Wednesday, January 23, 2013

OUTSTANDING achievers in Teesside’s process sector have been honoured at a major awards ceremony. Around 450 people attended the event, organised by NEPIC (North East Process Industry Cluster) and sponsored by leading names in the sector.
Subhash Chaudhary, from Fujifilm Diosynth in Billingham, walked away with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution award and we are delighted to announce that he is donating the full £2,000 prize money to the Children Challenging Industry Project here on Teesside.
 Photo: left to right –Doug Annan (Senior Vice President at Sembcorp), Subhash Chaudhary (Fujifilm Diosynth), Nicky Waller, Stan Higgins (CEO at Nepic)

Monday, January 21, 2013

CIEC activities at ASE 2013

Measuring how far a toy car has run in the Making Maths and Science Meaningful practical workshop

Once again teachers at CIEC talks were keen to get involved in the hands-on activities being shared by Gayle Pook and Michele Smale.
Practical activities during the session How schools are using ambassadors to support KS3 Practical Science

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Have you seen Stargazing?

Have you seen  BBC’s Stargazing Live?  

On Tuesday  much of the programme was devoted to the Curiosity Rover exploring Mars. Those primary school teachers watching can use the resource - Is there anyone out there?, developed by CIEC Promoting Science in collaboration with ESERO-UK - in the classroom to help their pupils to emulate space exploration and if they want further help delivering the resource attend the NSLC CPD course - Enriching the primary curriculum using space and astronomy - which takes place on February 11 and 12th at York.

The resource contains many scientific enquiry activities for primary pupils. The course comes with an Enthuse bursary of £744 and so after paying for the course fee and expenses schools should have money left to be able to buy curriculum materials to support science teaching in the primary classroom. 

In support of Brian Cox and Dara O Briain excellent contributions to Stargazing were from Lucie Green and Lewis Dartnell both having delivered inspirational talks at ESERO-UK teacher conferences in the past. We have been very impressed with the topical space and astronomy items many of which promote space as an inspirational context to enrich the teaching and learning of STEM subjects.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

CIEC Promoting Science at ASE Annual Conference, 2013

Michele and Gayle on the CIEC stand

CIEC were represented at the annual ASE conference in Reading by Gayle Pook and Michele Smale – and this year there were none of the usual worries about ice and snow!
Gayle delivered a talk entitled ‘How schools are using ambassadors to support KS3 Practical Science’ and Michele hosted a practical session on ‘Making Maths and Science Meaningful’ which explored opportunities to enhance science and maths through the use of real life contexts.
As the conference fell in the school holidays this year there seemed to be more teachers than usual who were able to attend. Michele and Gayle met numerous primary teachers during the 3 day event and were able to introduce many of them to the CIEC ethos of teaching science through real life, industrial contexts. And of course they met up with many old friends!