Issue date: 26 June 2002

Teaching Science in a Changing World
Association for Science Education (ASE) - South West Regional Conference
Saturday 29 June - Faculty of Education, UWE

More than a hundred Southwest primary and secondary teachers will gather at UWE’s new state-of-the-art Faculty of Education to discuss and find out how to improve science education in schools at ‘Teaching Science in a Changing World’ on Saturday 29 June.

Adam Hart-Davis, presenter of BBC ‘Tomorrow’s World’ will give the keynote address for the meeting and there will be experts on hand offering insight into many areas. Adam Hart-Davis said, “I am tremendously enthusiastic about getting scientific ideas across, and hope that this meeting will help to spark all sorts of ideas between different people.”

Gordon Guest, Primary Science Lecturer from the Faculty of Education at UWE is one of the event co-ordinators. He said, “This is a great opportunity for teachers to exchange ideas and learn about new ways of engaging children in this exciting subject. Teachers will find out what their colleagues have been doing and can choose to attend four out of a choice of 40 talks and workshops. We hope to broaden teachers’ experience so that they take new ideas back to their classrooms. The workshops will cover a broad range of subjects specially tailored to each key stage of the national curriculum.”

The conference organiser Dr Mike Coles, ASE Field Officer for the South West, said, “UWE is proving to be an ideal location for this annual event attracting teachers from Devon and Dorset as well as those living close to Bristol. I think it is a credit to the profession that so many science teachers are prepared to give up a Saturday (and the Glastonbury Festival!) to attend the meeting and share in the fun and excitement of science.”

The conference will centre on an exhibition mounted by major publishers, equipment suppliers and local organisations offering services to schools.

During breaks between workshops teachers will have the chance to get up onto the ‘Science Soap Box’ to share teaching ideas that have worked well. Technicians Liz Deal and Grant Burleigh, who will show examples of models that worked well in their schools will kick this off this event.

Representatives from local science attraction At-Bristol will give three workshops to include ‘Reach for the stars’, ‘Science and Citizenship’ and ‘Where the Wild things are’. Teachers will also have the chance to make their own training shoes, investigate breakfast chemistry, learn about science in a suitcase or explore simple ideas for teaching how electricity works.

Several national figures in Science Education will update teachers on what’s happening to the science curriculum with contributions from the University of York Science Curriculum Centre, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the Earth Science Education Unit at the University of Keele.

The South West Regional Science Conference is an annual event organised by the Association of Science Education. UWE was asked to host the event for the second year running following the huge success of the event in 2001.


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