The Future of Science Education

Discover an unprecedented professional development event,
designed for the imaginative science educator.
The Light at Euston21 September 2017London, England

We’re bridging the gap between disruptive innovation in education technology and the science classroom. Discover where science education is moving in an unprecedented professional development event designed for science educators.
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Join us for a remarkable and unprecedented professional development event that promises to change the way you approach your science teaching – by introducing you to affordable and innovative classroom-ready ideas.

This event has been specifically designed to showcase the future of science education – for science educators – through a day of riveting panel discussions, innovative breakout sessions and networking.

From EdTech startup founders to leading editors at prominent educational publishing imprints, we’ve brought together the leading lights in science education for a truly incredible experience. Discover how to bring science to life – on a shoestring budget.

What To Expect

Keynotes + Panellists

Our comprehensive list of keynote speakers and panellists are leaders in science education. They’re founders of the most visible education technology companies in the United Kingdom; editors at leading educational publishing imprints; inventors; science bloggers + vloggers; science learning specialists, consultants, advocates and more.

Tracks

Discover “tracks” – interactive break-out sessions lead by selected learning specialists – where you’ll be provided the opportunity to explore track of your choice in more detail in a more intimate setting.

Pitching +
Drinks

Conclude the day with a drinks at a sponsored networking reception. Before this, get the incredible opportunity to pitch your curriculum or EdTech idea to a panel of specially selected judges, publishers and investors who will select one winner before the evening kicks off.

Conference Details

Schedule

9:00 to 10:00 am

Registration and coffee

10:00 to 10:30 am

Keynote
The challenge of the modern science classroom; and solutions found in current trends and innovation

10:30 to 11:30 pm

Panel discussion
Achieving the balance between assessment-focused theory and practical work

11:30 to 12:00 pm

Break

12:30 to 1:30 pm

Breakout sessions

1:30 to 2:30 pm

Lunch

2:30 to 3:30 pm

Panel discussion
Budgeting for innovation in the classroom

3:30 to 4:00 pm

Break

4:30 to 5:30 pm

Pitching contest

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Drinks, canapes and networking

Information

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Date and Time
September 21, 2017
9 am to 7:30 pm

Location
The Light at Euston

Why attend?

This event is the first of its kind in the world to showcase the rapid innovation in science education to science educators themselves.

As the conference has been designed specifically with science educators in mind, attendees can expect a highly focused and targeted programme of immersive learning and creative idea sharing.

All participants will receive a certificate after the conference for their participation in what promises to be a truly riveting day.

Prices
£275 all-inclusive

Keynote and Panel Discussions

Keynote

The modern classroom presents a unique challenge. Educators must engage students and maintain their focus, while contending with the emergence of smart mobile devices and a culture in which “teaching to the test” is a priority. In this keynote, we make a case for drawing inspiration from innovation in curriculum-enhancing education technology to create a more balanced approach to learning; and a more interactive classroom.

1st Panel

Educators tend to place more emphasis on the inherently practical nature of scientific enquiry through the use exciting classroom experiments and experiences; and even novel resources like YouTube videos and blogs. However, arguments have been raised that challenge the efficacy of practical work in the place of theory-based teaching. This panel will discuss the need to achieve the delicate balance between these approaches by assessing the benefits and limitations of both.

2nd Panel

In 2013, state-funded secondary schools had just 70% of the consumables and equipment needed to teach science subjects. Additionally, it was shown that over 80 percent of state-funded schools do not formally allocate part of the science budget specifically for practical work. Budgeting has been shown to be the key hindrance to implementing educational technology. This panel will discuss the use of cost-effective technology that can fit into a limited budget whilst still yielding considerable benefits (in terms of engagement) for the science classroom.

Breakout Sessions

3D Printing in the Life Science Classroom:

From creating your own molecular structure to replicating miniature globes and human bones, learn how 3D printing can help your classroom with a more hands-on approach to real-world problems.

The Coding Generation:

Programming is becoming one of the most in-demand skills for the next generation. Kano, the bright minds behind the innovative computer innovative kit and bundle, will show you how to introduce students to the brave new world of computer programming.

Revolutionising Environmental Science Education:

How do you enhance knowledge of environmental and life sciences, all while improving a classrooms’ digital making skills? We’ve invited Naturebytes – inventors of easy-to-use motion-sensitive wildlife camera kits – to lead the way.

A New “Bench”-Mark:

Join BentoLab, makers of the “DNA laboratory for everybody” as they wax lyrical about how best to introduce your secondary school classroom to the mechanics underlying life itself.

The Internet of Things as a Resource:

Compelling online resources are now available to teachers to teach beyond traditional boundaries. This session will demonstrate how educators can use everything for YouTube to live-streaming tools to engage their students.

Citizen Science:

In this session, discover how your classroom can apply theoretical knowledge by gaining experience in the scientific method – all by way of participation in cutting-edge citizen science projects.

Virtual Reality on a Shoestring:

Meet Digital Explorer as they provide demonstrations of their VR technology designed for the science classroom on a budget. Their tech immerses students in simulated environments (like the Arctic tundra or an undersea coral reef) to enhance their scientific knowledge through experience.

Additional Sessions:

Descriptions for the following sessions will be added shortly.

Innovation in the Chemistry Classroom
Innovation in the Physics Classroom
Gamifying the Science Classroom

Our Remarkable Speakers

Meet pioneering education tech start-up founders and innovators, demonstrators and panellists. More incredible speakers and demonstrators will be announced in the coming weeks.

Andrew Tidswell
Director of International Professional Development
Discovery Education UK

Alex Klein
CEO and Founder
Kano

Philipp Boeing
Founder
Bento Lab

Jon Fidler and Stephen Mowat
Founders
Naturebytes

Anastasia Adritsou
Programme Director
MARCH (British Council)

Les Hopper
Head of Innovation
Oxford University Press

Mark Winterbottom
Senior Lecturer in Science Education
University of Cambridge

Maria Rossini
Head of Education
British Science Association

Shane McCracken
Director
I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!

Joel Mills
Educational Consultant
Molecules in Minecraft

Michael Forshaw
Founder + Managing Director
Innovate My School

Mike Britland
Writer and Adviser for Guardian Teach
Head of Sixth Form at Oak Academy

Colin Inglis
Partner at Antibiotic Action
Science Teacher at Boroughbridge High School

Berit Bungum
Professor
ReleQuant
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Venue

The Light at Euston
Friends House
173-177 Euston Road
Kings Cross
London, England
NW1 2BJ

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