.20 Session A
11.20 - 11.50 Refreshments and Exhibitions
11.50 - 13.00 Session B
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch and Exhibition
13.30 - 14.00 Scotland AGM
14.00 - 15.15 Session C
15.15 - 15.25 Comfort break
15.25 - 16.40 Session D
17.00 Conference closes
Keynote address – Talk, dialogue and questions: Stuart Naylor CSciTeach
This interactive talk explores some aspects of dialogic teaching, including how a growth mindset supports dialogue in classrooms. It focuses especially on the nature of thought-provoking questions and the impact that these can have on learners. Is asking thought-provoking questions the most valuable skill that teachers of science can develop?
Workshop A choices:
A1: Teaching physics through road safety: Jennie Hargreaves, Institute of Physics
A chance to be a road crash investigator and find the cause of a genuine road traffic incident. See how speed, velocity, distance, displacement and momentum can be explained using child playmats, and how road traffic incidents are an application of physics and science.
Suitable for S1-S6 Physics
A2: ‘Edible Chemistry’ : Stephen Hendry, RSC
Explore the science behind every day eating experiences with our range of edible experiments and get your students talking about science that’s relevant and fun, and guaranteed to help to inspire them. Find out why mustard burns your nasal passages but chillies don’t, the link between beetroot and camels, why you might taste boiled potatoes when you eat cheddar cheese or how beetles can make a surprising contribution to our food.
You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the FREE educational support for chemistry and science teachers from the Royal Society of Chemistry. From our Education in Chemistry magazine, providing an overview of news, articles and teaching resources to our brand new Teach Chemistry website that aims to help you deliver inspirational chemistry teaching inside your classroom, and create a supportive and effective department at your school.
Edible Experiments is suitable for both Primary & Secondary teachers
A3: Looking at the B and E in ‘Sustainable’ and the I and Y of Sustainability: Dr Liz Lakin, RSB and University of Dundee
At a time when Environmental issues are regularly in the news, this session explores the Biological aspects and Implications of these issues in terms of the ‘here and now’! The session goes on to suggest whY, as teachers we can raise awareness and promote understanding of what we can do through ‘learning for sustainability’ [LfS]. Case studies include: nurdles and turtles, bacteria and acid drainage; e-waste and why we should recycle our redundant mobile phones and disturbing tales from the ‘Poo Fairy’. The session is applicable to upper primary/secondary.
A4: TAPS Scotland: supporting teaching and assessment of scientific skills: Dr Sarah Earle CSciTeach, Bath Spa University
The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project, now in its 7th year, works collaboratively with teachers across the UK to develop support for teaching, learning and assessment in primary science. This workshop will explore how to select a focus for teaching and learning during practical activities, to support progression and assessment of scientific skills. We will draw on the bank of free TAPS Focused Assessment plans and examples, together with sharing new draft TAPS Scotland materials.
Dr Sarah Earle taught in primary schools for 13 years before moving to Bath Spa University as a PGCE in 2012. She is an active member of the ASE, a Primary Science Quality Mark Senior Regional Hub Leader and leads the TAPS project, working with teachers across the UK.
A5: Timstar DNA Fingerprinting Session : Lucienne McCallum, Timstar
Hands-on practical involving the preparation of agarose gel, pouring the gel and allowing to set. Discuss the theory of PCR before moving on to the practical element using adjustable micropipettes to accurately measure the components; DNA, TAQ and Primer. The PCR samples are then loaded into the PCR machine and you are shown how to load and use the PCR machine. We then prepare and load the gels with amplified DNA doing different diagnostic tests; Crime scene, Paternity tests, Cancer gene detection, Sickle cell anaemia, simulation of a crime scene. We then finish the session looking at the results and relating the techniques in solving real life crimes.
A6: Developing STEM capital in Primary Schools through partnership projects: David Rigmand and Paul Tyler
Developing STEM capital in Primary Schools through partnership projects
-Innovative approaches to developing Science and STEM capital in a primary setting
-Partnership working across schools, further education and industry
-Approaches to engaging children in STEM careers
Workshop B choices:
B1: Using research to improve learning in the science classroom: Andrew Bailey, Institute of Physics
Drawing on research from cognitive science, Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction, and reports such as the EEF’s Improving Secondary Science, this session will explore how lessons and ideas from educational research can be used to improve learning in the science classroom.
Suitable for Primary and Secondary Science
B2: Primary Climate Change practicals "On the Road to COP26": Stephen Hendry RSC
Pupils are acutely aware of environmental, political, and socio-economic problems that societies face today. They have demanded urgent action on a global scale with "school strike for climate" and have become engaged with Greta Thunberg's activism, often cited as a diverse role model that is key for widening access and inclusion. COP26 Glasgow is being described as the most significant climate event since the 2015 Paris Agreement and the biggest event the UK has ever hosted.
Climate change practical's will be demonstrated to the audience, that have been developed to be accessible, low hazard alongside links to integrated instructions for primary teachers that supports STEM capital and underpins the transition to secondary and beyond.
