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May 13, 2022
by Jayne Hamilton
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STEM Nation Award Launch

Moving forward into session22/23, we are delighted that all ELC, Primary, Secondary and ASN settings and Community Learning and Development Providers can register for the STEM Nation Award programme.

The STEM Nation Award programme was developed to celebrate, promote and build on effective practice in STEM education within and across sectors.

The pilot was launched in 2019 with…

  • Over 80 settings registered to participate in the pilot from across all six regions;
  • Evidence was submitted for over 220 award elements;
  • Submissions were received from 23 secondary schools, 38 primary schools and 12 early learning and childcare settings;
  • 19 settings were successful with applications for the full award as part of the pilot and many more are continuing on their journey towards the STEM Nation Award.

Registration for the Award is now open and can be accessed via the STEM Nation Online Resource, you can also find information about the award elements and guidance documents for ELC, School, ASN and CLD settings.

The STEM team are also running information sessions on the 1st and 15th of June, use this Eventbrite link to sign up

May 10, 2022
by C. Gillespie
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Fortnightly Planner 10/05/2022

Welcome to the fortnightly STEM planner. Keep reading to find out more about exciting STEM developments across Scotland. Please feel free to share this planner with colleagues and school partners.

Stem Grant Programme 2022 – closes tomorrow

Close up image of female writing notes in a notebook alongside colleagues seated at a table

Education Scotland Round 4 of the Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grant Programme closes tomorrow.

Closing date: 12 noon  11 May 2022.

£400,000 of funding is available in 2022/23 – £200,000 for STEM projects (including digital) and £200,000 for Numeracy and Mathematics projects. The aim of the programme is to address the barriers practitioners face in accessing appropriate high-quality professional learning that meets their needs.

STEM Professional Learning events

NEW – an interactive list of webinars and network meetings planned for May – June 2022. Sign up for these events using the Eventbrite links on the page.

Please post a comment at the end of this blog to discuss any aspect of these sessions and to share ideas about possible future sessions.

New interactive STEM resources directory spreadsheet available

Our latest resource to support you is an interactive STEM Resources directory .  It includes details of organisations & providers who can support activities, awards, resources, talks, volunteers, professional learning & onsite visits to name a few.  Filter by sector, theme, provider, opportunity, region, local authority & date required.

Practical science videos

Practical Science – an interactive list of all Science experiments films to support you and your learners.

Filter by subject, phase, level and unit. Information on who produced the film and a direct link to the filmed experiment is included.

 

 

 

Science collections on National e-Learning Offer

 

IGBE sessions coming up in May

Introduction to gender balance & equalities & STEM

Strategies for addressing gender stereotypes and unconscious bias including the impact on participation in STEM and learner pathways.

25 May 4 – 5:30 pm

For newly qualified teachers and ELC practitioners from across Tayside region, this webinar explores the impact of gender inequality, gender stereotypes and unconscious bias on children and young people. The session will also highlight strategies and practical approaches including examples of good practice.

There will also be an overview of STEM, including the new STEM Nation Awards, and an opportunity for reflection and discussion.

National awareness raising session ‘How does gender inequality affect attainment, wellbeing and participation?’

26 May, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Relevant to all settings, this introductory session will explore the impact of gender inequality, gender stereotypes and unconscious bias on children and young people, with particular focus on attainment, participation and wellbeing.

The session will include strategies and practical approaches including examples of good practice, opportunities for interaction and a chance to reflect on equality within your own practice/setting.

Diversity in STEM webinar

Wed 25 May 2022 at 16:00 | Eventbrite

Framed within the SAC refresh stretch aims, a webinar with opportunities for discussion to consider the question:

How does your current curriculum, options choice and pathways on offer enable sustained positive destinations in STEM?

This webinar is for all practitioners involved in curriculum design, options choice processes, DYW co-ordinators and CLD practitioners who support achievement of positive destinations (1 hour).

Dumfries & Galloway STEM Conference 2022

Dumfries & Galloway’s fifth annual STEM Conference focussing on all aspects of STEM.

