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Last updated: 25 February 2020

February

Download your Activity Packs for British Science Week 2020

British Science Week - 6 - 15 March

Check out the British Science Association's brand-new activity packs.

The theme for the 2020 activity packs is ‘Our diverse planet’

The packs contain lots of activities on this theme, with anything from biological diversity and social diversity, to the diversity of knowledge and STEM careers.

Packs available for Early Years, Primary and Secondary.

If you use the activities, don't forget to let them know, by tagging #BSW20 on social media.

Details here.

Apply NOW for The Salters' Festivals of Chemistry 2020

Applications are now open for the Salters' Institute Festivals of Chemistry! Apply now to avoid disappointment. Places are not offered on a first come, first served basis but do apply before priority entry closes on the 31 January for the best chance of attending your Festival of choice.

The Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry for 11-13 year olds are held at universities and colleges. Activities include two practical challenges and a fun lecture with fun prizes and certificates for all. Approximately 50 events are held annually, at approximately 40 different universities across the UK and Ireland, with around 800 schools taking part each year.  In total over 46,000 students have experienced the fun of practical chemistry through our Festivals of Chemistry.

Yr 7 & 8 events will be held in Bangor, Aberystwyth, Swansea and Cardiff. There will be a yr9 event in Pontypridd.

Details here.


March

ASE Practical Matters Llanelli – an opportunity to share ideas 5 March 2020 4.30pm. – 6.30pm 

Coedcae School, Trostre Road, Llanelli

Want to inspire your pupils? Then come along to this teachmeet, network and be inspired by ideas tried and tested by other teachers or students. Join Euan Mc Laughlin from Gower College and share some fascinating practical demonstrations.

There will be an opportunity to network and be inspired by ideas tried and tested by other teachers or students. Save time hunting through the internet to go straight to relevant and safe ideas to enthuse your pupils and have ideas for running staff meetings. 

Can you share a good website, book, activity, app and talk to others about it?

All welcome: students, teachers and NQTs. Members and non-members. Join the ASE, The Royal Society of Chemistry and Institute of Physics and share good practice and great science together.

Details and booking here.

ASE Techmeet Prestatyn - an opportunity for Science Technicians to meet and share ideas - 11 March 1.30 - 3.30pm

Prestatyn High School, Princes Ave, Prestatyn LL19 8RS

Join Catherine Mellor from Timstar to share a range of new practical ideas.

What is the best idea you have seen in the prep room ? Then come along to this tech meet, network and be inspired by ideas tried and tested by other technicians and teachers. Save time hunting through the internet to go straight to relevant and safe ideas to enthuse your pupils and have ideas for running a well organised safe prep room. Can you share a good prac, website, book, activity, app and talk to others about it?

If you would like to present (share an idea) then we ask that you sign up for a presenter ticket - you will be asked for a brief outline of what you want to share (to make sure we get a balance of ideas). If you haven't decided yet, just say so and we'll be in touch closer to the event.

For all technicians, members and non-members.

Join the ASE , The Royal Society of Chemistry, Timstar and Institute of Physics and share good practice together.

Details and booking here.

ASE Practical Matters Prestatyn   – an opportunity to share ideas 11 March 2020 4.30pm. – 6.30pm

Prestatyn High School, Princes Ave, Prestatyn LL19 8RS

Want to inspire your pupils? Then come along to this teachmeet, network and be inspired by ideas tried and tested by other teachers or students. Join the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics and share some fascinating practical demonstrations.

There will be an opportunity to network and be inspired by ideas tried and tested by other teachers or students. Save time hunting through the internet to go straight to relevant and safe ideas to enthuse your pupils and have ideas for running staff meetings. 

Can you share a good website, book, activity, app and talk to others about it?

All welcome: students, teachers and NQTs. Members and non-members. Join the ASE, The Royal Society of Chemistry and Institute of Physics and share good practice and great science together.

Details and booking here.

British Science Week 6 - 15 March 2020

It's not too soon to start planning your activities for British Science Week 2020! The theme will be 'Our Diverse Planet'.

Keep an eye on the website for details.

Cardiff University School of Medicine Science in Health Live March 11 & 12

Science in Health LIVE is a one day event held in March, designed for year 12 pupils.

During the day you will experience:

  • a laboratory tour designed to introduce you to a research laboratory environment
  • a series of short talks on various hot topics in the biomedical science
  • a wide range of hands-on exhibits covering a diverse range of topics, including tissue regeneration, therapeutic targets for rheumatoid arthritis, genetics and mental health, diagnosis of heart disease, anaesthesia, medical imaging, the human eye and bone growth.

By attending this event, you will gain an insight into the biomedical research taking place at Cardiff University, experience experimental approaches first-hand, participate in interactive exhibits and have the opportunity to ask lots of questions about potential healthcare career options.

