Jan 082018
 

In the wake of the growing interest in Marine Renewable Energy (MRE), an EU funded project looked to make education about these energy sources and technologies more accessible.

The Aquatic Renewable Energy Technologies (Aqua-RET) E-learning Tool Project created resources for multiple demographics who need to know how aquatic renewable energy technologies work, and in some cases in order to make informed decisions.  These demographics include: teachers of primary and secondary school; those who provide additional educational material; a range of stakeholders in the energy sector, including the public, planners, energy advisors, developers, and people working in ancillary sectors.  

The AquaRET Project created a series of posters related to marine energy, along with other educational resources. These are focused on Offshore Wind, Wave, Tidal Stream, Tidal Range and Run-of River energy.  These resources can be accessed and downloaded at: http://www.aquaret.com/,

 Resources

 Competence Mapping Tool (CMT):

The CMT is a tool in which interested parties can view the available jobs with MRE industries, and within these positions see what skills sets are necessary.  This can help guide those wishing to enter the industry to understand the steps they should take to do so effectively.

http://www.aquaret.com/cmt/

 Technology Posters:

Technology specific posters are available for download and free to use for educational purposes.  These posters provide an introductory level understanding to the different methods of deriving power from the marine environment.

http://www.aquaret.com/indexeb79.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=200&Itemid=341&lang=en

 Technology Selection:

The Technology Selection goes into more detail in regards to each technology type.  This includes a look at the history of its development, locations of the energy source, environmental and economic considerations, future potential for the technologies an case studies where this has already begin development.  This would complement those wishing for a more in-depth understanding of the MRE sectors.

http://www.aquaret.com/index265c.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=224&Itemid=394&lang=en

 Manuals/Text Books:

The link below will provide access to downloaded in-depth chapters on each of the sectors found within the overarching MRE sector.

http://www.aquaret.com/index4ad9.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=199&Itemid=340&lang=en

 Download Images and Illustrations:

All of the content on the website is available for download for any interested organisation to use.

http://www.aquaret.com/indexea3d.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=203&Itemid=344&lang=en#Animations

 

Jan 042017
 

Battleby Conference Centre, Thursday 16th March 2017opal

Who is it for? Teachers, teacher trainers and trainee teachers, decision-makers and influencers involved in learning and the environment, professionals involved in outdoor learning and in learning for sustainability, academics and anyone working with young people in the outdoors.

 

What is it about? Citizen science gives young people and communities the chance to get hands-on with science in an exciting and meaningful way. It provides opportunities to learn new skills, engage with the scientific community and find out how scientific observation can deepen understanding and knowledge of our local environment. Citizen can support Learning for Sustainability – an entitlement for all leaners.

 

What will you gain from attending? This event will look at how young people can become involved in recording and monitoring their local environment through activities often now referred to as “citizen science”, including in classrooms, in school grounds, and in local greenspaces. It will look at formal and informal opportunities, a whole school approach involving the wider community, and links to the Curriculum for Excellence.  It will aim to identify what works in practice through looking at educational resources and sources of support and advice.

 

Content: Presentations and case studies, small group discussions and ‘hands-on’ outdoor learning experiences to share. Resources and resource providers in a ‘market place’.

 

Times: The event will start at 10:00 (coffee and registration at 09:30) and finish at 16:00

 

Venue: Battleby Conference centre, Battleby, Redgorton, Perth, PH1 3EW, Tel 01738 444177

 

Cost: Free – lunch & refreshments will be provided

 

Booking: To book a place, please complete the booking form which should be returned to sgp@snh.gov.uk as soon as possible, and no later than Friday 17th February. Or post to SGP Team, Scottish Natural Heritage, Battleby, Redgorton, Perth, PH1 3EW
Aug 102016
 

PandaThe RZSS Beyond the Panda education programme aims to provide children with an understanding of China, its language, geography, habitats, flora and fauna and in particular learn about the giant panda and the RZSS China/UK research.

Beyond the Panda travels to schools across Scotland in our new vehicle kindly donated by Arnold Clark. We provide a combination of outreach sessions, teacher training and ‘panda boxes’ for loan. The boxes are filled with games, jigsaws and other fun activities which stimulate learning and classroom discussions. The learning resources enable students to investigate, study and explore a variety of topics within the overall context of giant pandas and China; linking with CfE experiences and outcomes in science, topical science, social studies, language and literacy. With the generous funding from the Confucius Institute for Scotland at the University of Edinburgh our programmes also provide an introduction to the learning of Mandarin Chinese.

