Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Centre for Industry Education Collaboration introduce using industry as a primary science context to even more teachers at the annual Association of Science Education Conference, Reading

Teachers enjoying Nicky Waller's workshop (and the following pictures)

The response to the CIEC talks at the ASE conference this year was overwhelmingly positive with over 70 teachers attending Jenny Harvey’s workshop Embedding ‘Working Scientifically’ Skill within Real-life Contexts.

Jenny was delighted with the response, “Really positive comments with people saying 'Oh, I'm going to tweet about that now' and 'that was just what I needed' or 'that was great, thank you'. People loved the CIEC materials and think they're really useful and different with lots of ideas and examples. They particularly liked the hands on 'real life industrial' scenarios. I still had teachers approaching me the next day to say how much they'd enjoyed my session and that they couldn't wait to start using our resources.”

Joy Parvin’s session on Outstanding Science in Context demonstrated how, by making the children into ‘scientists’ for the industry based CIEC activities helps them to achieve more in both science understanding and an understanding of how science underpins so much of industry.


Nicky Waller’s workshop entitled Exciting Science Clubs for Key Stage One. “People commented how it was great to have a session focusing on the younger primary aged children as there were not many of these exclusively in the ASE programme. I was pleased to have 30 attend and participate in the first session of the day and my intention was to run a practical workshop, where they got to try out a range of carefully planned, tried and tested science activities either created for or adapted to suit children in Key Stage One. They also explored how they can organise and manage a science club in their own school, access reasonably priced resources and inspire even the youngest of our future scientists.”


Monday, January 5, 2015

Meet some of the CIEC (Centre for Industry Education Collaboration) team in Reading at ASE 2015

The complete Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC) team: (from left) Gayle Pook, Nicky Waller, Jane Winter, Clare Warren, Jenny Harvey and Joy Parvin

If you are attending this year's annual ASE conference at Reading do take the opportunity to meet and chat to Joy Parvin, Nicky Waller and Jenny Harvey.

Jenny is the first CIEC team member to hold a workshop - Friday 9th January at 12.30pm in the Palmer Building, Room 107. Using CIEC practical activities Jenny will be looking at links to the new curriculum, age appropriate standards of expectation in 'Working Scientifically' and how to use these for planning progression through Years One to Six.

Joy Parvin is talking at 3.30pm the same day (also Room 107 in the Palmer Building). Joy will be demonstrating how using freely available CIEC activities can help children develop their science skills by active participation in science activities.
Do come to the talk to meet Joy and get to know more about CIEC.

Nicky Waller's workshop is on Saturday 10th at 9.30am in Room G9 of the AMS Building. Nicky will be demonstrating how there are plenty of suitable science activities for 5-7 year olds who would enjoy a science club.