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Join STEM Live at the 2018 Scottish Learning Festival!

SLF 2018 is taking place this week and we cannot wait for our STEM Live Expo! –  a fantastic new, interactive experience with STEM demonstrations and inspirational keynote speeches.

SLF 18 STEM LIVE Demo Programme

Please  note: the sessions below may be marked as ‘full’ when you register but stand-by places are usually available – just stand outside the relevant room on the day to make use of the free spaces!

Hosted by award-winning science communicator, Dr Heather Reid, the action starts at 09.30 on Thursday 20th September in the Lomond Auditorium, and the programme is as follows:

09.30 – 10.15:             ‘Making Scotland a STEM Nation’

Hear the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Mr Richard Lochhead MSP, set out the Scottish Government’s vision for STEM and the ambitious plans in the national STEM Education and Training Strategy published last year.

You’ll also hear from three inspiring young people who’ll share their STEM experiences with you.

10.45 – 11.30:             STEM Expo – Part One

Get STEM-inspired! Take part in our wide range of STEM demonstration sessions; hosted and delivered by children, young people, practitioners and experts from across Scotland. In a first for this festival, these sessions are packed full of practical ideas to inspire and motivate STEM learning across early years, primary, secondary and community learning settings.

12.00 – 12.45:             ‘Improving engagement with STEM: A science capital approach’

How do we improve, increase and widen engagement with STEM – particularly once learners leave formal education? Join Professor Louise Archer from University College London to hear more about an exciting ‘science capital’ approach which is having a significant impact on young people’s understanding of and engagement with STEM.

13.15 – 14.00:             STEM Expo – Part Two

If you enjoyed Part One, then be sure to come along to Part Two to take part in even more interactive demonstration sessions from another selection of inspirational children, young people, practitioners and experts from across Scotland.

14.30 – 15.15:             ‘The Art of Science Communication’

Join Dr Jamie Gallagher – scientist, science communicator and salsa dance teacher – as he explores how to make STEM subjects memorable, exciting and accessible for all. Discover how fusing STEM with storytelling, art and dance can empower everyone – including even the most STEM-phobic learners and practitioners! – to connect with STEM in new and interesting ways.

15.15:                          Closing remarks

STEM Live! 2018 will be brought to a close by Gayle Gorman, the CEO of Education Scotland.


Click here to find out all you need to know about STEM Live! and the 2018 Scottish Learning Festival.

STEM Insight



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


Vacancy – Technician – (Fixed Term or Secondment)


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


Vacancy – Technology Education Officer – SSERC


Education Officer – Technology

As an enthusiastic professional, you will join a motivated team who provide an advisory service which supports science and technology education in Scottish schools. You will develop close working relationships with Local Authority officers and other key stakeholders in Scottish technology education.

You will have at least 5 years teaching experience in a wide range of technology subjects in the school education sector. You will have experience in supporting career long professional learning (CLPL) and an understanding of the CLPL needs for teachers, PTs, HOFs and school support staff.

Complementing your professional expertise, you will bring excellent team playing, communication and organisational skills, an interest in Health and Safety in an educational environment and a love of practical work. The ideal candidate must be confident with using software on both PC and Apple platforms and can demonstrate experience using CAD software packages e.g. CREO 2.0 or Autodesk Inventor. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who have a passion for both workshop machinery and programmable devices.

This is a full-time, high profile role based in Dunfermline. It will involve regular visits to locations throughout Scotland. There is plenty of scope for personal and professional development offered to the post holder.

The post is offered on a 12 month secondment or fixed term basis.

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

Completed application forms should be submitted with a covering letter to STS@sserc.org.uk .

Applications should arrive no later than 7/10/16


Arkwright Scholarships Trust

Do you want to reward your best National 5 STEM students and set them on the path to a successful career in engineering and design?

White LogoIf so, the Arkwright Engineering Scholarships could be the tool you are looking for. These are highly-sought-after Scholarships for high-potential STEM students keen to pursue a future career in engineering in its widest sense, including computing, chemical engineering and ‘technical’ aspects of product design (as opposed to aesthetics). The competitive application process, comprises: student application form; teacher reference; two-hour engineering aptitude exam; 20-minute interview. Successful applicants become Arkwright Engineering Scholars and receive a two-year programme of enrichment while studying Advanced Highers / A levels in their own schools/colleges. Scholars receive £600 to spend on engineering activities of their choice. School Departments receive £400 for every student who secures a Scholarship (or £200 if your school is an 11-16 school where the students go to a local college for Highers / A levels).