Sandie Robb, RZSS Senior Education Officer, said: “The RZSS Beyond the Panda is a fantastic and truly unique outreach learning experience. Through the China Mobile Library, students are able to learn about Chinese history, geography, culture and language as well as about giant pandas and the conservation work of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The children really enjoy the educational games, whilst learning at the same time. The RZSS Beyond the Panda allows us to inspire the next generation of nature conservationists.”

Miss MacDonald, St. Peter’s RC Primary, said: “After doing the panda box activities with three classes, I can really see the positive impact it had on children’s learning. All classes were engaged and enthusiastic throughout and when speaking with the children after they completed the tasks, they could tell me lots of things that they had learned.”

In addition, classes who wish to progress further in the Beyond the Panda programme are able to work towards a Pambassador Class Award at bronze, silver and gold levels.

See Beyond the Panda in action –

On the road with Beyond the Panda

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdxcO0ohbZE

RZSS China Mobile Library

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60DmB8Yk5yQ

 

Contact Sandie Robb for further information:

srobb@rzss.org.uk

@Sandie_Robb #BeyondthePanda

Aug 102015
 

 

Twig and Tigtag Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Twig and Tigtag have been procured, through competitive tender, by Education Scotland for a further 12 months through to July 2016.  As a result, these award-winning online resources will continue to be available to all local authority schools through Glow for use by educators and learners across Scotland.

New resources, Twig assignments and Tigtag Junior, will also be added in late autumn to the existing package available. An accompanying resource, Reach-Out CPD – a professional learning resource from Twig World to support primary science – has also been recently made available to Glow users.

The cost of this new one year contract with Twig World Ltd is £430,000 (including VAT) and this is being funded through the Digital Learning and Teaching programme this year. This represents a significant investment in science and mathematics education which is a key priority within the current Programme for Government. In the longer term, it is likely that resources such as these will be procured via a local authority collaborative contract.  What this means is that local authorities will be able to purchase digital resources of their choice and opt in to contracts accordingly.  See the Education Scotland briefing for more information.

Learners and practitioners (including those in early learning and childcare, additional support needs, primary and secondary school settings) are encouraged to make use of these resources which can be found on the App Library of Glow.

Twig pic 1More about Twig, Tigtag and Reach Out

Twig is an award-winning online teaching resource providing thousands of tailor-made, short films to help bring lessons to life.  Content has been created by teachers and academics to support delivery of Curriculum for Excellence covering sciences, social studies and mathematics for learners aged 11-16.  Twig Experiments offers over 300 short films covering 81 key experiments.

Tigtag is aimed at learners aged 7-11 years and provides online resources to support the teaching of primary science. It contains science in action videos, ready-made lesson plans, hundreds of images and diagrams, practical activities and fun facts. From the end of September, Glow users will also have access to Tigtag Junior which is an accompanying online science resource for learners aged 4-7 years.

Reach-Out CPD offers professional learning videos and resources for teachers delivering primary science and other aspects of Curriculum for Excellence.

Jul 012015
 

 

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A crowd funding web site recently raised more than two million US dollars to fund solar roadways. These roads, claim the developers, will remain snow-free, and, at the click of a switch, can be transformed into car parks or even sports pitches. In this activity students consider whether solar roadways are worth funding. They critique claims using reasoning and evidence, and apply what they know about generating electricity in solar cells, to make a decision.

Curriculum links include energy transfers, renewable energy sources, wave motion: waves transferring energy

Jun 232015
 

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Funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, Dundee-based engineers and students will be preparing activities and learning information packages for use in class and online to explain the processes involved in the building of Dundee’s new railway station.

Resources for the classroom

Free online activities and class materials will be released with each stage through our website at

www.abertay.ac.uk/open/engineering

These will have background information about what’s happening at the Railway Station, images and associated learning activities aimed at each level of the curriculum. Corresponding Es&Os will be highlighted for each learning unit.

We will also send out posters for display in classrooms to highlight the STEM subjects and raise awareness of career prospects in engineering for your pupils.

“Scotland needs to find more than 147,000 extra engineers by 2022 in order to tap into rising demand worth billions of pounds to the economy”

Engineering UK 2015 ‘The State of Engineering’, produced for the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)

 

 

Delivery points and stages of the learning programme:

