May 292015
 

david elder

 

The next David Elder Lecture on The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence to be delivered on 10th June 2015 at the Glasgow Science Centre’s IMAX by Prof Tim O’Brien of BBC Stargazing Live fame and a Director of the Jodrell Bank Radio-Telescope Observatory.

This will be an exciting visual lecture and would be suitable to inspire secondary students in S4 – S6.

Ticketing for this free event is on-line or via telephone for group bookings – details on poster.

 David Elder Flyer PRINT

For any other enquiries regarding this event please contact us at study@phys.strath.ac.uk  

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May 282015
 

IS Tech at Work Special cover May 15Every aspect of the curriculum has a part to play in helping children and young people understand the world of work, the parts which they might play, and the contributions they might make to business, employment and the economy in their careers beyond school. Within that overall framework it is possible to see a unique role for the technologies, and the particular logic and clarity of a special relationship which the technologies can share with creative, productive working life in the 21st century.

Over a number of years, and through many different programmes and initiatives, national and local governments have recognised the importance of the technologies in supporting young people’s expanding awareness of careers and working life. For example, the Technical and Vocational Education Initiative (TVEI) invested £1bn in schools across the UK over a span of 10 years or so; and more recently the Scottish Government’s Determined to Succeed programme focused a further £100m on developing young people’s readiness for work, much of it supporting technological skills and knowledge.

Building Society: Young people’s experiences and outcomes in the technologies was launched on 9 March 2015.  It’s vision for leanign in, through and about the technologies, makes clear the improtance of cultivating strong links and associations with the progress being achieved in Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, in the wake of the Wood Commision report an dthe Scottish Government’s response.

Technologies at Work highlights ideas, issues, projects and resources from across the learning and skills landscape.  It aims to help business and schools identify and make the most of the common objectives and synergies of the technologies and young workforce initiatives.  It makes connections between subject areas, between education and business sectors, and between the economy and learning.

Education Scotland, who commissioned this Informed Scotland Special, encourages partners on business and across education establishments to use the resource, recognising the important bridge th technologies provides between the communities of school and work.

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May 272015
 

The University of Glasgow are promoting a citizen science experiment to measure the speed of light. This can be achieved by observing the time of eclipses of the satellites of Jupiter. find out more information at: <http://speedoflight2015.co.uk/>

By harnessing multiple observations from around the world we will be able to recreate Roemer’s famous measurement of the speed of light; extremely fitting for the International Year of Light (link to International Year of Light tab).

 

May 262015
 

cernStudents at Ruislip High School  in West London would like to invite schools, students and other interested individuals from across the UK to support them in creating a soil radioactivity map of the UK. The group, called RISE UK (Radioactivity in Soil Experiment UK), are using a CERN@School particle detector to determine the exact type of radioactivity produced by soil. The detector uses technology from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and combines physics with earth science in a novel way.

RISE UK needs your help to collect samples from as many parts of the UK as possible. We will analyse every sample received and then share your results with you a couple of weeks later.

Here are the steps for soil collection:

  1. Choose a natural and undisturbed location such as a wood or field. Sampling must be at least two meters away from paths, buildings and walls.
  2. Using a small spade and wearing protective gloves, dig to around 20 cm depth.
  3. Collect between 20 and 30g of soil from 20cm depth and place into a sealed, transparent plastic bag (such as a freezer bag).
  4. Write your name, date and location on the sample bag.
  5. Note the rock and soil type at the location (if known) and any other important features such as nearby power stations and any possible sources of contamination.
  6. Put the sealed sample into a jiffy bag and post to the following address:

RISE UK c.o. Ms Wijitunge

Ruislip High School

Sidmouth Drive

Ruislip

Middlesex

HA4 0BY

If you have any questions regarding this project, please email: Jessica.hamer@iop.org

May 222015
 

Meldrum Academy in Aberdeenshire is being celebrated as an example of good practice for its approach Lesley meeting with Andrew Travis, Head Teacher, Anne Watson Principal Teacher of Health and Laura Anderson, our Probationer PE teacher.to health and wellbeing which is driven by its young people.

The Health and Wellbeing Responsibility of All approach undertaken by staff, learners, parents and the local community at Meldrum has helped change young people’s understanding of health and wellbeing and contributed to 96% of learners leaving the school for a positive destination over the last three years.

Young people are involved in a number of groups and initiatives to help give them a greater voice within the school. They lead groups such as Meldrum Academy Action Group (MAAG) to discuss issues and influence the school’s approach to health and wellbeing so that it is relevant to them.

S1 – S3 pupils have become Respect Ambassadors who raise awareness of respect, equality, diversity and rights across the school community. The Pupil Support Scheme works with Pastoral Care staff to act as a peer support network for young people, while Health and Wellbeing Young Leaders were selected to drive forward improvements in health and wellbeing across the school each year.

