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August 12, 2023
by Ian Stewart
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STEM Nation Award Update – August 2023

The STEM Team at Education Scotland hope you had an enjoyable summer break and are excited by the opportunities for the new term ahead. Over the Summer, the STEM Team have been working hard to update the Online Resources and collate interesting practice to share.

We have also updated the following:

 

The STEM Nation Award programme continues to increase momentum and we have had significant increases in registrations, evidence submission and settings successfully achieved full STEM Nation Award:

  • over 200 settings are now registered on the STEM Nation Award programme
  • 59 settings have been awarded one or more elements
  • 30 settings have achieved the Full STEM Nation Award

We are continuing to offer regular 30 minute STEM Nation Award drop in sessions, to allow settings interested and registered to ask questions and seek support (Registration Link).

June 15, 2023
by C. Gillespie
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Fortnightly Planner 15/6/23

Welcome to the fortnightly STEM planner. Keep reading to find out more about exciting STEM developments across Scotland. Please feel free to share this planner with colleagues and school partners.

🌞 Also – best wishes from all in the STEM team for a relaxing and restful summer break 🌞

STEM Nation Award – Update

Congratulations to colleagues and learners at Braes High School, Falkirk Council, who successfully achieved the STEM Nation Award in March 2023.

Colleagues across the setting have worked collegiately to build on setting practice to ensure a more strategic approach to STEM.

  • Impressive range of STEM partnerships and range of employability activities, including outreach, trips and information regarding apprenticeships, with clear benefits for learners.
  • Broad range of Senior Phase Qualifications on offer, providing excellent opportunities for learners across all STEM areas including Skills for Work Courses, NPAs.
  • Excellent to see the principles of the Forth Valley Diversity pilot being implemented. Onwards and Upwards programme, Braes Equalities Group and Braes Brains Peer Tutoring programme are excellent strategies to track, support learners and address issues.

Colleagues from the STEM Team visited Braes High School and are looking forward to releasing the video clips in the new school year.

For more information about the STEM Nation Award, review the online resources STEM awards – STEM Nation  and look out for the Drop In Sessions .

Grants & Funding

STEM Grants and Funding update

The Edina Trust Grants  is open to schools across Glasgow and South Ayrshire. The Edina Trust Science Grant Scheme (SGS) is a non-competitive grant scheme. Funding is set aside for every school and maintained nursery in eligible areas to get the full amount. Deadline to apply – 30th June 2023

The Royal Society of Chemistry has recently launched the Inclusion and Diversity Fund – socioeconomic inclusion special call. Up to £5,000 available for projects to improve socioeconomic inclusion & accessibility within the chemical sciences.

 

STEM Festivals

List of National Science Festivals (Updated June 2023)

The Royal Highland Show is taking place at Ingliston between 22 and 25 June 2023. School groups are welcome on the Thursday and Friday.

 

Technologies planning Resource

The RAiSE network has created a range of technology planners to support teachers develop and deliver a range of motivating and engaging learning experiences across the primary curriculum.

The resources cover a range of technology areas – digital literacy, food and textiles, technological developments in business and society, craft, design, engineering and graphics and computing science.

The resources provide advice, structures, and suggestions for learning experiences, skills development, and assessment. They are aligned with experiences and outcomes across the levels.

Also available is the Science Planning Resource which has been accessed on the Education Scotland STEM Nation online resource page over 2800 times.

Links have been made to technologies capital with real-life context, Developing the Young Workforce and home learning.

The resources have been quality assured by the Education Scotland Digital Team.

The planners are freely available here.

Fife STEM Futures Festival

Fife STEM Futures Festival is on now until 16 June. During this week, lots of STEM partners will deliver an array of STEM workshops in Fife schools. The virtual site includes further news, links, challenges and resources which learners, families, practitioners and partners can engage with to celebrate STEM in Fife.

https://bit.ly/stemfutures

 

 

 

 

 

Curiosity in Action

How can creative, participatory STEM activities support youth and community work to enhance young people’s confidence, resilience and wellbeing? 

