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

Ruislip

Middlesex

HA4 0BY

If you have any questions regarding this project, please email: Jessica.hamer@iop.org

May 212015
 

Small - Weather and Climate ChangeThis weather and climate change Glow TV event is suitable for upper primary and lower secondary.

Holidaying in Ibiza or even backpacking across Europe was not an option last summer for four inspirational undergraduate students from all across Scotland, who spurned the ordinary and instead single-handedly organised an extraordinary trip to the Arctic.

This was an enormous challenge and the team often felt on the brink of failure. They had to raise £10,000, confirm in country logistics as well as plan their research. It was only through perseverance and team work that they were successful. The main purpose of the trip was to study how climate change is affecting the landscape and the people of the Arctic. Team leader, Cameron MacKay, was motivated to go on the trip due to his strong interest in climate change.

To record the effects of climate change they used camera drones, art and social research. They responded to what they saw through creating music and art work. Cameron says, “For people to make the decisions that will change their lifestyles and ultimately reduce our impact on the environment, it takes a very personal connection. For me, this personal connection came through music and film …This can cause an emotive response, which will inspire the action we need to reduce our environmental impact.”

To hear more from Cameron and the rest of his team tune in to our Glow TV session, they will be showing footage they took and answering your questions. Take a look beforehand on Education Scotland’s Weather and Climate Change page: http://bit.ly/WeatherandClimateChange

Join us live in Glow TV on Wednesday 27th May at 10.45am - Register to take part live in Glow TV.

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 142015
 

GSCGCSAbertay uniIESIS

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.

REGISTRATION

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 iesis@btconnect.com or IESIS, The Clydeport Building 16 Robertson Street, Glasgow G2 8DS.

FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CAREERS IN PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SEE

www.profeng.org

May 132015
 

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Moffatt Academy, Dumfries and Galloway
10am to 3pm, Sciences Open Day – 28th May 2015.

We are pleased to announce that Moffatt Academy has kindly agreed to host our next sciences open day event. This professional learning event presents a valuable opportunity to learn about the approaches to sciences developed by the 3-18 all-through school at Moffatt Academy which have been identified through the inspection process as having ‘very good’ provision for its learners.

The event is aimed at Quality Improvement Officers, Science Development Officers, science coordinators, school leaders and primary and secondary practitioners responsibility for sciences as well as national agencies and partner organisations.

The event will provide delegates with an opportunity to hear about various aspects of work taking place across the sciences including:
• innovative practice in relation to primary/secondary transitions both in the all-through setting and also across the cluster
• cluster working groups to develop progressive programmes of study from 3-18
• use of engaging contexts for learning
• development of literacy skills within sciences.

There will be a further session delivered by the school to share their experiences of operating as an all-through school.

In addition, optional professional learning sessions will be run in the afternoon by Education Scotland staff on the following themes:

• Assessment in the sciences within primary and early learning and childcare settings (Louise Morton, Primary Science Development Officer)
• NQ support for sciences through GLOW (Grant McAllister, Secondary Science Development Officer)

To register for this event please use the following survey monkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZJXJVCM

There is no cost to this event. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For further information about the event please contact Joanne Walker:
joanne.walker@educationscotland.gov.uk

May 122015
 

Date: Friday 5 June 2015

Time: 09:30 (for 10:00 start) – 16:00

Venue: Menzies Glasgow Hotel, 27 Washington Street, Glasgow, G3 8AZ

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

As a result of climate change, communities across Scotland are increasingly being affected by flooding and extreme weather events. It is crucial that our children and young people are fully engaged in community resilience programmes so they are able to contribute effectively to building more resilient communities.

This networking event will provide a valuable opportunity to unlock the opportunities within Curriculum for Excellence to develop this important area of learning through partnership approaches. Through stimulating dialogue and discussion, and sharing of interesting practice from schools, it will also help community resilience professionals understand effective ways they can engage with schools further to support this agenda.

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

 

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.

May 062015
 

Citizen Science workshops for Highland Council practitioners:

Lochaber High School, Fort William 12th May 4:30pm

Millburn Academy, Inverness 13th May 4:30pm

Wick High School, Wick 19th May 4:30pm
Please pass this on to any colleagues you think may be interested.

Citizen science is an exciting way of engaging learners with real-life science in the world around them. Schools across Scotland are undertaking important scientific work, collecting data and using that data to improve their own environment or passing the data to the scientific community. Some great examples of this can be see with the RSPB Birdwatch and the Great British Bee Count.

The workshop will be an opportunity to learn about more of the projects happening around Scotland, learn how to set up your own project and find out more about the OPAL environmental surveys and other organisationsand support they offer.

Practitioners will learn about how citizen science activities can be incorporated into the curriculum, how they can be planned across stages and how the Sciences Progression Framework can be used when planning progression of citizen science activities. The session will then focus on air quality, pulling together the data that is available on Scotland’s Environment web with knowledge and understanding from other resources and linking it to real-life air quality data that learners can collect and analyse.

Resources will be available for practitioners to try out. Survey Packs will be made available to look at and request copies.

There will also be time to share practice and discuss ideas with each other.

For further information/to request a place please use the Highland Council CPD site.

Apr 302015
 

Citizen Science workshops for East Ayrshire Council practitioners:

St. Joseph’s Academy, Kilmarnock 5th May 3:45pm

Mauchline Primary, Mauchline 6th May 3:45pm

Citizen science is an exciting way of engaging learners with real-life science in the world around them. Schools across Scotland are undertaking important scientific work, collecting data and using that data to improve their own environment or passing the data to the scientific community. Some great examples of this can be see with the RSPB Birdwatch and the Great British Bee Count.

The workshop will be an opportunity to learn about more of the projects happening around Scotland, learn how to set up your own project and find out more about the OPAL environmental surveys and other organisations and support they offer.

Practitioners will learn about how citizen science activities can be incorporated into the curriculum, how they can be planned across stages and how the Sciences Progression Framework can be used when planning progression of citizen science activities. The session will then focus on air quality, pulling together the data that is available on Scotland’s Environment web with knowledge and understanding from other resources and linking it to real-life air quality data that learners can collect and analyse.

Resources will be available for practitioners to try out. Survey Packs will be made available to look at and request copies.

There will also be time to share practice and discuss ideas with each other.

For further information/to request a place please contact East Ayshire STEM Co-ordinator Martyn Hendry.