Tag Archives: STEM

‘Design-Engineer- Construct’: The Engineering Challenge for Schools now SCQF credit rated

DEC ChallengeDesign Engineer Construct!®  has now been formally recognised in Scotland thanks to the key support of the Chartered Institute of Building, and is already piloting in Drummond High School in Edinburgh, Garnock Academy in Kilbirnie, and St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock where student take up and attitude has been impressive.

Comprising an introductory and intermediate programme of study, DEC! has been credit rated onto the SCQF by SQA’s Credit Rating Service at SCQF Levels 4 and 6, both carrying 16 credits. SCQF levels 4 and 6 correspond to level 2 and 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

DEC! offers young people numerous opportunities to access a wide variety of career pathways, thanks especially to the innovative ‘Adopt a School’ industry partnership scheme that brings professionals into the classroom to support teachers in educating the future of construction and changing the lives of young people. A wrap around teacher training programme is the icing on the cake.

Find out more here.

Inspiring young Scottish women to choose careers in engineering

Senior2 PWP_0752Female secondary school pupils are being encouraged to build careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) sectors thanks to a Skills Development Scotland (SDS) project.

Pupils from Calderside Academy and Cathkin High School in South Lanarkshire were the latest to get hands-on industry experience with visits to employers.

The visits are aimed at encouraging female pupils to widen their career options and to consider Modern Apprenticeships.

Engineering firms Rolls-Royce in Renfrew, GE Aviation in Prestwick and motor industry training provider LAGTA in Motherwell all opened their doors to provide taster-sessions and role model talks.

Pupils also got the chance to build rockets and create a computer game at City of Glasgow College’s engineering department.

The series of ‘Why Not Get Into…’ activity aims to get more young women to consider careers in STEM related roles.

For more information go to SDS’s website.

Digital Xtra Fund NOW OPEN #DigitalXtra

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Coding, computing, web development and digital animation are just some of the activities that could benefit from Digital Xtra, a new fund dedicated to widening access to extracurricular computing related projects in Scotland which opens for applications today!

The fund aims to make extracurricular computing clubs accessible to all young people aged 16 and under, wherever they live in Scotland. A panel of experts from Scotland’s digital technologies industry, Scottish Government and education will evaluate applications.

The fund is calling for applications from a wide range of organisations with the capability to deliver, as well as from existing projects who are encouraged to use the opportunity to pioneer new approaches or expand to rural areas. The evaluation panel will prioritise projects that demonstrate scalability, sustainability and innovative ways of engaging additional young people, especially in areas where there is a shortage of provision.Lego_League_018_original (2)

Projects must involve young people in activities that develop computational thinking rather than simply consuming or learning about technologies. Successful applications will include activities which increase the number of young people taking part in computer science related activities across Scotland, improve participation of girls and underrepresented groups and promote computing science as an attractive career path.

Applications are open now through Public Contract Scotland where full information can be found. http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=MAY244554

Deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 17 June 2016.  All questions or queries should be submitted via the Public Contracts Scotland portal Any issues with registration please contact PCS helpline direct on 0800 222 9003







Digital Xtra Fund now open!

digital world eyeThis new fund will support Scotland’s drive to attract more young people into digital careers by widening access to extracurricular and enrichment activities that bring technology to life.

The new Digital Xtra fund will be dedicated to ensuring that every child across the country has the opportunity to benefit from exciting and challenging digital activities such as after school coding clubs, competitions and innovative classroom programmes.

The £250,000 fund will be administered centrally by Skills Development Scotland and will accept applications from a wide range of organisations across Scotland such as education providers and schools, the voluntary sector and employers. 

Applications and full criteria and documentation are available online via the Public Contracts Scotland website.

Deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 17 June 2016.  All questions or queries should be submitted via the Public Contracts Scotland portal.  Any issues with registration please contact PCS helpline direct on 0800 222 9003



Teachers/STEM Ambassadors: Introduction to BBC micro:bit NXP East Kilbride


NXP in East Kilbride (formerly Freescale) has a number of components on the micro:bit and they are keen to let teachers know more about the device, how to programme it and what it is capable of.  By matching their team of STEM Ambassadors with STEM Ambassadors from BT and other organisations, they are delighted to host this event on behalf of Science Connects.

This event will be held:

Date: Thursday 19th May

Time: 4 – 6:30pm (registration from 3:30pm)

Venue: NXP East Kilbride, G75 0TG

Teachers will have the opportunity to try out the devices in hands-on sessions with STEM Ambassadors and  this will be your opportunity to discuss with Ambassadors where micro:bits can be used to their full potential.  You can make the link with Ambassadors at this event and encourage them to visit your school to take ideas and projects further.

There are spaces for 35 secondary school teachers from all over the West of Scotland at this event, and they can be from any STEM related dept, not necessarily computing related.  However, due to space limitations we can only accept 1 teacher from each school.  Please liaise with your colleagues as to who is best to attend. If more than one wishes to attend please let me know and I will add names to a waiting list.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis so register on Eventbrite today, using this link.

Careers Hive LIVE!

Small- Careers HiveCareers Hive, an innovative careers event for S1-S3 pupils hopes to encourage young learners to keep studying science and technology subjects at secondary school. At its core, Careers Hive hopes to inspire the young people attending to consider keeping Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects in their course choices to leave the door open to them, eventually playing a part in the burgeoning and exciting science, tech and innovation sectors.

