The PSTT Children’s Conference at PSEC is an exciting and unique opportunity for schools to participate in a dedicated primary science conference. The event will take place on Friday 7th June 2019 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre as part of the international Primary Science Education Conference (PSEC).
The theme of the conference is Climate Change, Sustainable Living and Environmental Science. Schools will be encouraged to develop their own projects focused on finding a local issue and developing solutions for it and then share their work: either by attending the Conference or submitting a poster/film of their activity.
Schools can register their Interest at https://www.primaryscienceconference.org/childrens-conference and download the free Climate Change Teachers’ Project Pack. The pack has ideas for projects in ten different areas; as well as advice on developing partnerships, planning projects and a Climate Change Special Topical Science Update.
Look out for more information in late 2018 when schools will be able to apply to present their projects at the PSTT Children’s Conference at PSEC in June 2019.
Keep up to date with what’s going on:
Follow @pstt_whyhow on Twitter
Join our ‘PSTT Children’s Conference at PSEC’ Facebook group
Improving Gender Balance Scotland, the partnership project between the Institute of Physics, Education Scotland and Skills Development Scotland, has recently launched part of their suite of resources for schools looking to counter gender stereotyping.
The resources include PSHE lessons on gender and stereotyping, classroom interaction monitoring templates and a poster of top tips on inclusive learning. The resources can be found on the IOP’s website here.
As part of this launch Skills Development Scotland have released a short film including some work by Duloch Primary School, as well as a written case study of the work to date. The project page and the film can be seen on SDS’s page here, and the case study here.
Why we built the portal
Citizen Science is really important to the partners in Scotland’s Environment. It generates data which are used to make decisions, set priorities and debate issues, but just as importantly, it promotes citizen education, empowerment, health and wellbeing. By building this portal, we want to improve the support that is available to Citizen Science projects, especially in relation to gathering data, making it easy to view and understand, and easy to discuss.
What the portal does
The portal helps us to bring information on a variety of projects into one place, covering topics as diverse as weather, soils, air quality, water quality and protected species. We want to make it easier for participants to take part in projects, find a home for new projects they have created, see their contribution and discuss it with others. The portal also provides a place for us to try out new approaches towards data gathering and engagement, new tools and new resources.
Visit the portal at: https://envscot-csportal.org.uk/
Visit Scotland’s Environment website at: http://www.environment.scotland.gov.uk/get-learning/
This month Scotland’s Environment newsletter focuses on air pollution.
If you’re looking for resources to help discuss air quality in the classroom, then you’ll find lots of Curriculum for Excellence aligned resources on Get Learning | Scotland’s Environment Web .
Here’s some other resources that will support learning about air quality:
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You can also download a copy of the Citizen Science & Curriculum for Excellence briefing paper, packed with lots of other excellent resources from here.
Applications have opened for the £1.5 million Innovation Fund to help schools close the attainment gap.
Schools can choose whether to apply quickly for funds to run projects that are ready to start in March 2016, or to consider bids for the 2016/17 financial year. The Fund is open to all publicly funded primary, secondary and special schools in Scotland which are not already benefitting from the Attainment Scotland Fund.
Funds of £3,000-£10,000 (per school) are available for projects that will help children and young people experiencing socio economic disadvantage. Applications are encouraged from partnerships of schools working collaboratively or individual schools.
Under the twin track application scheme, schools can apply:
- Fast track: by 21 February 2016 for projects that will start in March. Notification will be given between 1 and 4 March.
- Standard track: by 31 March 2016 for projects that will start in the year from April 2016. Notification will be given by the end of April.
Proposals should have a particular focus on literacy, numeracy or health and wellbeing. They can be new ideas, or a project with a specific focus, building on what has had the greatest impact within a school, cluster or group of schools. This may include projects involving parental / family engagement and career long professional development or those that help develop and realise aspirations for children and young people.
