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

 

Oct 212015
 

The Halo Harp project comprises the construction of a unique interactive laser based musical instrument exhibit. This is a Laser Harp which uses a circular ring containing 8-16 eye safe red laser pointers with photodiode detectors to monitor “plucking” of laser “strings”. Unlike traditional laser harps, it employs the novel concept of crossed laser beams, permitting great versatility for configuring output sounds, via an on-board Raspberry Pi microcontroller to synthesise sound. A prototype harp has been constructed (footage viewable at https://youtu.be/URPzP2IZZvc) as part of International Year of Light (IYOL) 2015. A second harp is currently being built, funded by Institute of Physics Scotland, which will be located in the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. The harp will be a permanent exhibit for general display as part of the museum’s new Science & Technology Gallery, due to open 2016. This will immensely broaden the audience who will be able to interact with the exhibit (the museum attracts over 1.6 million visits per annum).

The harp is also available as an open source project to allow schools to engage with the different subject areas including;

Physics: how lasers can be used with photodiodes as on/off sensors or strings

Engineering: Mechanical design of the harp structure

Design & Technology: Fabrication of the harp in wood or an alternative material

Art: utilising the possibility to pluck strings and play “colours”

Music: composition on the harp and studying the different musical tunings available

Computing Science: using a Raspberry Pi microcontroller to interface with the harp strings and sound system

 

For further information please contact:

Giles Hammond

Institute for Gravitational Research

School of Physics and Astronomy

University of Glasgow

Glasgow, g12 8QQ

giles.hammond@glasgow.ac.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.”

Sep 302015
 

At this year’s Scottish Learning Festival Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science, and Scotland’s Languages, MSP launched a consultation on the development of a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland.

Digital technology has rich potential to support education in Scotland’s schools in a wide variety of ways. I that our children and young people are equipped with the essential digital skills they will need to flourish in the 21st century. A strategy will help to make sure that digital technology is embedded in learning and teaching across the curriculum.

You can access the consultation document and find details on how to respond on the Scottish Government – Consultation Hub. The consultation period ends on 17 Dec 2015.  

Sep 242015
 

The Scottish Government will launch a campaign to encourage more teachers to enter the teaching profession, the Education Secretary announced at the Scottish Learning Festival in Glasgow on Wednesday 23 September 2015.

The recruitment campaign will particularly focus on attracting teachers to STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths.

Ms Constance also announced funding for projects to boost resources for schools in disadvantaged areas to the audience of teachers and education experts at Scotland’s biggest education event at the SECC.

The ‘Inspiring Teachers’ campaign will feature figureheads from Scottish business, industry, media and science, sharing their memories of the teachers that inspired them and helped them get where they are today.

Ms Constance said:

“We hope that the #inspiringteachers campaign will attract more high-quality, passionate teachers into the profession, particularly in science, technology, engineering and maths where we know there is a demand.”

More information can be found here.

Sep 222015
 

NLSC logoThe National STEM Centre has teamed up with the National Science Learning Network to provide tailored CPD activities from across the UK. Details of the activities on offer can be found here.

Aug 102015
 

 

Twig and Tigtag Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Twig and Tigtag have been procured, through competitive tender, by Education Scotland for a further 12 months through to July 2016.  As a result, these award-winning online resources will continue to be available to all local authority schools through Glow for use by educators and learners across Scotland.

New resources, Twig assignments and Tigtag Junior, will also be added in late autumn to the existing package available. An accompanying resource, Reach-Out CPD – a professional learning resource from Twig World to support primary science – has also been recently made available to Glow users.

The cost of this new one year contract with Twig World Ltd is £430,000 (including VAT) and this is being funded through the Digital Learning and Teaching programme this year. This represents a significant investment in science and mathematics education which is a key priority within the current Programme for Government. In the longer term, it is likely that resources such as these will be procured via a local authority collaborative contract.  What this means is that local authorities will be able to purchase digital resources of their choice and opt in to contracts accordingly.  See the Education Scotland briefing for more information.

Learners and practitioners (including those in early learning and childcare, additional support needs, primary and secondary school settings) are encouraged to make use of these resources which can be found on the App Library of Glow.

Twig pic 1More about Twig, Tigtag and Reach Out

Twig is an award-winning online teaching resource providing thousands of tailor-made, short films to help bring lessons to life.  Content has been created by teachers and academics to support delivery of Curriculum for Excellence covering sciences, social studies and mathematics for learners aged 11-16.  Twig Experiments offers over 300 short films covering 81 key experiments.

Tigtag is aimed at learners aged 7-11 years and provides online resources to support the teaching of primary science. It contains science in action videos, ready-made lesson plans, hundreds of images and diagrams, practical activities and fun facts. From the end of September, Glow users will also have access to Tigtag Junior which is an accompanying online science resource for learners aged 4-7 years.

Reach-Out CPD offers professional learning videos and resources for teachers delivering primary science and other aspects of Curriculum for Excellence.

Jan 112013
 

STEM Central contexts present ideal opportunities for an interdisciplinary approach to learning, and the learning journeys exemplify what IDL can look like in practice. STEM Central can be used in conjunction with Education Scotland’s recently published Curriculum for Excellence briefing on interdisciplinary learning to plan for meaningful and effective IDL in early years, primary and secondary.

What’s on STEM Central:

Contexts for learning with learning journeys, videos and interactives: Renewables, Water, Electric Transport, Energy-Saving House, Bioengineering, Sound and Games. Our new context “Rescue Vehicles” will be published soon.

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