Category Archives: Sciences

Scotland’s Enterprising Schools: Supporting career education from 3 – 18

Are you looking for creative ways to develop children and young people’s learning about the world of work?

To inspire you have a look at our Interesting Practice area that highlights the many creative ways schools like Broxburn Academy are providing opportunities for young people around entrepreneurship and enterprise.

 Interesting practice exemplars from Fife Council

The Raytheon Quadcopter Challenge is a partnership between the Council and Raytheon UK. The programme brings STEM Ambassadors from Raytheon UK to deliver lessons in classrooms to second year pupils, on a variety of engineering topics, bringing contextualised learning to young people.  Another great example from Fife is The Enterprise Game. The game is a developmental tool helping pupils to learn about business.  Initially created as a board game, it allows young people to use their entrepreneurial skills to make, sell and deliver products to customers around the board.  It has been customised to incorporate the names of many major employers throughout Fife which helps players to increase their understanding not just of enterprise, but of the wider Fife economy.

You can also learn about the great opportunities offered to young people by Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Council.   If you have interesting practice to share please contact us.

Looking for support?

If you would like support to embed enterprise within your school’s curriculum Scotland’s Enterprising Schools can help.  Have a look at our resource area for ideas or contact us to arrange for a member of our team to get in touch with you. You can also expand your knowledge around enterprise and get support to embed the Developing the Young Workforce strategy by attending one of the free twilight professional learning sessions we are delivering across Scotland.  You should hear about these opportunities from your Local Authority shortly.  The next sessions will be held as follows:

Fife Twilight Session (venues and times tbc):

  • 26th April 2017 – West Fife
  • 2nd May 2017 – Central Fife
  • 8th May 2017 – North East Fife

Aberdeen City Twilight Session (venue and time tbc):                         10th May 2017

Inverness All Day event (for senior leaders) at Smithton-Culloden Free Church   –  1st June 2017

If you would like more information about these sessions or opportunities in your area please contact us.

Enter the Better Energy School Awards 2017

besa-imageThe Better Energy School Awards, organised by the Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YPTE) and sponsored by Total invite young people aged 5 to 11 to upload or send in projects showing the environmental learning that is taking place at their school. If you have been doing any work with the environment as its focus at Total E & P UK Ltd since the start of the Summer Term 2016, then it can be entered into the Better Energy School Awards.

With a prize of £5,000 for the UK Champions and a total of over 50 cash Awards available, there are great incentives for schools to get involved. Representatives from a school in Scotland will be selected as Scottish Champions and will join winners from schools in England and Wales at an Awards Ceremony in London, at which they will receive their Awards from celebrity guests (who at last year’s Awards included YPTE Presidents Dermot O’Leary, Naomi Wilkinson and Adrian Cale) and find out which of the Regional Champions will be crowned UK Champions for 2017.

Peter Littlewood, Director of the Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YPTE) and representatives from Total were joined by pupils from Hanover Street’s primary 2/3 class who proudly presented their project idea for this year’s awards to a packed school assembly. Shortly afterwards Peter Littlewood, teacher Elizabeth Elrick and three pupils took part in a ‘live’ Glow TV broadcast telling other schools in Scotland about the competition and the reasons why Hanover have so enjoyed taking part.

Peter Littlewood, Director of YPTE said “It’s really exciting to be able to catch up with Hanover Street primary again and to have the opportunity through Glow TV. Enter the Better Energy School Awards 2017 to let as many schools in Scotland know about the Better Energy School Awards. I hope there will be lots of Scottish schools taking part, so that we can add massively to the 230,000 young people who have taken part since the Awards began in 2006. We know that schools in Scotland spend a lot of time working on environmental issues and to take part in BESA, all they have to do is tell us about it. We’re not trying to create lots of extra work for teachers, but rather to give them the opportunity to showcase the great work they and their students are doing already!”

It is great to see this level of interest and engagement particularly among the younger pupils. We hope this sparks the curiosity of other schools to find out more and go on to achieve similar success” added Sandra McLennan, Total’s Corporate Social Responsibility Leader.

Closing date for the awards is 8 May 2017. To find out more log onto betterenergyschoolawards.org or watch a recorded webcast filmed at Hanover Street primary via the Glow TV network https://meet.glowscotland.org.uk/p53m62cpgwn/

For further information please contact: Peter Littlewood, Director, YPTE Tel: 01935 315025 for further information on the Better Energy School Awards.

