Oct 112018
 

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week  provides a unique opportunity for engineers, employers, universities and schools to help inspire the next generation of engineers.

Download toolkits of ideas on how to take part.

This year’s plans include the first Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly; offering schools across the UK the chance to take part in the same assembly at the same time.

Oct 112018
 

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

#PSECchildrensconf

Join our ‘PSTT Children’s Conference at PSEC’ Facebook group

Feb 032017
 

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STEM Insight

 

 

 

 

 

The STEM Insight programme offers staff in schools and colleges a unique chance to experience STEM-related work in industrial settings.

You will be able to participate in a placement with an employer, be supported by face-to-face and online CPD from STEM Learning and SSERC, and learn more about diverse career paths and opportunities for your students.

If you are from a local authority school or college you will receive generous financial support to cover the cost of participating in the programme from Project ENTHUSE. The fee for participating in the STEM Insight programme is £283+VAT, with a £1450 bursary for a ten day placement and a £800 bursary for a five day placement.

For more information visit http://bit.ly/STEMINSIGHT or contact sts@sserc.org.uk

 

May 052016
 

Siemens

The Curiosity Project is a three-year engagement programme by Siemens, broadening existing investment to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to life in the UK.

The UK is great at engineering but there is a problem; there aren’t enough young people studying STEM and becoming engineers.

The project is underpinned by an education programme providing free STEM-related resources that bring STEM education to life. Resources cover topics such as mars, landing, tilting turbines, hybrid buses, floating and workshops about STEM. Careers.

Visit the Curiosity Project website to find out more and start downloading!

Mar 102016
 

Small Get EnergisedJoin the National Museum of Scotland on Wednesday 23rd March at 4pm to investigate Scotland’s future energy needs, focusing on renewable energy.

This session is suitable for teachers in upper primary and lower secondary. Through interactive and hands-on activities we will offer some ideas for the classroom and link to topical science with information about renewable energy in Scotland.

You will also hear about opportunities to visit National Museums Scotland with a class as part of the Get Energised programme. http://www.nms.ac.uk/about-us/schools-programme/get-energised/

Sign up and join us live in Glow TV – Get Energised: Renewable Energy in Scotland

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Feb 012016
 

Eco Schools

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.

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Oct 272015
 

Saltire awardsRegistration has just opened and teams have until 18 December to sign up for the challenge!

For 2016, teams of up to four pupils from P5-S6 (multiple school teams welcome) are challenged to research, design and make a Wave Energy Converter using the free copper coil and magnets provided.

Click here for the challenge brief and details of fabulous prizes

Click here to Register (register all teams on one form)

Click here for Curriculum Links

For all enquiries about the Junior Saltire please contact Melanie Riddell melanie.riddell@scdi.org.uk

Full details available on www.yecscotland.co.uk

Oct 202015
 

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Welcome to our e-bulletin for sciences, technologies, engineering and maths (STEM). Please forward to those who may be interested.

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Sciences

  • Education Secretary announces campaign to attract more STEM teachers
  • Raising attainment sharing practice event – Wed 28th October
  • Our Environment competition – learn about your local area and win prizes!
  • Get learning provides real-life data about air quality and Scotland’s Environment

Technologies

  • Free circuit simulation for technology departments
  • Watch the BBC master class with Chris Van der Kuyl
  • Teachers writing materials for Advanced Higher Engineering Science on Glow

Numeracy and mathematics

 Did you know…….?

The Ultimate STEM Challenge is a new competition run by BP, the Science Museum and STEMNET.

Professional learning

Looking at gender balance in STEM subjects – key research findings, influencing factors and useful resources to promote gender equality.

Video inspiration

New resources from OPAL & Scotland’s Environment about collecting environmental data.

 

We’ve got loads more news to share! See our STEM blog for the latest updates.

Follow us on Twitter @EdScotSciences and @DigiLearnScot

 

Education Scotland News autumn edition now available

We are pleased to inform you that the autumn edition of Education Scotland News is now available, providing the latest information on some of our key activities across the sectors, from the early years to adult learning.

This edition has a particular focus on Developing the Young Workforce and contains some useful articles on the Scottish Attainment Challenge, How good is our school? (4th EDITION) and the National Improvement Framework.

Visit the Education Scotland website today to view and download the latest Education Scotland News.

Oct 192015
 

£135,000 will be invested into Scotland-wide science initiatives that complement and support young peoples’ STEM learning at school and help bring ‘real life’ STEM into the classroom.

The funding will go towards four separate initiatives as follows:

  • Generation Science – Edinburgh International Science Festival – £50,000 (Science shows for primary schools)
  • Young Engineers and Science Clubs – Scottish Council for Development and Industry – £40,000 (for primary and secondary schools)
  • British Science Week – British Science Association – £25,000 (for primary and secondary schools and community organisations)
  • GeoBus – University of St Andrews – £20,000 (Geo-scientific activity and learning days for secondary pupils)

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance said:

“Earlier this month the Science Minister met pupils from Alness Academy’s Science Club who have represented Scotland and won national prizes for their science and engineering. This is just one example of the range of talented and enthusiastic young people we meet in our schools on a regular basis.

“Recent surveys have suggested that younger children and parents can feel that STEM subjects are difficult or not suited to everyone, but activities that complement simple classroom learning clearly enhance enthusiasm to beyond the school day.

“The technology and engineering sector in Scotland generates turnover of £24.4 billion each year employing 155,000 in total which shows how nurturing an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) while children and young people are in school has the potential to be literally life changing.

“I hope the funding I am announcing today will stir even more of our young people, particularly girls, to take an interest in science and develop a career in an area that makes the most of their talents.”

Oct 052015
 

Here’s an incredible opportunity for high school students passionate about STEM. The New York Academy of Sciences has just launched The Junior Academy, an online STEM program that connects top performing students with STEM mentors to learn the latest in scientific research and provides opportunities for students to apply their knowledge, creativity, and skills towards real-world challenges. The mentors have been recruited from prominent research universities and leading science and tech companies. The program culminates in a two-day summit in New York City with field trips, cultural excursions, and opportunities to connect with renowned STEM leaders. Top students will be awarded cash prizes and all-expense paid trip to the summit.

The closing date for applications is 15 October 2015. The student application and full program details can be found on the official Junior Academy web site http://bit.ly/1F3f9bF.

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