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.

Apr 302015
 

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

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 use the Highland Council CPD site.

Apr 302015
 

superhero

Superhero Science: First Class is an exciting new science communication show for P5-7 which takes students on an interactive learning experience, delivering scientific concepts in a fun and engaging way.

 

 

The show is presented by an Agent of the fictional ‘A.W.E.S.O.M.E’ agency and features interactive demonstrations, a multimedia presentation and ‘choose your own adventure’ style audience participation while investigating the science of how superpowers might theoretically work.

The show is 60 minutes long and is followed by an optional Q&A session.

For further information :

https://twitter.com/superscienceaoa

www.facebook.com/superheroscienceaoa

 

 

 

 

Apr 292015
 

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Project Officers, IGB Scotland
Department: Education
Location: Scotland – Central Belt and Fife
Salary:£38,570 p/a (pro-rata)

We are looking for two full time equivalent Project Officers to implement the successful delivery of a new pilot programme working in partnership with Skills development Scotland and Education Scotland; ‘Improving Gender Balance’.

The Project Officers will work closely with schools to find ways of reducing the gender imbalance of students progressing to STEM subject Higher level, particularly in physics. The Project Officers will develop and facilitate a programme which includes three interventions which each trial a different, evidence-based approach to tackling the issue.

Responsibilities

The two Project Officers will support six Partner Schools and their cluster primary schools during the course of the project. The nature of the support will be different for each strand, but may include providing focused support for teachers in the science departments, arranging activities for students in the schools and partner primary schools, and developing and implementing whole school approaches to combatting gender stereotyping.

About You

The successful post-holders will be extremely proactive with a can-do attitude. They will have excellent project management skills and a high level of interpersonal and communication skills, including a proven ability to influence others and gain trust and commitment.
•A degree or equivalent in a science or social science subject is essential.
•A familiarity with the Scottish secondary school system and with the issues surrounding gender imbalance in schools is also required.

The posts can be home based or based in Education Scotland’s offices, although the post-holders will spend the majority of their working hours in the Partner Schools, which will be in the Central Belt and Fife. Regular travel to the schools will therefore be an essential part of the role.

About Us

There are a variety of full time, part time and flexible positions available. The posts are offered on a fixed term contract of one year, with a probable extension for a further two years.

In addition to a competitive salary, we also offer employees a comprehensive benefits package including an excellent pension scheme, private medical insurance and generous annual leave. We also offer a range of other benefits including childcare vouchers, gym membership and travel insurance.

For further information on this role please see the job description below

The Insitute kindly requests no contact from recruitment agencies regarding this role.

Closing date for applications: Monday 4 May 2015

Interviews to be held: Friday 22 May 2015 at The Royal Society of Edinburgh
Further Information
Job Description

Apply now

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Apr 282015
 

gs festivalGlasgow Science Festival . . . Schools Programme

Now in its ninth year, Glasgow Science Festival (4-14th June) is back with a fresh batch of exciting events to inspire and intrigue young minds!

All school events are FREE and cover a variety of subjects, from microbiology and forensic science to physics and engineering. Places are available for pupils in Primary 3 through to S6.

Our public programme also offers a range of fun activities for school-age children and families, including Science Sunday at the University of Glasgow, the Strathclyde Science Special and a weekend of hands-on science at at Kelvingrove.

Give your class the chance to be scientists for the day and book online at: http://www.glasgowsciencefestival.org.uk!

For the latest news and updates, don’t forget to join our mailing list

Facebook.com/GlasgowScienceFestival and Twitter @GlasgowSciFest

Main sponsors, University of Glasgow and the Scottish Government.

Apr 282015
 

Small - NMS Meet the ExpertJoin Volcanologist Rebecca Astbury to discover more about the explosive world of volcanoes! Classes will be able to see objects from a range of different volcanoes to help them understand what happens during and after an eruption. Rebecca will also demonstrate experiments that pupils can try in class afterwards to learn more about how lava moves and how volcanoes are formed.

Join us live from the National Museum of Scotland for this exciting session on Wednesday 6th May at 1.45pm. Register to take part in Glow TV.

Apr 272015
 

weather and climate changeHolidaying 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.

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.

To hear more from Cameron and the rest of his team tune in to our Glow meet on Wednesday 27th May, 10.45 – 11.45. They will be showing footage of the trip and answering your questions.

Take a look beforehand on Education Scotland’s Weather and Climate Change page http://bit.ly/WeatherandClimateChange Click on Climate Change then Climate Change in Greenland.

This Glow meet is aimed at upper primary and lower secondary.

To register : https://meet.glowscotland.org.uk/climatechange/event/event_info.html

V2 weather and climate change

Apr 222015
 

scothackScotland’s Environment Web wants to help people discover and understand more about the environment. We are looking for fresh new innovative ideas to make better use of available data, to collect new local environmental data that can help further our understanding, and encourage people to get interested and get involved in Scotland’s Environment – observing, monitoring, taking action, and educating.

Scotland’s Environment Web is holding a Hackathon with prizes for :

  • Innovative data mash ups to explore new data relationships to help analyse the state of our environment and the impact it has on us
  • Infographics, visualisations and games using data to help explain environmental issues and/or view ‘my environment’
  • Prototype designs for new data collection and data entry equipment/apps

The team are initially interested to hear from students at or starting University interested in the environment, gaming, app development, graphic design, product development, data analysis. Please pass this on to those you think might be interested!

The event is free to attend and we are looking for people to register as an individual, they’ll have the chance to team up at the event.

http://www.environment.scotland.gov.uk/hackathon/

Apr 222015
 

Mountainkids540_tcm4-615496The Social Studies team at Education Scotland have organised a series of FREE CLPL weekends and Saturdays to help develop fieldwork and outdoor learning skills in Social Studies.

This follows two very successful Social Studies skills weekends at the Field Studies Council in 2014. You can read more about the primary weekend here: http://bit.ly/PrimaryMillport2014

Please save the following dates to your diary if you are interested in attending.

Information about registration will follow separately for each event.

 

For up-to-date information sign up to the Social Studies e-bulletin: http://bit.ly/e-Bulletin

And join the Social Studies Network on Glow: http://bit.ly/socialstudiesnetwork

(click on the Community Members box and add yourself to the community)

 

addtocalendarSaturday 16th May: 09:30 – 15:30

Loch Lomond National Park (Inchcailloch Island)

http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/

Social Studies skills

*Primary teachers only*

 

addtocalendarFriday 29th May – Sunday 31st May

Field Studies Council, Millport

http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland/millport.aspx

Fieldwork skills for primary teachers

*residential course – accomodation and food provided for free – attendees must make their own travel arrangements*

 

addtocalendarSaturday 20th June: 09:30 – 15:30

Loch Lomond National Park

http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/

Social Studies skills

*Primary teachers only*

 

addtocalendarFriday 4th September – Sunday 6th September

Field Studies Council, Millport

http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland/millport.aspx

Fieldwork skills for secondary geography teachers

*residential course – accomodation and food provided for free – attendees must make their own travel arrangements*

 

addtocalendarFriday 6th November – Sunday 8th November

Field Studies Council, Kindrogan

http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland/kindrogan.aspx

Fieldwork skills for secondary geography teachers

*residential course – accomodation and food provided for free – attendees must make their own travel arrangements*

 

addtocalendarFriday 13th November – Sunday 22nd November

Field Studies Council, Kindrogan

http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland/kindrogan.aspx

Fieldwork skills for primary teachers

*residential course – accomodation and food provided for free – attendees must make their own travel arrangements*
Apr 212015
 

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.