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Life Sciences Writing Day – 5 March 2020

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Target sectors:       Primary and secondary practitioners and college staff

Where:                      Doubletree Hilton, Phoenix Crescent, Bellshill ML4 3JQ

When: 9:00 to 15:30 on Thursday 5th March 2020

What: Spend the day co-developing classroom resources with Scotland’s leading life sciences companies. Get an insight into the exciting developments in the bio-tech sector and bring this inspiration back to your classroom through the resources you and others will have developed.

How to book: email stem@educationscotland.gov.scot

Cost: Free

Programme for the day: Life Sciences Writing Day PROGRAMME Thursday 5 March 2020

Life Sciences is one of Scotland’s most creative and innovative sectors; developing cutting edge solutions to major global issues in health, agriculture, energy and addressing climate change.

With well over 30,000 people employed across Scotland; a hugely diverse range of careers and an increasing demand for a range of cross-disciplinary and transferable skills, the Life Sciences sector has numerous potential career pathways for young people.

The first Life Sciences Sector event in December provided an opportunity for practitioners to engage with leading industry partners from global and new start-up companies; gain a fuller appreciation of the scope and scale of the sector and have time to work collaboratively with industry partners to create innovative approaches to the curriculum. The event was planned and supported by SDS, the DYW Regional Groups and Education Scotland. See the learning & teaching resources created at https://glowscotland.sharepoint.com/sites/sciencesplc

Feedback from a practitioner at our first event:

“The day was fantastic! Having the time to chat with representatives from industry was a real eye-opener for me.  I did not realise how many firms are willing and excited about taking on school leavers.  I am really excited about this because quite a lot of my pupils are school leavers who will not pursue further education but could still have a rewarding career in Life Sciences industries right here in Scotland!”

This second exclusive event will allow you to engage with leading industry partners within this sector and have further opportunities to collaborate to produce resources for your own classroom that will be shared nationally.

We are looking for practitioners who want to create innovative approaches to the curriculum and develop resources that will inspire young people; enthuse them about the potential in the Life Sciences sector and that will contextualise learning within BGE Sciences and National 4/5 Biology.

Author: I. Menzies

Senior Education Officer for Sciences, Education Scotland

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