The guidance and application form are available:
Information is also on the #SAC Scottish Attainment Challenge Glow site (login required), where practitioners can seek advice and collaborate on applications.
Get help with accessing #SAC Glow site
LEGO® is more than a toy. It makes architects, sculptors and storytellers of us all.
This spring, renowned brick artist, Warren Elsmore and his team display some of their most beautiful and intricate mini-buildings and models in our Grand Gallery. To add to the set, they will also be on-site, building a special three metre model of our very own museum.
But don’t let them have all the fun. Join us for some hands-on LEGO® brick activities from February till April. Get creative in the Builders’ Yard, help us make a special sculpture of one of our most-loved museum objects, or build your own masterpiece.
Follow our #BUILDIT updates on social media.
- Join us for our free LEGO® brick activities from January to April.
- Look out for more BUILD IT! activities at the museum during Edinburgh International Science Festival (26 Mar to 10 Apr 2016).
For information about events at the National Museum of Scotland click here.
For information about events at the National Museum of Flight click here.
For information about events at the National Museum of Rural Life click here.
For information about events at the National War Museum click here.
Does your school work with a community group? Community groups across Scotland are being invited to apply for a share of over £10 million Scottish Government funding for action against climate change.
The hugely successful Climate Challenge Fund has supported 756 community-led schemes since 2008, including energy efficiency, sustainable travel and local food growing projects.
Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod has confirmed the fund will continue for another year, after it was allocated £10.3 million in the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2016-17. The CCF has supported projects involving energy efficiency improvements to community owned buildings, energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options, community growing initiatives and schemes to tackle waste. Applications for grants of up to £150,000 per project are invited now: Community-led organisations currently in receipt of a CCF grant must have submitted a completed application by 19th February 2016.
All other community-led organisations must have submitted an Expression of Interest by 5th February 2016 and a completed application by 19th February 2016.
More on the application process, deadlines and ideas for projects at www.climatechallengefund.org
Alternatively, you may wish to look open the following hyperlinks for further information:
How to submit an application or expression of interest
View currently funded projects using an online map
Need inspiration? Read up some case studies
View CCF resources, training and events to support community projects.
Teaching is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, careers you can choose.
In September, the Scottish Government launched a campaign to encourage more teachers to enter the profession. The recruitment campaign will focus on attracting teachers to STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – in particular to teach Physics, Maths and Computing. The ‘Inspiring Teachers’ campaign will feature figureheads from Scottish business, industry, media and science, sharing their memories of the teachers who inspired them and helped them get where they are today.
The #inspiringteachers campaign seeks to attract more high-quality, passionate teachers into the profession, particularly in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths where there is a demand.
Watch some films about #inspiringteachers at
· Katie https://youtu.be/2ituLmzA9tY
· Tiam https://youtu.be/r2AwVuI02oY
· Leith Panel https://youtu.be/ENIX0ewyQTA
· Gillespie Panel https://youtu.be/XybLNDPlzus
More information on the #inspiringteachers campaign and teaching in Scotland can be found here.
If you’re of primary or secondary school age and live in Scotland, we want to hear your ideas on how you would improve your local environment.
Present your ideas in any format, and submit it as an individual school class or group, and you win £1,000 if you’re the overall winner.
The closing date for entries for this year’s competition is 22 April 2016.
To find out further information about entry criteria and to gain inspiration from previous winning entries, click on the following link https://ourenvironment.scot/
Want to discover a new quasar in deep space, count elephants in the Serengeti National Park from the comfort of your classroom or monitor invasive species in your local park? If so, then you will be joining forces with millions of people around the world who are discovering a passion for science through citizen science activities.
The new Education Scotland Citizen Science Curriculum for Excellence Guide is available to download from here.
Download it now to find out more about the many great local and national events you and your school community can be involved with. The guide also provides information about mobile apps that are available to help you bring science to life in your school and connect science learning to real-life issues in your community.