Explosive science is taking place at the Association for Science Education's (ASE) annual conference at Liverpool University from 4-7 January 2012.
Using the talents of Professor Hal Sosabowski, from the University of Brighton and 'Naked Scientist' Dr Chris Smith, of Cambridge University, OCR is starting the New Year with a bang. The two scientists will be demonstrating a range of practical and accessible experiments designed to build teachers' confidence in bringing science to life for their students, without breaking the rules.
Professor "Dr Hal" Sosabowski is well known for his inspirational chemistry demonstrations on television and his popular touring Bigger Bang! shows. Dr Chris Smith is an author and star of radio whose award-winning Naked Scientist radio shows are among the world's most popular downloaded science podcasts.
There's an opportunity too to hear the views of Tim Oates, Group Director of Assessment, Research and Development at OCR's parent body Cambridge Assessment, as he takes a radical look at the role of Higher Education in supplying the science expertise and knowledge needed for the future.
OCR is also promoting the 2012 Cambridge Chemistry Challenge at the ASE annual conference. Alongside our sister awarding body, University of Cambridge International Examinations, OCR is sponsoring this competition in 2012, which takes the form of a monthly online competition which is open to anyone, of any age, from anywhere in the world, and is designed to push boundaries and stretch students' science knowledge. In June 2012, there will also be a written competition as part of the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge aimed at Year 12 students in UK schools who are considering taking chemistry at university. In 2011, this was taken by more than 3,000 students in 250 schools across the country. Get involved in the 2012 Challenge.
Take a look here for more information about the range of science qualifications offered by OCR, including GCSEs, A Levels and Nationals, or come and talk to our science team at stand A33 at ASE.