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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 302015

Loch Leven Community Campus in Perth and Kinross was the FullSizeRenderlocation of the fourth Conversation Day event. 74 Primary children from 6 schools from P4 to P6 joined staff from Education Scotland and a partner organisations in very varied day of activities around skills and developing the young workforce themes.

Building on the format of our previous primary conversation day, children moved around 9 stations each with a different focus and role in promoting conversation around skills and developing the young workforce issues. Popular activities included Generations Science’s Lego Mindstorms, where the children could practise their programming skills with links made to computer aided manufacturing and robotics and the Royal Highland Education Trust’s full size replica cow “Daisy” who provided a focus for conversation around sustainability and 21st century farming .

There was a chance to experience Skills Development Scotland’s Magic Mirror, build mechanical fingers, explore the science behind a steam powered boat and even make electricity from an apple. Dundee and Angus college challenged our perceptions around childcare and Young Enterprise Scotland helped open up think about “What I can be?”. Evidence of the success was gathered in more than one way… including the Dundee Science centre’s STEM ambassadors who helped us dust for prints CSI style.

When asked about the impact of the event children remarked it had been fun, they liked the activities and it gave them ideas about doing different jobs. Many commented about feeding back to their schools, talking to parents and holding similar events.

Whilst the children engaged in the day’s activities, Perth and Kinross practitioners and some parents were working hard too, discussing the career education standards and issues around developing the young workforce in schools with Quality Improvement Officer John Devine and Fiona MacKay from Perth and Kinross council.

Remarks from this group included: The event could be replicated with our own local partners on a cluster basis; There is significant potential for us to link with the many local businesses we have in our locality; and working with parents could support schools to develop links with employers through parental contacts.

Partners for this event included, Skills Development Scotland, Young Enterprise Scotland, Generation Science, Young Engineer from The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET), STEM ambassadors from the Dundee Science centre, Dundee and Angus College. Our thanks to all of them for the fantastic opportunities that they provided to the children.

Our thank also extend to the staff at the Community Campus for their warm welcome and providing a great facility for Partners and Children on the day.

Next event:  3 September, Elgin Town Hall, Moray; Focus:  Equalities and Inclusion

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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


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)



Jun 112015

Small - Highland ShowGlow TV is off to the Highland Show 2015 as we take schools that can’t come on a tour of the show.

Join us directly from the showground as we take schools that can’t come on a tour of the show. We will visit all the animals, the honey tent, the countryside area and the machinery area in a whistle stop tour. There will also be the chance for you to ask us any questions you might have. Add the date to your diary and make sure you tune in on Friday 19th June at 10.30am.

Register now to take part in Glow TV.

Jun 112015

Small - Lapin is too hot*PLEASE NOTE THIS IS THE EVENT POSTPONED ON 5TH JUNE* Tania is just back from her beach holiday in France! In her little suitcase, she has brought back her rabbit friend Lapin who is feeling a bit too hot…

This exciting Glow TV event includes: * A puppet show performance featuring the lovely rabbit and his friend Oiseau. * A special reading of Lapin’s own book, which introduces children and their teachers to the future bilingual storybook by Le Petit Monde.
* Singing with actions (the ‘Glace’ song, based on the tune of ‘Frère Jacques’).
* A Q&A session with Tania and Lapin.

Tania is a native French puppeteer based in Edinburgh and has set up Le Petit Monde to introduce young children to her language and culture through shows and workshops. While performing in English herself, Tania’s puppets speak simple French phrases. Both show and story are in English and French and accessible to all non French speakers and is suitable for 3 to 7 year olds.

Join us for this live interactive session on Thursday 18th June at 10am – Register in Glow TV.

Jun 112015

Small Patrick DoyleGlow TV is very excited to bring you this unmissable event with internationally renowned Scottish Composer, Patrick Doyle.

Patrick has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and scored music for countless films. Amongst Patrick’s best loved film scores include, Sense & Sensibility, Harry Potter and Thor. Join us to get up close and personal with one of Scotland’s leading composers. Ask Patrick your burning questions and find out everything you wanted to know about the life and work of a Hollywood film composer.

Join us in Glow TV on Monday 15th June at 11.15am. Register now to take part.

Jun 102015

Atkins Logo Interested in a career in engineering? Would you like to know more about what it    involves? Why not join a live interactive Atkins Engineering Consultancy STEM Ambassador Career Presentation?

From your classroom join a variety of presentations by STEM Ambassadors, allowing 2nd to 6th year students the opportunity to ask about working as an engineer.

Each 30 min interactive career presentation will give an overview of:
•A career in engineering;
•What the STEM Ambassadors like about their jobs;
•What they did to become engineers;
•The opportunities for men and women in STEM Jobs.

These sessions will be available at a time that suits you live online via the Glow Meet in 2015.

For more details contact: STEMglasgow@atkinsglobal.com. Please include your preferred time and dates of your availability to participate.

Download a copy of the Atkins Engineering Consultancy STEM Ambassador Career Presentation flyer.


