Between 8th and 10th January 2015, the Association for Science Education held their Annual Conference at the University of Reading. Each year this conference brings together professionals working in education with cutting edge researchers to share and explore ideas on enlivening the teaching of science in schools. The conference held a number of inspiring talks from researchers and professionals working in the field, as well as a large number of educational organisation stalls at the exhibition for teachers to explore themselves.
With over 150 stalls, the amount of information available was extraordinary. The exhibitors showcased a range of programmes and resources which they offered to schools and teachers, and much of which was extremely innovative. It was especially great to see more creative and more interactive ways of engaging students with science. Bright and colourful animations, real-life simulations, and other tools that help make science more exciting, were all on display for teachers to test and try out. New technologies designed for classroom use, along with hands on activities, appeared to be the greatest hit amongst teachers.
CE4tF had the great opportunity of sharing our own ideas with the science education community at the exhibition. We spoke to professionals in all areas of the field, who were all very interested in our work, as we were one of the very few organisations, if not the only, that was offering a different point of view on the content of the existing science curriculum. We seemed to spark an important dialogue on diversifying our knowledge of science through other cultures, and giving credit to all civilisations, ideas and scholars that are often ignored when teaching the history of science.
All in all, it was a great weekend to share and discuss the latest ideas in science education!