Category Archives: Technologies

Learn @ BBC Scotland: How will you be living in 50 years’ time?

BBC Scotland Learning and the Glasgow Science Centre invite you to take part in a day of talks and activities to look at the future. There will be a live talk by Scotland’s leading scientists talking about robots, climate and health at the Science Centre on 8 May.

Dallas Campbell will host the event as he speaks to Prof Sethu Vijayakumar, Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics and a Judge on Robot Wars, Prof Lesley Yellowlees, who was the first ever female President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and geneticist Prof Kevin O’Dell from Glasgow University.

The talk will also be streamed live and you can talk to the expert panel online.

Find out more here.

Scotland’s Enterprising Schools: Supporting career education from 3 – 18

Are you looking for creative ways to develop children and young people’s learning about the world of work?

To inspire you have a look at our Interesting Practice area that highlights the many creative ways schools like Broxburn Academy are providing opportunities for young people around entrepreneurship and enterprise.

 Interesting practice exemplars from Fife Council

The Raytheon Quadcopter Challenge is a partnership between the Council and Raytheon UK. The programme brings STEM Ambassadors from Raytheon UK to deliver lessons in classrooms to second year pupils, on a variety of engineering topics, bringing contextualised learning to young people.  Another great example from Fife is The Enterprise Game. The game is a developmental tool helping pupils to learn about business.  Initially created as a board game, it allows young people to use their entrepreneurial skills to make, sell and deliver products to customers around the board.  It has been customised to incorporate the names of many major employers throughout Fife which helps players to increase their understanding not just of enterprise, but of the wider Fife economy.

You can also learn about the great opportunities offered to young people by Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Council.   If you have interesting practice to share please contact us.

Looking for support?

If you would like support to embed enterprise within your school’s curriculum Scotland’s Enterprising Schools can help.  Have a look at our resource area for ideas or contact us to arrange for a member of our team to get in touch with you. You can also expand your knowledge around enterprise and get support to embed the Developing the Young Workforce strategy by attending one of the free twilight professional learning sessions we are delivering across Scotland.  You should hear about these opportunities from your Local Authority shortly.  The next sessions will be held as follows:

Fife Twilight Session (venues and times tbc):

  • 26th April 2017 – West Fife
  • 2nd May 2017 – Central Fife
  • 8th May 2017 – North East Fife

Aberdeen City Twilight Session (venue and time tbc):                         10th May 2017

Inverness All Day event (for senior leaders) at Smithton-Culloden Free Church   –  1st June 2017

If you would like more information about these sessions or opportunities in your area please contact us.

Tackling the Technology Gender Gap Together 2017

Wednesday 29th March 2017 – 09.30am until 2.30pm (including lunch and networking)  University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre,  99 George Street Glasgow G1 1RD

The theme of this event is to share good practice, and for you to take away new ideas and approaches to encouraging more women into technology.  During the event you will hear from schools, tech clubs, colleges, universities and employers who have all been successful in engaging and supporting females into digital technology.  Ms Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Minister for Higher Education, Further Education and Science, will also present a ministerial address highlighting the importance of tackling the gender gap.

This is an opportunity to:

  • Hear about best practice from organisations who have been successful in encouraging females in digital technology
  • Attend workshops that will allow you to discuss and learn more about these successful strategies and how you can incorporate them into your own plans
  • Network and form new partnerships with organisations who could support your own gender plans and strategies
  • Discuss how we can jointly work towards making a real and lasting impact in this area

To secure your place at this event please register here where you can view agenda and workshops

Digital Schools Award Scotland

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Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science presented the first primary schools in Scotland to achieve ‘Digital School’ status with their award on 22/02/17 at Wormit Primary School.

The Minister met with representatives from the schools and from the Digital Schools Awards Scotland programme, speaking to them about the value of digital skills before presenting them with their award:

Digital skills are an integral part of our everyday lives, and as such it is absolutely essential that we give young people the opportunities to understand and use them properly. The Digital Schools Awards Programme is a fantastic example of industry supporting education in Scotland and helping ensure our young people develop the skills and opportunities to flourish.”

21 Schools have achieved this award to date and they are;

List of Awarded Schools

School Location Local Authority
Kelvinside Academy Glasgow Glasgow
Kirkton of Largo Leven Fife
Calside Primary School Dumfries Dumfries & Galloway
Dalry Primary School Dalry North Ayrshire
Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral Primary School Motherwell North Lanarkshire
Echt School Echt Aberdeenshire
Lundavra Primary School Fort William The Highlands
Wormit Primary School Newport-on-Tay Fife
Bonhill Primary School Bonhill West Dunbartonshire
Kildrum Primary School Kildrum North Lanarkshire
Bathgate Early Years Centre Bathgate West Lothian
The Compass School Haddington East Lothian
Mearns Primary School East Renfrewshire East Renfrewshire
Whitehirst Park Primary Kilwinning North Ayrshire
Kingswells School Aberdeen Aberdeen City
Kinlochleven Primary School Kinlochleven The Highlands
The Edinburgh Academy Jnr School Edinburgh City of Edinburgh
Blackfriars Primary School Glasgow Glasgow City
Netherlee Primary School Glasgow East Renfrewshire
Beith Primary School Beith North Ayrshire
Rosebank Primary School Dundee Dundee

