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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.

 

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)

 

 

Jun 102015
 

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Register today for the Bank of Scotland £5 design challenge, a unique art and design competition for budding designers aged 4-14.

The Bank of Scotland £5 design challenge celebrates Bank of Scotland’s partnership with BBC Children in Need. The challenge asks pupils to design a banknote that depicts “What BBC Children in Need means to you”. 

The first prize winner will see their design produced as a limited edition £5 Bank of Scotland banknote. 

Exclusive access to resources

Schools that register will get exclusive access to downloadable classroom resources including; Teacher Notes, an introductory PowerPoint taking you through how to run the challenge, a classroom poster and competition entry leaflet. The resources have been developed to make the delivery of this competition fun and simple in the lead up to the end of term.

The first 200 schools to register will receive a printed pack including 130 competition leaflets and a poster for your school.

Benefits include

  • Curriculum links to Art and Design, Health and Wellbeing and Literacy
  • Easy to use and adaptable resources that can be used in class for a quick fun activity or set as a homework task.

In addition to seeing their design produced as a limited edition £5 Bank of Scotland banknote the winner will also receive:

  • visit to De La Rue, Basingstoke, for the winning pupil (with a parent or guardian) to meet the banknote designer and learn how banknotes are prepared for production
  • a framed digital print of the banknote for the winning pupil
  • a framed digital print banknote for their school
  • a visit from Pudsey Bear for your school

Two lucky age group category winners will receive great prizes too.

Don’t miss out, register now to give your pupils the chance to win a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a real banknote featuring their very own design

NationalSchoolsPartnership  

Tel:020 7198 8374

Web:www.nationalschoolspartnership.com

Email: info@nationalschoolspartnership.com

May 272015
 

The University of Glasgow are promoting a citizen science experiment to measure the speed of light. This can be achieved by observing the time of eclipses of the satellites of Jupiter. find out more information at: <http://speedoflight2015.co.uk/>

By harnessing multiple observations from around the world we will be able to recreate Roemer’s famous measurement of the speed of light; extremely fitting for the International Year of Light (link to International Year of Light tab).

 

May 182015
 

great-british-bee-count-logo-waitroseunnamedOur bees are in crisis. They’ve lost much of their natural habitat in the past 60 years (including 97 per cent of wildflower meadows) and are threat from a variety of things like pesticides and intensive farming.

But now the UK Government is putting a Bee Action Plan into place to tackle bee decline. And tens of thousands of citizen scientists are helping bees in our backyards too, by creating bee-friendly spaces where we live.

Friends of the Earth have created a Bee Map - zoom in, take a look around and see what people in your area are doing to help bees?
Or become a scientist and download the Bee Count app for free and get involved in counting and recording information about bees.
The site provides lots of information, resources and activities for teachers.

May 112015
 

NWED

 
National Women in Engineering Day was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and is dedicated to raising the profile and celebrating the achievements of women in engineering.

Encouraging girls into engineering careers will not only increase diversity and inclusion but help to fill the substantial future job opportunities that have been predicted in this sector.

The idea behind National Women in Engineering Day is to encourage all groups (Governmental, educational, corporate, Professional Engineering Institutions, individuals and other organisations) to organise their own events in support of the day, and link them together for maximum impact through the use of the NWED logo, corresponding website, and supporting resources.

Organisers should aim to get as much publicity for their events as possible, to get ‘engineering’ and ‘girls’ (or women!) into the same sentence as often as possible, and to start to raise the profile of an engineering career as a great choice, with an exciting future, and amazing opportunities.

NWED Resource Packs are now available to request free of charge from nwed@wes.org.uk or to download from the site www.nwed.org.uk.

Apr 222015
 

Tom-Farmer-founder-of-Kwi-006http://bit.ly/SirTomFarmer  is an exciting new Great Scots resource about the famous Scottish business entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Tom Farmer.

The resource contains a Learning Journey aimed at 2nd and 3rd Levels, with engaging Social Studies activities on entrepreneurial skills, marketing and advertising, and philanthropy.

The resource also contains 9 short video clips interviewing Sir Tom Farmer about various aspects of his life and business success. The video clips would also be potentially useful to Senior Phase classes in Business Education and possibly R.M.E. too. And for schools and practitioners looking for materials to reflect on developing Skills for Work.

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The Great Scots: Sir Tom Farmer resource would be ideal for classes looking for an introduction to Enterprise and Financial Education activities.