APPLICATIONS FOR YOUTH GROUPS NOW OPEN HERE

Curiosity In Action is a two-year programme building an evidence-base, capacity and network in Scotland to explore the impact of STEM in youth work funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

This will include pairing 10 youth groups across Scotland with researchers involved in STFC research – including astronomy, space science and physics – in a collaborative action research process. Together they will trial activities, explore approaches to discover what work well and understand the impact this work has on young people. We’ll be looking for a diverse range of youth groups including youth workers who have not yet tried STEM activities as part of their activities as well as those who have and providing a small grant to support involvement.

This learning will shape a series of free training opportunities and resources developed for community learning and development practitioners, researchers and science educators. We will also be collectively working on publishing the findings from this work with the youth workers and researchers involved.

The programme is facilitated by Science Ceilidh in partnership with Youth Link Scotland, along with partners including The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh and researchers at the University of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

 

Economy, People & Skills Webinars

The Scottish Chambers Network and Skills Development Scotland are collaborating to deliver five regional Economy, People & Skills Webinars for members throughout June 2023.

Hosted by the Scottish Chambers, each one-hour Webinar will include a presentation from Scotland’s national skills agency, Skills Development Scotland, providing the latest national and local labour market insights and analysis followed by open forum discussion.

The most recent Scottish Chambers Quarterly Economic Indicator highlights how access to people and skills in a tight labour market is continuing to constrain growth and productivity. The webinars will provide you with the most up-to-date insights and give you an opportunity to discuss local challenges and tactics to alleviating these challenges with Scottish Chamber Network colleagues.

Sign up to attend the Glasgow & the West session (Glasgow, Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Helensburgh & Lomond, Lanarkshire) on Tuesday 20th June 2023 or the Edinburgh/Forth Valley & the East session (Edinburgh, Forth Valley, Fife, Mid Lothian and East Lothian, West Lothian) on Thursday 22nd June 2023 for free today.

 

STEM Inspiration Programme

Edinburgh College School of Engineering are supporting school STEM activities designed to raise awareness and encourage participation in all areas of STEM learning. Practical projects and events facilitated by Edinburgh College include

  • FREE STEM In a BOX Activities for P7 and S1

 

  • FREE STEM Workshops for S2 and S3

 

  • Host venue for FIRST LEGO LEAGUE CHALLENGE Tournament

 

  • School visits to support Science/STEM week events

 

For more details click here.

 

 

Dates for your diary

Fife STEM Futures Festival   12 – 16 June

International Women in Engineering Day   23 June

Royal Highland Show Ingliston 22 – 25 June

June 9, 2023
by C. Gillespie
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STEM Inspiration Programme

STEM INSPIRATION PROGRAMME

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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 (theiet.org)

 

  • 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.

 

STEM INSPIRATION PROGRAMME

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

Catherine.brotherton@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

 

June 7, 2023
by Ian Stewart
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Funding and Festival (June Update)

 

We are excited to share the updated lists of Funding & Festivals:

 

Grants & Funding

STEM Grants and Funding (June 2023)

30th June 2023 deadline has been set for the Edina Trust Grants (open to schools across Glasgow and South Ayrshire). The Edina Trust Science Grant Scheme (SGS) is a non-competitive grant scheme. Funding is set aside so that there is enough for every school and maintained nursery in eligible areas to get the full amount.

Royal Society of Chemistry has recently launched the Inclusion and Diversity Fund – socioeconomic inclusion special call. Up to £5,000 available for projects to improve socioeconomic inclusion & accessibility within the chemical sciences.

 

STEM Festivals

List of National Science Festivals (Updated June 2023)

May and June have been busy months for Festivals.

The Royal Highland Show is taking place at Ingliston between 22 and 25 June 2023. School groups are welcome on the Thursday and Friday.

A variety of festivals are planned for September.

June 5, 2023
by Ian Stewart
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STEM across West Partnership

On Thursday 1 June, Ian Stewart (Development Officer) and Colin Dorman (North Lanarkshire STEM Officer) hosted a successful in-person STEM Nation Award information session for colleagues in North Lanarkshire.

