Jan 042017

Battleby Conference Centre, Thursday 16th March 2017opal

Who is it for? Teachers, teacher trainers and trainee teachers, decision-makers and influencers involved in learning and the environment, professionals involved in outdoor learning and in learning for sustainability, academics and anyone working with young people in the outdoors.


What is it about? Citizen science gives young people and communities the chance to get hands-on with science in an exciting and meaningful way. It provides opportunities to learn new skills, engage with the scientific community and find out how scientific observation can deepen understanding and knowledge of our local environment. Citizen can support Learning for Sustainability – an entitlement for all leaners.


What will you gain from attending? This event will look at how young people can become involved in recording and monitoring their local environment through activities often now referred to as “citizen science”, including in classrooms, in school grounds, and in local greenspaces. It will look at formal and informal opportunities, a whole school approach involving the wider community, and links to the Curriculum for Excellence.  It will aim to identify what works in practice through looking at educational resources and sources of support and advice.


Content: Presentations and case studies, small group discussions and ‘hands-on’ outdoor learning experiences to share. Resources and resource providers in a ‘market place’.


Times: The event will start at 10:00 (coffee and registration at 09:30) and finish at 16:00


Venue: Battleby Conference centre, Battleby, Redgorton, Perth, PH1 3EW, Tel 01738 444177


Cost: Free – lunch & refreshments will be provided


Booking: To book a place, please complete the booking form which should be returned to sgp@snh.gov.uk as soon as possible, and no later than Friday 17th February. Or post to SGP Team, Scottish Natural Heritage, Battleby, Redgorton, Perth, PH1 3EW
Nov 112016


SSERC Winter Bulletins

SSERC’s popular Primary Science & Technology Bulletin and SSERC Bulletin are available to download for all members from the SSERC website. All Local Authority school and college teachers and technicians are automatically members of SSERC. The majority of Independent schools are too.

If you’ve yet to register for membership or forgotten your login details contact STS@sserc.org.uk to create or reactivate your account.


Sep 052016



SSERC Newsletter August 2016

This will provide you with links to our Bulletins and upcoming CLPL events.

If you need to contact us about curricular or health and safety matters please email sts@sserc.org.uk or visit our website www.sserc.org.uk

SSERC has provided a range of equipment to Local Authorities on long term loan.

  • 5 Mystrica Mark II colorimeters which can be connected to PCs, iPhones, iPads and Android devices
  • UV-A sensor, voltage probe, Geiger-Müller tube, light sensor, gas pressure sensor and magnetic field all of which connect to the Vernier Labquest 2 data logger made available last year.

Independent schools wishing to borrow any of the above items should contact SSERC directly.

We have also sent for Technology Departments in all secondary schools a ‘Band Saw Buddy’ and an Inventor’s micro:bit kit. To find your local authority contact for this equipment please click here

Professional Learning @ SSERC
Aug 282016

Plastic piratesHow bad is plastic waste pollution in flowing waterways? And what impact does this have on our seas and oceans? Visit Germany for a citizen science project and work with your partner school to find the answers.

From 16 September to 18 November 2016, school classes will become research teams in order to study the presence and spread of plastic waste in and around German rivers and coastal areas.

UK schools are invited to travel to Germany during this period to be a part of this exciting and informative experience. In a joint project week, British and German Plastic Pirates can join forces to tackle key environmental questions and strengthen their partnerships.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has agreed to bear the travel and accommodation costs incurred by British partner schools who take part in the project.

The United Kingdom and Germany have long had close ties in the field of marine research. The UK is now the partner country for Science Year 2016*17. The two countries are working together to research, use and protect the world’s seas and oceans.

If you would like more information about the Plastic Pirates Project and a potential trip to Germany then visit:

http://www.plasticpirates.scienceyear.de and see the flyer below.

Find out more about the Plastic Pirates Project


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

Jun 022016

SEWeb-Logo-Two-Lines-with-backgroundWhy 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/

Mar 092016

scotlands environment

Download the March edition of Scotland’s Environment newsletter from here.

You can find out more information about Edinburgh International Science Festival (March 26th – April 10th). Additionally, you can find out more about various Citizen Science organisations from across Scotland such as RSPB, Butterfly Conservation and The Conservation Volunteers as well as finding out what’s new on Scotland’s Environment website, video of the month, and 5 five things you didn’t know about Citizen Science to name a few!

Feb 162016

scotlands environment

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:

To keep informed about other teaching and learning resources, subscribe to the monthly newsletter.

You can also download a copy of the Citizen Science & Curriculum for Excellence briefing paper, packed with lots of other excellent resources from here.

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Feb 112016

As part of the Scotland Counts project, The Conservation Volunteers are conducting some research to investigate if accreditation in Citizen Science would add value and benefit your organisations, learners, community groups and the recording community in general. In addition, this may develop a new route for new Citizen Scientists to become involved in wildlife recording activities.

 If the Citizen Science activities can be rewarded with an accredited certificate it may add value to the activity of data collection, providing an opportunity for Citizen Scientists to demonstrate achievement and gain recognition for activity and progress.

The Conservation Volunteers would like to capture your thoughts and opinions to find out if Citizen Science needs accreditation to make it more valuable.

It would be appreciated if you could complete the survey, ‘Citizen Science and Accreditation’ by Thursday 18th February.


Jan 112016

Our Environment Competition LogoIf 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/

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