It could also be linked with other Great Scots resources. In particular:

Andrew Carnegie (the famouse Scottish American industrialist and philanthropist – born in Dunfermline)

http://bit.ly/Andrew-Carnegie

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow (the founder of the charity, Mary’s Meals)

http://bit.ly/Marys-Meals

 

Here are some upcoming learning opportunities that could be linked with the use of the resource:

FiverLogo1) Fiver Challenge for primary schools (registration open now and closes on 5th June) http://www.fiverchallenge.org.uk/about-fiver

 

 

 

mymoneyweek22) My Money Week (Financial Education) is from the 8-14th June

http://www.pfeg.org/

 

 

Smallerlogo3) National Enterprise Challenge (asking for schools to sign up now) http://www.nationalenterprisechallenge.co.uk/

 

 

gec-logo4) Global Enterprise Challenge (opportunities for schools to participate in May and June)

http://www.globalenterprisechallenge.com/

 

Feb 132015
 

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It was great to be invited to join with ELCC colleagues in Wishaw to take forward their thinking about Numeracy and Mathematics. I really enjoyed the level of debate and discussion that took place. We talked about the importance of ensuring that children have lots of experience of using arbitrary measures and how they should be engaged in experiences that help them to experience the passage of time.

Colleagues managed to keep their focus despite the warm temperature in the room. I am sure everyone cooled quickly when outside.

Just a reminder about ways to keep in touch. Become a member of the Early Years Glow community. Login to Glow and search for http://bit.ly/earlylearn. All materials from the session are available when inside the Community.

I’d be very interested to know how you are taking forward what was discussed today. Lots of colleagues were interested in finding out about how to take Numeracy and Maths outdoors. Perhaps we could start a conversation about that in the Glow Community? Remember the Glow Community is a closed group so only members can see what is being discussed.

Follow us on Twitter @CaFTeam and search for #TalkELCC. There are some good photos of colleagues debating the issues of the day.

Just a reminder that we are having Local Conversations about Professional Learning in ELCC in March in Ayr, Edinburgh and Inverness. If you’d like to come along, register here.

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Lisa

Lisa McCabe Education Officer – Children & Families (Early Years)

T: 44 (0)1506 600466 | M: 44 (0) 7701 280805 | E: lisa.mccabe@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk | Glow: Lisa.McCabe@glow.gov.uk | Follow us on Twitter @CaFTeam

Feb 112015
 

SEA launchWe’ve received a fantastic number of entries for the Scottish Education Awards but times running out now. The awards showcase and celebrate the hard work and dedication across Scottish education.

To be in with a chance of winning make sure you’re entries are in before midday on 16 February.

A full list of categories and details on how to enter are on the Scottish Education Awards website. Get you’re entry in now and good luck.

Feb 062015
 

logo-yeBlueThe deadline is fast approaching for the Tenner Challenge. All schools must register by the 27th February. To do so go here:

http://www.tenner.org.uk/about-tenner#

The Tenner Challenge is for young people aged 11-19 who want to get a taste of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. It gives them a chance to think of a new business idea and make it happen, using real money to take calculated risks in the business field, make a profit – and make a difference. Tenner is a national competition and young people from all over the country can get involved.

Tenner can be a great way to take on a Challenge in your local area and make money at the same time.

How it works:

Step 1 – Here’s a Tenner!
Young people are pledged £10 from the Tenner Bank on 23 February.
Step 2 – Get started
They use this start-up capital to get their business off the ground, working alone or in a group.

Young Enterprise can help kick start your Tenner Challenge by running a half day masterclass for your participants.  This does have an associated cost, subject to local funding streams.  Please contact us for further information.
Step 3 – Keep it going
They have 4 weeks to make as much profit as they can from their tenner while also trying to make a difference and give back to society.  Participants can also take part in weekly competitions to keep them engaged and motivated.

There are online resources available in the unique area of the website to help teachers lead their students through the Challenge, some of which include; guidance, activities, templates and more.  For the students there will be templates and guidance as well as an online logbook to help them keep track of how they are getting on, which will also be their entry to the National Competition.
Step 4 – Keep the profits
Participants are in full control of the profits they have earned and should decide themselves what they would like to spend them on  – for example, a day out, resources or activities for school, or they may wish to donate their money to a charity of their choice.
Step 5 – Payback for the future
At the end of the month, participants enter the National Competition and payback their £10 plus a suggested £1 legacy donation so more young people can participate in the Challenge next year.

 

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