The Big Bang Fair Scotland

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Location: Perth College UHI

Date: Tuesday 13 Jun, 2017

The Big Bang Near Me programme plays a vital role in inspiring the UK’s future scientists and engineers at a regional, local and school level. We encourage more people to take these subjects, as well as celebrating young people’s achievements in science and engineering through displaying their STEM projects and letting them talk with engineers and scientists, face to face.

The UK needs many more scientists and engineers and equipping young people with skills in science, technology, engineering and maths is key to their future employability. Students attending a Near Me fair really enjoy themselves too – with nine out of ten rating the event they attended as “good” or “very good”.

Zones will include:

  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Food and Drink
  • Science and Maths
  • Career Zone – Companies to provide careers advise in their sector.
  • 15 minute presentation slots available to address small groups of young people.

There will also be a chance to experience a selection of STEM challenges available to schools including the ‘turbo charged’ National Final of the Bloodhound Scotland Rocket Car Challenge and Scottish Big Bang Competition final.

If you would like to attend this event please contact Energy Skills Partnership at info@esp-scotland.ac.uk

 

 

DYW Interesting Practice – Dalziel High School: Skills development through STEM

dalziel-hs-stem-learnersDalziel High School has a well established, strategic career education programme from P7 transition to senior phase.  At the heart of this is a focus on STEM careers supported by a highly dynamic, award-winning school-employer partnership with the engineering company Amec Foster Wheeler.

Throughout their time at Dalziel High School all learners have the opportunity to get involved in a wide variety of STEM-related learning initiatives including STEM fayres, challenges and competitions. Opportunities to participate in the Space School and  to undertake a Foundation Apprenticeship are also available to learners

The following brief outline describes the core activities, purpose and outcomes of the career education approaches taken at the school:

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Additional materials:

  • Film clip:

Foundation Apprenticeship and scholarship opportunities in the senior phase – a learner perspective

  • Skills poster:

Access the dalziel-hs-skills-poster designed by the school to assist learners in  identifying their skills and  linking them to their profiles.

  • Scottish Learning Festival 2017 – presentation:

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Kinross High School among the first in UK to benefit from WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff’s new engagement programme with schools

kinrosshihg6WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is helping to deliver one of the first STEM programmes in schools in a bid to encourage more young people in Scotland to take up a career in science.

The global consultancy, which has worked on high-profile projects including the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, has sponsored a school in Perth and Kinross to take part in ‘Design Engineer Construct’, a programme which has been added to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

Pupils at Kinross High School are amongst the first in the UK to take part in the project aimed at 11-18 year-olds, which teaches subjects related to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Industry experts from WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff visited the school on Thursday, 3 November and spoke to pupils about subjects related to engineering to show how diverse a career it can be.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff senior engineer Sarah Piscitelli, said: “We’re thrilled to be involved in delivering Design Engineer Construct to Kinross High School and hope to extend our sponsorship to another school next year.  Too many students are failing to choose STEM subjects as they go through school and there aren’t enough role models, especially females, to inspire them. When we spoke to young people about studying physics, maths and electronics some were turned off but when we mention overcoming challenges or solving problems it begins to appeal.   We were delighted with the reception from the girls and boys at Kinross, it was very positive and it was great to see their enthusiasm during the day. I believe the next generation of engineers have an important role to play in using their creative and team working skills to change perceptions of the industry. I’m also sure many of them will go on to become the industry leaders of the future.”

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff graduate and apprentice recruitment specialist Mel Clark said: “When we are able to link STEM subjects studied at school to real life careers and the exciting opportunities our industry is able offer we can see a change in students opinions of these subjects for the better. We are committed to proving exciting career opportunities for early career professionals and we hope to see some of the students from Kinross start their careers with us in the future.”

Design and Technology teacher Richard Smith at Kinross High School, who is leading the Design Engineer Construct programme, said: “The introduction of the Design Engineer Construct course is, I believe, the most exciting development the Scottish curriculum has seen for some time. As soon as the course was brought to my attention I knew it was something I whole heartedly wanted to become involved in.  The benefits to the pupils are enormous. I have always been a strong advocate of the curriculum addressing the needs of industry. The fact that this course offers such a close project-based working relationship with such prestigious industry partners as WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, with pupils applying pure academic subjects to the latest construction industry practices is fantastic.  The course offers an accredited learning programme for our students and produces young people with real-world practical experience and highly desirable employability skills.”