Learning programme delivery dates Construction / Deconstruction dates Building phases and learning contexts
October to December 2015 2010 to 2013 Preconstruction phase. Dundee Railway Station is part of Dundee City’s 30 year Waterfront Regeneration project. Engineering content: The Victorian Railway tunnel which runs under the Central Waterfront development zone presented engineers with complex deconstruction challenges when bringing down the existing buildings. In addition, the road network through the central zone has to be reconfigured frequently to allow each stage of the area’s deconstruction and reconstruction to be carried out considerately and effectively. Learning opportunities will focus on the planning, design and costs of different options to the old railway station in Dundee.
Dec 2013; Dec 2014 Removing the old Railway Station building. Engineering content: The focus of this milestone will be the problematic removal of the building with live railway lines running underneath the station. Learning opportunities will provide a summary of the advance works that have been carried out to bring the students up to date on the background of the project including: utility diversions, stage 1 demolition of road over rail bridges and construction of new bridge structure and road, diversion of pedestrians and vehicles, construction of extended lay-by and bus area, construction of the temporary station facilities prior to demolition of the existing concourse building, Rail Maintenance Offices and bridge deck.
Sept – Jan 2016 Installing services. This topic will focus on how services are installed with the focus on the future needs of the railway station and how these predictions are made. The new infrastructure network currently being implemented as part of the £0.5 billion redevelopment of the Central Waterfront will include: the highest specification digital communication, an integrated transport hub at the new rail station and updated utilities.


January to June 2016 Jan – Aug 2016 Building the foundations for the new Railway Station. Engineering content: Foundations at this site will be problematic as this land was reclaimed c1900. The bearing pressure is inconsistent. This milestone will focus on ground engineering design and why piled foundations have been specified in this build project. Particular attention has to be on preserving the integrity of the railway abutment walls and working with live rail traffic, whilst installing rotary percussion bored piles
Feb to Aug 16 Bridge Construction, Ground Floor Structure & Platform Works. Engineering content: Installation of pre-fabricated steel beams, permanent deck formwork, steel reinforcement and in situ concrete over a live railway line.
Aug 2016 to Jan 2017 Building the superstructure of the railway station and hotel above. The new station concourse will consist of a triple-height arched space, framelessly glazed at both ends. The arched form responds to the structural requirement to span across the railway bridge below. Engineering content: will address construction considerations, materials and support requirements in building such an open expansive supporting structure over a tunnel, with the additional complexities of operating the build over live railway lines.
Oct 2016 to July 2017 Temporary Works. Engineering content: Construction of a multi storey building in close proximity to the railway and within a constrained site creates significant potential risks to both employee health and safety and for the protection of the railway infrastructure. The sequencing of the construction of the steel frame building is critical to ensure that at all times throughout the works the temporary structure is safe. Significant temporary measures will be required to be designed and installed throughout the course of the construction.
April 2016 Sustainability. Sustainability of buildings during construction, service and demolition is a major part of the design of any building. This session will include the three main pillars of sustainability in the construction context.
Oct 16 to Sept 2017 The External Building Cladding & Internal fit out Engineering content: incorporation of utilities, avoiding clash with steelwork, floors, walls and ceilings how 3D modelling helped to reduce delays and decrease fabrication costs on site. Ensuring the hotel rooms are constructed to provide the specified sound acoustic performance requirements.
Health & Safety will be covered in each section of the project. Introducing the importance of health and safety on site using topics such as the protection of the public and traffic management.   Situated in the middle of one of Dundee’s busiest roads, traffic management of this site is a major part of the planning.

 

May 252015
 

future learn

Explore our planet from space and learn how Earth observation is used to monitor climate change, with this free online course.

About the course

It is increasingly essential for us to study climate change across the planet at the highest level of detail possible. But how can we achieve such a comprehensive worldwide view?

Introducing Earth observation

Seeing the Earth from space allows us to gain this global perspective. By using Earth observation techniques, we can now monitor global environmental change on a scale that has never before been possible.

Earth observation has not only revolutionised the way we perceive our home, but changed the way we understand our profound impact on the environment. This technology has brought on a transformation in the way we observe, monitor and study our planet.

Learn with experts from ESA and leading European research centres

In this free online course, you will join leading experts and scientists from ESA and key European research centres, to explore the science that underpins Earth observation.

We will look at recent and current satellite missions that are providing an archive of essential data; and find out how this data is used in local and international policy and planning.

The course consists of five themed weeks:

Week 1 – Observing Climate Change from Space

What is Earth observation? How do we observe the Earth with satellites? And what role does Earth observation play in climate policy and planning?

Weeks 2 & 3 – Earth Observation Techniques and Technology

How do we use different types of mission, instrumentation and data to study changes to our atmosphere, land, oceans and ice?

Week 4 – Earth Observation in Action

How does Earth observation help us set policy; plan for climate risk, resilience and adaptation; and manage resources and biodiversity?

Week 5 – Managing Earth Observation Data

How do we make sense of the large amount of data produced by Earth observation? Can crowdsourcing and citizen science play a role in developing climate change models?

