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.
We also support scientists spread the word about their interactive citizen-science games.
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.
Soapbox Science 2017
The ASAB Education Committee sponsored two Soapbox Scientists: Drs Dawn Scott and Cosima Porteus, to share their research with the public. On Saturday 29th July, Dawn spoke about urban mammals and the behaviour of both animals and humans in urban habitats. This talk was based on her research about what foxes, badgers and hedgehogs get up to after dark in Brighton. On June 24th at the Exeter event, Cosima spoke about ocean acidification (what it is), its unexpected effects on fish behaviour, and why this is happening. She also discussed with members of the public ways the ways they can reduce how much carbon dioxide is released into the air.
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.