Tag Archives: STEM

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

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.


Create Wearable Technology with Raspberry Pi

Raspi Competition

PA Consulting are challenging students to use the Raspberry Pi to drive innovation in sport and leisure.  From creating wearable performance-monitoring technology through to developing a crowd-control app for use in stadiums, your imagination really is the limit!


The Raspberry Pi is one of the most exciting innovations of recent years. This affordable, credit-card-sized computer aims to inspire the next generation of software and hardware engineers to develop their programming skills and take an active interest in innovating across many industries.


Cyber Christmas Lecture Tour 2015 #christmascyber2015

Cyber security lecture

The Cyber Christmas lectures have been running since 2012, always the week before Christmas and always in Universities across Scotland. The lectures have been aimed at School pupils and the intention is to inspire a new generation into careers in cyber security and the digital sector.

Supported by Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, SICSA and Skills Development Scotland the free lectures compliment the three themes that the new National Progression Award in Cyber Security are based on:

Digital Forensics
Ethical Hacking
Data Security

Cyber Security is a fast evolving area of technology with many more well paid and fulfilling jobs than can be filled for many years. Scotland is taking a global lead in protecting and educating. These lectures, provided by industry experts, will bring the subject area to life in a educational but fun session.


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


Numeracy and Mathematics Resources

National Numeracy and Mathematics HubESLogohub


The National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub is a virtual learning environment for all practitioners. The Hub provides an innovative approach to career-long professional learning for all practitioners in all sectors. It is an interactive, virtual learning environment which offers practitioners:

  • Professional learning in different aspects of numeracy with a focus on progression, numeracy and mathematics skills, numeracy across learning, assessment and moderation and teaching.
  • Career-long professional learning opportunities of various types such as broadcasts, professional reading and action research.
  • An easy to use environment where you can share and work with colleagues from across Scotland as well as those from your own school or authority​.

Education Scotland website:



Provides practitioners with excellent resources and guidance to help develop learning and teaching in Numeracy and Mathematics including;

 National Numeracy Progression Frameworkprogression – This resource has been created to deepen practitioners’ knowledge and understanding of progression within the experiences and outcomes for numeracy and mathematics. It included progression pathways with key milestones and building blocks for each of the numeracy organisers. Mathematics pathways coming soon, along with previous knowledge and understanding and exemplification.

Professional Learning Resources – These professional learning resources provide guidance and advice to help inform learning and teaching practices in line with the main objectives of the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN). There are PLR’s for;


There is also information on Assessing progress and achievement available which includes professional learning activities and key documents on significant aspects of learning and making good assessment decisions.

Other key links and websites to support the development of Numeracy and Mathematics;

The Journey to Excellence: Examples of innovative and interesting practice. Search ‘mathematics’ or ‘numeracy’ in to the search facility.

TWIG Film list for National 4 and National 5 Qualifications

TWIG Films from website

stem logoSTEM Links

STEM e-bulletin   http://bit.ly/STEMeBulletin

(Up to date news, information, resources and professional learning)

STEM Central in MOTION blog   http://bit.ly/BlogSTEM

(more up to date news on STEM)

STEM Central website http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/stemcentral/

(high quality resources, teaching ideas, videos etc to develop learning experiences relating to sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics

Main Contact for Numeracy and Mathematics Team at Education Scotland:

Lorna Harvey, Acting Senior Education Officer

Optima Building, 58 Robertson Street


G2 8DU

Tel: 0141 282 5119             lorna.harvey@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk



Real STEM Careers : Engineering Presentation Series

Atkins LogoInterested in a career in engineering? Would you like to know more about what it involves? Why not join a live interactive Atkins Engineering Consultancy STEM Ambassador Career Presentation with Paula Breslin, who works in Offshore Renewables at present but has also worked in Aerospace in the past.

Find out show he got to where she is today through school and university/ work placements and what its generally like to be an engineer on a day to day basis.

You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to ask Paula all your questions and she can answer them all live for you! Sign up and join us on Wednesday 4th November at 11am – Real STEM Careers : Engineering Presentation Series

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.

NNM – Module 6 – STEM

Small- STEMJoin the Numeracy and Mathematics Team at Education Scotland on Thursday 29th October at 4pm as they discuss STEM.
In this session you can hear more about STEM from the Numeracy and Mathematics Team at Education Scotland.

Sign up and register now in Glow TV – NNM – Module 6 – STEM

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.