B3:Finding global solutions through science: Krissie Davis, Tracey Shaw, Claire Tatar (Secondary Science teachers)
Do you want to inspire young people to find scientific solutions to current global issues? Are you frustrated that materials you find on-line do not match the Scottish Curriculum? Then come along to our hands-on workshop to try a range of activities that set out to meet some of the big global challenges and deliver on the benchmarks of the BGE. Delivered by science teachers in Scotland for science teachers in Scotland as part of an EU project ‘
Global issues Global subjects’ we will share our ideas and techniques from our newly published materials. Topics covered include plastics, sustainable energy and gender balance. All teachers will receive a copy of the resource.
B4: Safeguards in the School Laboratory: Chris Lloyd, SSERC
A lecture with some demonstrations to showcase the launch of the new edition of this invaluable ASE publication and to highlight how it can help you ensure your science laboratory is a safe environment for staff and pupils . . . without cutting back on practical science.
B5: Lets talk about Animals: Stuart Naylor CSciTeach
Teaching about animals isn't as easy as it looks. There's lots of information, not many obvious practical investigations, and didactic teaching can often replace enquiry-based learning. This workshop demonstrates how to use interactive strategies and techniques that promote discussion, encourage systematic research and inspire children
B6: Building Family Science Capital through STEM Workshops: Tracey Ellicott CSciTeach
Fun science workshops aimed at families of children at different stages of primary education have proved to be an effective way of engaging children in science with the added bonus of one-to-one support and parental enthusiasm. Once you’ve hooked families in, you will discover a willing cohort of your school community who are happy to commit their time, skills and enthusiasm to drive possibilities to the next level.
Come along to learn about the journey of East Wemyss Primary School (winners of the Rolls-Royce Science Prize 2018) and leave with a bank of practical approaches towards building science capital across the school through collaborating with the parental community.
- Santa’s Science Workshop
- Young Einsteins
- STEM Ambassadors
- Green Goblin Kit Car Project
- Merry Makers
- Science Extravaganza
Workshop C choices:
C1: Using models to support teaching and learning of science: Susie Burr
In science we use models all the time. They can help understanding, explain the world or make a process or structure more explicit. Children enjoy making and working with them. They can be used in a variety of settings from whole class to small groups or pairs of children. They can also be used in a variety of ways, as a lesson starter, to allow observation, to challenge children’s thinking to make structures and processes more explicit and to support discussion. This presentation will look at some examples of suitable models, how they can be used, the pros and cons of each model and the discussion points that children can explore. A teacher resource sheet will be provided.
This session is principally aimed at those teaching middle and upper primary but would also be of interest to those teaching S1/S2
C2: Laying the Foundations of Computer Science: Darren Grant, SSERC
This session will explore some key, foundational principles required to understand computer science. We will be using a range of physical devices as well as “unplugged” activities to explore the wealth of opportunities to develop computational thinking and key Computing Science skills across the curriculum. We will explore different pedagogical approaches for computer science principles, and will gain hands-on experience in using devices to support these principles.
C3: Be a Magician! Using magic illusions to teach science: Adrian Allan, Teacher of Chemistry, Dornoch Academy, Highland Council.
Spectacular science demonstrations and magic illusions have many things in common. They involve practice, showmanship, audience interaction and suspense followed by a moment of astonishment.
This workshop will demonstrate how science principles can be used to create magical illusions to enhance lessons and teach concepts. During the workshop you will learn how to shrink your own head, bend metal using your mind and make a coin pass through another solid object. A true story of a how a French magician quelled a revolt in North Africa by removing a man’s strength will be discussed. A practical method of making ghosts appear and disappear will be demonstrated as well as a flying carpet illusion. You will also learn how to cut and restore newspaper, vanish water and make objects invisible using new and old science technology. These demonstrations can be used by teachers but have also been taught to pupils who have in turn demonstrated these illusions to other pupils and parents. This session is suitable for all.
C4: Creating and implementing a whole school vision for science: How does effective leadership and an aspirational curriculum impact on the quality of teaching and learning in science?: Associate Professor Jane Turner CSciTeach, PSQM
In this session at ASE Scotland conference I am looking forward to sharing some of what we have learned about great primary science practice from schools in Scotland that have achieved PSQM. Over 500 schools a year achieve a Primary Science Quality Mark by developing and implementing a vision for science that is based on the best evidence available of what works in primary science. As Director of PSQM I am privileged, through our UK wide network, to work each year with 100’s of dedicated, effective subject leaders who have each significantly raised the profile and quality of science teaching and learning in their schools.
Jane taught in primary schools in Hertfordshire and London. She is now the director of the Primary Science Quality Mark award scheme, based at the University of Hertfordshire where she is an Associate Professor in the School of Education. Jane is lead author of the 2011 ASE guide to Science Enquiry; It’s Not Fair Or Is it? , has contributed to several primary and early years education publications and research projects and is series editor for Snap Science. She has worked as an advisor to the DfE, the BBC and the Learned Bodies on primary science assessment and curriculum.
C5: Primary & Secondary Transition workshop: Stephen Hendry RSC
The aim of the workshop is to develop relationships and encourage joint curriculum planning for primary & secondary practitioners. The content of the sessions will include input from the Royal Society of Chemistry regarding our free resources for Primary and Secondary practitioners and sources of funding. There will be a focus for the progression of practical skills, development of new methodologies for teaching science and linking curriculum learning with careers to highlight the relevance for a wide range of future career paths.
