Sep 202015

Want to get outside and start finding out about the environment around you? These brand new professional learning videos from Scotland’s Environment are a great place to start. With information for practitioners and learners, they provide a step-by-step guide on how to measure soil pH, look for invertebrates in your local pond, sample small mammal populations and more!

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They are all part of an exciting new resource available from Scotland’s Environment website: Get Learning. The home of environmental data and information about Scotland for learning and teaching.

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Sep 152015

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The National STEM Centre have just added six great film clips to the eLibrary, covering areas of the curriculum such as electricity generation, electromagnetism and the physics of car crashes.

The film clips in this collection were produced by Pumpkin Interactive, whose aim is to provide case studies of real life applications to illustrate some of the more complex scientific concepts and theories. Themes covered include: forces and motion, waves and imaging and electricity generation, transmission and distribution

Sep 142015

asdWelcome to our e-bulletin for sciences, technologies, engineering and maths (STEM).


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  • Add the new SSERC tile to your Launchpad in Glow
  • Register for the sciences cross-authority writing group events 2015-16
  • STEM at the Scottish Learning Festival – enjoy our STEM programme
  • Food chain professional learning event – Thurs 17th Sept
  • Professional learning videos for vibrations and waves now live
  • Get learning section of Scotland’s Environment website now live – see data about climate change, water, rivers and more
  • Want your primary school learners to talk about science? Try these videos from RSC




Numeracy and mathematics


Did you know…….?

Scottish science festivals set to share £239k of funding


Professional learning

Creating a smarter Scotland – A draft National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education


Video Inspiration

Have you got Rugby World Cup fever yet? Watch the science behind the rugby tackle


We’ve got loads more news to share! See our STEM blog for the latest updates.

Sep 072015

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Education Scotland is delighted to announce a new and quick way to access SSERC’s resources for Science and Technology. The new SSERC tile is now on the GLOW launch pad. Add it to your launch pad for a fast and easy route to SSERC’s website.

Sep 072015

ComPound Interest


Here’s a weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week Compound Interest features research on a protein that could help keep ice creams from melting so quickly, a novel method of recycling coffee grounds to store methane, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below, as well as further studies of interest not included in the graphic.

Note: links to studies behind a journal paywall are indicated with (£). Studies without this symbol are open access, and can be accessed and read for free.


Featured Stories

Protein enables slower melting ice cream: [Article]

Blueberry extract could help prevent dental plaque: [Article] [Study (£)]

A membrane that separates oil from water: [Article] [Study (£)]

Waste coffee grounds recycled as methane storage medium: [Article] [Study]

Brazilian wasp venom selectively kills cancer cells: [Article] [Study]


Other Stories This Week

Ants superior to other pest control methods: [Article] [Study (£)]

Mosquito net binds insecticides with electrostatic forces: [Article] [Study (£)]

Pond algae contains wealth of chemical blueprints: [Article] [Study (£)]

Magnesium peroxide could be stable in some planet interiors: [Article] [Study]

Sea slug steals prey’s chemical weapons: [Article] [Study (£)]

Parasite-infected bees self-medicate: [Article] [Study (£)]

Brain protein causes rare, Parkinson’s related disease: [Article] [Study (£)]

Hydrogel-fabric composite makes for soft but strong material: [Article] [Study]

‘Brain-eating’ amoeba evades chlorine disinfection: [Article] [Study]

Electrical fields can switch dipole and handedness of helical structures: [Article] [Study (£)]

Riboflavin helps selectively form Z-isomer alkenes: [Article] [Study (£)]

Mutated weeds can grow in TNT-contaminated soil: [Article] [Study (£)]

Titanium & zirconium respond differently to mechanical stress: [Article] [Study (£)]

Faecal transplants overcome drug resistant bacteria: [Article] [Study]

New definition for hypervalency in molecules suggested: [Article] [Study]

Redesigning drugs for better biodegradability: [Article] [Study (£)]


Keep track of older ‘This Week in Chemistry’ posts on the category page, or via the #TWIChem hashtag on Twitter.

Sep 042015


National Museums Scotland

FREE Secondary Schools Renewable Energy Programme

Get Energised Challenge Days

Level: National Qualifications 4-5 Physics

Pupil numbers: Pupils work in teams of four, competing against teams from other schools. Maximum 20 pupils (five teams) from each school at each Challenge Day.

Dates available: _SYP5656

National Museum of Rural Life (East Kilbride)

Wed 28, Thu 29 & Fri 30 Oct 2015

National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)

Mon 9 & Tue 10 Nov 2015

Inspire your pupils to discover more about the renewable energy industry. Pupils will conduct experiments, meet industry experts and work cooperatively to solve problems. The day includes solar, wind, hydro and marine power challenges and each Challenge Day concludes with a keynote speaker from the industry. One team at each Challenge Day will win a prize for themselves and their school.