Conference keynote address, workshops & marketplace sections will provide practitioners across Dumfries & Galloway with insight and continued learning in all aspects of STEM.
The Setting & Schools’ Showcase section highlights the interesting STEM learning taking place in settings and schools across Dumfries & Galloway.
All conference materials available from Monday 9th May, throughout Term 4 and into next session to support all practitioners to meet the aspirations of both the STEM Education & Training Strategy for Scotland, and Dumfries & Galloway Regional STEM Strategy.

The 2022 conference is being delivered through ThingLink.

TechFest 2022

TechFest is back in person and the Activity Weekend will be held at Robert Gordon University Campus on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May.

Admission is only 1p for children and £1 for adults. With over 20 hands-on workshops and demonstrations, the TechFest Activity Weekend provides fun, exciting and inspiring activities for all ages. No need to pre-book, just turn up.

TechFest STEM Next Essay

The STEM Next Essay competition bridges the gap between school education and higher education/working environments with industry-linked, project-based learning to facilitate learners’ transitions.

Categories include Energy Transition, Applications of Mathematics, Medicine & Life Sciences, Technology & Computer Sciences, Food, Drink and Agriculture.

Registration is now open for all UK students aged 16 – 18.

Essay competition 2022 categories: Energy Transition, Technology & Innovation, Medicine & Veterinary Science, Space Science, Biological Science and Food, Drink and Agriculture.

Students must interview at least one industry professional to gain insights into their chosen topic. A list of available professionals will be provided; students can also contact professionals who they know personally.

Final essays will be marked by volunteer assessor panel.

Prizes for each category winners:

First place – £200 worth of Amazon vouchers

Second place – £100 worth of Amazon vouchers

Third place – £50 worth of Amazon vouchers

 

Royal Institution schools grant scheme – now open

The Royal Institution’s 2022 grant scheme is now open; application guidance is now available online.

Applications now open for free full day school visits from one of the Royal Institution’s professional presenters.  The day includes curriculum-linked science shows for students, a practical science CPD session for teachers and an after-school community show for parents, carers and siblings.

All UK state maintained primary, secondary and ASN schools and alternative education providers are eligible to apply for a fully funded Science in Schools package worth £800.  Application guidance is now available here and applications can be submitted via a web form. Closing date 31 May.

 

SSERC Biology summer school 21st – 23rd June. Closing date 13 May.

The SSERC Biology Summer School 3-day residential course focuses on practical work to support NQ senior phase programmes in Biology & Human Biology. Lab sessions will follow an interactive approach.

 

 

 

Dates for your diary

Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grant Programme  Closing date tomorrow – 11 May

National Numeracy Day  18 May

Science Insights 2022 a work experience programme for S5 25 – 29 July

 

 

 

April 29, 2022
by Jayne Hamilton
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Secondary Sciences Network Update

Webinar Videos

This session the Secondary Sciences Network has provided a range of webinars supporting widening the curriculum offer within the sciences. To access the videos, use the links in the table below.

For further information on all upcoming events access the STEM Nation Online Resource and click on the Events tab.

Session Date Video link
1 Lab Skills 01.02.22 https://youtu.be/F4El3jRkKG8
2 Skills for Work 08.03.22 https://youtu.be/s2tax16Bf7g
3 Delving Deeper into Data 16.03.22 https://youtu.be/5ozVRjoESMo
4 NPAs & FAs 28.03.22 https://youtu.be/YI89OJNf21I
5 Science Qualifications & Positive Destinations 25.04.22 https://youtu.be/7Bjmrszm_IU

Supporting ASN in the Sciences

The next SSN Webinar will be held on TUESDAY 24th May from 4:15pm – 5:15pm via Teams. Please sign up using the Eventbrite link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-asn-in-the-sciences-tickets-272583553747

Thinking creatively on how we can ensure equity for all learners in the science classroom. A focus on pedagogy, resources and support from a wide variety of settings

Join the Network

Use the link below. The joining code is uh9sf32

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a7dbc2a1a2d3a4a0fa13c593a0e367efb%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=63402e33-e7e7-496b-84c6-e7ec3ba328d5&tenantId=ccd32ca3-16ce-428f-9541-372d6b051929

April 26, 2022
by C. Gillespie
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Fortnightly Planner 26/04/2022

Welcome to the fortnightly STEM planner. Keep reading to find out more about exciting STEM developments across Scotland. Please feel free to share this planner with colleagues and school partners.

