May 062015
 

Citizen Science workshops for Highland Council practitioners:

Lochaber High School, Fort William 12th May 4:30pm

Millburn Academy, Inverness 13th May 4:30pm

Wick High School, Wick 19th May 4:30pm
Please pass this on to any colleagues you think may be interested.

Citizen science is an exciting way of engaging learners with real-life science in the world around them. Schools across Scotland are undertaking important scientific work, collecting data and using that data to improve their own environment or passing the data to the scientific community. Some great examples of this can be see with the RSPB Birdwatch and the Great British Bee Count.

The workshop will be an opportunity to learn about more of the projects happening around Scotland, learn how to set up your own project and find out more about the OPAL environmental surveys and other organisationsand support they offer.

Practitioners will learn about how citizen science activities can be incorporated into the curriculum, how they can be planned across stages and how the Sciences Progression Framework can be used when planning progression of citizen science activities. The session will then focus on air quality, pulling together the data that is available on Scotland’s Environment web with knowledge and understanding from other resources and linking it to real-life air quality data that learners can collect and analyse.

Resources will be available for practitioners to try out. Survey Packs will be made available to look at and request copies.

There will also be time to share practice and discuss ideas with each other.

For further information/to request a place please use the Highland Council CPD site.

May 012015
 

International Girls in ICT Day takes place on the fourth Thursday in April. This year, it will be celebrated on 24 April with the theme Expand horizons, Change attitudes. Lots of activity takes place across the world in the weeks around this day to promote the importance of attracting more girls and women into computing study and occupations.

Spotlight on women in computing

Ayrshire College is on a mission to challenge gender stereotypes in career and learning choices!

We take every opportunity to encourage females into male-dominated subjects and they don’t come much more male-dominated than computing! For example, each year we run a week-long campaign around Girls in ICT Day to promote and encourage women in and into computing. This year, throughout the week we heard from women who have forged a career in computing – in industry from Maggie Morrison, Caroline Stuart and Jean McInnes; and in education from Loraine Johnston and Lynsey O’Connor. Maggie, Caroline and Jean highlighted the variety of jobs they have had throughout their careers in computing and the many benefits they have experienced like travel, high salaries and flexibility. We also showcased women at the start of their careers in ICT – 19 year old apprentice Lisa Watson, as well as Ayrshire College mature students Jean Anderson and Carol Maguire, who talked about the life-changing possibilities offered by a career in ICT.

Ayrshire College is fully behind this initiative and for a flavour of how we are encouraging girls and women to expand their horizons click on https://ayrshirecollegeblog.wordpress.com/

Apr 302015
 

Citizen Science workshops for East Ayrshire Council practitioners:

St. Joseph’s Academy, Kilmarnock 5th May 3:45pm

Mauchline Primary, Mauchline 6th May 3:45pm

Citizen science is an exciting way of engaging learners with real-life science in the world around them. Schools across Scotland are undertaking important scientific work, collecting data and using that data to improve their own environment or passing the data to the scientific community. Some great examples of this can be see with the RSPB Birdwatch and the Great British Bee Count.

The workshop will be an opportunity to learn about more of the projects happening around Scotland, learn how to set up your own project and find out more about the OPAL environmental surveys and other organisations and support they offer.

Practitioners will learn about how citizen science activities can be incorporated into the curriculum, how they can be planned across stages and how the Sciences Progression Framework can be used when planning progression of citizen science activities. The session will then focus on air quality, pulling together the data that is available on Scotland’s Environment web with knowledge and understanding from other resources and linking it to real-life air quality data that learners can collect and analyse.

Resources will be available for practitioners to try out. Survey Packs will be made available to look at and request copies.

There will also be time to share practice and discuss ideas with each other.

For further information/to request a place please contact East Ayshire STEM Co-ordinator Martyn Hendry.

Apr 292015
 

Global Treasure Apps

Calling teachers around the world! Download Global Treasure Apps for FREE for your students!

Global Treasure Apps are fun, interactive and informative apps, shining a new light on the world around us. The app won an International Serious Play Award in LA in 2014 for “outstanding visitor engagement with a measurable learning opportunity”, making Global Treasure Apps leaders in the field of Game Based Learning on Location. 

Global Treasure Apps are launching an exciting education initiative.

Global Treasure Apps are now offering their award-wining platform free to schools across the world to enable students to create their own location-based trails in a local visitor attraction of their choice.

Creating a location-based interactive trail for Global Treasure Apps is the perfect interdisciplinary learning project, covering IT, Geography, History and Culture.

The project also encourages Global Citizenship as the app is available in 20 languages and the students’ classwork will be showcased on a global platform, for others to use.

All the trails are FREE to download

For more info on how to download the app-creation platform for free, please contact:

Frances O’Neill, Managing Director: Global Treasure Apps

m: +44 (0)7765427429

frances@globaltreasureapps.com

www.globaltreasureapps.com

Apr 282015
 

gs festivalGlasgow Science Festival . . . Schools Programme

Now in its ninth year, Glasgow Science Festival (4-14th June) is back with a fresh batch of exciting events to inspire and intrigue young minds!

All school events are FREE and cover a variety of subjects, from microbiology and forensic science to physics and engineering. Places are available for pupils in Primary 3 through to S6.

