Tag Archives: Computing Science

Cyber Academy – IET Christmas Lectures – The Internet of Everything!

edinburgh napier cyber academyThis year’s IET Christmas lectures are focusing on the Internet of Everything and will run in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Inverness. The dates are:

  • Inverness. 1 Dec 2015. Book here.
  • Dundee. 4 Dec 2015 (Gardyne Theatre). Book here.
  • Glasgow. 8 Dec 2015 (iMax Theatre, Glasgow Science Centre). Book here.
  • Edinburgh. 11 Dec 2015 (Craiglockhart Campus). Book here.

The lectures are open to everyone, and teachers can book tickets in blocks for their classes. You are guaranteed to see a presentation with flying objects, Internet-enable lighting, listening TVs, talking dolls, interactive kettles, spy glasses, and many more things …

Outline

This presentation will showcase the vast range of systems and devices which can connect to the Internet. It aims to totally immerse the audience in the possibility of the Cyber World and how it is changing our lives. Along with this, it will outline a range of emerging technologies which will bring benefits to many areas of our lives including health care and education. With these great benefits, though, there are also threats, and some of these will be presented through a range of practical demonstrations. Overall the key aim of the presentation is to present this new age in a fun and informative way, and engage the audience into understanding the opportunities of the Cyber Age [poster][postcard].

SSERC now as GLOW tile

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Education Scotland is delighted to announce a new and quick way to access SSERC’s resources for Science and Technology. The new SSERC tile is now on the GLOW launch pad. Add it to your launch pad for a fast and easy route to SSERC’s website.

Trash Trek – The Ultimate STEM Challenge

FLLicon_RGB_2011We’re not talking trash – we’re cleaning it up!

Announcing the 2015 FIRST LEGO League! Teams of children aged 9 to 16 are invited to explore the fascinating world of waste, from collection and sorting to smart production and reuse. Build and program a LEGO robot to tackle the Trash Trek missions, invent a solution to the world’s problem of waste, and present it at your regional tournament.

imagesCADLUI3SIt’s easy for schools, organisations or groups of friends to take part. Register now!

Tournaments in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews. Training for teachers and coaches included. Bursaries available.

please see attached flyer for more info

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Apps for Good – two Regional Roadshows in Scotland in September

apps for good logo“Apps for Good is an education technology movement that is transforming the way technology is taught in schools, turning young tech consumers into tech creators. Apps for Good aims to unlock the confidence and talent of the next generation of problem solvers and digital makers: young people who are ready to tackle the 21st century workplace and are inspired to create new tech ideas that can change their world for good.

In partnership with Samsung, Apps for Good are pleased to be running two Regional Roadshows in Scotland in September, with a theme around ‘Bringing the real world into the classroom’. Join Apps for Good at the roadshow to learn more about:

  • Utilising industry Experts in the classroom
  • Advice about integrating student led learning into the classroom
  • Hints and tips for student assessment
  • How you can deliver Apps for Good in your school/college

There will also be an opportunity to network with fellow Apps for Good Educators and share best practice and the chance to hear from our External Partners, Code Club and CoderDojo Scotland.

Glasgow – 16th September – Book Your Place Now – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/apps-for-good-regional-roadshow-glasgow-tickets-18203956524

Edinburgh – 17th September – Book Your Place Now https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/apps-for-good-regional-roadshow-edinburgh-tickets-18150916881

If you have any questions about Apps for Good or the Regional Roadshows, get in contact with education@appsforgood.org

Global STEM Alliance- Junior Academy

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Junior Academy is a virtual program for exceptional students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Successful applicants gain access to an exciting community of student peers from across the globe, as well as mentoring from leading STEM practitioners. Each year, Junior Academy students compete in global challenges to solve real-world problems with the chance to win cash prizes and an all expenses paid trip to New York City for a two-day summit. The Junior Academy aims to network thousands of the world’s most promising young STEM talent and provide them the support they need to stay engaged and eager to excel. The program is open to students ages 13–19 from around the world.

This free program is sponsored by the PepsiCo Foundation, ARM, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and others. We are currently recruiting students for the program which begins this autumn; applications are due on August 31, 2015.

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Education Scotland have helped fourteen girls from Scotland to take part in the Global STEM Alliance’s 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures project also organised by the New York Academy of Sciences.

1000 Girls, 1000 Futures, is a $2 million commitment to target and accelerate the STEM workforce of tomorrow by developing one of the world’s most valuable resources – its women. The goal is to empower the next generation of female professionals in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM).

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1000 Girls, 1000 Futures is a transformational program with an emphasis on mentoring, designed to engage and inspire female high-school students to study STEM subjects and pursue related careers, and is part of the Global STEM Alliance of the New York Academy of Sciences. For these young women, mentorship provides STEM role models. Successful mentoring relationships lead to career and personal satisfaction, accelerated advancement, and higher salaries.

 

Argyll and Bute school takes on the UK and wins

Kodukup_Main_Lockup-01-300x100Hands up – which Scottish primary school took on 300 schools from all over the UK and won hands down?