 

Stem Grant Programme 2022

Close up image of female writing notes in a notebook alongside colleagues seated at a table

Education Scotland has launched Round 4 of the Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grant Programme.

Closing date: 12 noon  11 May 2022.

£400,000 of funding is available in 2022/23 – £200,000 for STEM projects (including digital) and £200,000 for Numeracy and Mathematics projects. The aim of the programme is to address the barriers practitioners face in accessing appropriate high-quality professional learning that meets their needs.

 

Secondary Sciences Network webinar – today

The next in the series of SSN webinars is Science Qualifications & Positive Destinations.

This webinar is an opportunity to hear from employers on the relevance of science qualifications. We will be joined by Sarah Smith (NHS & Scottish Government) and other representatives from STEM industries.

Science Qualifications & Positive Destinations webinar  26 April 4 15 – 5 15

 

ASN sessions

Today and 4 May – a new STEM and ASN national practitioner network is being launched, designed for practitioners working with learners with a range of ASN needs in mainstream and specialist settings.

First meeting 26 April 4 – 5 30 pm

Next meeting 4 May 4 – 5 30 pm

 

STEM Professional Learning events

New – an interactive list of webinars and network meetings planned for April – June 2022. Sign up for these events using the Eventbrite links on the page.

Please post a comment at the end of this blog to discuss any aspect of these sessions and to share ideas about possible future sessions.

 

Practical science videos

Practical Science – an interactive list of all Science experiments films to support you and your learners.

Filter by subject, phase, level and unit. Information on who produced the film and a direct link to the filmed experiment is included.

 

 

New interactive STEM resources directory spreadsheet available

Our latest resource to support you in all things STEM is an interactive STEM Resources directory  spreadsheet.  It includes details of organisations and providers who can support with: activities, awards, resources, talks, volunteers, professional learning and onsite visits to name a few.  You can filter the spreadsheet by sector, theme, provider, opportunity, region, local authority and month and date you want.

 

Science collections on National e-Learning Offer

 

IGBE

Introduction to gender balance & equalities & STEM

Strategies for addressing gender stereotypes and unconscious bias including the impact on participation in STEM and learner pathways.

25 May 4 – 5:30 pm

We invite newly qualified teachers and ELC practitioners from across Tayside region to join us for this introductory session.

Relevant to all settings, this webinar will explore the impact of gender inequality, gender stereotypes and unconscious bias on children and young people. The session will also highlight strategies and practical approaches including examples of good practice.

There will also be an overview of STEM, including the new STEM Nation Awards, and an opportunity for reflection and discussion.

National awareness raising session ‘How does gender inequality affect attainment, wellbeing and participation?’

26 May, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Relevant to all settings, this introductory session will explore the impact of gender inequality, gender stereotypes and unconscious bias on children and young people, with particular focus on attainment, participation and wellbeing.

The session will include strategies and practical approaches including examples of good practice.

The session will also include opportunities for interaction and a chance to reflect on equality within your own practice/setting.

 

Royal Institution schools grant scheme

The Royal Institution’s 2022 grant scheme will open to applications on 3 May; application guidance is now available online.

On 3 May, applications open for free full day school visits from one of the Royal Institution’s professional presenters.  The day includes curriculum-linked science shows for students, a practical science CPD session for teachers and an after-school community show for parents, carers and siblings.

All UK state maintained primary, secondary and ASN schools and lternative education provides are eligible to apply for a fully funded Science in Schools package worth £800.  Application guidance is now available here and applications can be submitted via a web form that will be live from 3 May.

 

SSERC Biology summer school

The SSERC Biology Summer School 3-day residential course focuses on practical work to support NQ senior phase programmes in Biology & Human Biology. Lab sessions will follow an interactive approach. 21st – 23rd June Closing date 13 May.