Ian is looking forward continuing to support settings with the beginning stages of the STEM Nation Award, at two further events this week:

  • Tuesday 6 June – Renfrewshire STEM Showcase
  • Wednesday 7 June – West Partnership Teachmeet (South Lanarkshire)

Where to find support for Sciences – list of various useful resources for practitioners.

May 23, 2023
by C. Gillespie
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Fortnightly STEM Planner 23/05/23

Welcome to the fortnightly STEM planner. Keep reading to find out more about exciting STEM developments across Scotland. Please feel free to share this planner with colleagues and school partners.

STEM Nation Award programme update 

The STEM Nation Award Programme is open for ELC settings, schools and CLD Settings. The STEM Nation Award Programme provides a focus for colleagues across a setting to work collegiately to identify, celebrate, promote and develop excellent STEM learning

Registrations:

  • 14 organisations have registered as official STEM Nation Award Supporters (Support Page).
  • Since January, 33 new settings have registered for the Programme.

Sessions:

  • Since September 2022, we have hosted 18 STEM Nation Award information sessions for local authorities.
  • Regular drop in sessions continue to be scheduled (Events Page)

Submissions:

  • February window – 15 settings submitted evidence – all of which have been awarded at least one element.
  • May window – 6 settings have submitted evidence.
  • Braes High School (Falkirk) achieved the Full STEM Nation Award in early March.

There are a range of Online Resources, to support your registration and engagement in the programme.

Look out for our upcoming feature – Spotlight on STEM Nation Award recipients.

 

Share1thing – Secondary Sciences Network

Our campaign asks you to #Share1Thing you are doing that’s working well or one thing you’d like some advice on – all focused on the Broad General Education sciences. It was great to hear your ideas during a fantastic session of sharing at the recent BGE meet.

We are continuing this discussion at a time when you might be reviewing/looking for ideas. Please share any ideas you have, big, small, new or old! With over 800 members in the SSN network we hope this fantastic knowledge exchange can continue.

The folders currently are as follows (feel free to create your own if what you are sharing doesn’t fit!):

  1. Course Outlines and Planners
  2. Course Ideas and Activities
  3. Skills
  4. Approaches to P7 – S1 Transition
  5. Assessment – Strategies and Resources
  6. Topical Science
  7. DYW – BGE Science Resources

Many colleagues have already kindly shared their resources, even if you’re not quite ready to share, get logged in and take a look at all that’s currently available in the Secondary Sciences Network.

Click here:

BGE channel files section.  Join Code: uh9sf32   (NB you will need to be logged into Glow to access this).

We appreciate your ongoing engagement and commitment to Secondary Sciences. Don’t forget to pass the join code (uh9sf32) on to any interested colleagues.

 

West Partnership STEM TeachMeet

The West Partnership will be hosting a STEM TeachMeet on Wednesday 7th June 6pm – 8.30pm.

If you would like to be part of this and share your practice or simply attend, please complete this form. 

 

 

Creative Collaborations for Sustainability conference

We are delighted to bring you the news of a forthcoming event run by Creative Scotland and Education Scotland. The Creative Collaborations for Sustainability conference aims to explore the opportunities for developing Learning for Sustainability in, about and through the arts, investigating through a variety of discipline-specific and interdisciplinary workshops how people and communities value and engage with the natural environment. Creative Collaborations for Sustainability seeks to support teachers in developing confidence to use arts approaches in their practice around Learning for Sustainability.

  • Tuesday 20 June for secondary practitioners
  • Wednesday 21 June  for primary practitioners

See the dedicated website for more details: Creative Collaborations for Sustainability – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Sign up through the Eventbrite page: Creative Collaborations for Sustainability Tickets, Glasgow

Fife STEM Futures Festival

Fife STEM Futures Festival will run from 12 to 16 June. During this week, lots of STEM partners will deliver an array of STEM workshops in Fife schools. The virtual site (under construction with open access) is set to be launched at the end of May and will include further news, links, challenges and resources which learners, families, practitioners and partners can engage with to celebrate STEM in Fife.

https://bit.ly/stemfutures

DYW – Scientific Technologies Foundation Apprenticeship – Iona’s Story

The Scientific Technologies Foundation Apprenticeship can have an impact both in engaging girls in STEM and also by addressing workforce development and regional skills requirements.

