Tag Archives: Global Citizenship

Bee Diverse

The Bee Diverse campaign, from Keep Scotland Beautiful, encourages and enables communities, groups, organisations, individuals (or anyone interested) to plant for pollinators, and to encourage biodiversity. With the aim of creating healthy outdoor spaces for communities to enjoy and enabling people to learn more about biodiversity, this campaign also reconnects people with their environment.

By registering your interest, you will be able to apply for seed mixes crafted especially for our pollinator pals, as well as resources that will give you some of the know-how about biodiversity, pollinators, and how to maintain and benefit from your new biodiverse space!

Launch of SEPA kids

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New website launch!  Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have just launched a new website for children.  It gives practical information on how to prepare for flooding as well as how to keep safe near flood water and this includes how to keep pets safe too.   There’s a flood game that can be downloaded and reinforces the key messages of keeping safe around flood water and of being prepared.  There are  some short informative animations to help get the message across as well.  The website also contains information about how flooding happens.

If this is a topic you are covering in the classroom you can also visit Education Scotland’s website Ready for Emergencies as it has learning journeys and resources to support lessons on flooding and severe weather.

This is a topic that can be used as a context for learning in science, health and wellbeing and social studies.

Get Energised

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FREE Secondary Schools Renewable Energy Programme

Get Energised Challenge Days

Level: National Qualifications 4-5 Physics

Pupil numbers: Pupils work in teams of four, competing against teams from other schools. Maximum 20 pupils (five teams) from each school at each Challenge Day.

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National Museum of Rural Life (East Kilbride)

Wed 28, Thu 29 & Fri 30 Oct 2015

National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)

Mon 9 & Tue 10 Nov 2015

Inspire your pupils to discover more about the renewable energy industry. Pupils will conduct experiments, meet industry experts and work cooperatively to solve problems. The day includes solar, wind, hydro and marine power challenges and each Challenge Day concludes with a keynote speaker from the industry. One team at each Challenge Day will win a prize for themselves and their school.

Science Investigation Days

Level: S1–2 pupils Pupil numbers: National Museum of Scotland 50 pupils; National Museum of Rural Life 40 pupils

Dates available:

National Museum of Rural Life (East Kilbride)

Fri 23 & Mon 26 Oct 2015, Mon 21 & Tue 22 Mar 2016, Thu 14 & Fri 15 Apr 2016

National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)

Wed 11 Nov 2015, Mon 1 & Tue 2 Feb 2016, Mon 9 & Tue 10 May 2016

 

Pupils will discover more about renewable energy in Scotland through a series of hands-on, group-work activities. The day will provide an introduction to the range of renewable energies in Scotland, followed by the chance for pupils to build their own hydro turbine, and engineer a wave technology model.

 

To book, complete our online booking enquiry form: www.nms.ac.uk/schoolbooking

You can also contact us on schools@nms.ac.uk

Get Energised is made possible by the generous support of the ScottishPower Foundation. Find out more online: www.nms.ac.uk/getenergised

 

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10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

hurricane katrina3This week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

It also marks the week that New Orleans launch their resilience road map which they hope will help them tackle climate and social challenges, like poverty, racial inequality and crime.  They are keen for the public’s awareness of environmental issues to be improved so their road map stresses the importance of implementing projects that will help urban areas live with stormwater – not keep it out.

This project is a joint effort between the city and Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative.

As a practitioner you could use this information to compare and contrast New Orleans with Glasgow which is also part of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative.  Both cities have suffered from flooding, what are the similarities and differences?

This could also be used as a context for looking more closely at the climate change issue.

Education Scotland’s Ready for Emergencies and Weather and Climate Change websites could help with this further through their teaching and learning resources.

#TellTheUN your experiences of life in Scotland

UN_5Organised in conjunction with SCCYP (Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People), The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child is sending a representative to Scotland to find out about young people’s lives in our country― and they’d like to hear your views.

If you’re under 18, you can use the hashtag #TellTheUN on Twitter to highlight your experiences – good or bad – of life in Scotland. You could also include what you think needs to happen to improve access to your rights. We’ll then send them to UN representative Amal Aldoseri ahead of her visit to Scotland on Thursday 3 September.

Topics which you might want to think about could include:

  • your school
  • your community
  • your experiences of health services
  • your family
  • your work.

thumbnail2If you don’t use Twitter you can forward questions to Amal by posting replies on the following Glow blog. Teachers and pupils will require a Glow login to do so.

http://bit.ly/AskTheUN

1415208720655Amal will talk to children in a special Glow TV event from 9:30am to 10am on Thursday 3 September about the views and opinions she recieves. While she’ll be able to take some comments directly, it’s best that children’s views are submitted to us by Tuesday 1 September, so we can forward them to Amal in advance.

Email SCCYP the views of children you teach.

Sign your class up to see Amal on Glow.

Community resilience mini conference report

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To find out what was discussed at the very successful networking event held by Education Scotland on 5th June at the Menzies Hotel in Glasgow download the mini conference report.

