Science S4S5 was held on Friday 10th February 2017 at RBSC in Bridgwater, Somerset. It was a county wide INSET day and was attended by around 150 Science teachers and senior leaders from Somerset. The twitter page for the network is hereFollow @SomersetScience it is part of Follow @Somersetchall. The day had the twitter hashtags #S4S17 #Science
The event started well thanks to Follow @rbutlerKAS and his partner Kate who brought in these awesome cakes.
The programme for the day was jammed packed of workshops colleagues could attend and we also asked for each delegate to take part in the competition [details of the teaching and learning ideas collated from the competition can be found on this separate blog entry here]
The First keynote speaker of the day was from Professor Roy Sambles, Professor of Experimental Physics. Having been awarded the Faraday medal by the Institute of Physics in 2012 and as a member of the Royal Society his talk on ‘What is Light?’ was both thought provoking and entertaining for everyone. The feedback from this keynote throughout the day was excellent – he encouraged the Physics teachers to think and there was also something for the non-specialist teacher as well. (I must credit Bob Ayres with the first photo below Follow @MrBAyres
After the keynote by Prof Sambles colleagues then attended a choice of 3 workshops – a discussion with the exam boards AQA or Edexcel or a workshop delivered by myself. The big question asked to AQA was regarding 1-9 grade boundaries but AQA still have not got them. My session on KS3 science also has a separate blog and the outcomes of workshop can be read here [KS3 Science – what are you doing?].
The was then split into various workshops which colleagues chose to attend (see programme above). During breaks colleagues attended the marketplace which was made up of companies and stalls offering education and science products.
Brilliant chemistry demonstrations by Tim Harrison from Bristol University Follow @BristolUni
Completing biology fieldwork by Anelma Roberts and Follow @FSCnettlecombe
Use of dataloggers in physics lessons by Iain Davidson and Follow @dataharvestnews
WOW and Magic in Science lessons by the amazing Dr Matt Pritchard Follow @ScienceMagician
Stretch and Challenge the high attaining by Heidi Foxford
Practical Physics by Follow @MrKeyseScience
Inspiring STEMerset by HoD Follow @rlinskill
Supporting the least able by Carys Hughes
AQA assessments for learning by Stella Paes
Other marketplace stalls of note include:
After an amazing lunch put on by the catering team we had an engaging talk by the ever brilliant Simon Singh Follow @SLSingh. Simon had already spoken to at the Maths S4S event in their Morning keynote and then travelled across to the science event before attending a meeting in another corner of the county. Simon spoke about his book on the big bang which included how he made Katie Melua’s hit nine million bicycles more scientific. After Simon we ran the tombola. Throughout the afternoon colleagues entered the tombola which was explained earlier in the blog and the results of which can be found here. Colleagues if they entered were drawn at random and could choose a prize which were kindly donated from various organisations: These included selection of books donated by Follow @JohnCattEd, Oxford science dictionary’s Follow @Oxfordwords and Follow @OxfordEdScience, a course byFollow @Stemlearninguk, , some nice goodies donated by Follow @Sp_Odyssey_domeand 5 amazing classroom/lab visualizers donated by Follow @Ipevo, and with thanks once again to Mr Bob Ayres Follow @MrBAyreswho helped source these. All the ideas that colleagues wrote down can be found here.
After the tombola Follow @ScienceMagician gave a wonderful presentation to all colleagues on the science of superheroes which was not only funny and entertaining but contained teaching and learning ideas that colleagues could use in the classroom.
As colleagues left the event it was really pleasing to hear so many say what a productive day they had and the evaluation forms were also as positive.
A few days after this email send to the head teacher at the host school confirmed that the event was successful.
A warm thank you and your team for hosting the outstanding S4S day at Robert Blake Science College.
In future events I would like to focus more on:
Networking and setting up networks that will last, and the best practice of doing so
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