Scientific Technologies Foundation Apprenticeship – Iona’s Story

The DYW Senior Phase Curriculum in action:

Views of young people short videos:

IT FA Benefits & Skills Development Pathways

Food & Drink Technology Foundation Apprenticeship: Lily-Anna’s experience

Creative & Digital Media FA Benefits

Ross Construction Pathway

Parity of esteem & the work based curriculum – the development of the technical and professional qualifications:

Thistle Seafoods interview: Manager’s perspective – YouTube

Science Tech Employer – Bringing new talent into organisation

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Science Tech Employer – Bringing new talent into organisation3

Engineering FA – An Employer’s Perspective

Engineering FA – Work Placement Activities

Food & Drink Technologies FA Placement Activities

Creative & Digital Media FA Placement Activities

Scientific Technologies Aberdeenshire Council Foundation Apprenticeship: Placement Activities

Engineering FA – Work Placement Activities

Merck Modern Apprentice opportunities

Modern Apprentice opportunities at Merck for school/college students – start with Merck in July for the induction and to be settled into the workplace just before starting college. Partnered with Glasgow Clyde College and Forth Valley College as the supplier of the academic study.

Merck are looking for two Modern Apprentices for Engineering.

Apply to this email address:

engineeringmanager@merckgroup.com

There are also opportunities for two lab MA positions which will be shared very soon – one position in Molecular and one in Microbiology.

All the MA positions will be based in Glasgow.

Opportunity for pupils to investigate their classroom air quality!

SAMHE is now official launched and are inviting UK schools to register. Schools will receive a free air quality monitor linked to an interactive Web App where teachers and pupils can view the data in a range of formats and use it in in-app curriculum-linked activities. SAMHE (pronounced ‘Sammy’!) stands for Schools’ Air quality Monitoring for Health and Education. It is a new DfE supported research project which brings together scientists, pupils and teachers to help understand indoor air quality in UK schools. SAMHE was designed in partnership with schools to ensure it meets their needs and is fun and engaging for pupils. Teachers say that it’s “powerful to see the live feed of the data” and the “range of options allows us to use this system across the STEM subjects”. Learn more and sign up on the SAMHE website.

European Hyperloop Week17 – 23 July 

July 23 – Main Public Day Exhibition event to be held in Edinburgh city centre (free)

July 17 to 22 – Kings Building Campus, University of Edinburgh, EH9 3FB – Public Ticket events £3.50 per person

  • Exhibition, talks, “ask the engineers”, presentations – Kings Buildings Campus
  • Demonstration Day – Testing on tracks of the Hyperloop vehicles – July 22nd Kings Buildings Campus

Edinburgh is hosting the European Hyperloop Week 2023. Young engineering teams from across Europe will be presenting and showcasing their Hyperloop transport engineering & technologies.

A great chance for kids and families to engage and see the ‘transport of the future’ – linking technology, engineering, science, design and maths.

Some useful links below:

 

MVV Environment Baldovie

MVV Environment Baldovie will be opening its gates to the community. This outside event is set to inspire you to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. On the day you can enjoy some street food, get involved with challenges, games, and sign up for a tour of our Energy from Waste Facility. Children are welcome.

To secure your tickets please click the link below:

MVV Environment Baldovie tickets

 

Dates for your diary

West Partnership STEM TeachMeet   7th June

Fife STEM Futures Festival   12 – 16 June

Creative Collaborations for Sustainability conference   20 & 21 June

International Women in Engineering Day   23 June

 

May 22, 2023
by Ian Stewart
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Teacher Conferences

Ian Stewart, Development Officer (STEM Nation Award), will be representing the STEM Team from Education Scotland at the 48th IOP Physics Teachers Meeting at Stirling University and the 26th Nigel Botting Meeting for Teachers of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews.