Jun 032015


Carnegie Medal winning children’s author Theresa Breslin has teamed up with the Woodland Trust Scotland to create a unique story based on the heritage of Ledmore & Migdale Woods.
Discovering The Legend of Ledmore & Migdale through a special geocache story trail will encourage families to explore the beautiful woods near Spinningdale in East Sutherland.
The story is divided into seven parts, each of which will be hidden in geocaches along a trail leading to the shore of Loch Migdale. It features beautiful illustrations by Kate Leiper. These are accompanied by activities linked to the story to help ‘treasure-hunters’ discover more about the woodland.
Special Carnegie themed ‘geocoins’ will be placed in a few of the caches. These highly sought after tokens will be sent around the world by geocachers to places associated with philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who once owned the wood as part of Skibo Estate.
The story trail will be a treasure hunt for visitors to explore over the summer holidays, with coordinates and clues for each cache published on geocaching.com.
Site manager Eleanor Garty said: “The story trail is designed to get families to explore the woodland and learn about some of the features that make it a special place. The woods have a historic connection to Andrew Carnegie and so it’s fantastic to have Theresa involved in the project as a Carnegie Medal winning author.”
Theresa Breslin said: “I loved writing this story and am thrilled to be part of this wonderful project. These ancient woods are full of magic and mystery and I’m looking forward to the summer so that I can follow the adventures of the treasure hunters.”

Join us live in Glow TV on Monday 8th June at 11am – Register in Glow TV.

Jun 022015

Go to http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/readyforemergencies/index.asp for topical, relevant learning! Has anyone seen the weather warnings and flood warnings that have been issued?

Why does it always rain on me (100 x 100)

Education Scotland’s go-to website for lesson ideas on severe weather and flooding.

Go to http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/weatherandclimatechange/climatechange/index.asp for ideas on taking climate change issues further with your class.



Jun 012015

Community resilience activities around Scotland:

Please see below for the latest information on what’s happening in education and resilience:

Glow meet Watch Again

An enthusiastic and inspiring nineteen year old organised a trip to Greenland with three friends last summer to record the impact of climate change on the landscape and on the people. He will be discussing the footage he took and the soundtrack he recorded.  This can all be found on Education Scotland’s Weather and Climate Change page.

I would be grateful if you could pass this information  on to any of your local schools who might be interested in this.

This summer he is planning a trip to the Himalayas where again he will be recording his findings and sharing with Education Scotland.  He is a very engaging and enthusiastic presenter and this will hopefully encourage discussion in classrooms about the effects of a changing climate.

Community Resilience Networking Event 5th June 2015 in the Menzies Hotel, Glasgow

Target audience: teachers, school managers, local authority education officers, community resilience officers, flood planners, emergency planning officers and civil contingency officers.

This event is free.  To book a place at this event please click on this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C66DZ8N It is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment. For any questions about the event please contact: Joanne.Walker@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk


Ready for Emergencies website update

This is a resource aimed at teachers to help them deliver community resilience themed lessons in the classroom.  What could you add?

We need photos, case studies and footage to really help bring the learning to life.  We’d be really grateful if you were able to add anything to the website, please let me know if you do. Many thanks for your help with this.

Local Authorities

Scottish Borders Council

Education Scotland visited Earlston High School at the start of May to observe a resilience themed day organised by S3 pupils, Principal Teacher of Guidance Scott Watson and Kevin Sewell Assistant Emergency Planning Officer– Photos taken by the press team  The Pupils from Earlston High School took part in a number of exercises to give them an insight into dealing with emergency situations.  The exercises were run by a number of outside agencies including Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Borders Search and Rescue Unit, Salvation Army, Scottish Borders Council, British Red Cross and Police Scotland.

Highland Council

Education Scotland visited Safe Highlanders earlier this month.  It is an annual event that promotes community safety, health and crime prevention to pupils. Primary 7 pupils get their chance to experience a number of potentially hazardous situations and participate in a range of simulated practical exercises. It is organised by The Highland Council, High Life Highland, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish and Southern Energy, Scorrish Environment Protection Agency, British Red Cross, Institute of Safety and Health, and Fujitsu.

Perth and Kinross, Angus and Dundee Councils

There’s a similar event to Highland Council’s, called Safe Taysiders. It takes place over two weeks in May and is for P7 pupils in the Perth and Kinross, Angus and Dundee council areas. It involves a range of partners delivering hazard and safety advice.

Glasgow City Council

This is another website that has information on different cities and how they are resilient. Glasgow has recently become a part of this.

On this website you can search for other cities that have similar or different issues to Glasgow.

Essex Council

This council has a Developing Community Resilience Through Schools project.  This project aims to increase the resilience of schools to emergencies by providing national resources for schools to use: ‘What if? Molly and Ben go to the beach’ ‘What if? Molly and Ben are flooded…’ ‘What if? Molly and Ben have a power cut!’ ‘What if? The weather is bad…’
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