Category Archives: Sciences

Community resilience networking event May 2016


Friday 13th, unlucky for some but not for us last month, when resilience professionals and education colleagues met to discuss how they could work together, to ensure our children and young people would be best prepared for the challenges they may face in the 21st Century as a result of a change in Scotland’s climate.  To find out what was discussed, click here Conference Report May 2016.  To have your say in future work we do, come along to our next networking event, to be held in Glasgow on Monday 31st October.  Email for more information or if you would like to showcase work your school, class or organisation are doing in this area.  We look forward to hearing from you!

LIGO and Gravitational Waves

Small - Prof Martin HendryJoin the audience at Ardrossan Academy live on Thursday 9th June at 10.15am as they hear from Prof Martin Hendry, Glasgow University. In this exclusive Glow TV session Prof Hendry will talk about the recent detection of Gravitational Waves at the LIGO facilities in the USA, what the discovery tells us about the the way the universe works and how this new form of observation can be developed in the future.

NB Timings are approximate so the session may start a little later.

Register now to take part live on the day – LIGO and Gravitational Waves.

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.

‘Design-Engineer- Construct’: The Engineering Challenge for Schools now SCQF credit rated

DEC ChallengeDesign Engineer Construct!®  has now been formally recognised in Scotland thanks to the key support of the Chartered Institute of Building, and is already piloting in Drummond High School in Edinburgh, Garnock Academy in Kilbirnie, and St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock where student take up and attitude has been impressive.

Comprising an introductory and intermediate programme of study, DEC! has been credit rated onto the SCQF by SQA’s Credit Rating Service at SCQF Levels 4 and 6, both carrying 16 credits. SCQF levels 4 and 6 correspond to level 2 and 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

DEC! offers young people numerous opportunities to access a wide variety of career pathways, thanks especially to the innovative ‘Adopt a School’ industry partnership scheme that brings professionals into the classroom to support teachers in educating the future of construction and changing the lives of young people. A wrap around teacher training programme is the icing on the cake.

Find out more here.

Inspiring young Scottish women to choose careers in engineering

Senior2 PWP_0752Female secondary school pupils are being encouraged to build careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) sectors thanks to a Skills Development Scotland (SDS) project.

Pupils from Calderside Academy and Cathkin High School in South Lanarkshire were the latest to get hands-on industry experience with visits to employers.

The visits are aimed at encouraging female pupils to widen their career options and to consider Modern Apprenticeships.

Engineering firms Rolls-Royce in Renfrew, GE Aviation in Prestwick and motor industry training provider LAGTA in Motherwell all opened their doors to provide taster-sessions and role model talks.

Pupils also got the chance to build rockets and create a computer game at City of Glasgow College’s engineering department.

The series of ‘Why Not Get Into…’ activity aims to get more young women to consider careers in STEM related roles.

For more information go to SDS’s website.

Barefoot Computing Resources

Small- Barefoot ImageJoin us on Monday 23rd May at 4pm for a fun session introducing the changes to the Technologies curriculum and the principles of computational thinking and programming.

We will explore the free Barefoot Computing resources, including excellent classroom activities that will save planning time and get teachers and pupils excited about computing. Free posters and sample activities will be available for you to download and we will also provide you with a simple presentation that you can use to quickly and effectively introduce your colleagues to key computing science concepts and approaches.

The session is aimed at Primary teachers and digital leads and the aim of the session is provide teachers with the tools and confidence to support their colleagues in delivering the new computing science significant aspects of learning.

Register now to join us live in Glow TV – Barefoot Computing Resources.

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.

Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award vlog Part 8

Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – join the thousands of children already registered for this exciting free competition!

If you could be an engineer in Scotland – what would you do?

What happens when things don’t go according to plan? What does an engineer do when things go wrong? Do they give up and walk away? Find out what the Strathclyde University team did when they encountered problems with making the Shopping Trolley for the Elderly…

Don’t forget, you can tweet the engineers with any questions you might have.

Engineering creativity starts here:
Twitter: @Leadersaward

Find more blog posts and information about the – Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award

Get Energised: Renewable Energy in Scotland

Small - Get EnergisedJoin the National Museum of Scotland on Wednesday 23rd March at 4pm to investigate Scotland’s future energy needs, focusing on renewable energy.

This session is suitable for teachers in upper primary and lower secondary. Through interactive and hands-on activities we will offer some ideas for the classroom and link to topical science with information about renewable energy in Scotland.

You will also hear about opportunities to visit National Museums Scotland with a class as part of the Get Energised programme.

Sign up and join us live in Glow TV – Get Energised: Renewable Energy in Scotland

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.

Into Civil Engineering: Grants for Students

ICEThe Institution of Civil Engineers is offering young people interested in studying civil engineering the opportunity to apply for funding.  The offer is available for school leavers aged between 18 – 25 living in Scotland.

For more information  access the IntoCivilEngineeringflyer.  Download the into-civil-engineering-scholarship-application here.

Careers Hive LIVE!

Small- Careers HiveCareers Hive, an innovative careers event for S1-S3 pupils hopes to encourage young learners to keep studying science and technology subjects at secondary school. At its core, Careers Hive hopes to inspire the young people attending to consider keeping Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects in their course choices to leave the door open to them, eventually playing a part in the burgeoning and exciting science, tech and innovation sectors.

Join us live through Glow TV from the Careers Hive to have an opportunity to speak to Jules Howard, a zoologist, writer, blogger and broadcaster. He writes on a host of topics relating to zoology and wildlife conservation, and appears regularly in BBC Wildlife Magazine and on radio and TV, including on BBC’s The One Show.

Also Andrew Tibbles who works as Studio mentor for MAKLab. Founded in 2012, MAKLab is a network of creative spaces that provides people with access to the latest disruptive technologies. They deliver teaching workshops, community outreach programmes, professional development and accredited learning for a wide demographic across Scotland.

Finally Alexandra Constantinou who works as an Engineering apprentice for Siemens – the largest engineering company in Europe. Get an opportunity to ask YOUR questions!

Sign up and join us on Tuesday 1st March at 2pm – Careers Hive LIVE!

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.

Women in Engineering event: 10 March @ City of Glasgow College

Senior2 PWP_0752This one day event is aimed at ge S2 – S6 girls interested in a STEM career and combines presentations from inspirational female engineers with practical sessions in the Colleges new state-of-the-art engineering campus. Participants will be able to:

  • Practice electronics on our award winning city bytes circuit boards
  • Experience Mechanical and Electrical Engineering training
  • Visit our industry standard Nautical Ship Simulator and Ships Control and Engine Room
  • Speak to professionals and current students about becoming a female engineer.

The event is free to attend and is being held on the 10th March 2016 at City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus, 21 Thistle Street, G5 9XB.

To sign up for this event simply visit or email