Jan 242017
 
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We have a few places available on a SSERC/RSC professional development course on 14th February 2017 at Garnock Community Campus, North Ayrshire (KA14 3BF). The funding for the course is such that the course fee for the day is £200 per participant to cover the full cost of the course including course materials, teas/coffee and lunch.  Each participant will receive a voucher with a value of £140 of resources which can be used against purchases from Scientific and Chemical.
Additionally, each participant from a local authority school or FE college can apply for an ENTHUSE Award from the National STEM Learning Centre – such applications must be made in advance of the course start date (details of how to apply will be sent to successful applicants).  ENTHUSE Awards will be paid to the school/college several weeks after completion of the course; the value of the ENTHUSE Award will be £200.
Expressions of interest to sts@sserc.org.uk by Friday Jan 27th please.
Nov 212016
 

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Professional development for secondary science probationers

The closing date for applications to attend SSERC’s 2-part residential course for Probationer teachers is Friday November 25th.  Through this programme, with practical work at its core, we focus on enhancing the range of activities which participants will be able to use to support Curriculum for Excellence in their classrooms. More than half of the practical elements of the course will be devoted to subjects outside participants’ own area of expertise. More details available from the SSERC website.

 

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Nov 112016
 

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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
 

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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

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Aug 312016
 

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SSERC Chemistry Residential

Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th October 2016
Friday 3rd – Saturday 4th March 2017

Building on the success of previous events, this course will focus on CfE Senior Phase. Through the programme, a detailed copy of which will be available at www.sserc.org.uk, we offer a range of activities with a focus on practical work. Combined with opportunities for professional networking, the course offers an excellent way of keeping up-to-date with developments in your subject area.

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All meals and overnight accommodation at the nearby King Malcolm Hotel are included in the Course Fee of £100.

Only 20 places are available, so early application is advised.

Funding from the Scottish Government allows us to provide each delegate with equipment and teaching resources with a value of some £200 to help with the implementation of activities in your school. During part 2 of the residential we will ask you to share with your fellow participants your experiences of using these resources in your classroom.

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Aug 312016
 

Biology Residential

Part 1: Thursday 27 October – Saturday 29 October 2016
Part 2: Friday 24 – Saturday 25 March 2017

Building on the success of previous events, this course will focus on CfE Senior Phase. Through the programme, a detailed copy of which is available at www.sserc.org.uk, we offer a range of  activities with a focus on practical work. Combined with opportunities for professional networking, the course offers an excellent way of keeping up-to-date with developments in your subject area.

We will use the laboratory facilities at SSERC in Dunfermline.

All meals and overnight accommodation at the nearby King Malcolm Hotel are included in the Course Fee of £100.

Only 20 places are available, so early application is advised. Funding from the Scottish Government allows us to provide each delegate with equipment and teaching resources with a value of some £200 to help the implementation of activities in your school.

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During part 2 of the residential we will ask you to share with your fellow participants your experiences of using these resources in your classroom.

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May 062016
 

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:

Nov 132015
 

Free professional learning workshops available for practitioners at Hillpark Secondary School, Glasgow on 25th November 4 – 6pm.

Come along and learn about air pollution, how to use data about air quality in your classes and finding indicator species such as lichen in your local area!

Sign up using our simple survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AirQualityCPD

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Oct 062015
 

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Venue: Menzies Hotel, Glasgow

This network was set up to explore strategies for raising attainment in the sciences. Our first raising attainment network event was on 11th November 2014. At that event, delegates chose a strategy to develop and trial over the next few months. At the follow up event, as well as some examples of interesting practice, returning delegates will give short presentations on their findings.

Target audience: secondary science FHs, PTs and practitioners. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Registration at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/25QZCSD

Sep 152015
 

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The National STEM Centre have just added six great film clips to the eLibrary, covering areas of the curriculum such as electricity generation, electromagnetism and the physics of car crashes.

The film clips in this collection were produced by Pumpkin Interactive, whose aim is to provide case studies of real life applications to illustrate some of the more complex scientific concepts and theories. Themes covered include: forces and motion, waves and imaging and electricity generation, transmission and distribution

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