Our public programme also offers a range of fun activities for school-age children and families, including Science Sunday at the University of Glasgow, the Strathclyde Science Special and a weekend of hands-on science at at Kelvingrove.

Give your class the chance to be scientists for the day and book online at: http://www.glasgowsciencefestival.org.uk!

For the latest news and updates, don’t forget to join our mailing list

Facebook.com/GlasgowScienceFestival and Twitter @GlasgowSciFest

Main sponsors, University of Glasgow and the Scottish Government.

Apr 272015
 

weather and climate changeHolidaying in Ibiza or even backpacking across Europe was not an option last summer for four inspirational undergraduate students from all across Scotland, who spurned the ordinary and instead single-handedly organised an extraordinary trip to the Arctic.

The main purpose of the trip was to study how climate change is affecting the landscape and the people of the Arctic.

Team leader, Cameron MacKay, was motivated to go on the trip due to his strong interest in climate change. To record the effects of climate change they used camera drones, art and social research. They responded to what they saw through creating music and art work.

To hear more from Cameron and the rest of his team tune in to our Glow meet on Wednesday 27th May, 10.45 – 11.45. They will be showing footage of the trip and answering your questions.

Take a look beforehand on Education Scotland’s Weather and Climate Change page http://bit.ly/WeatherandClimateChange Click on Climate Change then Climate Change in Greenland.

This Glow meet is aimed at upper primary and lower secondary.

To register : https://meet.glowscotland.org.uk/climatechange/event/event_info.html

V2 weather and climate change

Apr 222015
 

Tom-Farmer-founder-of-Kwi-006http://bit.ly/SirTomFarmer  is an exciting new Great Scots resource about the famous Scottish business entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Tom Farmer.

The resource contains a Learning Journey aimed at 2nd and 3rd Levels, with engaging Social Studies activities on entrepreneurial skills, marketing and advertising, and philanthropy.

The resource also contains 9 short video clips interviewing Sir Tom Farmer about various aspects of his life and business success. The video clips would also be potentially useful to Senior Phase classes in Business Education and possibly R.M.E. too. And for schools and practitioners looking for materials to reflect on developing Skills for Work.

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The Great Scots: Sir Tom Farmer resource would be ideal for classes looking for an introduction to Enterprise and Financial Education activities.

It could also be linked with other Great Scots resources. In particular:

Andrew Carnegie (the famouse Scottish American industrialist and philanthropist – born in Dunfermline)

http://bit.ly/Andrew-Carnegie

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow (the founder of the charity, Mary’s Meals)

http://bit.ly/Marys-Meals

 

Here are some upcoming learning opportunities that could be linked with the use of the resource:

FiverLogo1) Fiver Challenge for primary schools (registration open now and closes on 5th June) http://www.fiverchallenge.org.uk/about-fiver

 

 

 

mymoneyweek22) My Money Week (Financial Education) is from the 8-14th June

http://www.pfeg.org/

 

 

Smallerlogo3) National Enterprise Challenge (asking for schools to sign up now) http://www.nationalenterprisechallenge.co.uk/

 

 

gec-logo4) Global Enterprise Challenge (opportunities for schools to participate in May and June)

http://www.globalenterprisechallenge.com/

 

Apr 212015
 

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.

 

Apr 212015
 

dundee science centre

Throughout the last term Dundee Science Centre’s STEM Learning Team have visited 10 secondary schools across Dundee, Fife, Perth and Kinross and Angus with Dr Stephen Watt of the Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre, University of Dundee. The team took groups of senior phase learners through an electrophoresis workshop developed to suit Unit 1 of the new CfE Higher Human Biology course.

 

The context was skin cancer, and the workshop had three distinct strands. Stephen had some DNA samples of a particular oncogene which the pupils had to prepare for loading, load into the gels, and then analyse the gels to determine which samples were healthy skin and which were cancerous.

 

Cancer workshop Crieff HS

Whilst the gels ran, they had the opportunity to study healthy and cancerous skin tissue through microscopes, identifying key features of each. There was also time for the pupils to speak to Stephen, to ask questions about skin cancer and what it is like to be a research scientist.

 

 

The groups then went through a data analysis task to see which type of cancer treatment is most effective – chemotherapy or targeted treatments.

The workshop provided an excellent opportunity for young people to learn from a professional scientist about world leading research.

Here’s what teachers said:

“It fitted in well to the Higher Human course”

“Pupils really enjoyed the workshop”

“An absolutely fantastic workshop, thank you!”

“I would personally love it if you were able to come out again when we are teaching CfE Higher Human next year!”

 

Dundee Science Centre hopes to be able to offer this experience again in the future. If you’d be interested to find out more, get in touch by e-mailing learning@dundeesciencecentre.org.uk

 

Apr 212015
 

Capture

The light at the end of the tunnel

This year’s Institute of Physics Stirling Meeting will take place at the Stirling Court Hotel (formerly known as the Management Centre) on Wednesday 20th May. Full details, including the programme and the online registration system are available at www.stirlingmeeting.org

Registration deadline is 15th May.

Once again SSERC will be distributing free a valuable educational resource to all delegates who are currently teaching in schools.