Jun 172015

Scotland’s science festivals are usually based around a single city or town, but some have a more regional feel. They provide an annual, local focus for activities and events, giving a wide audience the chance to explore and find out more. Many take place in areas that don’t have a local science centre.

This year’s ‘Middle of Scotland Science Festival’ 2015 is visiting the beautiful Isle of Bute on 19 and 20 June.
Science shows and talks in local schools will take place all day Friday with the public events starting at 17:30 at the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre. On Saturday the festival moves to the Rothesay Pavilion with free science fun and activities for all ages.

You can also follow the event on Twitter at @MoSSFest to keep up with all the latest news about the festival.


Jun 162015

Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) have launched a nationalyreCircleImageWeb journalism programme for young people. Young Reporters Scotland (YRS) is a sustainable development initiative which offers young people the opportunity to build their skills and experience in journalism and be part of an international group producing creative solutions to issues within their communities.

Schools and community groups running relevant clubs and activities are invited to enter the 2015 national competition by submitting entries which investigate an environmental problem or sustainability issue. A range of suggested themes are designed to support entrants to identify topics. Creativity is encouraged so entries can be in a range of different media; articles, blogs, videos, animations and photographs are all eligible.

Find out more, register to take part and access support materials at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/yrs or email enquiries to lyndsay.sutton@keepscotlandbeautiful.org.

Jun 162015

Become a scientist using your phone!

Download these apps to your phone and you could be a citizen scientists – find out about bees and ladybirds in your area, collect bat sounds or even collect and measure samples of volcanic ash fall!

Scotland’s Environment provide a list of apps you can easily download and use to collect data, find out information and get involved with real-life science. Do you know about any other citizen science apps that people might like? Let Scotland’s Environment know here.




Jun 112015

RSPB - Give Nature a HomeThe massive Cairngorms National Park covers an area as big as the island of Mallorca and is home to some of our rarest and most impressive wildlife.

In fact a quarter of all the rare bird, animal and plant species in the UK live here. Wildcats, red squirrels, capercaillies, crossbills, water voles and golden eagles all make their home in this landscape of mountains, rivers and pine forest.

Displaying male capercaillie

Have you ever fancied being a nature presenter, going on location to be filmed talking about amazing wildlife? Well here’s your chance!

Cairngorms Nature is looking for a Young Nature Presenter for 2016, someone with a passion for nature who can inspire other young people to get involved with caring about nature too.

The prize

The winner and their family will spend 5 nights at a fabulous private steading in Glen Feshie, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, courtesy of Speyside Wildlife, who have been running all-inclusive wildlife watching holidays in this special place for 25 years.

The winner will spend one of the days with none other than BBC nature presenter Iolo Williams, picking up tips and making a short film about Cairngorms Nature!

The other three days will be jam packed, going out and about with one of Speyside Wildlife’s expert guides, looking for rare and elusive species like pine marten.

The prize includes full board accommodation for four people at Speyside Wildlife’s converted steading in Glen Feshie from Saturday 13 February to Thursday 18 February 2016, and the company of one of Speyside Wildlife’s guides to take you out exploring the area in the comfort of an 8-seater minibus.

How to enter

All we need is a short film of you as a nature presenter. It can be anything, from a ladybird on a window box to a deer in the wild – the important thing is that you are enthusiastic and know your stuff!

As part of the film you must also include the statement, “I would love to present Cairngorms Nature because…” then tell us the answer on camera.

The judges will be looking for people who are passionate and can inspire others. The film must be no more than 90 seconds long and you must be 10-16 years old to enter.

  1. Please ask an adult to read the ‘rules, terms and conditions’ before entering.
  2. Upload your video to YouTube, an adult can help you do this.
  3. Ask an adult to fill in the details in the form at the bottom of this page, this will include giving us the web address for your video from YouTube.
  4. Make sure to check the box stating you have read the rules, terms and conditions before submitting your video.

The closing date is 31 October 2015 – Good luck!

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Jun 102015

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.


Jun 052015

The National ELCC and Primary Science Network was launched at a residential event on 1st and 2nd June in Glasgow.

The purpose of this network is to create a cross-authority sharing practice group to:

  • develop a common understanding of standards and progression in the sciences
  • create a national model for moderation
  • build capacity in understanding the sciences curriculum
  • co-develop resources to support the planning, teaching, assessment and moderation of the sciences curriculum within the Broad General Education

Many thanks to all participants, who greatly valued having the opportunity to network, collaborate, share and co-develop resources. Early work focused on the development of science frameworks, skills progressions, resource guides, topical science issues and professional learning resources and are now available on our Glow science site.

To access the Glow sciences site : http://bit.ly/glowsciences

Please liaise with the representatives from your authority that attended the network event for further information.

The network will meet again for two one day events on November 18th 2015 and February 25th 2016. Delegates will share their gap task and contribute in an on-going way to the conversations and development of the Glow sciences site. Members of the network will also be expected to continue to share the outputs from each event with colleagues and appropriate networks within their authority.

Survey monkey registration for the next event will be available nearer the time.

Sign up for our monthly STEM e-bulletin: http://www.tinyurl.com/STEMebulletin

Visit our STEM Central blog: http://bit.ly/1aY16DS


Jun 052015

A future in chemistryA Future in Chemistry is a careers site from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

When it comes to job prospects students aged between 11 and 19 have a lot of decisions to make; subject choices, work experience, the best university for their plans. There’s a good deal to think about – especially when a career in a chemistry related area is the ultimate goal.

This site has been created to give young people, parents and teachers what they need to help them make informed choices and feel confident about their future.

For further information: http://rsc.li/1JqDHMl


Jun 022015

Stirling HS John Muir Award Group Survey Image 3 (2)Thanks to Mr.Tyler from East Renfrewshire for sharing his monthly Topical Science update! Great information about citizen science in his May edition! (you will need to go through  the glow authentication to access this.)



Jun 022015

Go to http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/readyforemergencies/index.asp for topical, relevant learning! Has anyone seen the weather warnings and flood warnings that have been issued?

Why does it always rain on me (100 x 100)

Education Scotland’s go-to website for lesson ideas on severe weather and flooding.

Go to http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/weatherandclimatechange/climatechange/index.asp for ideas on taking climate change issues further with your class.



Jun 022015

Our ‘panda reporters’ have been out and about visiting schools across Scotland and taking part in citizen science. Pasua the Panda from Middleton Park Primary School in Aberdeen has even been on an adventure to China! Found out about his travels here.

Find out what young people across Scotland have been learning about their environment and teaching their pandas on our Panda Reporter blogs.


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