Category: Technologies

Start-up Science Masterclasses

FREE Start-up Science Masterclasses for S1 and S2 Students

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is inviting applications for the Spring 2020 Start-up Science Masterclasses. These are run in partnership with, and will take place at, St Andrews University. The Masterclasses are intended to give young people who have shown an interest in science and technology the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and experience.


Four Masterclasses will take place on successive Saturday mornings and will comprise of a mixture of talks and fun, practical activities with guidance and encouragement from session leaders.


There will be Masterclasses on:

Marine Discovery (4th April)

Bagpipes and Electrons (25th April)

Volcanic Eruptions:  Past and Present – On Earth and Beyond (2nd May)

Chemical Cluedo (16th May)


To apply for a place, please download and complete the following application form: 

You can also pick up an application form from any Science Teacher.


You can then return the form by post to:

The Royal Society of Edinburgh

22–26 George Street




Or by email to:


The closing date for applications is Saturday 21st March at 12noon.

S2 Enterprise Challenge

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Yesterday saw a number of S2 teams compete in a Dragon’s Den event to decide the winner of this year’s S2 Enterprise Challenge.  Teams had to present their ideas to a panel of judges and respond to questions from the floor about their product.

After much deliberation, the team “Hear. Say. Smart” – Niamh Cromar,  Kenzie Reid and Michael Joy – were awarded the win having pitched their idea for a clothing mounted camera which communicates to visually impaired people via means of an earpiece.

Thank you to Ryan Strachan (Graphic Designer), Mr Lownie, Lisa Giove (Head of Partnerships, St Andrews Links) and Charmaine Duthie (Business Development Manager at Jannetta’s Gelateria) for acting as judges.

Well done to all of the teams who took part in the competition.

Modern Apprenticeship opportunity

Fife Council have advertised online for a Modern Apprentice (MA) Digital Engagement Assistant (FIF13856) in the last few days.  Closing date for applications – use the link below – is Sunday, 16th June.

The council have offered 2 previous MAs in this work area and are proud to report that both post-holders successfully completed their qualifications, securing full time, permanent posts within the Council on completion of the MA.

Additional qualifications, including the PDA Youth Work Award, are offered as part of the MA role.  The main qualification gained as part of the MA is an SQA Diploma at SCQF Level 7 in Creative and Digital Media: offered through Dundee and Angus College.

Please see Miss C. Thomson as soon as possible if you’d like to apply for this opportunity.

Applications can be made via the MyJobScotland portal.

Mental Health Awareness Week

The S2 Business Enrichment classes would like to take the opportunity to ‘thank’ everyone who took part in last week’s events to promote Mental Health Awareness Week.

Special ‘thanks’ go to all of the staff – Ms Pour, Mr Ajeda, Mrs Jeffrey, Ms McArthur, Mr Lambrou, Mr Cameron, Mr McCarron, Mr Robb, Dr Sugden and Ms Stuart – who took part in the “Soak a teacher” event.  Everyone was fantastic!

The event raised a magnificent £784.90 which will now be divided between SAMH and CAMHS, two mental health charities.

Miss J. Hughes, Miss E. Thomson & Miss C. Thomson
[Faculty of Technologies]