The event gathered media interest and was featured on STV news

More info leading up to the event and on the day itself is available on twitter from following users @Schools_Digital and @EducationScot and from following the hashtags #DigitalSchoolsAward #DigitalDifference

PROGRAMME BACKGROUND

Digital Schools Award Scotland is a national awards programme to promote, recognise and encourage the use of digital technology in primary schools. It builds on the progress already made at schools, by providing a pathway and resources for schools who are seeking to do more with digital technology to deliver the curriculum. The Digital Schools Awards programme is being delivered by HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel and is recognised by Education Scotland.

For more info on the programme please visit https://digilearn.scot/2016/09/23/digital-schools-awards-now-launched/

The Big Bang Fair Scotland

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Location: Perth College UHI

Date: Tuesday 13 Jun, 2017

The Big Bang Near Me programme plays a vital role in inspiring the UK’s future scientists and engineers at a regional, local and school level. We encourage more people to take these subjects, as well as celebrating young people’s achievements in science and engineering through displaying their STEM projects and letting them talk with engineers and scientists, face to face.

The UK needs many more scientists and engineers and equipping young people with skills in science, technology, engineering and maths is key to their future employability. Students attending a Near Me fair really enjoy themselves too – with nine out of ten rating the event they attended as “good” or “very good”.

Zones will include:

  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Food and Drink
  • Science and Maths
  • Career Zone – Companies to provide careers advise in their sector.
  • 15 minute presentation slots available to address small groups of young people.

There will also be a chance to experience a selection of STEM challenges available to schools including the ‘turbo charged’ National Final of the Bloodhound Scotland Rocket Car Challenge and Scottish Big Bang Competition final.

If you would like to attend this event please contact Energy Skills Partnership at info@esp-scotland.ac.uk

 

 

Apps for Good Scottish Event

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Apps for Good is an education movement that is powering a generation to change their world with technology. We partner with teachers in schools and learning centres to deliver our course to young people from 8 -18 years of age. Students work together as teams to find real issues they care about and learn how to solve them using technology. Since 2010 Apps for Good has been delivered to over 75,000 students in more than 1,500 schools across the UK and internationally.

Join us to celebrate the next generation of Scotland’s tech entrepreneurs.

On Wednesday 15th March, over 100 students from across Scotland will travel to Edinburgh’s Quincentenary Conference Centre to participate in Apps for Good’s first ever Scottish event.

The event will bring together the next generation of digital talent in Scotland under one roof in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre for a day of networking and workshops. Teams of young people are working together and creating apps to tackle the problems & issues which matter most to them, and the event will provide them with the opportunity to engage directly with a range of invited guests, and the other participating Scottish schools.

We’re inviting you to join the Marketplace part of the event from 2pm – 4pm, giving you the opportunity to walk around the room and meet the young people who have been working on their app ideas. The students will be keen to practice their pitch and listen to any feedback and advice that you may have. You will also be able to cast your vote in our People’s Choice Award which will allow us to recognise the top three teams.

We would love to see you there to celebrate all of our students’ hard work!

Our first ever Scottish event has been made possible after being awarded a grant from Digital Xtra, funded by the Scottish Government Digital Skills Business Excellence Partnership, who have provided Apps for Good with support to help us grow our after-school activities in Scotland.

Sign up via Eventbrite here

Better Energy School Awards 2017

small-besla-photoJoin us in Glow TV on Tuesday 21st February at 11am as Total and the Young People’s Trust for the Environment launch Better Energy School Awards 2017.

Find out how your school can win £5,000 in this exciting competition that encourages environmental education for young people aged 5 – 11.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions and hear from 2016 Regional Winners, Hanover Street primary in Aberdeen. Find out more at https://betterenergyschoolawards.org.uk/

Last year 35,000 pupils across the UK took part in the competition. Encourage your school to do the same and join this growing number in 2017!

Sign up and join us in Glow TV – Better Energy School Awards 2017.

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Mission to Mars iPad Event

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Mission to Mars is an inspiring, one-day, iPad event for schools and school leaders to provide excellent CPD and practical ways to take teaching and learning forward with iPad. The event will showcase the latest and most exciting tools for schools.

Glasgow 08.03.17

Edinburgh 31.01.17

This event will be a chance for schools to be inspired with ideas and hands-on experience of innovative and powerful ways to enhance teaching and learning for the students of today’s technological world.

This event is suitable for school teachers and leaders from both primary and secondary stages and across all subjects. It is suitable for schools at all stages of their iPad journey.