The lead presenters on this course are: Professor Martin Wooster, King’s College London; Dr Matias Disney, University College London; Dr Emily Shuckburgh, British Antarctic Survey; Professor Andy Shepherd, University of Leeds. Further expert insight is provided by Professor Alan O’Neill, University of Reading.

Other contributors for the course include: Dr Pierre-Philippe Mathieu, ESA; Dr Stephen Briggs, ESA; Dr Angela Benedetti, ECMWF; Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, ZSL; Professor Chris Merchant, University of Reading; Dr Melanie Ades, University of Reading; Dr Helen Snaith, BODC (NOC); Dr Stephanie Henson, NOC; Dr Simon Boxall, University of Southampton; Dr Paolo Cipollini, NOC; Professor Chris Lintott, University of Oxford; Dr Kirsten Barrett, University of Leicester.

Requirements

This course is designed for people who want to learn more about Earth observation, climate change and monitoring climate from space. The course can also help decision makers, policy makers, educators and communicators, to gain a better insight into how satellite data can help them assess the state of our climate and its changes, in order to support climate science, and adaptation and mitigation decisions.

May 222015
 

Education Scotland is looking to recruit two DOs to help us take forward our ambitious programme of support for 3-18 sciences.

Development Officer (DO)
Dates: Apply by 07/06/2015
Location: Any Education Scotland Office
Contract type: Full Time
Contract term: 23 month secondment
Education Scotland is Scotland’s national improvement agency for education. Our role is to promote improvement through innovation and change in the education system, from the early years to adult learning. We are committed to embedding our values of excellence, creativity, integrity and respect in everything we do.
To help us drive our ambitious agenda for improving outcomes for Scottish learners, we are now recruiting secondees to work within key areas of the organisation.
Development Officers work in partnership with colleagues from across the education system, Scottish Government and other national organisations to develop, promote and support effective and innovative approaches within their specialist areas. Working in teams led by Senior Education Officers, we are seeking Development Officers in the following areas:
Expressive Arts
Science
Health & Wellbeing
Technologies
Candidates should possess a relevant degree in teaching and be registered with the GTCS. You should also have excellent knowledge of Curriculum for Excellence and be able to contribute to its continued development and implementation. Demonstrable experience in the relevant discipline is required with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
The Development Officer posts are being offered on a 23 month secondment basis and can be based out of any of the Education Scotland offices subject to local availability.
For further information and to download an application form, please visit our website at www.educationscotland.gov.uk/vacancies
Closing date for application: Midnight on Sunday 7 June 2015
Applications should be returned electronically to edshr@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

May 112015
 

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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

Apr 282015
 

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Project Officers, IGB Scotland
Department: Education
Location: Scotland – Central Belt and Fife
Salary:£38,570 p/a (pro-rata)

We are looking for two full time equivalent Project Officers to implement the successful delivery of a new pilot programme working in partnership with Skills development Scotland and Education Scotland; ‘Improving Gender Balance’.

The Project Officers will work closely with schools to find ways of reducing the gender imbalance of students progressing to STEM subject Higher level, particularly in physics. The Project Officers will develop and facilitate a programme which includes three interventions which each trial a different, evidence-based approach to tackling the issue.

Responsibilities

The two Project Officers will support six Partner Schools and their cluster primary schools during the course of the project. The nature of the support will be different for each strand, but may include providing focused support for teachers in the science departments, arranging activities for students in the schools and partner primary schools, and developing and implementing whole school approaches to combatting gender stereotyping.

About You

The successful post-holders will be extremely proactive with a can-do attitude. They will have excellent project management skills and a high level of interpersonal and communication skills, including a proven ability to influence others and gain trust and commitment.
•A degree or equivalent in a science or social science subject is essential.
•A familiarity with the Scottish secondary school system and with the issues surrounding gender imbalance in schools is also required.

The posts can be home based or based in Education Scotland’s offices, although the post-holders will spend the majority of their working hours in the Partner Schools, which will be in the Central Belt and Fife. Regular travel to the schools will therefore be an essential part of the role.

About Us

There are a variety of full time, part time and flexible positions available. The posts are offered on a fixed term contract of one year, with a probable extension for a further two years.

In addition to a competitive salary, we also offer employees a comprehensive benefits package including an excellent pension scheme, private medical insurance and generous annual leave. We also offer a range of other benefits including childcare vouchers, gym membership and travel insurance.

For further information on this role please see the job description below

The Insitute kindly requests no contact from recruitment agencies regarding this role.

Closing date for applications: Monday 4 May 2015

Interviews to be held: Friday 22 May 2015 at The Royal Society of Edinburgh
Further Information
Job Description

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