Category Archives: Schools Showcase

Port Ellen Primary at the Celebration of Science and Engineering

On 9th June six of us from Port Ellen Primary School; Scott, Ewan, Jason, Emily, Ellen and Eilidh, went to Glasgow Science Centre for the Celebration of Science and Engineering. On the journey there we got to travel on the new MV Finlaggen ferry and had a tour round the bridge to see all the shiny gadgets and gizmos. The next day we got up early and set up our presentation at the Glasgow Science Centre along with 53 other primary and high schools from around Scotland. We went to see a science show, where they made things turn invisible, and got to play with the amazing science exhibits, finding out loads of information in a very fun way.
Next we had to present our science project to 4 judges from science industries around Scotland. Our teacher was told “Bye, Bye!” by the judges as she wasn’t allowed to see what we were doing. Our presentation was Mission SOS! Save our seas, and talked about biodiversity, the marine tank we set up in class, oil spills, beach cleans and tidal turbines. We had made a tidal turbine and wired our own electronic quiz on rock pool biodiversity. I think the judges really liked the puppet we made to help present, called Jim the Scientist. We also had videos of the lobster and crab we had in our tank.
Afterwards we had to compete in 5 STEM challenges put on by companies around Scotland. This included a Shell oil change task, a Lloyds Register ship’s ballast test, working with lasers and operating a mini ROV. The challenges were fun and we did quite well.
Finally we went to the IMAX for the presentation of awards to schools. Heather (the Weather) Reid was presenting the awards, along with Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy. There were nine awards altogether, and we hadn’t entered most of them. Then she announced “And the award for the best presentation of a showcase, sponsored by BT, goes to Port Ellen Primary School.” We were extremely amazed, and our faces showed it! We had to go down and get a cheque for £250 and had our picture taken. At last we got home, having enjoyed the best trip ever!

Golfhill Primary School – Airdrie Academy Rocket Competition

Golfhill Primary School in North Lanarkshire have been taking part in the annual Airdrie Academy Rocket Competition since 2007. The event is arranged between AAA (Airdrie Astronomical Association) and Airdrie Academy. The local Round Table donate trophies and prizes.

The five best entries from each school go to a final at Airdrie Academy where the rockets are launched.

Stuart Hamilton from Golfhill won the prize for distance travelled. His rocket travelled 115 metres beating off competition from the other primary schools and 5 local High schools. You can find out more about their experiences by clicking on the link below

Click here to view the Golfhill Primary Presentation.

Farr High School Young engineers and Science Clubs Scotland project – Purification Station

Farr High School’s Young Engineer and Science Club did a project about moving and cleaning water. Purification Station was a project where the club thought about solutions to the problems of getting a clean, safe water supply in developing countries.

Find out more by clicking the link below.

Wind farm project Oban High

In November 2010, Oban High gave a workshop at a Climate Change seminar run by Learning and Teaching Scotland.  Their workshop gave an insight into an interdisciplinary project that the Geography and Physics worked in partnership on.  Fiona Wilson (PT Geography) and Iain Morrison (Physics teacher) gave an overview of the plan, the format and reflected on what they and the pupils had gained from the experience.

Find out more about their experiences by clicking through the presentation below.

Urban Village

Krysia Smythe a craft, design and technologies teacher, from The Royal High has shared this photograph diary showing the progress over 12 weeks of an enquiry based project where learners were given an open project brief and asked to work in groups to present a solution to the brief which asked them to develop a proposal for a new urban village.

Click below to see the learning story.

Urban Village

Renewables project

In 2010 S1 pupils at Inverness High were involved in an interdisciplinary learning project relating to the learning context of Renewable energy.  This involved the sciences, social studies and technologies departments in planning for learning relating to a scenario where the learners were presented with the scenario of an island which had been cut off from its fossil fuel supply and had to find the best solutions for generating electricity by harnessing energy from renewable sources.  The power point shared here was presented by Ben Sparham from Inverness High and Real Project at the Learning and Teaching Scotland Climate Change seminars during a workshop seminar to share with other practitioners the thinking and experiences behind this project.

Click below to see the learning journey.

Energy Challenge

Energy Efficient Housing

Sheena Telford, Physics PT from Tarbert Academy, has shared this photograph diary of primary 7 and first year pupils who were involved in a project to learn about energy transfers and energy ‘saving’ devices.  Learners carried out a range of practical investigations before applying their learning to a challenge where they had to build a model energy efficient home.

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