For more information about DEC, visit www.designengineerconstruct.com

Interesting practice: Inspiring learning about careers in the food and drink sector- Bathgate Academy

sfdf-a-future-in-food‘A Future in Food’, the Scottish Food and Drink Federation’s (SFDF) education programme  offers learners  (and teachers) a wide variety of exciting work-based learning opportunities to better understanding  the breath and depth of jobs available in this £16.5bn sector that employs over 34000 people.

‘A Future for Food’ provides schools with curriculum based learning opportunities, particularly around STEM subjects, connected the local (and national) food manufacturing companies highlighting career opportunities and the routes to access them.   A wide variety of ‘case studies’ as well as videos showcasing careers in this sector are available on their website.sfdf-poster

The following interesting practice outlines the collaboration between Bathgate Academy and Young’s Seafood Manufacturer to explore job opportunities on offer in this sector and engage in a real-life challenge developing a new product: interesting-practice-in-skills-dyw-bathgate-acad

 

More funding for young farmers: £20 000 to promote careers in farming

young-farmersAdditional funding to raise interest in careers in farming among Scotland’s young people has been announced by the Rural Economy Secretary.

During a statement to Parliament, Mr Ewing announced that Scottish Association of Young Farmers (SAYF) has been awarded £20,000 to create a peer support network in rural communities to support Scotland’s young farmers. The funding will be used to:

  • Complement existing careers advice for young people so that more choose subjects and courses at school and beyond that lead to careers in farming and food production
  • Add value to existing activities which explain routes into working in farming and food production
  • Provide mentoring and buddying for young people taking on or starting a farm

This funding is in addition to the nearly £10.5 million we have already committed to existing formal initiatives with organisations, such as the Royal Highland Educational Trust, LANTRA and Scotland’s Rural College to encourage more of our young people to see farming and food production as a rewarding career choice.

Mr Ewing said:

“Supporting and encouraging the next generation of farmers is a key priority to help build growth in our rural economy and create thriving communities. In my many conversations with people involved in farming and food production across Scotland, a recurrent theme is the need to encourage children and young people to recognise that a career in farming and food production is a good choice to make.

“I am therefore pleased to announce today additional funding of £20,000 to Scottish Association of Young Farmers to support them to create a peer support network so that young people can provide the sort of informal support directly to other young people that we know can make a positive difference.

“With the average age of our farmers now at 58, it is vital that we continue to explore all possible ways to encourage and support more of our young people to choose a career in farming and food production, to ensure that we can continue to drive forward Scotland’s rural economy.” 

Sarah Allison, Chair, SAYFC said:

“SAYFC welcome this investment from the Scottish government in the future members of Scottish agriculture. It is testimony to the hard work of Sayfc staff and members who have worked hard to promote Sayfc as an organisation who can lead the way for young people starting out on the agricultural pathway and we look forward to working with Scottish government on implementing this project.”

 

Glow TV at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

EIBF.JPEG ImageGlow TV will once again be at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and you can join us too!
We will be broadcasting two events this year and you can sign up now to take part:

The Horrible Science Show – Monday 22nd August at 1.30pm
Join us for this exciting session to learn some mind-blowing facts about chaotic chemistry, bloody biology, and frightful physics as the Horrible Science books are brought to life!! With Nick Arnold’s scary stories and explosive experiments and Tony De Saulles’ crazy cartoons (volunteers may be required…!). Expect a lot of laughs, a feast of foul facts and some seriously squishy science. Register to take part now – The Horrible Science Show

In Those We Trust – Wednesday 26th August 12.15pm
Join authors Keren David and Alex Wheatle for a discussion about diversity and keeping it real in Young Adult fiction. Alex’s latest novel Crongton Knights is about a boy growing up on a tough south London estate, while Keren’s Cuckoo is about a child star who has fallen on hard times and becomes homeless. Find out what inspired these two hard-hitting, but ultimately moving, novels. Register to take part now – <a href="http://“>In Those We Trust

If you unable to join us for the live events you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Also check out the Edinburgh International Book Festival Learning Blog for lots of information, ideas and resources.

Webinar on semiconductors (Higher physics)

SSERC ImageJoin Chris Hooley of St Andrews on Tuesday 6th September at 4pm for a live webinar on semiconductors. Chris will explain semiconductors using band theory and will discuss p-n junctions, solar cells and LEDs. The content will follow the semiconductors section of the CfE higher syllabus.

There will be plenty of time for questions and participants are encouraged to ask questions during the talk. This webinar is particularly suitable for teachers who are new to band theory, or those less familiar with the new CfE higher physics syllabus.

To join, please email Gregor.steele@sserc.org.uk

This webinar is being delivered as part of a partnership between SSERC and Education Scotland.