Join us live through Glow TV from the Careers Hive to have an opportunity to speak to Jules Howard, a zoologist, writer, blogger and broadcaster. He writes on a host of topics relating to zoology and wildlife conservation, and appears regularly in BBC Wildlife Magazine and on radio and TV, including on BBC’s The One Show.

Also Andrew Tibbles who works as Studio mentor for MAKLab. Founded in 2012, MAKLab is a network of creative spaces that provides people with access to the latest disruptive technologies. They deliver teaching workshops, community outreach programmes, professional development and accredited learning for a wide demographic across Scotland.

Finally Alexandra Constantinou who works as an Engineering apprentice for Siemens – the largest engineering company in Europe. Get an opportunity to ask YOUR questions!

Sign up and join us on Tuesday 1st March at 2pm – Careers Hive LIVE!

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.

A Manufacturing Future in Scotland

ManufacturingThis Action Plan sets out the course of ambitions, opportunities and challenges for the manufacturing industry in Scotland.  It refers to anticipated skills demands in particular around STEM subjects as well as the challenge faced to address the underrepresentation of women in this sector. In this context reference is  made to the Career Education and Work Placements Standard as well as the guidance  School/Employer Partnerships (see page 10).

The Primary Engineer initiative is highlighted as supporting the STEM agenda in education (see page 22) and the impact this has on learners for example in East Ayrshire.

Access the full report here:   A manufacturing future for Scotland


Pass it on Week

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How your school can get involved in Scotland’s most exciting environmental week

Get donating, swapping, sharing and repairing for Pass it on Week

Pass it on Week is Scotland’s annual week for helping the planet by keeping items in use for as long as possible – by passing things we no longer use on to someone else.

Why should my school get involved?

Extending the life of products has a massive environmental benefit, so Pass it on Week is a great opportunity to educate children about climate change in a really practical way by looking at the things we own and don’t use, thinking about the impact making things have on the planet and taking action to get the greatest possible use out of things.

What sort of things can I do?

You can do all kinds of activities for Pass it on Week:

  • Hold a swap shop with the pupils. This could be for books, DVDs, computer games, toys or clothes.
  • Hold a swap shop aimed at parents, for passing on or swapping school uniforms that children have grown out of, or items like football boots and other sports equipment.
  • Hold a charity donation – bring in the social benefits of passing things by collecting for a local charity.
  • Hold a second hand sale and raise money – for the school or another good cause.
  • Do basic repair sessions, such as showing children how to sew a button back on a piece of clothing.

What resources are available?

Get ideas – Download our Pass it on Week toolkit for ideas of what kind of event you could put on.

Plan your event – Download our ‘how-to’ guides for more info on planning a repair café, a swish, a table top/car boot sale, an upcycling workshop, a give box or a lending library.

Promote your event – We have a range of posters, including empty belly posters, general PIOW posters, ‘Donations Welcome’ posters for collections, specific posters for those holding either swap shops, repair sessions, a swish or upcycling workshops and web banners and email footer. Download them from our resources page (links in the right hand corner under ‘Related Items’).

Register you event online

You can register your event on the Pass it on Week website and let everyone know what you’re doing. We can also shout about it for you then – our national call to action will be to go to the website and find out what’s happening in your local area. Even if your event is not open to the general public, it’s still good to register it so local media can see what schools are doing in the area – you might get in the paper! Register your event in our online events listing.


If you’ve got any questions, please contact Miriam Adcock: Miriam.adcock@zerowastescotland.org.uk

Formula 1 in Schools Broad General Education Curriculum Guide Event

This event has been developed to show how the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge could be used to deliver Level 3 and/or 4 of the CDEG Technologies Curriculum. Through the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge pupils will be able become secure in the Experiences and Outcomes at the Level to which Practitioners wish to deliver them, be it Level 3, 4 or both. Building on prior learning from the SALs and the development of new knowledge and skills pupils will complete a series of activities which are based around the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge. Participants at the event will get to see demonstrations on a variety of machines, equipment as well as detailed information about how the activities and challenges can be used to deliver the Craft, Design, Engineering and Graphics Curriculum. Click to sign up for this event, the password is F1inschools.

Live webcast: Equalities and Inclusion, New date/time: 4 Feb @ 1pm

When is it?  Thursday, 4 February, 1 – 2 pmRoadmap

Who is this for?  Teachers,  employers, parents/carers and anyone one else interested or involved  in the development of  equalities and inclusion agenda, particularly around career education from 3 -18.

Where?  Live on Glow TV

Sign up here: https://meet.glowscotland.org.uk/equalitiesandinclusion/event/registration.html

About the Glow Meet:

This interactive session will  bring you key information about the latest developments of the area of Developing the Young Workforce.

You will hear from Charlotte Govan, project officer for Improving Gender Balance with a particular focus on STEM career pathways. She will share some of the latest facts and initiatives with you on how to embed careers and contexts in your teaching to promote gender balance.

The session will also provide an overview of the ‘Modern Apprenticeships for All’ programme delivered by Oumar Akram from BEMIS as well as information on wider employability issues relating to ethnic and cultural minority communities.

Time will be set aside for you to ask questions about the presentations as well as the wider Developing the Young Workforce agenda.

Hope you can tune in and join us.