Tag Archives: STEM

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.

Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – Niall Caldwell

Small- SESLA Niall CaldwallJoin us for the first opportunity to chat to an engineer who can help you as part of this year’s Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – Niall Caldwell.

Niall Caldwell is the Managing Director of Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd., which is a company based in Loanhead (near Edinburgh). They develop fluid power technology, which combines mechanisms with computers and electronics.

These days Niall spends a lot of time on the business management of the company, but he still finds time to do some technical work. He builds and tests mathematical computer models to predict how our machines will work when installed, for instance in a wind turbine. Using these models he can design the control system and predict the behaviour in all the different situations which can happen (for instance start up, shut down, emergency stop) before they actually build the machine. He makes these models by combining his understanding of the physics and mathematics of the machines with the results of experiments, to make a model which is complex enough to be realistic – while being simple enough to give an answer quickly. But no matter how much he thinks it through, when the machine finally starts working…there are always surprises!

Join Niall on Wednesday 3rd February at 11am to ask your questions and find out more!
Sign up now in Glow TV – Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – Niall Caldwell

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.

Professional Recognition: Engineering STEM Learning


Professional Recognition is a means for teachers in Scotland to engage with Professional Enquiry at a master’s level in pedagogical or subject specific areas. Our year-long programme will allow teachers to gain Professional Recognition in an area of expertise which is accredited by Primary Engineer and moderated by the GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland). The programme is funded by Skills Development Scotland.

If you have taken part in a Primary Engineer training day you can undertake the Professional Rcognition for free. If you would like to find out more about the programme click on the link below.

 Professional Recognition

DESMOS Support for Practitioners

Desmos is a graphing calculator which millions of students around the world use for free.   Desmos also create activities on top of that calculator, helping students use a powerful tool to experience all the curiosity, beauty, and sense that math has to offer. Those activities were used so often by so many teachers around the world they created an Activity Builder, helping every teacher create digital math activities that equal and exceed the activities they create themselves.

Using this activity builder the National Mathematics Development Group has created online support for the SQA National Qualifications.

Please log on to GLOW and visit our blog which has handy hints and tips for practitioners alongside activities linked to the SQA Assessment Standards for National 5 , Higher and Advanced Higher Mathematics.


The Lightbox Project – free drop-in events

Lightbox Advert  (1)The Lightbox Project is a free community initiative run by Utilita Energy, offering family-friendly workshop events across Great Britain.  Engaging, fun and educational, these drop-in events are free and accessible to all.  Staff from Utilita Energy in partnership with educational company, ComputerXplorers, come together with an array of technology suppliers to present an exciting mix of interactive and educational technology fun.

There will be a wide range of fun activities such as a 3D printer producing an army of robots, coding to introduce young people to the world of computer programming and the Oculus Rift Reality Headset which immerses you inside a video game and makes you feel like you’re really there. And the best thing is, it’s COMPLETELY FREE! – No need to book, just drop-in!


22 – 23 Jan (10.30 am – 4 pm):  Glasgow, the Barras Centre

29 – 30 Jan (10.30 am – 4 pm):  Edinburgh, The Biscuit Factory

15 – 16 Feb (10.30 am – 4 pm):  Glasgow, SWG3 Studio Warehouse

For more information about the Lightbox Project, workshops, dates, venues and directions, please visit: www.utilita.co.uk/lightboxproject

Natural Partners Project in the Botanics

Natural partners poster

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!


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

Countdown to Christmas

holly-161189_960_720 ‘Tis the season to be jolly  holly-161189_960_720

Let’s have a jolly time trying to solve the puzzles on the nrich Advent Calendars

Primary Advent Calendar 2015 

Twenty-four activities, one for each day in the run-up to Christmas. This year, the tasks have been chosen to encourage mathematical creativity.

Secondary Advent Calendar 2015

Explore a task from nrich Wild Maths site on each day in the run up to Christmas.Ho3


Trash Trek Challenge 2015

In August it was announced that more than 600 children ages 9 toFFL logo 16* from schools over Scotland will explore the fascinating world of Waste!

From collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse, there is more to your waste than meets the eye.  Join FIRST LEGO League teams on a ‘Trash Trek’ to discover the hidden (or not so hidden) world of Waste!

With the schools working in teams of ten engaging industry experts, STEM ambassadors and undertaking in depth research they are about to enter the competition stages with events to be held in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

The first of these will be held at the School of Computing Science and Digital Media on 12th December 2015.

This event is primarily a celebration of the efforts put in by the teams and their coaches, and of the energetic and inventive way in which the teams have met the tough challenges posed to them. Organisers are looking forward to seeing this year’s teams and the class of 2015 robots, which will be put through their paces in a sports-like atmosphere! Judges are particularly keen to discuss the relevance of the skills they learned during the project and the connection they made between the skills they learned and the real world of the waste industry.

In First Lego League learners need to think like scientists and engineers as they programme a robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points, devising a solution to a problem as part of their project, all while being guided by the FLL Core Values.

These three elements – the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values – make up the Challenge.

Registration will open soon for the 2015 First Lego League World Class Challenge, What is the future of learning? exploring how we gather knowledge and develop skills in the 21st Century.

The judges are also eager to see the teams present their ideas on how to tackle the World’s big problem of waste. Will the teams think of a way to reduce the amount of rubbish we produce or instead invent a better and more creative way to deal with the waste we have piling up?

The winning team is invited to attend the UK National Finals at Loughborough University on Sunday 21st February 2016. We will provide £1000 for the champions to put toward attending this event. For the top teams at Loughborough there will be the opportunity to take part in the international finals in the USA.

For more information: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/mission/support#sthash.PAN7FUy8.dpuf