Aug 262015

asdWelcome to our e-bulletin for sciences, technologies, engineering and maths (STEM). Please forward to those who may be interested.

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• Award-winning online resources available until June 2016 – add Twig, Tigtag and Reach Out CPD tiles to your Launchpad in Glow
• Higher Physics professional learning videos now online
• Statistics for school biology experiments and Advanced Higher projects – SSERC guide
• 13 – 19 year olds can win a trip to New York City through the Junior Academy STEM competition
• Enter the 2016 Our Environment competition run by SEPA
• Get Learning section of Scotland’s Environment website launches soon – data about climate change, water, rivers and more
• Register your school to receive BBC Microbit pocket-sized computers for coding
• The National Technologies Network Glow community will keep you up to date
• New engineering science materials on the Glow NQ site
• CPD for Engineering Science – Advanced Higher writers day on the 17 September 2015
• Dunoon Primary beats 300 UK schools to win Kodu Kup
• Open University research project on use of mobile technologies – get involved!

Numeracy and mathematics
• BBC News report on supermarket pricing
• Mathematical Association conference for teachers of secondary mathematics
• The National Numeracy Progression Framework has progression pathways for all numeracy organisers
• Register for Progression Module to be delivered via the National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub from 25 August
• STEM precision farming event for secondary STEM teachers – Perthshire, 7 November

Did you know…….?
The Developing Young Workforce programme will be transforming the way that STEM is delivered in Scottish schools.

Professional learning
Reviewing the requirement for high level STEM skills – UKCES report

Video Inspiration
Make a 3D Hologram projector using a mobile phone app and CD case.

We’ve got loads more news to share! See our STEM blog for the latest updates.

Education Scotland Updates
Education Scotland Email Updates Now Available
Education Scotland offer a number of free email updates and news alerts to keep you informed of the latest developments and events in Scottish education.

We’re delighted to offer you a range of publications with a focus on specific areas, sectors and topics. These all include the latest news and key information along with links to new resources and support materials all in one place and relevant to your area of work.

You can sign up to as many email updates as you like, they are free and delivered straight to your inbox. Visit the Education Scotland website for the full list of publications available and sign up today.

Scottish Learning Festival 2015
SLF is the biggest education event in Scotland, bringing together thousands of educational professionals from across Scotland and beyond. Taking place on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 September, the theme of this year’s event focuses on raising achievement and attainment for all.

SLF is free for everyone to attend and gives you access to inspirational keynotes, over 100 professional development seminars, lively debate at the professional discussion sessions, Scotland’s largest education exhibition and opportunities for professional networking with peers and colleagues from across Scotland.

Book now to guarantee your place at SLF. Visit the SLF website to browse the full conference programme and book your place today.

Aug 242015






Food and drink offers an engaging and practical context for learning within Curriculum for Excellence and provides opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and for rich and meaningful partnerships between schools, the food and drink organisations and other partners such as academia and research organisations. This event aims to further explore these links and demonstrate to practitioners how to use food and drink as a context for delivering a range of subjects.

Recommended for: primary and secondary practitioners with responsibilities for sciences, technologies, food & health and business studies planning for learning and transition experiences from second level to senior phase.

For more information click Food Chain CLPL – Craibstone 17th September 2015 JULY 2015-1

Aug 192015



Twig and Tigtag have been procured by Education Scotland for a further 12 months through to July 2016.

These award-winning online resources will continue to be available to all local authority practitioners and learners for this time through the Scotland Launchpad and the App Library on Glow.

See our simple guide to find out how to add the Twig, Tigtag and Reach Out CPD tiles to your own Launchpad in Glow.




Jun 172015

Calling all budding science filmmakers! Glasgow City of Science has launched a 60 Second Science Mobile Movie Competition for learners aged 16+ with an interest in TV documentary making or film-making.

The winner will have his/her film screened on the biggest IMAX in Scotland at an awards ceremony on 4th November, as well as hands-on TV production experience with a major UK broadcaster.

Your film (which should be recorded on a mobile device) can be related to any branch of Science including Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, Medicine, Maths or Social Sciences.

By ‘related to’, we mean, for example: about a demonstration, an invention, a scientist, a science concept, experiment or activity; explaining some phenomenon; or revealing science in peoples’ work.

Interested? Email by 25th October if you want to take part. Deadline is 30th October for entries. We’ll then send full submission details. Filmmakers should be groups of no more than 3 people. This competition is open to entrants aged 16+ in education or training.

Find out more information here.
May 282015

IS Tech at Work Special cover May 15Every aspect of the curriculum has a part to play in helping children and young people understand the world of work, the parts which they might play, and the contributions they might make to business, employment and the economy in their careers beyond school. Within that overall framework it is possible to see a unique role for the technologies, and the particular logic and clarity of a special relationship which the technologies can share with creative, productive working life in the 21st century.

Over a number of years, and through many different programmes and initiatives, national and local governments have recognised the importance of the technologies in supporting young people’s expanding awareness of careers and working life. For example, the Technical and Vocational Education Initiative (TVEI) invested £1bn in schools across the UK over a span of 10 years or so; and more recently the Scottish Government’s Determined to Succeed programme focused a further £100m on developing young people’s readiness for work, much of it supporting technological skills and knowledge.

Building Society: Young people’s experiences and outcomes in the technologies was launched on 9 March 2015.  It’s vision for leanign in, through and about the technologies, makes clear the improtance of cultivating strong links and associations with the progress being achieved in Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, in the wake of the Wood Commision report an dthe Scottish Government’s response.

Technologies at Work highlights ideas, issues, projects and resources from across the learning and skills landscape.  It aims to help business and schools identify and make the most of the common objectives and synergies of the technologies and young workforce initiatives.  It makes connections between subject areas, between education and business sectors, and between the economy and learning.

