May 132015
 

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Moffatt Academy, Dumfries and Galloway
10am to 3pm, Sciences Open Day – 28th May 2015.

We are pleased to announce that Moffatt Academy has kindly agreed to host our next sciences open day event. This professional learning event presents a valuable opportunity to learn about the approaches to sciences developed by the 3-18 all-through school at Moffatt Academy which have been identified through the inspection process as having ‘very good’ provision for its learners.

The event is aimed at Quality Improvement Officers, Science Development Officers, science coordinators, school leaders and primary and secondary practitioners responsibility for sciences as well as national agencies and partner organisations.

The event will provide delegates with an opportunity to hear about various aspects of work taking place across the sciences including:
• innovative practice in relation to primary/secondary transitions both in the all-through setting and also across the cluster
• cluster working groups to develop progressive programmes of study from 3-18
• use of engaging contexts for learning
• development of literacy skills within sciences.

There will be a further session delivered by the school to share their experiences of operating as an all-through school.

In addition, optional professional learning sessions will be run in the afternoon by Education Scotland staff on the following themes:

• Assessment in the sciences within primary and early learning and childcare settings (Louise Morton, Primary Science Development Officer)
• NQ support for sciences through GLOW (Grant McAllister, Secondary Science Development Officer)

To register for this event please use the following survey monkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZJXJVCM

There is no cost to this event. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For further information about the event please contact Joanne Walker:
joanne.walker@educationscotland.gov.uk

May 122015
 

Date: Friday 5 June 2015

Time: 09:30 (for 10:00 start) – 16:00

Venue: Menzies Glasgow Hotel, 27 Washington Street, Glasgow, G3 8AZ

 Target audience: teachers, school managers, local authority education officers, community resilience officers, flood planners, emergency planning officers and civil contingency officers.

As a result of climate change, communities across Scotland are increasingly being affected by flooding and extreme weather events. It is crucial that our children and young people are fully engaged in community resilience programmes so they are able to contribute effectively to building more resilient communities.

This networking event will provide a valuable opportunity to unlock the opportunities within Curriculum for Excellence to develop this important area of learning through partnership approaches. Through stimulating dialogue and discussion, and sharing of interesting practice from schools, it will also help community resilience professionals understand effective ways they can engage with schools further to support this agenda.

This event is free. To book a place at this event please click on this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C66DZ8N It is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment.

For any questions about the event please contact: Joanne.Walker@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

 

May 112015
 

NWED

 
National Women in Engineering Day was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and is dedicated to raising the profile and celebrating the achievements of women in engineering.

Encouraging girls into engineering careers will not only increase diversity and inclusion but help to fill the substantial future job opportunities that have been predicted in this sector.

The idea behind National Women in Engineering Day is to encourage all groups (Governmental, educational, corporate, Professional Engineering Institutions, individuals and other organisations) to organise their own events in support of the day, and link them together for maximum impact through the use of the NWED logo, corresponding website, and supporting resources.

Organisers should aim to get as much publicity for their events as possible, to get ‘engineering’ and ‘girls’ (or women!) into the same sentence as often as possible, and to start to raise the profile of an engineering career as a great choice, with an exciting future, and amazing opportunities.

NWED Resource Packs are now available to request free of charge from nwed@wes.org.uk or to download from the site www.nwed.org.uk.

May 062015
 

Citizen Science workshops for Highland Council practitioners:

Lochaber High School, Fort William 12th May 4:30pm

Millburn Academy, Inverness 13th May 4:30pm

Wick High School, Wick 19th May 4:30pm
Please pass this on to any colleagues you think may be interested.

Citizen science is an exciting way of engaging learners with real-life science in the world around them. Schools across Scotland are undertaking important scientific work, collecting data and using that data to improve their own environment or passing the data to the scientific community. Some great examples of this can be see with the RSPB Birdwatch and the Great British Bee Count.

The workshop will be an opportunity to learn about more of the projects happening around Scotland, learn how to set up your own project and find out more about the OPAL environmental surveys and other organisationsand support they offer.

Practitioners will learn about how citizen science activities can be incorporated into the curriculum, how they can be planned across stages and how the Sciences Progression Framework can be used when planning progression of citizen science activities. The session will then focus on air quality, pulling together the data that is available on Scotland’s Environment web with knowledge and understanding from other resources and linking it to real-life air quality data that learners can collect and analyse.

Resources will be available for practitioners to try out. Survey Packs will be made available to look at and request copies.

There will also be time to share practice and discuss ideas with each other.

For further information/to request a place please use the Highland Council CPD site.

Apr 302015
 

Citizen Science workshops for East Ayrshire Council practitioners:

St. Joseph’s Academy, Kilmarnock 5th May 3:45pm

Mauchline Primary, Mauchline 6th May 3:45pm

Citizen science is an exciting way of engaging learners with real-life science in the world around them. Schools across Scotland are undertaking important scientific work, collecting data and using that data to improve their own environment or passing the data to the scientific community. Some great examples of this can be see with the RSPB Birdwatch and the Great British Bee Count.

The workshop will be an opportunity to learn about more of the projects happening around Scotland, learn how to set up your own project and find out more about the OPAL environmental surveys and other organisations and support they offer.

Practitioners will learn about how citizen science activities can be incorporated into the curriculum, how they can be planned across stages and how the Sciences Progression Framework can be used when planning progression of citizen science activities. The session will then focus on air quality, pulling together the data that is available on Scotland’s Environment web with knowledge and understanding from other resources and linking it to real-life air quality data that learners can collect and analyse.

Resources will be available for practitioners to try out. Survey Packs will be made available to look at and request copies.