In 2019, we also offered continuing professional development (CPD) sessions for teachers. These sessions looked at how teachers could bring the A-Level science curriculum to life for pupils.

More information here.


Explorify Primary Science Maesycwmmer 17 March 2020 4.00-6.00pm

Maesycwmmer Primary School, Tabor Road, Maesycwmmer, CF82 7QH

Join Louise Stubberfield from the Welcome Trust to find out more about the resource that is changing the way primary science is being taught in schools. The free resource of engaging, creative science activities has been designed to spark curiosity, discussion and debate. From video to hands-on activities, it’s easy to get Explorifying!

Explorify was created in 2016 as part of the Wellcome Trust's commitment to investing in primary science. Using evidence-based research, we worked with teachers and other organisations in the science education sector to produce and test a set of activities that would help to develop pupils' thinking skills and lead to scientific enquiry.
Many of the resources are available through the medium of Welsh.

There will also be an opportunity to hear from colleagues who have tried and tested Expolrify in their own classrooms as well as find out more about other free resources that can be used to deliver the new curriculum in the classroom.

Details and booking here

Careers in Chemistry Workshop Training

Join See Science and the Royal Society of Chemistry for a training workshop on how to deliver an interactive presentation focusing on Careers in Chemistry. An opportunity to share your passion for the subject and convince young people that a chemistry qualification opens the door to a wide range of careers options, both in and out of the lab

There are endless interesting and rewarding science-based jobs available including ones you might not have thought of. Chemical scientists make a difference everyday.

All participants will be provided with a resource pack including a presentation and a range of hands on activities that can be tailored to the audience.

All workshops will begin at 4.30pm and finish at 6.30pm 

To book please use the links below:

Cardiff 16 March here

Wrexham 24 March here

Bangor 25 March here

Swansea 31 March here

Making Space Workshop Training Wednesday March 18th 2020, 4.30pm  

See Science, 8 St Andrew's Crescent, Cardiff CF10 3DD

Join Dr Katherine Compton in Cardiff to find out more about activities that  you could offer to inspire young people to be interested in astronomy and space as part of the One Million Interactions initiative which was launched at the UK Space Agency’s conference in Newport, supported by STEM Learning, ESERO UK and The Careers and Enterprise Company, in order to attract more young people into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and the space industry, which generates billions of pounds for the economy and is creating 42,000 jobs. 

“There are an enormous variety of careers available in the space sector,” says Tim Peake, “and during my mission to the International Space Station I was part of a team of thousands of people working behind the scenes to make it possible.  

“As an ambassador for space careers in the UK I have seen the power of professionals sharing their experiences with young people. This scheme is a great way of helping those young people take their first steps towards an exciting career in space.”

This workshop will provide you with a variety of new ideas and resources that could be used at both primary and secondary level and is suitable for teachers, community group leaders, STEM Ambassadors and volunteers

Book here 

April

May

Science and the Senedd, 19 May, Cardiff

Designed to foster close relations with the National Assembly and the Welsh Government, Science and the Senedd is organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, on behalf of, and in cooperation with, the Welsh science and engineering community.

The theme for 2020 will be Climate Science and Sustainability.

For the second year running the Welsh Government Office of Science will be organising a Future Generations Science Lecture in the Neuadd of the Senedd, during the lunchtime period from 12.00 to 1.30pm.

This lecture aims is to engage and inspire a proposed audience of 60 children (aged 11-14) with science and the possibility it holds for their futures. This is a dedicated but separately branded event, within Science and the Senedd.

Book by 13 May.

Details here.

June

The Great Science Share for Schools, 16 June

/var/folders/hz/9v94jn5n13l_s8p6qm2qn2zh0000gn/T/com.microsoft.Word/Content.MSO/80CDEDD2.tmpThe Great Science Share for Schools is about children communicating something that they have been investigating which starts with a question that they are interested in. Already having reached over 100,000 young people since its launch in 2016, schools in Wales are invited to be part of the collaborative 2020 campaign.

No boundaries: Pupils, teachers, parents/carers, businesses and educators UK-wide, across Europe and internationally can take part. By promoting child-centred learning in science, the campaign gives young people a great chance to communicate their scientific questions and investigations to new audiences - in their own words and ways. 

Improve young people’s experience of science and engineering: 3 simple values provide the foundations to all campaign activity.

  • CHILD-FOCUSED SCIENCE COMMUNICATION
  • INCLUSIVE AND NON-COMPETITIVE
  • PROMOTES COLLABORATION

Details here.

Welsh chemistry teacher and technician conference, 24 June, University of South Wales

This event requires attendees to be registered online with the Royal Society of Chemistry's Teach Chemistry.

Registration here.

July

August

September

October

IOP Welsh Physics Teacher Conference, 7 October, Brecon

Save the date for this popular event!