Those of you keeping up with the Clean Tech Competition social media recently know that I recently spent some time in England attending the Association for Science Education’s Annual Conference! The Association for Science Education (ASE) is the professional network for the United Kingdoms science educators, and last week over 2,500 of their members (and many from outside the UK) met at the University of Reading for several days of networking and professional development. I was lucky enough to attend and I am glad that I did!
Each day was packed with lectures and demonstrations, so many so that it was extremely hard to chose which ones to attend! I saw more talks on research programs in high schools than I can even calculate, and it was a great place to introduce the competition to a wider audience than previously possible. Everyone I spoke with was enthusiastic about the Competition, and promised to pass on the information to either their students or colleagues.
The atmosphere was incredibly inviting and inspiring to anyone with a remote interest in science. A lot of the sessions focused on how to integrate an understanding of sustainability and environmental appreciation, which was a wonderful thing to see since that is obviously the focus of the Clean Tech Competition!
If any of you ever get the chance to attend, then I highly encourage it! We will certainly be back next year, maybe to give a presentation or two on how teachers can integrate CTC into their curriculum, and bring environmental enthusiasm to their classroom and beyond.