There will also be time to share practice and discuss ideas with each other.

For further information/to request a place please contact East Ayshire STEM Co-ordinator Martyn Hendry.

Apr 292015
 

iopSDS

 

 
 

Project Officers, IGB Scotland
Department: Education
Location: Scotland – Central Belt and Fife
Salary:£38,570 p/a (pro-rata)

We are looking for two full time equivalent Project Officers to implement the successful delivery of a new pilot programme working in partnership with Skills development Scotland and Education Scotland; ‘Improving Gender Balance’.

The Project Officers will work closely with schools to find ways of reducing the gender imbalance of students progressing to STEM subject Higher level, particularly in physics. The Project Officers will develop and facilitate a programme which includes three interventions which each trial a different, evidence-based approach to tackling the issue.

Responsibilities

The two Project Officers will support six Partner Schools and their cluster primary schools during the course of the project. The nature of the support will be different for each strand, but may include providing focused support for teachers in the science departments, arranging activities for students in the schools and partner primary schools, and developing and implementing whole school approaches to combatting gender stereotyping.

About You

The successful post-holders will be extremely proactive with a can-do attitude. They will have excellent project management skills and a high level of interpersonal and communication skills, including a proven ability to influence others and gain trust and commitment.
•A degree or equivalent in a science or social science subject is essential.
•A familiarity with the Scottish secondary school system and with the issues surrounding gender imbalance in schools is also required.

The posts can be home based or based in Education Scotland’s offices, although the post-holders will spend the majority of their working hours in the Partner Schools, which will be in the Central Belt and Fife. Regular travel to the schools will therefore be an essential part of the role.

About Us

There are a variety of full time, part time and flexible positions available. The posts are offered on a fixed term contract of one year, with a probable extension for a further two years.

In addition to a competitive salary, we also offer employees a comprehensive benefits package including an excellent pension scheme, private medical insurance and generous annual leave. We also offer a range of other benefits including childcare vouchers, gym membership and travel insurance.

For further information on this role please see the job description below

The Insitute kindly requests no contact from recruitment agencies regarding this role.

Closing date for applications: Monday 4 May 2015

Interviews to be held: Friday 22 May 2015 at The Royal Society of Edinburgh
Further Information
Job Description

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Apr 272015
 

weather and climate changeHolidaying in Ibiza or even backpacking across Europe was not an option last summer for four inspirational undergraduate students from all across Scotland, who spurned the ordinary and instead single-handedly organised an extraordinary trip to the Arctic.

The main purpose of the trip was to study how climate change is affecting the landscape and the people of the Arctic.

Team leader, Cameron MacKay, was motivated to go on the trip due to his strong interest in climate change. To record the effects of climate change they used camera drones, art and social research. They responded to what they saw through creating music and art work.

To hear more from Cameron and the rest of his team tune in to our Glow meet on Wednesday 27th May, 10.45 – 11.45. They will be showing footage of the trip and answering your questions.

Take a look beforehand on Education Scotland’s Weather and Climate Change page http://bit.ly/WeatherandClimateChange Click on Climate Change then Climate Change in Greenland.

This Glow meet is aimed at upper primary and lower secondary.

To register : https://meet.glowscotland.org.uk/climatechange/event/event_info.html

V2 weather and climate change

Apr 212015
 

dundee science centre

Throughout the last term Dundee Science Centre’s STEM Learning Team have visited 10 secondary schools across Dundee, Fife, Perth and Kinross and Angus with Dr Stephen Watt of the Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre, University of Dundee. The team took groups of senior phase learners through an electrophoresis workshop developed to suit Unit 1 of the new CfE Higher Human Biology course.

 

The context was skin cancer, and the workshop had three distinct strands. Stephen had some DNA samples of a particular oncogene which the pupils had to prepare for loading, load into the gels, and then analyse the gels to determine which samples were healthy skin and which were cancerous.

 

Cancer workshop Crieff HS

Whilst the gels ran, they had the opportunity to study healthy and cancerous skin tissue through microscopes, identifying key features of each. There was also time for the pupils to speak to Stephen, to ask questions about skin cancer and what it is like to be a research scientist.

 

 

The groups then went through a data analysis task to see which type of cancer treatment is most effective – chemotherapy or targeted treatments.

The workshop provided an excellent opportunity for young people to learn from a professional scientist about world leading research.

Here’s what teachers said:

“It fitted in well to the Higher Human course”

“Pupils really enjoyed the workshop”

“An absolutely fantastic workshop, thank you!”

“I would personally love it if you were able to come out again when we are teaching CfE Higher Human next year!”

 

Dundee Science Centre hopes to be able to offer this experience again in the future. If you’d be interested to find out more, get in touch by e-mailing learning@dundeesciencecentre.org.uk

 

Apr 212015
 

Capture

The light at the end of the tunnel

This year’s Institute of Physics Stirling Meeting will take place at the Stirling Court Hotel (formerly known as the Management Centre) on Wednesday 20th May. Full details, including the programme and the online registration system are available at www.stirlingmeeting.org

Registration deadline is 15th May.

Once again SSERC will be distributing free a valuable educational resource to all delegates who are currently teaching in schools.

Apr 202015
 

Citizen science on prime time!

Sunday night’s Countryfile programme on BBC1 highlighted the issue of tree diseases and the effect on our environment and our economy.

The biggest threat to British trees is disease – and in many cases there’s no cure. The Countryfile team investigated the threats to our woodland and found out what we can all do to defend our trees including collecting data using the Forestry Commision website and app. You can also use the OPAL Tree Health survey to record findings.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05s7lpw