Welcome to the 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.
Face to face Science and STEM events
Register for the series of face-to-face events for Science and STEM organised by Education Scotland.
Unleashing Primary STEM Events Programme
Target audience: Primary teachers looking for practical examples to implement STEM in their classroom and make connections across the curriculum. STEM novice or expert, it doesn’t matter, there’s something for all!
What to expect – workshops and input
The following provides a flavour of some of the workshops and input running across the events. Note: the workshops on offer at each event will vary.
- STEM through stories – making connections between STEM and literacy
- STEM resources to help you plan great learning and teaching in STEM
- Make do with engineering – a world of possibilities
- STEM on a budget
- Putting the M in STEM – bringing numeracy and mathematics to life through STEM contexts
- STEM goes digital
- STEM in the GREAT Outdoors
- Data literacy – See data in a creative new way
Details: 0945 – 1500 Monday 26 February, Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh
Details: 0945 – 1500 Thursday 29 February, Mercure Hotel, Glasgow G1 1DQ * Note: NEW Venue
Details: 0945 – 1500 Friday 01 March, The Bridge, Dumfries DG2 9AW
Details: 0945 – 1500 Wednesday 13 March, Kinloss Primary, Moray IV36 3SX
Reimagining the BGE sciences curriculum (ELC, primary, secondary, ASN)
Target audience: For practitioners from primary, ELC, ASN and secondary sectors.
Details: 0930 – 1500 Thurs 14 March 2024 – Stirling Highland Hotel, Stirling FK8 1DU. * Note: NEW Venue
STEM Nation EXPO event for learners and practitioners: Celebrating Success, Inspiring Innovation
Target audience: Practitioners and learners from primary, ELC, ASN, secondary and CLD sectors
Details: 1000 – 1400 Wednesday 06 March, Glasgow City Chambers, Glasgow G2 1DU
Purpose: This event will be a showcase and celebration of STEM Learning in Scotland and is for both learners and practitioners. This is a fantastic opportunity for practitioners and young people to connect with award-winning STEM Nation schools, settings and groups and a host of dynamic partners who can support STEM learning in your settings. Find out about exciting and innovating practice in STEM. Learn about the support from a wide range of inspiring partner organisations, including Young STEM Leader programme and STEM Ambassadors, and take away loads of ideas and inspiration!
Raising attainment in BGE sciences – Secondary
Target audience: Secondary science teachers
Details: 0930 – 1500 Thursday 22 February 2024 – COSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh EH12 5BH
We’re looking forward to connecting with practitioners and teachers across Scotland over the coming months. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Take a look at our Events Calendar with STEM & Learning for Sustainability professional learning opportunities, networks for dialogue & sharing practice & events from various STEM partners. Also includes professional learning from Education Scotland.
Technologies Planning Resource
The purpose of the resource is to support learning, teaching and assessment of technologies in primary schools. This resource has been developed through the RAiSE Programme with support from Education Scotland and Scottish Government. Raising Aspirations in Science/STEM Education (RAiSE) is a programme of Education Scotland in partnership with The Wood Foundation, Scottish Government and participating local authorities which enhances the delivery of STEM education in primary schools.
This resource supports planning for technologies around the Experiences and Outcomes from Early to Second Level. These activities and approaches should be viewed as useful starting points and suggestions and they are in no way prescriptive.
Raising Aspirations in Science Education (RAiSE) empowers primary school practitioners with the confidence, skills, and networks to develop and deliver engaging and motivating STEM learning experiences.
The work of the RAiSE programme is aligned to the STEM Education and Training Strategy and the Developing the Young Workforce Programme. It aims to raise attainment and achievement in primary science and STEM, and tackle inequity and inequality in learners’ experiences and outcomes.
What is RAiSE?
RAiSE is a programme of Education Scotland, The Wood Foundation, Scottish Government and participating local authorities. It has engaged with 27/32 of Scotland’s local authorities. The programme was established in 2016 as a pilot programme and was then extended nationally.
Participating local authorities are provided with funding to recruit a dedicated Primary Science Development Officer (PSDO). The role of the PSDO is to lead and co-ordinate high-quality professional learning and to support practitioner planning, networking, and collaboration.
Making Scotland’s Future
3.45pm to 6pm on Monday 18 March 2024, Glasgow Science Centre
Who should attend: All educators who want to prepare their learners for the rapidly changing world of work in Scotland, helping them access innovative, rewarding and exciting careers in STEM (Sciences, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics) sectors.
Scotland’s economy is transforming rapidly and there is an increasing demand for a skilled workforce to enable this transition to take place. Research shows that educators have a pivotal role to play in equipping learners with the skills for learning, life and work and promoting relevant pathways to learners, parents and carers. This professional learning event has been designed for Scotland’s educators to help them excite and inspire our children and young people about their future career opportunities.
Funded by the Scottish Government and proudly supported by Education Scotland, NMIS (National Manufacturing Institute Scotland), Skills Development Scotland and the Glasgow Science Centre.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be at the forefront of inspiring the next generation of Scotland’s innovative workforce.
Visit Education Scotland’s STEM Careers page to find out more about the STEM careers across a range of sectors.
SSERC Space Primary Enthuse Partnership
SSERC is excited to launch its latest Enthuse Partnership offering 20 primary schools across Scotland an opportunity to engage with a programme of practical based Space related activities at no cost to you or your setting.
So, what you are committing to and what is expected?
- A series of seven online twilight professional learning sessions from March 2024 to February 2025 (3.30pm – 5pm delivered live via MS Teams)
- Free practical resources to accompany each professional learning session, delivered to your school, to allow hands-on practical experiences for your learners.
- The journey towards gaining the Space Education Quality Mark (SEQM)
- A broad range of STEM Engagement offers to further enhance STEM learning and teaching.
Applications close 29 February more details here
Dates for your diary
Scottish Apprenticeship Week 4-8 March
STEM Nation Expo 6 March
International Women’s Day 8 March
Making Scotland’s Future 18 March