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The ASE Annual Conference is a unique opportunity for all teachers of science and those involved with science education. With over 350 sessions to choose from at ASE Annual Conference 2018, Sched will help you see what’s on and plan and edit your personal agenda at any time.  If you’ve not yet registered for this event book now on Eventbrite.
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Robbie Kirkman

Eden Project
Education Team Lead
Cornwall
Robbie works on the education team at Eden and is the Education Team Lead. He has a BSc in Marine Biology and Oceanography and a science PGCE. Robbie taught science in secondary schools in Cornwall for several years before beginning work at Eden 7 years ago. This has given him a broad experience and knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics across all key stages and working knowledge of the science curriculum.

At Eden Robbie has a particular focus on science education and STEM as well as managing the team of education officers and teaching. Robbie plans, develops and delivers workshops and other learning experiences for pupils aged 4-18 years. These sessions cover themes such as biodiversity, adaptation, ecology, evolution, food security, trade, regeneration, sustainability, environmental awareness and climate change. He has some experience with molecular biology and has delivered a hands-on molecular biology workshop for KS4 called Sherlock Streptococcus. He is keen to develop new molecular biology workshops in our new lab.

Robbie is currently undertaking some academic research in partnership with Dr Rob Bowker of Exeter University investigating Key stage 2 students understanding of evolution and inheritance and how this can be improve through experiential learning at Eden. This will be submitted for publication in the autumn. He has also written an article for Primary Science Magazine about this topic.

Robbie has a particular interest in how we might engage students of all ages in current scientific research and also how we might engage further with secondary science teachers through CPD. Together with Chris Bisson he is planning a CPD event for secondary teachers about Food Security. This is supported by RCUK and STEM learning. As part of this we are creating resources and practical protocols based on current research from Eden and Exeter University which teachers can use in school.