Category Archives: Sciences

Technologies at Work – Real life, Real Time

27 January 2016- 2:30pm

In March last year Education Scotland published ‘Building Society: Young people’s experiences and outcomes in the technologies’.   This impact review recognised how important this area of the curriculum is in preparing young people for the world of work. Technologies at work is a series of Glow meets that will allow young people to interact with people who have made a career through working in a range of different industries.

Each month we will record and share links to interview/conversations with real people working in technology related industries. These films will be there for you to watch in the ‘Watch Again’ area of Glow TV/broadcasting. You can watch these at a time and place that is appropriate for you and your learners. You will then be able to login at a later date (which will normally be between 2 and 4 weeks after the recordings have gone live on Watch Again)for a live glow TV session where you and your learners can ask the interviewee any questions.

Join the team at Education Scotland for what should be an interesting and informative discussion with Dr Pamela Anderson who works in the aero-space industry in Glasgow. Pamela has already recorded some background information and this is available at

It is anticipated that the Glow Meet session will build on what has already been recorded and will focus on

  • Career pathways
  • The importance of technologies in the workplace
  • Scotland and the aero-space industry

The session will be relevant for practitioners and young people working in the senior phase. Please sign up for the Glow Meet by following the link below.

The Lightbox Project – free drop-in events

Lightbox Advert  (1)The Lightbox Project is a free community initiative run by Utilita Energy, offering family-friendly workshop events across Great Britain.  Engaging, fun and educational, these drop-in events are free and accessible to all.  Staff from Utilita Energy in partnership with educational company, ComputerXplorers, come together with an array of technology suppliers to present an exciting mix of interactive and educational technology fun.

There will be a wide range of fun activities such as a 3D printer producing an army of robots, coding to introduce young people to the world of computer programming and the Oculus Rift Reality Headset which immerses you inside a video game and makes you feel like you’re really there. And the best thing is, it’s COMPLETELY FREE! – No need to book, just drop-in!


22 – 23 Jan (10.30 am – 4 pm):  Glasgow, the Barras Centre

29 – 30 Jan (10.30 am – 4 pm):  Edinburgh, The Biscuit Factory

15 – 16 Feb (10.30 am – 4 pm):  Glasgow, SWG3 Studio Warehouse

For more information about the Lightbox Project, workshops, dates, venues and directions, please visit:

Live webcast: DYW – Equalities and Inclusion, 4 Feb 2016

RoadmapWhen is it?  Thursday, 4 February, 1 – 2 pm

Who is this for?  Head teachers, teachers,  employers, parents/carers and anyone one else interested or involved  in the development of  equalities and inclusion agenda, particularly around career education from 3 -18.

Where?  Live on Glow TV

About the Glow Meet:

This interactive session will  bring you key information about the latest developments of the area of Developing the Young Workforce.

You will hear from Charlotte Govan, project officer for Improving Gender Balance with a particular focus on STEM career pathways. She will share some of the latest facts and initiatives with you on how to embed and contexts in your teaching to promote gender balance.

The session will also provide an overview of the ‘Modern Apprenticeships for All’ programme delivered by Oumar Akram from BEMIS.

Time will be set aside for you to ask questions about the presentations as well as the wider Developing the Young Workforce agenda.

Hope you can tune in and join us.

Glow App Library NEW! – TigTag Junior

TigTag Junior ImageA new tile has been added to the National Glow App Library by Twig World Ltd.

Discover jaw-dropping science resources for ages 4–6!

Tigtag Junior features hundreds of captivating short films, puzzles and games for younger learners.

Created specifically for use in schools, Tigtag Junior comes with support materials for teachers including ready-made lesson plans and topic background information.

You can add this free tile to your ‘My Launchpad’ for easy access to it at all times. To add an app or tile to your Launchpad(s) you may find the following video useful –

Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – Free STEM Competition

SESLA LogoWatch the second in our series of vlogs about the competition – meet the team of engineers who are making the winning entry from this year and find out how your design could be the one to be made next year!

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

“If you could be an Engineer in Scotland – what would you do?”

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

‘Meet the Professionals’: A collection of DYW-related webcasts

Here is a list of live webcasts with a icon_202x153_2number of industry  representatives, teachers and people involved in career education sharing their experiences and expertise with learners, practitioners and employers (Glow access required):


Free STEM competition for primary and secondary pupils

if you were am engineerThe Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award asks primary and secondary school pupils precisely that.

To answer the question they have to interview engineers about what it means to be an engineer and invent a solution to a perceived problem.

If you would like to be a part of this extraordinary event please contact: or see the attached leaflet.Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award Primary engineer Programmes NEW

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

SESLA LogoThe 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

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

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!


For more information go to: