Therefore today we’re looking at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering but without the math) subjects.
Unlike some US based shows, entry to Bett and all the continuing professional development sessions are free of charge. Here is just a very brief overview of what is on offer at Bett 2015.
In the central Bett Arena presentation area on Thursday 22nd January at 11:15, the inspirational 17 year old Jack Andraka will be sharing his thoughts on how teachers can support students to deliver new progress in the world of science. Jack became a house-hold name when he invented a cheap and accurate pancreatic cancer sensor.
There are many more seminar sessions in the Bett Arena, LearnLive programme and Leader Summit so please visit www.bettshow.com to reserve your seat in advance.
In terms of exhibitors, Bett 2015 appears to have a significant number of organisations with highly innovative products to support science learning. So if this is your area of focus you will certainly have a lot to get excited about at Bett!
On booth A460 the German based 3B Scientific will be on hand to offer its advice on anything related to didactic materials for scientific and medical education. The natural sciences range of products available for schools and universities extends from anatomical and biological models to physical experiments and devices.
A wide range of innovative student experiment equipment, data loggers, mobile science benches, power supplies, electronic instruments, microscopes and imaging equipment as well as laboratory apparatus and resources for teaching physics, chemistry and biology will be on show on booth E59. Developer, Irwin Science Education has been involved in design and creation of science and technology equipment for education since the 1960s. Those visitors with a passion for science teaching resources should take time to visit this booth.
The Apple Solution Expert Village on booth F140 is expected to be busy throughout the four days of Bett. At 13:20 on each day of Bett, visitors will be able to watch a workshop entitled the ‘Meaningful Science and the iPad
Description.’ The session will explain how the iPad can be used to support all aspects of learning in biology, chemistry and physics at all ages. The presenter, Andrew Rhodes was until recently director of technology at the International School of Stavanger which has an extensive 1-1 iPad programme across grades 6 -12 and shared sets across Primary school, totalling over 700 devices. A science teacher for more than 10 years, Andrew also worked for over 5 years at a City Learning Centre in the UK, helping over 100 schools in the local authority understand how to get the best out of a wide variety of technology in support of learning.
In brief, other suppliers to visit include Denford Limited on booth B334 which manufactures CAD/CAM/CNC solutions for education, including CNC mills, lathes, routers, and a PCB engraver, together with 2D & 3D design software. Denford also offer laser cutters, 3D printers and 3D scanning solutions.
Rapid Education specialises in STEM related learning resources.
By working closely with our partners VEX Robotics and Autodesk (see below), Rapid products are at the cutting edge of STEM Education. Rapid will be on booth B510.
Autodesk GmbH on booth B180 will be explaining how students, educators, and academic institutions worldwide have free access to Autodesk 3D design software; the same tools used by millions in industry today. Autodesk is enabling future makers, engineers, architects and designers to move their ideas into reality, and helping to prepare students for jobs with free access to professional 3D design software.
With an extensive range of technologically advanced products that bring classroom learning alive, no matter the budget, Breckland Scientific offers dataloggers, wireless visualisers and everything required to really engage students in STEM.
New to Bett, Breckland Scientific will be on booth F430.
Vernier Software & Technology is always a popular booth at Bett with visitors trialling and testing its range of data loggers, sensors, experiments and graphing/analysis software, helping educators develop the next generation of scientists and engineers. Visit them at booth B326 and A310.
And finally, Israel based company S.E.S (Scientific Educational Systems Ltd) will be on booth C411 demonstrating its 30 years experience of producing a wide range of innovative technological products, which include very advanced systems with sensors. These educational systems cover a wide range of topics such as electronics, mechanics, robotics and more.