Science Investigation Days

Level: S1–2 pupils Pupil numbers: National Museum of Scotland 50 pupils; National Museum of Rural Life 40 pupils

Dates available:

National Museum of Rural Life (East Kilbride)

Fri 23 & Mon 26 Oct 2015, Mon 21 & Tue 22 Mar 2016, Thu 14 & Fri 15 Apr 2016

National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)

Wed 11 Nov 2015, Mon 1 & Tue 2 Feb 2016, Mon 9 & Tue 10 May 2016


Pupils will discover more about renewable energy in Scotland through a series of hands-on, group-work activities. The day will provide an introduction to the range of renewable energies in Scotland, followed by the chance for pupils to build their own hydro turbine, and engineer a wave technology model.


To book, complete our online booking enquiry form:

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Get Energised is made possible by the generous support of the ScottishPower Foundation. Find out more online:



Sep 032015

Get Learning new logoLooking for great information, data and resources relating to Scotland’s environment to use in your classroom?

Then look no further than the new Get Learning section on Scotland’s Environment website. With maps, data, resources and useful links – all of which have been carefully matched with Curriculum for Excellence levels and National Qualifications – it’s a great source of up-to-date environment-related information for teachers and learners.

This new resource has been developed in partnership with Education Scotland to direct teachers to the information and data they need to bring learning about Scotland’s environment to life. The content is organised within easy-to-understand topics for learners of all ages, from early level through to senior phase. The new Get Learning section is just the latest exciting addition to the £4 million website developed by SEPA, SNH and other national partner organisations.

In addition to maps, data and resources, other features include:

  • Instagram posts using #GetLearningScot to allow young people to engage with their local environment, share ideas and ask questions
  • Mobile apps to encourage young people to get involved with their environment, collect their own data and become citizen scientists
  • Directory of citizen science projects and surveys to encourage learners to collect data about their own environment and take steps to conserve and improve it.

Don’t just take our word for it – take a look for yourself and Get Learning.

Aug 262015

asdWelcome to our e-bulletin for sciences, technologies, engineering and maths (STEM). Please forward to those who may be interested.

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• Award-winning online resources available until June 2016 – add Twig, Tigtag and Reach Out CPD tiles to your Launchpad in Glow
• Higher Physics professional learning videos now online
• Statistics for school biology experiments and Advanced Higher projects – SSERC guide
• 13 – 19 year olds can win a trip to New York City through the Junior Academy STEM competition
• Enter the 2016 Our Environment competition run by SEPA
• Get Learning section of Scotland’s Environment website launches soon – data about climate change, water, rivers and more
• Register your school to receive BBC Microbit pocket-sized computers for coding
• The National Technologies Network Glow community will keep you up to date
• New engineering science materials on the Glow NQ site
• CPD for Engineering Science – Advanced Higher writers day on the 17 September 2015
• Dunoon Primary beats 300 UK schools to win Kodu Kup
• Open University research project on use of mobile technologies – get involved!

Numeracy and mathematics
• BBC News report on supermarket pricing
• Mathematical Association conference for teachers of secondary mathematics
• The National Numeracy Progression Framework has progression pathways for all numeracy organisers
• Register for Progression Module to be delivered via the National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub from 25 August
• STEM precision farming event for secondary STEM teachers – Perthshire, 7 November

Did you know…….?
The Developing Young Workforce programme will be transforming the way that STEM is delivered in Scottish schools.

Professional learning
Reviewing the requirement for high level STEM skills – UKCES report

Video Inspiration
Make a 3D Hologram projector using a mobile phone app and CD case.

We’ve got loads more news to share! See our STEM blog for the latest updates.

Education Scotland Updates
Education Scotland Email Updates Now Available
Education Scotland offer a number of free email updates and news alerts to keep you informed of the latest developments and events in Scottish education.

We’re delighted to offer you a range of publications with a focus on specific areas, sectors and topics. These all include the latest news and key information along with links to new resources and support materials all in one place and relevant to your area of work.

You can sign up to as many email updates as you like, they are free and delivered straight to your inbox. Visit the Education Scotland website for the full list of publications available and sign up today.

Scottish Learning Festival 2015
SLF is the biggest education event in Scotland, bringing together thousands of educational professionals from across Scotland and beyond. Taking place on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 September, the theme of this year’s event focuses on raising achievement and attainment for all.

SLF is free for everyone to attend and gives you access to inspirational keynotes, over 100 professional development seminars, lively debate at the professional discussion sessions, Scotland’s largest education exhibition and opportunities for professional networking with peers and colleagues from across Scotland.

Book now to guarantee your place at SLF. Visit the SLF website to browse the full conference programme and book your place today.

Aug 262015

ComPound Interest

Fat is an important nutrient in our diets, but there’s a lot of talk of different types of fats, and whether these types are beneficial or harmful to our health. These different fat classifications have their roots in chemistry – and chemistry can also help explain their effects. This graphic takes a look at the different classifications, their sources, and briefly about how they act in our body.

Aug 242015






Food and drink offers an engaging and practical context for learning within Curriculum for Excellence and provides opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and for rich and meaningful partnerships between schools, the food and drink organisations and other partners such as academia and research organisations. This event aims to further explore these links and demonstrate to practitioners how to use food and drink as a context for delivering a range of subjects.

Recommended for: primary and secondary practitioners with responsibilities for sciences, technologies, food & health and business studies planning for learning and transition experiences from second level to senior phase.

For more information click Food Chain CLPL – Craibstone 17th September 2015 JULY 2015-1

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