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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


Fuselab – Go

fuselab logo

FuseLab Go is Dragons Den for young people aged 15- 18 years. This is your chance to bring your ideas for new products to life through a free two day workshop.

The workshop takes as its starting point the problems involved in inhabiting a new planet. Over the two days you will work in small teams with inspirational mentors and experts from the areas of design, technology and business to solve a problem, to innovate and invent, giving you the opportunity to share your ideas with real innovators. At the end of the two days you and your team will pitch your idea for a new product.

This is a great crash course in how to make and test new products and services – it’s a lot of fun too!

To apply go to http://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/fuselab

Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce

Developing the Young Workforce – Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy contains the Government’s plans to implement the recommendations of the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce. On 5 February, the inaugural meeting of the National Advisory Group met to discuss how this group of senior stakeholders could provide leadership and guidance. Jointly chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training, Roseanna Cunningham, and Councillor Douglas Chapman, COSLA spokesperson for Education, Children and Young People, the group heard how amongst the recommendations was a focus on driving uptake of STEM.

Membership of the National Advisory Group is:

  • Sir Ian Wood
  • Brian Johnstone (Regional College Chair, Dumfries & Galloway)
  • John Fyffe (President, Association of Directors of Education in Scotland)
  • Iain Ellis (Chair, National Parents’ Forum Scotland)
  • Larry Flanagan (EIS General Secretary)
  • Grahame Smith (STUC General Secretary, Wood Commissioner)
  • Hamira Khan (Chief Executive, Scottish Youth Parliament)
  • Polly Purvis (Executive Director ScotlandIS: trade body for ICT industry in Scotland)
  • Morna Simpson (founder of Girl Geek Scotland, Managing Director of FlockEdu)
  • Annag Maclean (Headteacher, Castlebay High)
  • Elma Murray (SOLACE representative)

To receive the regular newsletter about Develeoping Young Workforce (DYW) progress, please contact youngworkforce@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Circular economy Scotland – report

green alliance     scdi





The Green Alliance in partnership with SCDI.

The report can be accessed through this link

Rising resource risks and the growing recognition of the economic value being lost in waste have raised business interest in the circular economy. These trends are feeding a more interventionist approach to resource policy in countries as diverse as the US, China, Germany, Japan and Korea. This analysis shows how Scotland could help to make its economy more circular, by assessing potential opportunities in three exemplar sectors; oil and gas, food and drink, and finance. These sectors all have a reliance on STEM skills and attributes.

The report explains that a circular economy restores old products, parts and materials back to their original use in a way that uses the least resources to deliver the same function. It outlines Scotland’s opportunities and challenges, derived from its particular political climate, policies, institutions and scale. The report considers the wider lessons on how Scotland might capture the biggest circular economy opportunities. It suggests that Scotland is well positioned to capitalise on its high social connectedness and policy leadership on low carbon technology to develop and pilot more innovative, valuable, and ambitious circular economy business models and technologies. The report concludes that Scotland needs a targeted, challenge-led innovation strategy run by institutions empowered to drive technically risky, but potential big win circular economy pilot projects. It suggests that this strategy will be more likely to succeed if targeted towards innovations that will help Scotland’s key sectors adapt to a more resource constrained world.

Ultimate STEM Challenge

Ultimate STEM Challenge

Brought to you by BP, the Science Museum and STEMNET

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

We are asking teams of two to four students aged 11 to 14 from across the UK to put their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills to the test and 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.

Take part in the Ultimate STEM Challenge

Rethink the future! – Ellen MacArthur Foundation

A one-day course for Secondary Teachers
Advancing Science, Technology and Safety
Imagine if we changed the way we used materials and energy. Imagine that instead of using things up, we designed objects so they were made to be made again. Firms have already begun to do this, and they are reaping the benefits of this ‘circular economy’ approach.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and SSERC are offering a professional development workshop designed to enable participants to learn about the circular economy, to investigate case studies of some companies that are adopting this model, and to look at some of the 700 teaching resources the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has produced.
The course will be of interest to those who teach about:
 Industry
 Energy
 Raw materials
 Food and textiles
 New technologies
 Design
 Systems
 Business and economics

Participants will be supported to develop an inter-disciplinary learning (IDL) project in conjunction with others attending the event. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation will support schools in implementing the IDL project. We strongly encourage schools to send at least 2 members of staff to the event.
Costs: The cost per participant will be £15 to include refreshments and course
The closing date for booking is Monday 25th August.

For more information visit:
www.sserc.org.uk or

What issue should science solve next? Ask the Longitude Prize challenge champions.

Water. Paralysis. Food. Flight. Dementia. Antibiotics. Which challenge should science solve next?

In 1714 the UK Government offered £20,000 to the person who could solve the Longitude problem. In 2014 the prize fund has increased to £10,000,000 and the public get to decide what challenge needs to be solved.

I’m a Scientist get me out of here are giving the public the chance to ask before they vote with our Longitude Prize Zone. Until Wednesday June 25th anyone can quiz their champions to help decide which challenge to vote for, at: longitude.imascientist.org.uk

Please join in yourself and pass the link on to colleagues, scientists, teachers, friends and family who may be curious to ask questions about the 6 challenges.

It’s your chance to join the debate on the biggest science prize for the last 300 years.

The Future of Manufacturing

Last year the UK government published this report, The Future of Manufacturing. The report emphasises the growth of the circular economy, and it’s relevance to a changing context.  So what is the circular economy, and why is it relevant to students?

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation believes that the circular economy provides a coherent framework for systems level re-design and as such offers us an opportunity to harness innovation and creativity to enable a positive, restorative economy.

Some useful links:

Free hands-on teaching kit

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has invited secondary schools to apply for a free resource kit which brings the circular economy to life.

The Handling Collection is a box full of products and accompanying teaching resources designed to challenge students to think differently about product design, materials and business models.

Each product has a story and there are worksheets developed by teachers, trialled in the classroom, to give information about the product and raise questions.

Each kit contains many hours of ideas for classroom activities, suitable for several subjects, with a particular emphasis for Design Technology, the Sciences, Business and Geography.

What’s in the box?


The core of this collection is a selection of products which help you to explore aspects of a circular economy.

  • Ecovative mushroom packaging
  • Vegware packaging
  • Aveda shampoo
  • Desso carpet tile
  • Broken mobile phone
  • Sharklet antibacterial film

Information resources:

  • Animation videos
  • Two presentations to use in class
  • Teachers’ notes and worksheets for each product and for a range of additional products not physically included in this box that are easy to source
  • Specific videos and graphics for particular products
  • Instructions and videos for running a ‘Teardown Lab’
  • Circular economy card game

There are 100 of these kits; apply for yours at http://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/news/handling-collection