 

 

 

Dates for your diary

Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grant Programme  Closing date 11 May

National Numeracy Day  18 May

Science Insights 2022 a work experience programme for S5 25 – 29 July

March 31, 2022
by C. Gillespie
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National e-Learning Offer – New Sciences Resources

This page provides details of the latest resources to be produced by Education Scotland support the sciences.

Practical science experiments

Main interactive spreadsheet: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/stemnation/stem-resources/

Learner versions

Science practical experiment listing NQ Biology 31.03.22

Science practical experiment listing NQ Chemistry 31.03.22

Science practical experiment listing NQ Physics 31.03.22

Over 150 practical science experiments videos are now available to support the Sciences National Qualifications. A further 80 are being edited and should be live by the end of April 2022. These films were developed by Education Scotland in response to requests from practitioners. Education Scotland would like to thank a range of partners for their generous support including: BBC Bitesize, Edinburgh Napier University, Institute of Physics, University of Glasgow, SSERC, University of Strathclyde and Aberdeen Science Centre. Personal thanks too to Ian Stewart (Beeslack Community High School), Colin McGill and to all those involved in supporting this work. Interactive assessments have also been developed to accompany 50 of these practical science videos. We’ll be adding these to the  spreadsheet soon.

National e-Learning Offer (NeLO): https://education.gov.scot/nelo/

A range of NeLO collections have been developed to support the sciences.

Chemistry

Physics

Biology – these are just been finalised and will be published soon. Watch this space!

Broad General Education – Sciences

Education Scotland’s STEM Team would welcome feedback on the above resources. Please email: stem@educationscotland.gov.scot

March 29, 2022
by C. Gillespie
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Fortnightly STEM Planner 29/03/2022

Welcome to the fortnightly STEM planner. Keep reading to find out more about exciting STEM developments across Scotland. Please feel free to share this planner with colleagues and school partners.

 

Stem Grant Programme 2022

Close up image of female writing notes in a notebook alongside colleagues seated at a table

Education Scotland has now launched Round 4 of the Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grant Programme. Closing date: 12 noon on 11 May 2022.

£400,000 of funding is available in 2022/23 – £200,000 for STEM projects (including digital) and £200,000 for Numeracy and Mathematics projects. The aim of the programme is to address the barriers that practitioners face in accessing appropriate high-quality professional learning that meets their needs.

 

STEM Bursary Scheme

The STEM Bursary Scheme is now open; the scheme provides a £20000 incentive to individuals wishing to undertake a one year ITE course in Scotland that leads to a teaching qualification in the hardest to fill STEM subjects.

 

Edinburgh Science Festival 2022

Edinburgh Science Festival 9 – 24 April

Edinburgh’s Science Festival are back delivering live events, including a return to the family hub at City Art Centre and two new interactive exhibitions, DataSphere and Consumed, alongside a varied programme of other events for audiences of all ages.

The 2022 Festival will explore lifeforms, lifecycles, revolutionary ideas and solutions to global challenges.

Join this celebration of the role that science and technology and festivals play in our lives – bringing people together, creating new experiences, sharing the joy of discovery, shedding fresh light on the key issues shaping that future and celebrating the human spirit.

 

Secondary Sciences Network

The next in the series of SSN webinars is Science Qualifications & Positive Destinations.

This webinar is an opportunity to hear from employers on the relevance of science qualifications. We will be joined by Sarah Smith (NHS & Scottish Government) and other representatives from STEM Industries.

Science Qualifications & Positive Destinations webinar  26 April 4 15 – 5 15

 

New interactive STEM resources directory spreadsheet available

Our latest resource to support you in all things STEM is an interactive STEM Resources directory  spreadsheet.  It includes details of organisations and providers who can support with: activities, awards, resources, talks, volunteers, professional learning and onsite visits to name a few.  You can filter the spreadsheet by sector, theme, provider, opportunity, region, local authority and month and date you want.

