Need support in exploring careers at Primary School level?

Need support in exploring careers at Primary School level?

Academy9 took the Roadshow Event to Alvie, Kingussie, Newtonmore, Aviemore, Strathdearn and Daviot Primary Schools last month. As part of the Roadshow, pupils are taken on a journey of exploration and discovery while they research local animals and ground conditions that must be considered before designing and developing a large-scale infrastructure project. Evidence shows that children start to form ideas about their future as they start primary school[1]. The paper ‘Career-Related

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Academy9 Roadshow; Bringing Careers to Life.

Academy9 Roadshow; Bringing Careers to Life.

Last week we brought the careers of a geologist, ecologist and engineer to life when visiting 60 P6 pupils from Pitlochry Primary and Breadalbane Academy, to deliver Academy9’s Roadshow event.  By learning from those directly involved in these roles on a live infrastructure project on their doorstep, pupils get a first-hand experience of some of the tasks these people undertake on their day to day jobs.  Ecology During our Ecologists

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Highland Schools Come Together to Tackle Academy9’s Biggest Design and Build Challenge

The Academy9 team recently hosted another one of our flagship Apprenticeship Academy events, which saw nearly 40 S2 pupils from both Grantown Grammar and Kingussie High schools come together from three days of STEM learning and team building, which culminated in a mega, bridge building challenge. Hosted at Grantown Grammar School this year, here’s what we got up to: Day One Day one consisted of a quiz on the local

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Academy9’s Early Birds, inspiring the next David Attenborough?  

Academy9’s Early Birds, inspiring the next David Attenborough?  

As part of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, which takes place at the end of January each year, the Academy9 team headed to primary schools in Newtonmore, Kingussie, Pitlochry and Aberfeldy to work with P3s on the topic of the great wildlife on their doorsteps.  In the Early Birds session, pupils learned about the range of birds in the Highlands through three interactive tasks. Ecologists, Joanna & Amy introduced the

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Looking to integrate sustainability into your curriculum? Check out our live competition!

Looking to integrate sustainability into your curriculum? Check out our live competition!

Transport Scotland’s Academy9 initiative would like to invite your school to take part in Sustainable Solutions: Roads of the Future Challenge 2024. The challenge will be for pupils to design their own sustainable road using as many of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as possible.   Who is it for? P6, P7, S1, S2 and S3 pupils, either in class or in after-school clubs  When?  8th January to 22nd

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Why not make your New Year’s resolution to STEM volunteer this year?

Why not make your New Year’s resolution to STEM volunteer this year?

Maybe you are thinking about STEM volunteering but are not sure what it might be like? Let’s face it not everyone enjoyed school. You may feel you are not sure what you could teach young people? The thought of returning to a classroom as facilitator, instead of a pupil, might feel like a big step. At Academy9 we are successfully helping STEM volunteers take that step. At our recent Town

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Grantown Grammar Pupils Design Sustainable Towns for World Town Planning Day 2023

Grantown Grammar Pupils Design Sustainable Towns for World Town Planning Day 2023

This month the Academy9 Team worked with S1 pupils at Grantown Grammar School for a STEM challenge like no other – designing a sustainable town as part of our annual Town Planning event! Pupils worked in small groups over two weeks, to plan and design a sustainable town that they presented to a team of Academy9 judges. All aspects of the town had to be considered, such as: transport links;

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Feel Ready to Take Your Next Steps

Feel Ready to Take Your Next Steps

Do you feel excited for life after secondary education, or do you find it a little overwhelming? The transition from school to further or higher education or employment is a key milestone in everyone’s journey through life, marked by celebrations such as school proms and leavers breakfasts. As exciting as this big life change can be it also comes with a large serving of ‘the unknown’, which often leaves us

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Primary 5s Experience Gateway Excitement at Grantown Grammar School

Primary 5s Experience Gateway Excitement at Grantown Grammar School

The Academy9 programme aims to bridge the gap between industry and education by bringing real life professionals into schools to deliver age and stage appropriate learning activities. This month we had the pleasure of delivering our Gateway event which saw Primary 5 pupils from associated primaries come to Grantown Grammar School to take part in some A9 Dualling-related challenges. Grantown Grammar’s S3 volunteers mentored pupils from Abernethy, Carrbridge, Daviot, Deshar,

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Academy9 Awarded CIEEM “Best Practice – Knowledge Sharing” 2023 Award

Academy9 Awarded CIEEM “Best Practice – Knowledge Sharing” 2023 Award

We are delighted to announce that our Academy9 programme has been awarded the “Best Practice – Knowledge Sharing” award at  the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Awards 2023. CIEEM is the leading professional body that represents and supports ecologists and environmental managers across the UK, Ireland and overseas. Protecting the Natural Environment The natural environment is at the heart of any major highways project like the A9

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