Education Scotland, who commissioned this Informed Scotland Special, encourages partners on business and across education establishments to use the resource, recognising the important bridge th technologies provides between the communities of school and work.

Find the full version here






May 262015

cernStudents at Ruislip High School  in West London would like to invite schools, students and other interested individuals from across the UK to support them in creating a soil radioactivity map of the UK. The group, called RISE UK (Radioactivity in Soil Experiment UK), are using a CERN@School particle detector to determine the exact type of radioactivity produced by soil. The detector uses technology from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and combines physics with earth science in a novel way.

RISE UK needs your help to collect samples from as many parts of the UK as possible. We will analyse every sample received and then share your results with you a couple of weeks later.

Here are the steps for soil collection:

  1. Choose a natural and undisturbed location such as a wood or field. Sampling must be at least two meters away from paths, buildings and walls.
  2. Using a small spade and wearing protective gloves, dig to around 20 cm depth.
  3. Collect between 20 and 30g of soil from 20cm depth and place into a sealed, transparent plastic bag (such as a freezer bag).
  4. Write your name, date and location on the sample bag.
  5. Note the rock and soil type at the location (if known) and any other important features such as nearby power stations and any possible sources of contamination.
  6. Put the sealed sample into a jiffy bag and post to the following address:

RISE UK c.o. Ms Wijitunge

Ruislip High School

Sidmouth Drive




If you have any questions regarding this project, please email:

May 142015


Engineering Video Games and Beyond

Abertay University in Dundee is home to the UK’s first national Centre for Excellence in computer games education and houses the biggest Sony Playstation development lab in Europe. IESIS and partners are pleased to bring to school students this series of talks and illustrations about careers in software engineering and games development from three of the University’s leading experts. They will cover how games are made and how computer games technology is increasingly being used in other areas, such as Hollywood movies, medical research and environmental planning. Among other projects Abertay’s experts have applied the technology to the pre production work on last year’s blockbuster Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and are also using it to speed up the testing of anticancer drugs.

Jim Bown is Professor of Systems Biology and played a key role in developing Abertay’s mathematical modelling and bioinformatics research centre. Jim will show examples of computer interactive visualisation applied to assisting science and engineering including design of urban environments and development of anti cancer drug combinations.

Dr Natalie Coull teaches Abertay’s Masters degree in Ethical Hacking and Computer Security and her research covers improving computer security for children by bridging the gap between their knowledge of technology and their lack of awareness of cybersecurity. Natalie will discuss recent cyber attacks including the “Sony Hack” and the “Adobe password leak” and the lessons that can be learned from them.

Matt Bett is a lecturer in games engineering, teaches Abertay’s computergames courses, researches virtual reality and has spent recent years developing new ways of controlling “virtual cameras”. His work with Fox Studios on a film making tool based on his virtual camera technology, which was used on the hugely successful Hollywood blockbuster Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has created worldwide interest.


This event is free but attendees should register. Registration can be done on an individual basis or by a group.

To register please contact IESIS at or IESIS, The Clydeport Building 16 Robertson Street, Glasgow G2 8DS.


Apr 212015


The light at the end of the tunnel

This year’s Institute of Physics Stirling Meeting will take place at the Stirling Court Hotel (formerly known as the Management Centre) on Wednesday 20th May. Full details, including the programme and the online registration system are available at

Registration deadline is 15th May.

Once again SSERC will be distributing free a valuable educational resource to all delegates who are currently teaching in schools.

Apr 162015

Thales Mars balloonMARSBalloon is a free project open to all UK schools that launches student Mars science experiments on high altitude balloons 30km up into Earth’s atmosphere.

At this altitude the conditions of gas pressure, temperature and radiation are very similar to the surface of Mars; making it an ideal testing ground for trying out anything that humans or robots might be doing on Mars in the future.

Teachers can register now for our next flight where we plan to launch up to 100 student experiments; each of which should fit into a kinder egg toy capsule. After the flight the experiment capsules will be returned to the schools for analysis by the students.

This project can be run within a variety of STEM subject lessons or after school clubs and taking part will help your students to:

learn more about the environment of Mars and its future exploration

work as a group to formulate, design, build and analyse the results of a real Mars science experiment

consider careers in UK space and other STEM industries.
This project is run by space engineers from Thales Alenia Space UK and funded by Thales UK for the purpose of engaging more students into high tech engineering and ground-breaking science.

There is no cost to take part in the project other than that of experiment materials and postage. Teachers can find out more and register their class or club for free at

To see footage of the previous launch click here:



Mar 302015

IOM3-LogoThe Polymer Study Tours are FREE four day residential courses for secondary teachers of science and design technology designed to improve your knowledge and understanding of the aspects of the curriculum related to polymers. They bring together teachers from both disciplines in an informal environment to exchenge views on the teaching of this cross curricular subject.

The courses include a mixture of lectures, laboratory and workshop sessions and visits to plastics processing companies. The sessions are delivered by leading figures from industry and academia who are keen to encourage discussion on all things polymer-related. All delegates are given valuable teaching resources which relate to the curriculum and promote the knowledge of polymers and their importance to the quality of everyday life. You will also have the chance to take away samples that you have made.

The courses are located at three centres around the UK; they start on Sunday afternoon and finish by 1600hrs on Wednesday. All accommodation, meals, refreshments and transport between venues is included, you just have to get yourself to and from the course centre.

The dates for 2015 are as follows:

  • Edinburgh Napier University 21 to 24 June
  • London Metropolitan University 28 June to 01 July
  • University of Manchesther 05 to 08 July

Although the courses are free to attend we do ask for a £50 booking deposit to secure your place. This is refunded after you have attended the course.

The registration form for the 2015 coures is now available.

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