STEM Inspiration Programme




Please see below a list of practical projects and events, facilitated by Edinburgh College, and designed to raise awareness and encourage participation in all areas of STEM learning.

  • FREE ‘STEM In a BOX’ Activities for P7 and S1: Classroom-based, small group, problem-solving tasks, encouraging pupils to apply their skills in a real-life, practical context whilst developing knowledge and understanding of the ‘Engineering Design Process’.
  • Remote delivery with ‘live’ introduction and feedback sessions on TEAMS
  • ALL ‘live’ sessions take place on Thursdays throughout term time.
  • All materials provided, free of charge, for classroom use
  • Activities include ‘Bridge Building’, ‘Towers’ and ‘Boats’


  • FREE ‘STEM Workshops’ S2 and S3: Collaborative, practical projects, delivered on campus, involving greater use of STEM skills and knowledge, and leading to a deeper understanding of engineering processes.
  • On campus visit with morning and afternoon STEM sessions
  • Available on selected dates only, pre-booking required
  • Activities include ‘Water Wheels’, ‘Wind Turbines’ and ‘Hot Air Balloons’


  • Host venue for ‘FIRST LEGO LEAGUE’ CHALLENGE Tournament: a highly engaging, ‘hands-on’ STEM experience, combining the engineering challenge of a robotics competition with real-world problem solving.
  • Suitable for ages 9 to 16years
  • Participation helps to build confidence with coding, and teaches valuable employment and life skills in a meaningful, engaging context
  • ‘Challenge Tournament’ event held at Edinburgh College in March 2024 – date to be confirmed.
  • All further details, including information about funding and registration can be found at

FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge (


  • School visits to support Science/STEM week events: *SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY* pre-arranged school visits from members of the Engineering department to run STEM challenges and practical tasks as part of a school ‘Science week’ or similar themed event.
  • In school, STEM visit for P6/P7 pupils to coincide with school ‘Science’ week
  • Hands-on, practical challenges with face-to-face instruction
  • All tools/resources and instruction provided, FREE of charge.



What is the value in STEM-learning activities?  Participation helps to:

  • Raise attainment in all areas of the curriculum through practical application of key concepts in maths and literacy.
  • Develop valuable skills such as collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Inspire pupils to explore ‘STEM’ related pathways into further study and the world of work, making meaningful links with DYW
  • HAVE FUN and enjoy your learning!!


For more details contact:

Catherine Brotherton  STEM Co-Ordinator


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