The focus was on making links between community resilience and Curriculum for Excellence with a focus on science, health and wellbeing and social studies.  Educators and community resilience professionals came together to raise awareness of the opportunities for community resilience within Curriculum for Excellence that would enable a partnership approach to promoting community resilience in schools.

£100 million waste water tunnel

shieldhall tunnelGlasgow’s sewers have not been updated since Victorian times so they are prone to flooding. Scottish Water have invested £100 million into the Shieldhall Tunnel in the south of Glasgow to combat this.

If you are a community resilience professional, this is an opportunity to engage with schools. It can be linked to work on weather, flooding and climate change.

How?  You could meet with the  Eco-Committee of  schools in the surrounding area (it will run between Queen’s Park and Craigton Industrial Estate via Pollok Park and Bellahouston Park), tell them about the work being done and encourage them to share this with their own class. Offer to give a tour of the scheme.

If you don’t live in this area then contact your local school about the flood protection scheme near them.  Help them find out more about it.

Contact Eilidh.Soussi@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk for further support with this.

 

Community resilience networking event Dec 4th 2015

Target audience: community resilience officers keen to engage with schools, teachers, QIO’s, middle and senior managers.

Ferguslie Park FloodingScotland’s climate is changing and communities across Scotland are becoming increasingly affected by flooding and extreme weather events.  We want our young people to be prepared!  If you would like to find out how to engage young people with this issue through science, health and wellbeing and social studies then come along to the next community resilience networking event. It is a free event and will take place on 4th December 2015 at Atlantic Quay, Glasgow.

This event follows on from a very successful networking day held by Education Scotland in June. The focus was on making links between community resilience and Curriculum for Excellence. Educators and community resilience professionals came together to raise awareness of the opportunities for community resilience within Curriculum for Excellence that would enable a partnership approach to promoting community resilience in schools.

To find out what was discussed and to give you a flavour of the next event, download the mini conference report.

There will be marketplace opportunities to promote your organisation or community resilience activities taking place in your school. Email joanne.walker@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk if you are interested in having a stall.

Book your place here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global interest in climate change

Climate change is an important global issue.  Barak Obama has recently spoken out about it and even One Direction have joined the discussion.  Now religious leaders have been adding their support…

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Engage students with comments from the Pope and Islamic leaders on climate change.

Climate change was given worldwide attention through an encyclical from the Pope on 18th June, explaining his latest teaching. He states that human activity in developed industrialised countries is doing the most damage to the climate; http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/19/world/europe/pope-francis-in-sweeping-encyclical-calls-for-swift-action-on-climate-change.html?_r=0

 

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1.6 billion Muslims have been called on to play an active role in tackling climate change by Islamic leaders.  Furthermore they want all nations and their leaders to commit to a zero emissions strategy ASAP;

http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/islamic-declaration-on-climate-change/

This is an excellent opportunity to get a discussion going in your classroom on a very topical issue.

 

 

Can nuclear power solve the energy gap?

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Sam Smidt is one of the lead educators on The Open University’s free online course, The Science of Nuclear Energy. In this post, she discusses whether nuclear power can – or should – have a role in our future.

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Decommissioning old coal, gas and nuclear power stations in the 2020s will result in a shortfall of energy in the UK – an “energy gap.” The debate about how best to make up that shortfall really polarises public opinion. Should we invest in nuclear energy? Will renewable energy provide enough to fill the gap?

Many people believe we should commit to renewable energy sources, such as wind, wave and solar energy, which are carbon free and don’t carry any of the risks and concerns about nuclear energy.

But renewables carry their own problems – the supply of energy is intermittent, they are still relatively expensive, and there are lots of issues about where to site wind or solar farms.

So, why are there concerns about nuclear power and are they founded? What are the pros and cons of nuclear power?

The pros and cons of nuclear power

On the plus side, it’s the most straightforward way of reducing the UK greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. It would offer energy security, meaning we would be less dependent on imported power and we can assure the fuel needed for the full lifetime of a new reactor.

But on the minus side, it’s expensive to build new reactors and investors won’t get a return on their investment for many years and therefore want guarantees about the return they will get.

There are environmental risks which were highlighted recently by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011. This led Germany to cancel its entire nuclear programme.

Then there are the issues around nuclear waste – while new reactors must have plans for dealing with the waste designed in from the outset, there is still lots of uncertainty about how to deal with the long-term storage of nuclear waste from the last half century.

Should nuclear power solve the energy gap?

So, can nuclear power solve the energy gap? The answer to this is a fairly certain yes, so perhaps a better question is “Should nuclear power solve the energy gap?” The answer to that is much harder to give.

What is clear is that the energy gap should be addressed in more than one way. While nuclear power may be one facet of our future energy portfolio, green, renewable energy sources must continue to be developed and should form an increasing part of our energy portfolio.

The potential for smart meters and increased energy efficiency measures must be exploited faster to change the way we consume electricity. By being smarter in the ways in which we consume energy and diversifying the ways in which we generate energy, we might be able to minimise our dependence on energy sources that we are not comfortable with.

What do you think? Should nuclear power solve the energy gap? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below or using #FLnuclear15. Or to find out more about the intricacies of this debate, join the free online course, The Science of Nuclear Energy.