Workshop type – Keynote & practical, hands-on activities

Click here to book:  http://mars.xma.co.uk/index.php

Tweet about this event! #M2M

Future Textiles at Dumfries House

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Click on the link to find out more information relating to FREE CLPL opportunities linked to textile technologies across the curricular levels.

Travel grants available for schools

Future Textiles at Dumfries House is an exciting project, currently ongoing at stately home Dumfries House in Ayrshire,  in collaboration with Glasgow Clyde College (Cardonald Campus) and Ayrshire College. The project was initiated by HRH The Duke of Rothesay who listened closely to the needs of the textile industry who wish to address a skills gap.

The project brings together industry and education in a unique setting, in order to train the next generation with skills for the textile industry, by providing a range of no cost workshops suitable for secondary school teachers, pupils and those seeking employability skills.

To date, over 800 participants have taken part in sewing, pattern drafting and woven textiles workshops, from secondary teachers to pupils from S1 – S6, as well as master classes and  specialist training programmes for industry.

The project has received invaluable input since inception from local and national industry with vital support & advice from Marks & Spencer, Sarah Mower OBE, Tammy & Christopher Kane, John Lewis Partnership, Savile Row Tailor Patrick Grant as well as other local and national textile manufacturers.

The local industry in East Ayrshire currently has twenty textile related companies with workforce consisting of 45% male and 55% female employees. Many of the companies are considering recruiting modern apprentices and participation in the workshops will allow pupils a greater understanding of industry requirements

 

Food and drink action plan targets higher level skills

An action plan aimed at helping Scotland’s food and drink employers attract a new generation of skilled professionals has been launched by the industry.

The Skills Investment Plan for Scotland’s Food and Drink Sector features a series of measures aimed at helping businesses find fresh talent, develop leadership and management skills, and boost growth through innovation and efficiency.

It aims to build on progress since the publication of the first Skills Investment Plan for the sector in 2012, with the new plan again facilitated by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in partnership with industry.

The sector is forecast to need 27,000 entrants over the next 10 years, with an increasing emphasis on higher-skilled and professional positions.

To mark the launch of the plan, seafood producer Dawnfresh this morning welcomed Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing to their plant in Uddingston, where he met with some of the firm’s Modern Apprentices and graduate trainees.

He said: “Scotland has a burgeoning reputation for quality food and drink and the sector is recognised as a key growth area for our economy.

“However, we are aware of the challenges posed by the current economic uncertainty, particularly in the wake of the Brexit vote. It is vital that the Scottish Government, together with industry and stakeholders, are aligned in order to meet these challenges, one of which is continuing access to the skills and talent required to deliver projected growth.

“I welcome the launch of this Skills and Investment Plan for the Food and Drink industry, which will increase access to training and development opportunities and support innovation across the sector.”

Scotland’s food and drink sector has enjoyed strong growth in recent years, with 17,500 firms employing nearly 120,000 people, generating annual sales of £14.4billion.

Dawnfresh has a proud track record in developing its own talent.

The firm, which employs more than 600 people, has taken on nearly 300 Modern Apprentices since 2012 and has its own academy which focuses on management and leadership skills, including graduate and internship programmes, as well as apprenticeships.

Chairman Alastair Salvesen CBE said: “Dawnfresh has a long-term commitment towards developing the skills of our employees and encouraging lifelong learning.

“This has clear benefits for Dawnfresh as it creates a team of skilled, loyal and empowered people who can drive growth and innovation.

“This is a major factor in the future of Dawnfresh and we are pleased to see these values reflected in the new Skills Investment Plan.”

More than 5000 people have started Modern Apprenticeships in frameworks related to the food and drink sector since 2012 – an increase of 60 per cent.

There are now 250 Food & Drink Ambassadors engaging with schools and attending careers events to promote the industry and the diverse range of jobs available, and new Modern Apprenticeship frameworks have been introduced in Food Manufacturing Excellence and Aquaculture Technical.

Neville Prentice, Senior Director of Service Development and Delivery at SDS said: “There is a growing demand within Scotland’s food and drink sector for the higher level skills that will allow employers to boost productivity, improve efficiency and make use of new technologies.

“Workforce development is central to fulfilling this demand, and also to help employers deal with the uncertainties arising from factors such as Brexit.

“The new Skills Investment Plan offers a framework through which we can invest in the future of the sector and help businesses of all sizes grasp opportunities for growth in an increasingly global and competitive marketplace.”

The plan was also welcomed by James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink.

He said: “The creation of the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership has brought a renewed focus to the skills agenda, one of the fundamental building blocks of our strategy.

“Our partners in the public sector and private sector are crystal clear that we need to increase our investment in – and, crucially, our commitment to – skills development.

“The priorities of the Skills Investment Plan reflect the issues faced by employers across the sector and offer a framework for action that could deliver real and lasting benefits to the industry.”

The Skills Investment Plan for Scotland’s Food and Drink Sector is available to download at www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/media/40095/3093-sds-food-and-drink-sip-digital-v3-11.pdf