Tag Archives: Sciences

Save the Children Resilience Project

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Save the Children are looking for two schools to take part in a resilience project that aims to strengthen children’s understanding of emergencies and the actions they can take to prepare themselves, their families and their communities.  Click here for more information on the project .  It is aimed at children aged 9 – 11 and participating schools will be given a £1000 budget.

You can also contact Graham Clark, Programmes Manager g.clark@savethechildren.org.uk for more information.

 

Natural Partners Project in the Botanics

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Natural Partners — STEM  and Learning for Sustainability  :  in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland  and Forest Research…

THIS WEEKEND from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Come to the Royal Botanics to see and take part in an project developed and hosted by Design and Technology PGDE   with support from  Science  PGDE students. We invite people of all ages to drop in and stay as long as they want with us at the Real Life Science Lab in the  John Hope Gateway within the Botanics in Edinburgh … have a go at practical activities and learn  more about outdoor learning and sustainability through infographics, visual displays, making stuff  and  discussion!   

If you are simply dropping in, with or without kids, then your interest is very very appreciated!

It’s FREE

For more information go to: http://www.rbge.org.uk/whats-on/event-details/3971

Today (Mon 23rd Nov, 2015) is… Fibonacci Day

Writing November 23rd the American way, we have 1123 – what a coincidence. They are the first four numbers of Fibonacci’s sequence.

Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Fibonacci, is responsible for the Fibonacci Sequence (or Fibonacci numbers) – a pattern of counting where each number is the sum of the previous two. As well as being prevalent in nature, this kind of system is used widely in computer data storage and processing, and Fibonacci Day recognises the importance and value of Fibonacci’s contributions to mathematics.

Below is a link to some resources and investigations that can be used in the classroom.

http://nrich.maths.org/public/search.php?search=fibonacci

Come and meet the experts and find out about air pollution!

Free professional learning workshops available for practitioners at Hillpark Secondary School, Glasgow on 25th November 4 – 6pm.

Come along and learn about air pollution, how to use data about air quality in your classes and finding indicator species such as lichen in your local area!

Sign up using our simple survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AirQualityCPD

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Professional learning workshops from OPAL, SEPA and Ricardo Energy

Free professional learning workshops available for practitioners at Hillpark Secondary School, Glasgow on 25th November 4 – 6pm.

Come along and learn about air pollution, how to use data about air quality in your classes and finding indicator species such as lichen in your local area!

Sign up using our simple survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AirQualityCPD

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Get outside and Get Learning!

Want to get outside and start finding out about the environment around you? These brand new professional learning videos from Scotland’s Environment are a great place to start. With information for practitioners and learners, they provide a step-by-step guide on how to measure soil pH, look for invertebrates in your local pond, sample small mammal populations and more!

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They are all part of an exciting new resource available from Scotland’s Environment website: Get Learning. The home of environmental data and information about Scotland for learning and teaching.

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Always dreamed of being a fossil hunter? Now’s your chance!

Always dreamed of being a fossil hunter? Now’s your chance – and you don’t have to leave home.

A citizen science project called FossilFinder is asking volunteers to look through high-resolution photos of the Turkana basin in Kenya taken from drones and kites, with the hope that they will spot newly exposed fossils before they erode away.

http://www.fossilfinder.org/

The team at Zooniverse ask you to help them document what is seen on surface images, including fossil fragments and other artifacts, to assist them in reconstructing past landscapes and environments. More eyes, more information, more discoveries.

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.

New videos for Science

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The National STEM Centre have just added six great film clips to the eLibrary, covering areas of the curriculum such as electricity generation, electromagnetism and the physics of car crashes.

The film clips in this collection were produced by Pumpkin Interactive, whose aim is to provide case studies of real life applications to illustrate some of the more complex scientific concepts and theories. Themes covered include: forces and motion, waves and imaging and electricity generation, transmission and distribution