Teachers spend a few hours each autumn to support students’ applications, including writing a short reference for each applicant; help applicants go through past Arkwright exam papers and offer a mock interview in the early spring term; spend an hour or two each summer writing a brief progress report about each of their Scholars.

You can join the 900+ schools and colleges who already benefit across the UK, by:

Engineering the Future for Girls @ the University of Strathclyde

Engineering the future for girlsEngineering the Future for Girls @ the University of Strathclyde:  20th-24th June 2016

Strathclyde University have launched a new 1 week Summer School for S3 girls. Engineering the Future for Girls is being delivered in collaboration with BP and is designed to engage girls in a wide range of engineering challenges that will inspire them to become the next generation of engineers. The summer school is fully-funded by BP and all student costs, including travel, will be covered. Strathclyde will accept applications from girls with any range of subject choices at National 5. The summer school is non-residential and therefore pupils should be able to make their way each day to the Strathclyde University Campus in the heart of Glasgow City Centre.

Pupils should apply at http://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/outreach/engineeringthefutureforgirls using the online application form. The deadline for applications is 1st April 2016.

If you would like any further information on the Summer School then please email: engineeringthefutureforgirls@strath.ac.uk



Engineering UK Report 2016

EngineeringUK-report-2016-front-cover3Engineering UK 2016 The State of Engineering analyses the engineering industry’s capacity for growth and details engineering in education, training and employment. Now in its eighteenth year, the report provides the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community, Government, industry and the third sector with a compelling evidence base.

There are three overriding messages from the report. Firstly, that engineering and skilled engineers make a significant contribution to the UK economy and its productivity as well as working towards mitigating the grand global challenges of climate change, ageing populations, food, clean water and energy.

Secondly, that the UK at all levels of education does not have the current capacity or the required rate of growth needed to meet the forecast demand for skilled engineers and technicians by 2022.

Thirdly, through concerted and co-ordinated action, the engineering community and employers in particular can make a demonstrable difference by working with schools and colleges to inspiring future generations to pursue relevant qualifications and go on to careers in engineering.

Engineering is a vital part of the UK economy – engineering employers have the potential to generate an additional £27 billion per year from 2022. This is equivalent to the cost of building 1,800 secondary schools or 110 new hospitals.

If the UK is to benefit economically from this, we will need to meet the forecasted demand for 257,000 new vacancies in engineering enterprises in the same timescale. The importance of engineering is significant not only economically but also with regards to employment, as for every new engineering role an additional two jobs are created in the economy.

The full report can be downloaded here.

An infographic of key facts can be found here – EngineeringUK-Report-2016-Infographic

BUILD IT! Adventures with LEGO® Bricks at National Museum of Scotland

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LEGO® is more than a toy. It makes architects, sculptors and storytellers of us all.

This spring, renowned brick artist, Warren Elsmore and his team display some of their most beautiful and intricate mini-buildings and models in our Grand Gallery. To add to the set, they will also be on-site, building a special three metre model of our very own museum.

But don’t let them have all the fun. Join us for some hands-on LEGO® brick activities from February till April. Get creative in the Builders’ Yard, help us make a special sculpture of one of our most-loved museum objects, or build your own masterpiece.

Follow our #BUILDIT updates on social media.

  • Join us for our free LEGO® brick activities from January to April.
  • Look out for more BUILD IT! activities at the museum during Edinburgh International Science Festival (26 Mar to 10 Apr 2016).


For information about events at the National Museum of Scotland click here.

For information about events at the National Museum of Flight click here.

For information about events at the National Museum of Rural Life click here.

For information about events at the National War Museum click here.

Royal Institution STEM Enrichment & Enhancement Grant

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.


Edinburgh International Science Festival – Careers Hive

Careereisfs Hive is a new flagship project by Edinburgh International Science Festival for all S1 to S3 students. This immersive event will focus on the vast range of exciting – and often unknown or underappreciated – opportunities available to those who study Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM).

This project will highlight that there are options available for everyone, irrespective of interest, in this rapidly expanding sector. By encouraging young people to discover where engagement with STEM could lead, Careers Hive will help address the rising tide of students not taking science from the end of the broad general education.

For more information, see the attached leaflet – Careers Hive