Student competition, A-level set practical resources, and using quadrats.
Welcome to the June 2014 SAPS Associate newsletter from Science and Plants for Schools.
his month, the SAPS team are emailing from the Gatsby Summer School. Along with 80 undergraduates and 6 biology teachers, we've been hearing from some of the plant scientists tackling global issues, including nutrition, food security and climate change. Also this month - a new CPD video showing how to use quadrats for ecology, our student competition, and our plans for new A-level practical resources.
Student competition – student prizes £200 / £100, & school prizes of £100
Entries are coming in fast for the SAPS student competition, but there’s still time for your students to enter before the 18 July deadline: www.saps.org.uk/challenge)
We’re asking students aged to invent a technological innovation that harnesses the power of plants. In real life, scientists are designing skyscrapers built from bamboo and biological solar panels made from moss. What can your students imagine? (No, they don’t have to produce a working design!)
Curriculum Changes - A-level set practical material in development
With the announcement of the new 12 set practicals for A-level biology, we're reviewing our protocols to make sure they'll meet your needs.
New Video Resources – using quadrats to study ecology
The latest in our series of ‘how to’ videos introduces how to use both open and grid quadrats.
Gatsby Summer School Teacher CPD - report from our 6 teacher delegates
Once again, 6 biology teachers joined undergraduates at the Gatsby Summer School for 4 days of inspiring lectures from some of the UK's top bioscientists.
Watch out for the new resources they'll be developing over the summer based on the lectures they heard.
Topics will include photosynthetic efficiency, human nutrition, model organisms, the nitrogen cycle and food security.
If you're interested in joining us in July 2015 for an outstanding CPD opportunity, find out more.
The Science and Plants for Schools team