Apr 072015
 

science networkThe ENTHUSE Partnership Awards are a grant of £12,000 for groups of between four and eight primary schools wishing to work together to address local issues of underachievement in science/STEM subjects.

The ENTHUSE Partnership Award aims to support collaborative activities over two years to develop and strengthen local partnerships which can subsequently continue independently.

New schools wishing to apply to become an ENTHUSE Partnership, which will commence in September 2015 should show an expression of interest.

To receive an expression of interest form for completion, please email award-entry@slcs.ac.uk. Completed expression of interest forms need to be received by 4pm,Thursday 30 April 2015. Initial expressions of interest need to be submitted toaward-entry@slcs.ac.uk for the attention of Eleanor Malcolmson.

For full details please visit: www.slcs.ac.uk/consortia/national/enthuse-partnership-awards/

Mar 312015
 

Stirling HS John Muir Award Group Survey image 1 (2)The ‘Our Environment Competition’ is a great way of engaging young people with their local environment and conservation issues.

Children identify and collect information about an issue in their local environment, collate the information and propose a solution.

Submit your entry as a presentation, poster, leaflet, video or photo storyboard – or maybe you can think of another creative way.

Have you already been working on an environmental project? You can use what you have found out and produced for this competition!

The winning entry will get £1000!

Find out more here.

http://www.environment.scotland.gov.uk/get-involved/the-big-discussion/

After much interest the closing date has been extended to Friday April 10th

Mar 262015
 

LfS CoverEducation Scotland has published the second paper in its Opening Up Great Learning series. This paper examines what great learning for sustainability (LfS) looks like.

It demonstrates how meeting national LfS recommendations can enable schools, early learning and childcare settings to achieve great outcomes.

The paper also provides a range of Career-long Professional Learning activities to support whole school dialogue and strategic development of LfS.

Click here for further information and support on learning for sustainability.

Mar 262015
 

Following the publication of its 3-18 Curriculum Impact Report for Sciences in September 2012, Education Scotland organised a series of conversation days where priorities for action to secure improvements in science education nationally were identified.

Key aspects for development emerged which included:

  • support with the initial planning for learning and teaching in the sciences
  • guidance in and exemplification for assessment in the sciences
  • support for the delivery of topical science

To address each aspect the sciences team hosted three Glow Meets, each complimented by a series of professional learning twilight sessions delivered throughout Scotland.

Each Meet and twilight event has been very successful and to continue supporting practitioners we have uploaded the Glow Meets and power point presentations onto the Primary and Early years Glow 365 site.

Access through bit.ly/glowsciences

Mar 242015
 

Stirling HS John Muir Award Group Survey image 2 (2)There’s still time to get your competition entries in for the Our Environment Competition!

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It’s easy to enter and you can win £1000!

Identify an environmental issues in your local area/school grounds.

Collect data about the issue (these easy-to-use surveys might help you!)

Young people can present their ideas for solving the problem (via presentation, leaflet, poster, video, photostory – or something else!)

You have until March 31st!

http://www.environment.scotland.gov.uk/get-involved/the-big-discussion/youth-discussion-competition/env_competition

 

 

Mar 242015
 

Earth Hour 2015 takes place this Saturday (March 28) when people around the world are encouraged to switch off their lights for one hour from 20:30 to 21:30 as a symbolic gesture of support for global action on climate change.

Organised by WWF, Earth Hour is an annual international event involving hundreds of millions of people who care about our planet.

In 2014, Earth Hour in Scotland included landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, the Forth Rail Bridge, the Falkirk Wheel, Stirling Castle, Scottish Parliament and the Glasgow Emirates. Internationally 162 countries took part and included iconic buildings such as the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building.

All local authority areas in Scotland took part, as did 21 other public bodies and national organisations. Many of these agencies, including the Scottish Government, have signed up to show their support again this year.

Earth Hour presents an excellent opportunity to connect the curriculum to events going on beyond the classroom. It provides a reminder of how concerted local action can have far reaching global consequences. Learners may be aware of stories in the national media about the environmental impact of climate change and the measures society puts in place to try and address it. These issues lend themselves to exploration through many curricular areas. They provide rich, real world contexts that allow learners to make meaningful connections between their everyday choices and the long term sustainability of our world. These types of learning experiences are at the very heart of great learning for sustainability.

