Tag Archives: STEM

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.

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!

If you missed the live version you can watch the recording – Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award – Niall Caldwell

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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