Mar 262014

The Sustainable Learning Partnership, in association with The Crown Estate, has produced an interdisciplinary learning and teaching resource – the first in a planned series –  founded upon the principles and practices of 21st Century Learning and designed to help young learners prepare for life and active participation in a global society that is safe, just and sustainable.

The Clean Energy from the Sea project is being piloted in Scottish secondary schools in Orkney, Thurso, Wick and Midlothian.

The project introduces pupils to the offshore renewables industry and the significant employment opportunities which are being created. Clean Energy from the Sea provides learning opportunities which allows them to make a connection between offshore renewables and their own studies in subjects such as geography, physics, and modern studies and also to explore three interlinked themes:

  1. Why the future of human society depends upon secure energy supplies to meet our essential energy demands
  2. Why the only safe and sustainable form of energy for the future is clean, renewable energy
  3. Why the oceans and seas are potentially a vast source of clean, renewable energy, presenting great technical challenges but enormous economic, social and environmental benefits.

To view this online resource visit:

Jan 132014

Scotland’s Environment Web is running an exciting competition for young people, with fantastic prizes, and the closing date has been extended until 31st march 2014.

What is the competition about?

What needs to change in your local community that will make a difference to your environment and what role can you play in making it happen?

We want you to answer the question and tell us how you can make your environment better.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to all young people throughout Scotland between the ages of 5-18 whether through your school, as part of a group or as an individual. Prizes to be won include a backstage tour of the Hydro, tickets to the Irn Bru Carnival 2014/2015 and the Teen Drive electric car event at Knockhill and gadgets like tablets!

For inspiration watch this video from pupils at St. David’s Primary, Dalkeith giving their opinions on environmental issues that matter to them

Dec 042013

Year of Natural Scotland: working in partnership to bring sustainability to life at Dundee Science Centre Science Learning Institute.

Last Friday, Dundee Science Centre were joined by over 200 children from P6/7 at Kinross Primary School, St Mary’s RC Primary School Dundee and St Vincent’s RC Primary School Dundee. Children experienced an informative, hands-on day of learning about renewable energy and low carbon living.

Renewable energy scientists from Marine Scotland took the children on a journey from ancient Greece, through the discovery of electricity, to renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Children learned about the differences between renewable and non renewables, and explored amazing new technologies being developed to tap into our natural wind, tidal and wave energy sources. A Pelamis wave snake, and functioning model wind turbine really grabbed their attention.

Sustrans attended with their electric bikes and all children took part with great gusto in an energy challenge with Solar Cities Scotland. Taking it in turns, the children attempted to use muscle power to charge a capacitor to make music and smoothies, learning about the cost of power the hard way!

Dundee Science Centre is delighted to be working in partnership as part of Year of Natural Scotland to bring sustainable, low carbon technologies alive for children.

Sep 232013

Our Year of Natural Scotland celebrations at Dundee Science Centre kicked off on Saturday, when we were delighted to welcome experts from Historic Scotland and British Geological Survey for Green Science in the City.

Celebrations at Scotland’s national science centres are happening throughout September, October and November with full details of activities available on our website.

On Thursdays 21st and 28th November, and 5th December, we are continuing our green science and sustainability theme at Dundee Science Centre Science Learning Institute. Why not join us for a series of learning sessions for teachers on the theme of “Energy: Keeping Warm, Keeping Cool” to explore how we can progress learners’ understanding of energy and energy transfers through conduction, convection and radiation.

“Learners develop their understanding of the nature of energy and how energy is transferred and conserved. They consider the relevance of these concepts to everyday life.”  (Planet Earth, sciences experiences and outcomes).

This series of sessions, with a focus on third level, will explore ways in which we can progress learners’ understanding, identifying common misconceptions and exploring strategies for challenging these in the classroom.

Participants will have opportunities to discuss planning for effective learning and teaching in a real-life context, incorporating hands-on investigative work, use of modelling and simulations, and developing Responsibilities of All with a focus on numeracy experiences and outcomes. There will be opportunities to share innovative practice and reflect critically on the use of the strategies and ideas in the classroom.

These sessions which can be attended individually or as a series of three, are recommended for practitioners planning learning and teaching in sciences at third level, for National 3 and National 4 Environmental Science, National 3 and National 4 Science, or National 3 Physics. A number of charitable trust funded places are available. If you are interested, please contact us on Sessions run from 1630 – 1830 with arrival for registration and refreshments from 1615.

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