Science goes global

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A MORPETH educator travelled across The Pond for an event about all things science.

Lynne Horton attended the US National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA) conference in Indianapolis and picked up some ideas that may be used in the UK.

She was invited as Chairman of the Association of Science Education (ASE) and joined more than 10,000 delegates over four days.

Specific subjects included the science behind chasing tornadoes, forces and motion and the next generation of science standards.

Other presentations ranged from how best to use storytelling in lessons and for teacher training to useful iPad and Android apps for the classroom.

Mrs Horton said: “I was privileged to attend this year’s conference — the warmth and hospitality of the NSTA was amazing. It has an equally high regard for the ASE and its continued commitment to collaborate reinforces our global reputation as science educators.

“There was a nice highlight for us when Dr Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler from the Big Bang Theory television show, came along to extol the virtues of TI-nspire CX texas instruments.

“Trying to restrain myself and reminding myself of the cost of excess baggage, I did collect a few samples from the National Geographic stand. I did not realise that it produces a wealth of science books for all ages of students.”

Mrs Horton, a School Improvement Officer for Secondary Standards, was initially a science teacher and worked at a range of secondary schools, starting at a challenging inner-city school in Sheffield and finishing as a Key Stage 3 co-ordinator at a high-achieving comprehensive in Gateshead.

In the last ten years, as well as being a local authority officer she has gained experience as a Key Stage 3 science consultant and an additional inspector. She also launched the science strand of the Secondary National Strategy.

“For anyone as passionate about science education as I am, being elected Chairman of the ASE by your peers and fellow science professionals is the ultimate accolade and I am honoured to have been elected to that position this year,” Mrs Horton added.