 

Dunoon Primary School, who fought off the cream of game designers from Scotland, England and Wales to take home the Kodu Kup, Microsoft UK’s computer programming competition– taking the prize to Scotland for the first time.

Dunoon Primary School’s Pro-Gamers team of three eleven- and twelve-year-olds – Olivia Robertson, Lewis MacKay and Aidan Purdie – fought off challenges from schools across Scotland to win the Scottish Microsoft ‘Kodu Kup’ at West College Scotland on 17 June.

They then packed their bags to take on the national finalists at a hotly contested match hosted by Microsoft at their UK headquarters in Reading on 13 July.

Kodu Kup winnersThe team wowed the judges with their exciting game Rural Racers, created from scratch, and impressed them with a business case, marketing plan and promotional goods.

The win comes hot on the heels of last year’s Scottish primary winners Cardross Primary, who were the first Scottish school to be invited to the UK final, where they lifted the Judges Choice Award, and who were placed third this time. Rosneath Primary’s team Diamond Dogs were also Scottish finalists.

This success follows a technology showcase event hosted in Dunoon by the council’s learning technologies team, attended by 150 primary pupils and their parents. The aim of this event was to encourage young people to think about future career opportunities in the technology sector in addition to showcasing their talents.

Dunoon Primary’s Pro-Gamers team – P6 pupils Olivia Robertson and Lewis MacKay and P7 pupil Aidan Purdie – had a lot to say about their games based learning.

Chris Forrest, Managing Director, Microsoft Scotland, said, “Huge congratulations to the KoduKup 2015 UK Champions, Dunoon Primary’s ‘Pro -Gamers’ – it’s truly wonderful to see these young people be inspired by technology. It’s all the more impressive when you know that the children and their families have put off their summer holidays to compete! I’d also like to recognise the talent and commitment of all the entrants who have worked so hard, as well as the schools and teachers who have backed them.”

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Rory Colville, said, “This is a marvellous achievement. The award demonstrates there are no limits when self-motivation and teamwork combine to create a pathway to learning that heightens the power of deduction. This project provides young people in our schools with excellent ICT skills, and improves their understanding of computer programming and how technologies work, all of which are essential to their future.”

The council’s Executive Director of Community Services Cleland Sneddon said, “We are very aware that almost every field of employment now relies on technology. Through our education and youth services the council is providing young people with every opportunity to realise their potential. This project is important to the economy of Argyll and Bute as the council wishes to offer our young people as much choice as possible in where they live and work.”

Lewis MacKay Aidan Purdie and Olivia Robertson at the Scottish final

PHOTO- Dunoon Primary School Pro-Gamers (l – r) Lewis, Aidan and Olivia with Mary Peek, a classroom assistant who runs the school computing club and accompanied the pupils to both the Scottish and UK final.

Notes

The Kodu Kup is a national game creation competition organised by the Microsoft Educator Network, and is aimed at all children in the UK aged between seven and 14. Students plan and create their games and are encouraged to assess and give one another feedback. 480,000 students throughout the UK have been using Kodu Kup. The long-term goal of this project is to capture the imagination of young people, to showcase what can be created and inspire through technology.

Argyll and Bute Council’s learning technologies team have been providing additional exciting computer science related learning opportunities for young people at primary level. The team were awarded a silver award under the category of ‘Improvement and Innovation in Learning’ at the council’s 2014 excellence awards.

Register for the BBC Micro:bit

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The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life.

Measuring 4cm by 5cm, and designed to be fun and easy to use, users can create anything from games and animations to scrolling stories at school, at home and on the go – all you need is imagination and creativity.

BBC_micro_bitThe BBC micro:bit is completely programmable. That means each of its LEDS can be individually programmed as can its buttons, inputs and outputs, accelerometer, magnetometer and Bluetooth Smart Technology.

The BBC and partners are developing a wide range of support resources for parents, teachers and group leaders. These include projects and ideas on using the device straight away, so children can get coding in minutes.

There will be examples of both formal and informal learning resources. Informal learning resources will be usable outside the school environment, whether that’s at home, events or enthusiast groups or clubs.

For more information click here

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/microbit

To register click here

www.bbcmicrobitschoolregistrationform.co.uk

Weather warnings and lesson resources!

Go to http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/readyforemergencies/index.asp for topical, relevant learning! Has anyone seen the weather warnings and flood warnings that have been issued?

Why does it always rain on me (100 x 100)

Education Scotland’s go-to website for lesson ideas on severe weather and flooding.

Go to http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/weatherandclimatechange/climatechange/index.asp for ideas on taking climate change issues further with your class.

 

 

On a mission to get more girls and women into computing

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/

CPD for Primary Teacher – Unlocking the Thinking Behind Computing

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Computing At School Scotland have a course running soon for teachers who are absolute beginners at Computing and want more confidence and understanding.

You can learn from our video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9SxjjU_-RM

There is more information below and on http://www.cas.scot/unlock/ (as well as a link to an Eventbrite booking page)