The work at the school has been highlighted by Education Scotland as part of a research project looking at the benefits of embedding Health and Wellbeing Responsibility of All approach. To celebrate their achievements, the school received a visit from Lesley Brown, Strategic Director for Families, Inclusion and Local Authorities at Education Scotland. She said,

“It’s fantastic to see a school where there is such universal support for health and wellbeing, not just amongst staff and young people, but the wider community and collaborative partnerships that have been created from this approach.

“Integrating health and wellbeing experiences and outcomes across Curriculum for Excellence within the school has supported 96% of learners to go on to positive destinations, and this is testament to the hard work of everyone at the school that the approach was so successfully introduced and embedded, and is making a difference.”

Meldrum Academy head teacher Andrew Travis said: “Meldrum Academy has taken an holistic view of health and wellbeing that is based upon shared responsibility and decision making.

“Our very active students and committed staff are at the heart of what we have done. This powerful group, along with the extended school community and our partners, have worked together to identify the issues and then come up with creative solutions and this way of working has been key in producing improvements in health and wellbeing across the school.”

A number of key factors helps Meldrum Academy deliver Health and Wellbeing Responsibility of All. Distributive leadership gives staff and young people responsibility for leading on different aspects of the approach, and this encourages pupils to take ownership of health and wellbeing within the school.

Leaders and school staff ensure that time and commitment are given to embedding health and wellbeing into teaching plans to demonstrate their commitment to the concept to leaners. Partnership and collaborative working is also central to embedding health and wellbeing.

A copy of the Meldrum Academy Health and Wellbeing Responsibility of All in Secondary Schools case study is available on the Education Scotland website.

May 142015
 

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Engineering Video Games and Beyond

Abertay University in Dundee is home to the UK’s first national Centre for Excellence in computer games education and houses the biggest Sony Playstation development lab in Europe. IESIS and partners are pleased to bring to school students this series of talks and illustrations about careers in software engineering and games development from three of the University’s leading experts. They will cover how games are made and how computer games technology is increasingly being used in other areas, such as Hollywood movies, medical research and environmental planning. Among other projects Abertay’s experts have applied the technology to the pre production work on last year’s blockbuster Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and are also using it to speed up the testing of anticancer drugs.

Jim Bown is Professor of Systems Biology and played a key role in developing Abertay’s mathematical modelling and bioinformatics research centre. Jim will show examples of computer interactive visualisation applied to assisting science and engineering including design of urban environments and development of anti cancer drug combinations.

Dr Natalie Coull teaches Abertay’s Masters degree in Ethical Hacking and Computer Security and her research covers improving computer security for children by bridging the gap between their knowledge of technology and their lack of awareness of cybersecurity. Natalie will discuss recent cyber attacks including the “Sony Hack” and the “Adobe password leak” and the lessons that can be learned from them.

Matt Bett is a lecturer in games engineering, teaches Abertay’s computergames courses, researches virtual reality and has spent recent years developing new ways of controlling “virtual cameras”. His work with Fox Studios on a film making tool based on his virtual camera technology, which was used on the hugely successful Hollywood blockbuster Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has created worldwide interest.

REGISTRATION

This event is free but attendees should register. Registration can be done on an individual basis or by a group.

To register please contact IESIS at iesis@btconnect.com or IESIS, The Clydeport Building 16 Robertson Street, Glasgow G2 8DS.

FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CAREERS IN PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SEE

www.profeng.org

May 122015
 

The Children and Families team spent a very interesting day at Raising Attainment For All in March. The event was very well attended, with around 20 Local Authorities being represented.

 

Practitioners were able to share their experiences and find out about the good practice going on around the country, how other schools are using the Model for Improvement and of particular interest to the Children and Families team was how schools are using the model to develop the engagement of their parents to raise attainment of their children and young people.

 

The Children and Families Senior Education Officer gave a presentation at the Parental Engagement workshop outlining the three strands of The Parental Involvement Act (2006) and Education Scotland’s commitments in the National Parenting Strategy.

 

We were also privileged to hear what one secondary school in particular is doing to raise the attainment of S4 girls, one strand focused on engaging parents. Rachael Williams (DHT) at Maxwelltown High School in Dumfries and Galloway gave an overview of their aims and drivers to help improve the parental engagement of their S4 girls, what measures were planned and how these would be tracked and also shared the lessons that had been learned and how they’d be used to make further improvements.

 

The day was a great success and we are looking forward to the next Raising Attainment for All day to hear about further improvements that are being made for our children and young people across Scotland.

Maxwellton High School Dumfries and Galloway

Children and Families Team-RAfA 2015

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.

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