 

Dates for your diary

Edinburgh International Science Festival 9 – 24 April

Secondary Sciences Network Webinar 26 April

National Numeracy Day  18 May

Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grant Programme  Closing date 11 May

Science Insights 2022 a work experience programme for S5 25 – 29 July

March 15, 2022
by C. Gillespie
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Fortnightly STEM Planner 15/03/2022

Welcome to the fortnightly STEM planner. Keep reading to find out more about exciting STEM developments across Scotland. Please feel free to share this planner with colleagues and school partners.

 

Secondary Sciences Network webinar

Tomorrow –  Delving Deeper into Data with Dingwall Academy. Approaches to tracking & monitoring in BGE. Staff from Dingwall Academy will share their approach & the impact on learning & teaching.

16 March 4 15 – 5 15 eventbrite.co.uk/e/delving-deep

Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grant Programme

Interested in professional learning in STEM? Join our information sessions & learn about the Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grants Programme. Exploring the STEM grant programme, guidance & support available & how to apply.

1st session      21 March Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grant Programme 1

2nd session    23 March Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grant Programme 2

3rd session     24 March Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grant Programme 3

4th session     28 March Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grant Programme 4

 

Pedagogy & Primary STEM

A series of interactive sessions exploring pedagogy and primary STEM with a range of approaches to try with learners.

Session 4 22 March

Session 5 31 March

4 – 5 pm

Meetings on Glow Teams with joining link – if you have signed up please use the joining link to join the Glow team well before the event.

 

British Science Week

Get involved in British Science Week 11 – 20 March. Download free activity packs focused on this yera’s theme, Growth, or check out free resources.

 

Dates for your diary

DYW Live Money Day 21 March

Caithness International Science Festival   1 – 31 March

Edinburgh International Science Festival 9 – 24 April

Science Insights 2022 a work experience programme for S5 25 – 29 July

March 1, 2022
by C. Gillespie
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Fortnightly STEM Planner 01/03/2022

Welcome to the fortnightly STEM planner. Keep reading to find out more about exciting STEM developments across Scotland. Please feel free to share this planner with colleagues and school partners.

STEM Online Resource

 

The online resource was created as part of Scotland’s STEM Education and Training Strategy. On the site you will find a range of resources to support inspire and connect, such as:

  • the latest developments in STEM
  • interesting practice examples to inspire and make connections
  • the science planning resource to support planning for science around the experiences and outcomes from early to second level
  • links to National Professional Learning communities including Sciences, Technologies, Numeracy and Mathematics
  • information on the STEM Awards programme available in Scotland including the STEM Nation Award developed by Education Scotland and links to the Young STEM Leaders Programme developed by SSERC.
  • support to deepen your professional knowledge and understanding and to help you develop progressive and innovative practice.

And much more for ELC, primary, secondary, ASN, CLD and school based technical support staff.

 

Secondary Sciences Network

Education Scotland are offering a range of webinars to support delivery of the sciences. With input from practitioners and other partners, these webinars will support staff with the implementation of new qualifications and provide opportunities for networking.

The webinars series runs from 8th March until 24th May.

SSN Webinar Timetable

 

Pedagogy and Primary STEM sessions

A series of interactive sessions exploring pedagogy & primary STEM with a range of approaches to try with learners.

Session 4: 10 March

Session 5: 22 March

4-5 pm

Meetings on Glow Teams with joining link.

If you have signed up please use the joining link to join the Glow Team well before the event.

 

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 7 – 11 March

Apprenticeships provide jobs for individuals that give them skills needed now and for the future. Get involved in this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week. Take the opportunity to show that apprenticeships work for individuals, industries and Scotland.

Get involved here.

 

RHET Talk to a Farmer

Talk to a farmer week, taking place till Friday 4 March.

Streaming through DYW Live, your class can join in with live stream footage from the farm and engage in conversation with the farmer.

Click here to get involved.

 

Dates for your diary

Cyber Scotland Week 2022   28 Feb – 4 March

STEM in the North 8 March: Play pedagogy in STEM

International Women’s Day  8 March

British Science Week  11 – 20 March

 

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