Click here for further support and resources linked to Earth Hour and the wider subject of sustainability.

Mar 192015
 

Following the publication of its 3-18 Curriculum Impact Report for Sciences in September 2012, Education Scotland organised a series of conversation days, where priorities for action to secure improvements in science education nationally were identified.

Key aspects for development emerged, which included:

“In the primary sector and at the early stages of secondary school, there is generally less emphasis in the key area of Topical Science than on the other four organisers……. In these cases, children and young people do not have enough opportunity to discuss and debate a range of ethical issues.”

To address this aspect the Sciences team hosted a “Topical Science and Partnerships” Glow Meet available now on Watch Again : https://meet.glowscotland.org.uk/p5rd5cx8od8/

This glow meet is complimented by a series of professional learning twilight sessions and to register for the final event in Stirling : https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TwilightSessions2015

Mar 152015
 

Small - Chris HadfieldThe previous Commander of the International Space Station delighted and entertained us with his videos detailing life in space. He showed us how to make a sandwich in space, how he brushed his teeth, and even recorded his own version of a famous David Bowie song, Space Oddity!

Chris Hadfield is part of a very exclusive group – he is one of only 194 people in the history of our planet to have walked in the space around it. He has spent 166 days outside our atmosphere and even recorded a music album at 431km above the Earth.

This is your chance to join us on Tuesday 24th March from 2.30pm – 3pm to ask him any questions about science, space and the universe – What was his most terrifying moment in space? What does flying a rocket feel like? How has he adjusted to life back on Earth?

Submit your questions to glow.connect@glowscotland.onmicrosoft.com before 18th March and don’t forget to include the pupil’s name, age and school. We will be selecting a few schools to ask their questions live directly to Commander Hadfield, so get your thinking caps on!

Register now to take part live in Glow TV – Ask an astronaut – with Commander Chris Hadfield

Mar 132015
 

eisf

 

Edinburgh International Science Festival are thrilled to be running a ‘Sci-Ku’ (science haiku) writing competition! There are 3 categories of the competition: primary school, secondary school and open to the public. To supplement the competition, Edinburgh International Science Festival have created 2 teaching packs for primary and secondary schools, to help teachers take advantage of this competition during British Science Week and explore science in a creative way. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/sci-ku-competition

 

Sci Ku Teachers Pack Primary

 

Sci Ku Teachers Pack Secondary

Mar 122015
 

Following the publication of its 3-18 Curriculum Impact Report for Sciences in September 2012, Education Scotland organised a series of conversation days, where priorities for action to secure improvements in science education nationally were identified.

Key aspects for development emerged, which included:

In the primary sector and at the early stages of secondary school, there is generally less emphasis in the key area of Topical Science than on the other four organisers……. In these cases, children and young people do not have enough opportunity to discuss and debate a range of ethical issues.”

To address this aspect the Sciences team hosted a “Topical Science and Partnerships” Glow Meet available now on Watch Again : https://meet.glowscotland.org.uk/p5rd5cx8od8/

This glow meet is complimented by a series of professional learning twilight sessions and to register for the Glasgow, Fife or Stirling event: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TwilightSessions2015

Session Providers

GCS

Glasgow Primary Schools are Officially amazing: converting microbes to world records    Tracey Howe: Glasgow City of Science

 

  stem connects

Start as a Stem Cell  Laura- Alexander Smith: Science Connects, STEM Ambassadors

 

 

rsc

How to take part in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Global Experiment    Dr Katy Mould : Education Coordinator, RSC

 

 

ready for emergencies

 Community Resilience as a context for Topical Science    Eilidh Soussi: Development Officer Community Resilience

 

 cit sc

Citizen Science as a context for Topical Science  Stuart McGrath: Development Officer Citizen Science

 

athole

 

Social Studies Fieldwork Skills

Explore environmental issues such as renewable energy, transport, conservation and weather.

Athole McLauchlan: Development Officer Social Studies
eng speak union

 

English Speaking Union  Scientific debate

Angeli Mehta