ASE Conference 2011
20 January 2011
The Association for Science Education (ASE) Annual Conference was held at the University of Reading from 5-8 January.
The IOP provided a lecture program as part of the conference and also had a stand in the exhibition area.
Dr Cyril Isenberg was in the also in the marquee as the representative of the British Physics Olympiad.
In one of the University buildings was an IOP drop in room. Here, (7 January), Dr Lucy Moorcraft was demonstrating polymer fullerene semiconductor blend solar cells with aluminium electrodes.
At the lunch on 7 January several well-known physics communicators were present, amongst whom was the author David Sang who together with Chris Shepherd was involved with the Teaching Advanced Physics Project.
During the lunch Professor Peter Main spoke about the Stimulating Physics Network.
The Institute of Physics and the Science Learning Centres have formed a partnership to establish and run a support network for teachers and pupils of physics in England.
The network consists of 37 Physics Network co-ordinators and 23 Teaching and Learning Coaches – all knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic specialists who are supported by the IOP's Education Department. Yvonne Baker introduced Tracy Woodward who is a head of science involved with the project.
Prof. Averil Macdonald provided some CDs that were a copy of the newly launched Fantastic Plastic website produced at the University of Reading and sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Horners and also Plastics Europe.
The website shows the Fantastic Plastic talk in its entirety and as 'thumbnail scenes' and provides supporting material and 'Talking Heads' of people working in Plastics. This has been mailed to all schools in the UK that provide GCSE science.