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Seven tips for surviving exam stress!

Issue: May 2017 268

Author: Kirsty Bertenshaw

Extract: Stress has been in the news several times recently, with concerns over stress in young children tested in primary schools, all the way up to GCSE students who are often sitting two exams in one day during a very intense testing period. So, what are the signs of stress in our students and how can we support them?

Science Hunters: science learning through Minecraft

Issue: May 2017 268

Extract: Science Hunters is an outreach project based at Lancaster University. The project aims to engage children, particularly those who may face such barriers to accessing Higher Education, with science learning and university research.

Dream careers through studying science at school

Issue: May 2017 268

Author: Dr. Kelsey Herrick from the SeaWorld veterinary team and Mike Denninger, a top rollercoaster designer and engineer at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

Extract: Two members of the SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment team tell us how they used the science they learned at school to realise their dream careers.

Update from

Issue: May 2017 268

Author: Compiled by Rebecca Dixon-Watmough

Extract: • The Exploring Electricity Class Pack from Data Harvest • Collins AQA and OCR GCSE Student Books • Science technicians speak up for the profession

Science is the path to a cool career

Issue: May 2017 268

Extract: We all know how to get our students interested in science, what works in the classroom and how to inspire. But what happens next? We may have students with the enthusiasm and talent for science, but what are the opportunities beyond becoming a doctor, dentist or vet?

The Prep Room: Notes and news for technicians by technicians

Issue: May 2017 268

Author: Compiled by Sue Smith

Extract: • Summer STEM club ideas • Top tunes for the Rubens’ Tube • National Technicians’ Conference – a preview •

ASE Green Tick Evaluation Scheme

Issue: May 2017 268

Extract: Experienced members evaluate commercially available science resources, offering suggestions and guidance to the publishers/manufacturers, as well as pointing out specific features to potential customers. This issue’s evaluations look at: • Pasco wireless sensors and Smart Carts • The Virtual Physics Laboratory (VPL) from Virtual Science Ltd

11-19 Committee Update

Issue: May 2017 268

Author: Helen Harden

Extract: Our aim is to LISTEN to ASE members and ACT on concerns in a way that SUPPORTS members to empower students, including low attainers, to learn science for understanding and not just to pass exams.

Primary Science Focus: Supporting change: The Brenda Keogh Award in action

Issue: May 2017 268

Author: Lesley Hunter

Extract: By the time you read this article, applications will have been received for this year’s Brenda Keogh Award and members of the Primary Science Committee will be ploughing their way through them, sifting, deliberating, debating and sighing as they go, in an attempt to find two worthy winners. In some ways, it is disheartening to read the applications and discover how starved of support for science some of our schools are and how isolated our subject leaders feel.

Research Focus: Action Research in the classroom 4: Teachers reflecting on their research

Issue: May 2017 268

Author: Shirley Simon and Jo Nicholl

Extract: In this fourth article, we want to highlight the importance of teachers’ reflections and dissemination of Action Research projects once they are concluded, through reporting on AR initiatives undertaken in recent years in London schools.

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