Sustainable Solutions, Roads of the Future Challenge Finale

Sustainable Solutions, Roads of the Future Challenge Finale

“Think Innovatively, Think Sustainability” Overview of Roads of the Future Competition Transport Scotland’s Academy9 challenges pupils to design their own sustainable road in the line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Their designs are judged by sustainability experts currently working on the A9 Dualling programme. The challenge is teacher- led and supported by a sustainability mentor assigned to each school. Resources are provided, including a step-by-step lesson plan

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Switch on your ‘Risk Radar’ for Summer!

Switch on your ‘Risk Radar’ for Summer!

Statistically, children are most likely to trespass on construction sites and get injured (or worse) over the summer holidays, and with live construction sites on many doorsteps we’ve been out spreading the word about the dangers of construction sites. Academy9 delivered three Risk Radar sessions for P5-6 pupils at Newtonmore Primary School, Breadalbane Academy9 and Pitlochry Primary school in June. The event is designed to highlight awareness of the dangers

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Skills to Thrive

Skills to Thrive

If you think Academy9 is all about engineering and construction, think again! While engineering and construction are exciting careers on major infrastructure projects, such as the A9 Dualling Programme, we recognise that young people have a range of different interests and will need a range of different skills to flourish in the future. Overview of Gateway The Gateway event is a great example of engaging pupils in various activities to

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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 brings Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) to Life: Geology, Ecology and Engineering

Academy9 brings Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) to Life: Geology, Ecology and Engineering

Are you a Primary level Educator looking for Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) ideas? With so many careers in STEM there are undoubtably some that are lesser known, especially to Primary School pupils. The Academy9 project aims to bridge the gap between industry and education by bringing real life professionals into schools to deliver age and stage appropriate learning activities. We had the pleasure of delivering our Roadshow event to

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