Category Archives: Sciences

“If you were an engineer in Scotland – What would you do?”

The Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award is a free competition which asks primary and secondary pupils exactly that!

Watch the first in our series of vlogs here to find out more about the competition and see what previous winners created.

To be a part of this extraordinary event contact or Twitter: @Leadersaward

Primary Futures – a campaign to show children why literacy, maths and science matters.

catherine-calderwood-june-smallScotland’s new Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood today visited Sciennes Primary School in Edinburgh to launch the Primary Futures ‘Who’s in Health?’ campaign; to help young children understand how people in the health sector use literacy, maths and science in their jobs. 

Who’s in Health? is a free initiative for state primary schools run by the Education and Employers charity in partnership with the Medical Schools Council. It encourages volunteers from the healthcare sector to visit primary schools and chat informally to children about their jobs. This is to help the children (aged 7–11) see the relevance of what they are learning – especially in science, mathematics and English – and to broaden and raise their future aspirations. Volunteers may be hospital doctors, GPs, nurses, ambulance drivers, high street pharmacists, healthcare assistants, dieticians, surgeons, midwives, students and researchers to name just a few. Volunteers and schools connect via the free online service Primary Futures.

Read more about the campaign here or follow Dr Calderwood’s journey as Chief Medical Officer on her blog.



Natural Partners Project in the Botanics

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Natural Partners — STEM  and Learning for Sustainability  :  in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland  and Forest Research…

THIS WEEKEND from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Come to the Royal Botanics to see and take part in an project developed and hosted by Design and Technology PGDE   with support from  Science  PGDE students. We invite people of all ages to drop in and stay as long as they want with us at the Real Life Science Lab in the  John Hope Gateway within the Botanics in Edinburgh … have a go at practical activities and learn  more about outdoor learning and sustainability through infographics, visual displays, making stuff  and  discussion!   

If you are simply dropping in, with or without kids, then your interest is very very appreciated!


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Lights, Camera, Action – Optics for Healthcare

Small - Christmas Lecture 2015 copyRCSEd Christmas Lecture 2015- Lights, Camera, Action – Optics for Healthcare. Join us on Monday 7th December at 1.45pm for our annual lecture from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Light is amazing. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and enables exciting new cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century.

UNESCO has designated 2015 the International Year of Light to recognise the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies address many modern challenges. Professor Dholakia will talk about how we may use light in medicine and the clinic. Emerging applications in imaging, therapy and diagnosis will be discussed at scale levels from the size of a large organ right down to a single molecule in a cell in your body. The future is certainly bright!

Register now to take part live on the day – Lights, Camera, Action – Optics for Healthcare

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

West Lothian College STEM Manifesto

West Lothian College has pledged to develop  a spirit of innovation, WLC pledgeenterprise and partnership in STEM education and training.  They aim to provide first class and consistent opportunities for all their learners in this area.

The college will focus on a wide range of issues in order to create new and flexible methods of learning to maximise educational outcomes around STEM.  These include giving STEM education a more prominent status, focusing on employment opportunities in this area, raising awareness and promoting  STEM subjects and to develop innovation and entrepreneurial skills in learners.

For more information on the West Lothian College pledge and STEM manifesto please visit


Trash Trek Challenge 2015

In August it was announced that more than 600 children ages 9 toFFL logo 16* from schools over Scotland will explore the fascinating world of Waste!

From collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse, there is more to your waste than meets the eye.  Join FIRST LEGO League teams on a ‘Trash Trek’ to discover the hidden (or not so hidden) world of Waste!

With the schools working in teams of ten engaging industry experts, STEM ambassadors and undertaking in depth research they are about to enter the competition stages with events to be held in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

The first of these will be held at the School of Computing Science and Digital Media on 12th December 2015.

This event is primarily a celebration of the efforts put in by the teams and their coaches, and of the energetic and inventive way in which the teams have met the tough challenges posed to them. Organisers are looking forward to seeing this year’s teams and the class of 2015 robots, which will be put through their paces in a sports-like atmosphere! Judges are particularly keen to discuss the relevance of the skills they learned during the project and the connection they made between the skills they learned and the real world of the waste industry.

In First Lego League learners need to think like scientists and engineers as they programme a robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points, devising a solution to a problem as part of their project, all while being guided by the FLL Core Values.

These three elements – the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values – make up the Challenge.

Registration will open soon for the 2015 First Lego League World Class Challenge, What is the future of learning? exploring how we gather knowledge and develop skills in the 21st Century.

The judges are also eager to see the teams present their ideas on how to tackle the World’s big problem of waste. Will the teams think of a way to reduce the amount of rubbish we produce or instead invent a better and more creative way to deal with the waste we have piling up?

The winning team is invited to attend the UK National Finals at Loughborough University on Sunday 21st February 2016. We will provide £1000 for the champions to put toward attending this event. For the top teams at Loughborough there will be the opportunity to take part in the international finals in the USA.

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Junior Saltire Awards Competition 2016

Small - Junior Saltire 2016This engaging, hands-on, topical competition sets the challenge of designing, building and testing a simple floating Wave Energy Converter.

Registration has just opened and teams have until 18th December to sign up for this challenge. Join this Glow TV session on Monday 30th November at 11am to pitch your questions to the Junior Saltire Panel of experts!

Full details about the competition can be found at

Register to join in live on the day – Junior Saltire Awards Competition 2016

Today (Mon 23rd Nov, 2015) is… Fibonacci Day

Writing November 23rd the American way, we have 1123 – what a coincidence. They are the first four numbers of Fibonacci’s sequence.

Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Fibonacci, is responsible for the Fibonacci Sequence (or Fibonacci numbers) – a pattern of counting where each number is the sum of the previous two. As well as being prevalent in nature, this kind of system is used widely in computer data storage and processing, and Fibonacci Day recognises the importance and value of Fibonacci’s contributions to mathematics.

Below is a link to some resources and investigations that can be used in the classroom.

New resources for National Qualifications, GME: Geography, Science and Social Studies

Translations of the following resources are now available:

Geography – Support for Global Issues: National 5

Science – Sustainable Lifestyles: National 2

 Social Studies – Making a Contrast: Natural Disasters: National 2

 Social Studies – Making a Decision: Weather: National 2



Come and meet the experts and find out about air pollution!

Free professional learning workshops available for practitioners at Hillpark Secondary School, Glasgow on 25th November 4 – 6pm.

Come along and learn about air pollution, how to use data about air quality in your classes and finding indicator species such as lichen in your local area!

Sign up using our simple survey here: