Oct 312017
 

Quantum Shorts

There are only two possibilities: Yes or No

Win up to US$1,500 for your quantum inspired short story in this international flash fiction competition!

Interested in storytelling? Get your creative juices flowing in writing a short story (of not more than 1000 words) inspired by some aspect of quantum physics and stand to win cash prizes, a trophy and original artwork to illustrate your story.

Your story must also include the sentence: “There are only two possibilities: yes or no”.

For entry requirements and a whistle stop tour of quantum theory and other interesting tips, visit shorts.quantumlah.org.

Closing date: 1 Dec 2017, 2359hrs GMT

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Feb 032017
 

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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

 

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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Concept Cartoons – 6th February 2017

(17:00-18:30)

SSERC, Dunfermline

stuart_nStuart Naylor, one of the principal authors of Science Concept Cartoons Set 2, is due to deliver this ‘twilight’ professional development session. Aimed at learners in the age range 10-16, this new resource for Chemistry, Biology and Physics covers topics including earth and space, living things and their environments, physical and chemical changes.

Concept Cartoons are designed to introduce science concepts in everyday settings. Each character has a different opinion about science being discussed. All of the possible answers are plausible and highlight common learner misconceptions. Learners are invited to join in with the discussion happening in the science Concept Cartoon.

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The book and CD of Science Concept Cartoons Set 2 both contain 156 Concept Cartoons covering the main areas of science. Background text, written in pupil-friendly language, is available for each Concept Cartoon. A blank speech bubble on each Science Concept Cartoon encourages learners to add additional ideas.

Fee: The fee for the course is £135 to include a copy of the book and CD of Science Concept Cartoons Set 2 as well as a site license meaning that all teachers can use the resource in their teaching. Light refreshments will be provided on arrival.

Applications: The closing date for applications is 25th January 2017.

 

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.

 

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 232016
 

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LEADING FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE

13-16 NOVEMBER 2016 & 12-13 MARCH 2017

SSERC is still taking applications for places on Leading for Excellence in Science course. The course carries full accreditation by the General Teaching Council for Scotland under its Professional Recognition scheme.

 

Our delegates will be those who have, or aspire to have, responsibility for leading science education in their establishments. Although some leadership skills are generic, there are aspects of science education which require specific leadership skills and have particular management responsibilities.  These particular responsibilities, as well as wider leadership issues, will be considered in science specific contexts.

 

Coverage will include:

 

  • Curriculum and course development issues with particular reference to CfE
  • Areas for development identified in HMIe report Science: A portrait of current practice in Scottish Schools and The Sciences 3-18 Impact Report, 2012

 

    • Improving learning and teaching through self-evaluation
    • Approaches to managing science health and safety issues
  • Science departmental/faculty issues and policies
  • Leading teams and managing change

 

 

For those teaching in local authority schools or colleges funding of £1080 from the National STEM Learning Centre is available to offset the course fee (£850)

 

Further information from Paul.Beaumont@sserc.org.uk or via the SSERC website at http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/cpd-sserc/leadership-cpd.

 

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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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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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