Ian is currently seconded from his Chemistry Teacher role in Midlothian. His main remit focuses on the STEM Nation Award and he also supports the Secondary Sciences Network (Glow Team – Join Code – uh9sf32) and a wide range of other activities.

Useful PowerPoints (uploaded as pdf):

                     

Regular updates on https://bit.ly/STEM-Blog 

Where to find support for sciences (Resource links by subjects) 

Upcoming events from Education Scotland (filtered for STEM & Sciences)

May 18, 2023
by Ian Stewart
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STEM Nation Award Supporters

We are delighted to now have 16 organisations registered as STEM Nation Award Supporters, they are listed on the Support Page.

We are pleased to share a few upcoming events from Supporters:

 

Science Ceilidh

Science Ceilidh  are launching the Curiosity In Communities Network. The network is open to everyone interested in the role of STEM to support Community Learning and Development (CLD) practice outcomes with and by young people. CLD practitioners, science educators, researchers and anyone else interested are invited to connect, build collaborations and share learning together.

The next Community of Practice meeting is at 11am on 14 June 2023. They will be spend the first half hour running through the Curiosity in Action application process for any youth groups and researchers interested in applying for the action research programme. They will then have a few spotlight case studies of current projects using STEM to support youth work outcomes, if you would like to put yourself forward for this, please get in touch! There will also be breakout rooms based on the interests of those in attendance and space for networking and exchanging resources. (Eventbrite Link).

 

STEM Nation Award

The STEM Nation Award Programme is available for ELC Settings, Schools and CLD Settings. For more information please review the below slideshow and the online resources.

 

May 12, 2023
by Ian Stewart
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Chemistry Teacher Meetings

Ian Stewart, Development Officer (STEM Nation Award), is very excited to be able to represent the STEM Team from Education Scotland at a variety of events for Chemistry Teachers in May 2023.

Ian is currently seconded from his Chemistry Teacher role in Midlothian. His main remit focuses on the STEM Nation Award, however he also supports the Secondary Sciences Network (Glow Team – Join Code – uh9sf32) and many other activities.

Useful PowerPoints (uploaded as pdf):

                   

Regular updates on https://bit.ly/STEM-Blog 

Where to find support for sciences (Resource links by subjects) 

Upcoming events from Education Scotland (filtered for STEM & Sciences)

May 11, 2023
by Ian Stewart
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Upcoming Sessions – Secondary Sciences Network

Secondary Sciences Network: BGE Meet –  Tues 16 May 16:45 – 17:45

Looking to develop your BGE? Come along to share practice, hear new ideas and collaborate. (#Share1Thing)

Sign up here: Secondary Sciences Network – BGE Meet Tickets

 

Secondary Sciences Network: N1 – N3 STEM resources from Open Tay – Tues 23 May 16:00 – 17:00

Come along to hear about Open Tay Learning – an interactive, free resource bank, for teachers and learners which aims to promote attainment and recognise the achievement of learners in STEM subjects at National 1-3 levels. This flexible resource bank can be used by teachers and learners to support learning, either in school or at a place of their choosing.

Sign up here: N1 – N3 STEM resources from Open Tay (hosted by Secondary Sciences Network)

 

Seisean Fiosrachaidh Prògram Duais Nàisean STEM/ STEM nation award information session for Gaelic SchoolsTues 23 May 16:00 – 17:00

Bidh an seisean seo a’ toirt iomradh air Prògram Duais Nàisean STEM, a’ toirt a-steach buannachdan is nàdar a’ phrògraim. Bidh cothroman ann airson luchd-obrach beachdan a dheasbad ’s dùbhlannan a dh’fhaodadh a bhith ann aithneachadh. Bidh an seisean seo na ùidh do luchd-obrach ann am Foghlam tro Mheadhan na Gàidhlig.

This session will provide an introduction to the STEM Nation Award Programme, including the benefits and nature of the programme. There will be opportunities for practitioners to discuss ideas and identify potential challenges. This session will be of interest to practitioners in Gaelic Medium Education.

Click here to sign up: STEM Nation Award Programme information session for Gaelic schools

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