C6: Opening a Can of Worms | Getting Hands-on in your Classroom with the Scientific Method: Jayne Quoiani, Education and Engagement Officer & Dr Nicola Stock, Public Engagement with Research Manager, Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre, Roslin Institute, The University of Edinburgh
Primary and Secondary Transition
Ready to open a can of worms? Pupils are engaged and motivated when they are involved in planning their own experiments. This hands-on workshop will improve your confidence in using and teaching the scientific method. You will use the Animal Behaviour Toolkit to create and carry out your own unique experiment using earthworms.
Every workshop participant will receive a toolkit of resources to take back to their classroom, which includes materials and activity guides to support hands-on activities that explore the scientific method and animal welfare.
The toolkit includes a “Real-Life Research Fact File”, which can be used to talk about the real-world science that is happening on the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus, one of which is included in the pupil investigation booklet.
Do you want to...
- Improve confidence in using the scientific method?
- Get some ideas on how you can support your learners to use the scientific method?
- Get hands-on with our Animal Behaviour Toolkit?
- Join us for a chance to test out the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre's Animal Behaviour Toolkit and take it away with you! You will develop your knowledge about using the scientific method and designing scientific investigations, as well as getting some hands-on, practical experience of carrying out a scientific investigation.
D7: SSERC and SCMA present STEM in the Early Years: Euan Mitchell SSERC
We all know from research, that children's interests and career choices tend to be influenced by the experiences and opportunities they are given in early childhood. SSERC and the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) have been working in partnership to provide quality play opportunities that can promote STEM related learning suitable for supportive learning.
The development of 3 e-learning modules for SCMA has allowed for further reach and spread across Scotland for all their members.
This workshop will be run jointly by SSERC and SCMA demonstrating how to stimulate children's learning, as well as making science and maths fun, engaging, and relating it to the world around us.
Workshop D choices:
D1: How do scientists think? : Stuart Farmer CSciTeach, Institute of Physics
What is so special about the way scientists think? What are the key habits of mind the scientists practise that enable them to make discoveries? Come and explore the process of science and engage in hands-on, inquiry-based activities that will encourage pupils to develop their problem-solving, collaboration and creativity skills. Suitable for Primary and Secondary Science
D2: The perfect enzyme: Dr Doug Macdonald and Dr Alistair Macpherson, Edinburgh Academy
What would your perfect enzyme look like? Simple, dependable, safe, low-cost, interesting, relevant. We’ve got it and we’ll show you how to use – from introducing enzymes in S1-S2 to enzyme kinetics, metabolic pathways and enzyme inhibition for AH. Hands on practical workshop plus free stuff!
D3: “Science in the Outdoor Classroom; a Toolbox for Educators”: Christina Sinclair, Field Studies Council (FSC)
Focussing on incorporating STEM skills in outdoor environments, this workshop will be broken down into mini-sessions that outline different activities whereby teachers and educators can obtain tangible techniques, equipment ideas and lesson plans for organising and delivering short outdoor sessions students of all ages. Ideas include nature surveys, outdoor graphs citizen science, DIY fieldwork equipment and more. All attendees will leave will a toolkit of sessions to implement in their own teaching and promote outdoor learning in the STEM subjects.
This session is aimed at primary or early years secondary teachers
D4: ‘People Like Me Can Do STEM’ (Rolls Royce award): Kate Carter, Castleview Primary School
I am a class teacher at Castleview Primary School in Southeast Edinburgh. My undergraduate degree in physical geography gave me an appreciation that STEM is everywhere and that science does not have to be done in white coats. This love of science all around us and in our lives inspired me to try and engage my pupils with different, perhaps less traditional ideas of STEM in Primary school. Over the last year I led our successful STEM project; ‘People Like Me Can Do STEM’ with the aim of raising STEM aspiration and attainment in our school family (pupils, parents and staff) with a whole community approach. Our project won the Rolls Royce Science Prize 2019 and the Eden Award. This was due to the fact we created real links with the local science community and changed the culture around STEM for our families and staff. Our project is ongoing and outward looking. The inspiration for our project is not only a love of STEM but also a desire for social justice. Through this project I learned about creating partnerships, engaging parents and creating STEM links throughout a busy curriculum.
D5: Space in the Primary Curriculum: Olivia Johnson - UKRI STFC
Space is an inspiring context for learning across the primary curriculum, from Sciences/Technologies to Numeracy and Literacy. We present activities and resources based on the exciting research and ground-breaking technology developed by scientists and engineers at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh - and on young learners' Big Questions about the Universe!
D6: Visible Learning in the science class room, what might it look like?: Nicola Jones, Monifieth High School, Angus
Nicola Jones is a Chartered Science teacher who for the last few years has been part of the team guiding the whole school implementation of Visible Learning in Monifieth High School, Angus. This session will explore some of the key messages in John Hattie's work and examples of how results of his educational research have been implemented in science classrooms in Monifieth High School.
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