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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 042016
 

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Technician – (Fixed Term or Secondment)

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and creative individual to join the SSERC team which is dedicated to building capacity in Scotland for high quality CPD for science teachers and technical support staff. In addition to proven subject expertise, you must have an appropriate mix of practical, science, technology and ICT skills to contribute to a flexible technical support service across the sciences and technology, with a high regard to Health and Safety.

You should hold an SCQF level 5 qualifications in a relevant subjects and previous experience in a similar post is essential.

Further Details can be found at http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/vacancies/3430-vacancies-october-2014

 

Oct 042016
 

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Senior Technician – (Fixed Term or Secondment)

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and creative individual to join the SSERC team which is dedicated to building capacity in Scotland for high quality CPD for science teachers and technical support staff. In addition to proven subject expertise, you must have an appropriate mix of practical, science, technology and ICT skills to contribute to a flexible technical support service across the sciences and technology, with a high regard to Health and Safety.

You should hold an HNC or equivalent level qualification in a relevant subject and previous experience in a similar post is essential.

Further Details can be found at http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/vacancies/3430-vacancies-october-2014

Sep 022016
 

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STEM Insight

Immerse yourself in the world of industry and university

 

The STEM Insight programme, run by the National STEM Learning Centre, offers you an invaluable chance to experience STEM-related work in industrial or university settings and learn more about diverse career paths and opportunities.

Insight into industry

During a placement, develop your knowledge of STEM careers and routes for your students to progress into STEM-related employment. Work with world-leading employers across a range of STEM industries such as manufacturing, engineering, medical, computing and many others.

Insight into university

Spend time in a leading UK university and learn about the latest cutting edge research in your field. Support your students as they make the transition to university.

Why should I?

    • gain first-hand experience and up-to-date knowledge of the range of STEM related careers and the progression routes available you will be supported by a tailored package of face-to-face and online CPD
    • you will be supported by a tailored package of face-to-face and online CPD enrich your teaching of the STEM curriculum by linking to careers
    • enrich your teaching of the STEM curriculum by linking to careers
    • help your students to make better informed choices about their futures
    • make long-term links with employers and universities
    • build a network of industry/university experts and share your knowledge across schools and colleges
    • be part of the nationwide drive to improve careers education

Contact grant.mcallister@sserc.org.uk for more details

This is made possible by the generous support of our partners in Project ENTHUSE: the Wellcome Trust, Department for Education, BAE Systems, Biochemical Society, BP, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Rolls-Royce, Royal Commission for the 1851 Exhibition, Institution of Structural Engineers, IBM and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Jan 082016
 

The Royal Institulogo_STEM_hometion STEM E&E Grant Scheme offers UK-registered state schools a grant of up to £500 to experience a STEM activity taken from the STEM Directories. The scheme is designed to help integrate STEM Enrichment and Enhancement activities into school practice and to support teachers’ professional development.

For over 200 years the Royal Institution (Ri) has been at the forefront of public engagement with science and its mission is to encourage people to think more deeply about the wonders and applications of science. The Ri manages the STEM Directories, an online catalogue of STEM E&E (Enrichment and Enhancement) activities offered by organisations across the UK. The activities are described as Enrichment and Enhancement because they enrich or enhance (go beyond) the school curriculum. The activities are usually events or experiences that cannot be delivered with standard school resources.

The Ri receives funding from the Causeway Foundation to run and develop the STEM Directories and to enable wider access to its listed activities by offering the STEM E&E Grant Scheme.

What do the grants offer?

  • £500 towards any activity listed on the STEM Directories
  • This £500 can be used to cover fees and expenses of the activity provider as well as travel expenses incurred by the school. Any other expenses incurred by the school are not covered
  • All activities funded by this grant would need to be completed by the end of the 2016 summer term

What are the eligibility criteria?

In order to apply for a grant, you need to:

  • Be from a state-funded primary or secondary school, academy or sixth-form college in the UK
  • Be a member of the school staff who is involved in teaching a STEM subject in that school
  • Make contact with your activity provider before the application deadline

Please note that the assessment process gives priority to disadvantaged schools.

More information, along with how to apply, can be found here.

 

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.

Sep 242015
 

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

The Challenge is aimed at teams of two to four students aged 11 to 14 from across the UK. Participants will put their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills to the test and have the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes, including an invitation to a celebratory event at the Science Museum in London, £500 for their school and Science Museum goodies.

Key information:

  • The Ultimate STEM Challenge is perfect for STEM Clubs.
  • It’s very flexible – there’s a choice of three challenges which can be completed over a shorter or longer period. The deadline for entry is 15 January 2016.
  • Entering is easy. Students create a PowerPoint or YouTube video showcasing their work on their chosen challenge. Teachers complete a simple entry form and upload their work.
  • STEM Ambassadors can help to guide and inspire students as they take on the challenge. Request a visit here.

More information on the Ultimate STEM Challenge can be found here.

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.

Aug 282015
 

apps for good logo“Apps for Good is an education technology movement that is transforming the way technology is taught in schools, turning young tech consumers into tech creators. Apps for Good aims to unlock the confidence and talent of the next generation of problem solvers and digital makers: young people who are ready to tackle the 21st century workplace and are inspired to create new tech ideas that can change their world for good.

In partnership with Samsung, Apps for Good are pleased to be running two Regional Roadshows in Scotland in September, with a theme around ‘Bringing the real world into the classroom’. Join Apps for Good at the roadshow to learn more about:

  • Utilising industry Experts in the classroom
  • Advice about integrating student led learning into the classroom
  • Hints and tips for student assessment
  • How you can deliver Apps for Good in your school/college

There will also be an opportunity to network with fellow Apps for Good Educators and share best practice and the chance to hear from our External Partners, Code Club and CoderDojo Scotland.

Glasgow – 16th September – Book Your Place Nowhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/apps-for-good-regional-roadshow-glasgow-tickets-18203956524

Edinburgh – 17th September – Book Your Place Now https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/apps-for-good-regional-roadshow-edinburgh-tickets-18150916881

If you have any questions about Apps for Good or the Regional Roadshows, get in contact with education@appsforgood.org

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