Material World is a resource that has been developed for secondary schools, designed to use textiles as a medium for delivering learning outcomes related to the STEM, Circular Economy & Sustainability and Developing the Young Workforce agendas. The resource uses case studies of Scottish textile, leather and fashion companies to provide young people with a deeper understanding of the processes used, and products made in Scotland today. Themed activities are linked to the case studies to deepen their learning and skills analysis sheets link the learning through activities, to jobs in the sector.
Colourful posters, de-bunking creativity myths and exploring creativity skills for learners and staff, are currently being delivered to every school and early learning and childcare centre in Scotland as part of Education Scotland’s work on the national Creative Learning Plan.
The posters support learners, teachers and leaders in sharing a common understanding of creativity skills, and their place across all subjects and areas of school life.
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.
Busby Primary School (East Renfrewshire) has developed a highly dynamic initiative that focuses on enhancing skills for learning, life and work from early years to P7. Based on a masterclass concept, headteacher Sharon Hunter has inspired the Skills Academy, a programme that brings together staff, employers, parents and community organisations to provide inspirational, progressive learning experiences for all children and young people. The timetabled programme is built around five cross-cutting themes which learners access on a rotational basis:
Design & Manufacture
Throughout the academy programme pupils collaborate with each other across Early, First and Second Levels. Its successful implementation is based on the strategic planning and support provided by the school’s leadership team, enabling all staff to engage according to their interests through relevant CLPL opportunities.
As a result learners are progressively developing a employability and career management skills throughout their primary education. The programme offers a wide range of contextualised learning experiences as varied as hosting an art exhibition, creating an outdoor learning space (eg. building a stage and planting a scented garden), working with a professional film maker and designing apps. First hand experience in the catering industry has resulted in learners collaboratively catering for large audiences (eg. Burns Supper).
Leaners are fully aware of the skills they develop through the academy programme, how these relate to world of work and the value these hold for their future pathways.
Take part in SCDI’s flooding emergency project I’m an engineer I can help here, aimed at primary schools. There are prizes of up to £300 available. To enter return the entry-form-2017by 30 April 2017. Shortlisted schools will then be invited to present their project at the Celebration of engineering and Science at Glasgow Science Centre on 9 June.