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.
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.