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

Mar 092017
 

Free support and resources for primary 5, 6 and 7 science teachers from BBC Terrific Scientific

If you haven’t already, there’s still time to sign up for the BBC’s Terrific Scientific.  Aimed at 9 – 11 year olds, there are free resources, lesson plans, classroom investigations and an online map to share your results with other schools around the UK.  Terrific Scientific will continue until summer 2018 and you can sign up and take part at any time before then. Around 5,000 primary schools have registered already.  They’ve enjoyed it so far.                                                                                              

“WOW”

     “lovely resources”

“We were really inspired and think that science is fun”

     “It makes science really exciting for everyone”

“fantastic time taking part”

                                               “Can’t wait for the next one”

“our class absolutely LOVED this experiment”

 Investigation 2: Water, is still runningIt’s the biggest ever investigation into the state of the nation’s water hardness – and the UK’s primary school children are the frontline scientists testing it.  So make sure you’re part of it. 

You have until 19th March to do the investigation and upload your class data to our interactive map so your pupils can see how what they found compares to the rest of the UK.  We need the results (whatever the findings were) for each class. 

 Coming up next, Investigation 3: Time.   Investigation runs 22nd March – 13th April. Start planning now.

 Want to get involved?  Register here if your school hasn’t already.  it’s easy and only takes a few minutes.

 

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

 

Jun 022016
 

SEPA LogoSEPA is looking to expand its existing volunteer rainfall observer program. This work includes the development of an online data entry portal and data visualisation facility.

To complement this work, SEPA is piloting collaboration with around 40 schools nationally. For the pilot we would like a good mix of both primary and secondary educators.

As well as providing useful data for SEPA and the Met Office, the project will hopefully develop a variety of skills and educational opportunities

What’s involved?

SEPA will supply a raingauge and the school will be required to find an optimal location within the school grounds. The raingauge is supplied with a bracket that will need to be attached to a wooden post using screws and a screw driver. Each morning as close to 9am GMT as possible, someone from the school is required to record the rainfall that has accumulated in the gauge. The rainfall measurement can then be entered in the data entry website whenever it is convenient. Although it is most beneficial for us to have a measurement be taken every day, it is OK to have some periods of no measurement such as over weekends and holidays so long as the next entry made reflects that it is a cumulative reading.

The value of the data record increases with age and so ideally we would like our volunteer schools to view this as a long term, ongoing venture. More detailed information will be disseminated to schools taking part. The data entry website can be viewed at https://envscot-csportal.org.uk/rainfallobs/

If you are interested in taking part please contact Cordelia Menmuir at email: cordelia.menmuir@sepa.org.uk Tel: 01738 448 835

Further resources to download:

SEPA Rainfall_Citizen Science

Rainfall Observer_Project Overview

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!

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.

Received this from someone else? Sign up to receive it directly.

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.

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.  

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