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.
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.
Come and meet us at The Association for Science Education Conference, University of Reading, 4-7th January 2017. Our education secretary, Dr Rupert Marshall from Aberystwyth University, will be talking at ‘The Biology in the Real World’ event on Friday the 8th of January, and on Saturday 9th January, Charlotte, our Education Officer is running a workshop for teachers to show them all the amazing, engaging and energetic animal behaviour practicals you can do in your classrooms. More information here
We are excited to announce that we will be collaborating with Soapbox Science again next year to bring Animal Behaviour experts in UK streets!
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.
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.
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.