Education

ASAB has an Education Committee that supports colleagues in schools and colleges who teach animal behaviour. We provide free teaching resources and offer funding to teachers keen to develop new resources. Our Education Officer visits schools to give talks about animal behaviour, and our committee members are always on hand to advise on scientific research methods and the behaviour of the animals we study.

Who's on the Education Committee? →

TEACHING RESOURCES

The ASAB Education Committee produces teaching resources, including videos and lesson plans. They're free to download! We have organised the resources under primary or secondary and post 16 categories. Many of our videos are on Vimeo, and the resources are also on the UK's National STEM Centre

We also support scientists spread the word about their interactive citizen-science games.

NEWS

THE ROYAL SOCIETY Summer Exhibition 2019
ASAB Education Committee grant

The ASAB Education Committee is excited to announce grants of up to £1000 for ASAB members who successfully apply to exhibit at next year's Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, a week-long celebration of the science and engineering shaping our future.

The exhibition features the UK’s most inspiring research, and is a chance for scientists to showcase their work to over 14,000 visitors including members of the public, schools, research funders, the media, and Fellows of the Royal Society.

If you would like to apply for a grant please email our Education Officer, Charlotte. Please include a few sentences about why you’d like to exhibit and tell us about your proposed exhibition. The deadline for applications is 7 September 2018.

You can read more here about why you should get involved, and you can find out more about what exhibiting involves and how to apply

The ASAB Education Committee are proud supporters of Soapbox Scientists.

Our next Soapbox scientists will be speaking on June 9th 12-3pm at Kings Square, York.

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Lucy Mitchell will be talking about her PhD research into nightjar behaviour. Lucy uses GPS trackers to discover where they find their night-time meals, and where they like to sleep during the day. Lucy will have some fun interactive moth catching games to find out what it's like to be a nightjar! 

Josie Monaghan will be telling the crowds about her research on conservation genetics in forest management. Josie will explain that ant behaviour is an important aspect of the woodland ecosystems and how, by using the genetics of red wood ants, scientists will decide how best to look after our forests. Josie will demonstrate the connectivity of the forest and show how we can use one (very small) animal to find out about how we affect forests - whether good or bad.

 Georgia in a bee keeping suit

Georgia in a bee keeping suit

University of Sussex PhD student, Georgia Hennessy, spoke at the Brighton Soapbox Science event on the 2nd of June 2018. Georgia spoke about her research showing that increasing wind speeds influence a bee's ability to forage. To illustrate this, Georgia had Soapbox Scientist participants go fishing! 

Soapbox science events are taking place across the country and across world this summer. Look here for more information. If you are taking part and would like to be considered for sponsorship by ASAB, then please email our Education officer Charlotte – for more details.

 

Undergraduate Recognition Awards

The ASAB education committee announces the establishment of the Undergraduate Recognition Award which recognises undergraduates who have engaged with the study of animal behaviour in an outstanding manner.

 Hannah Watson with Steve Bevan Head of School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln (Anna Wilkinson; ASAB Representative).  Hannah is one of the first recipients of the ASAB undergraduate award along with Ellie-Mae Cook, Hull University (Lesley Morrell; ASAB Representative) 

Hannah Watson with Steve Bevan Head of School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln (Anna Wilkinson; ASAB Representative).

Hannah is one of the first recipients of the ASAB undergraduate award along with Ellie-Mae Cook, Hull University (Lesley Morrell; ASAB Representative) 

ASAB Education Grants

ASAB provides grants for primary and secondary teachers to develop new teaching resources on animal behaviour. Successful applicants work with an academic member of the ASAB Education Committee to develop their idea. The resource they produce becomes an official ASAB teaching resource and is shared with other educators.

Learn more about ASAB Education Grants →

Let's talk

Our Education Officer visits schools to give talks and workshop sessions for students, from infant classes to sixth formers. The Committee also organises conferences and workshops for teachers (CPD).

If you have any questions about how ASAB can help you to bring the study of animal behaviour to life in your classroom, please email the ASAB Education Officer.

SOAPBOX SCIENTIST CLARE ANDREWS
EXPLAINED HER RESEARCH TO THE PEOPLE OF NEWCASTLE.

Clare's research compares starling chicks that had a difficult start in life with those that had an easier ‘chickhood’. Clare explained how getting off to a bad start in life, growing up in a nest where a chick had to fight for food, made the birds’ DNA age faster. It also made them behave less patiently and less optimistically when they grew up to be adults.