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Get Energised: Renewable Energy in Scotland

Small - Get EnergisedJoin the National Museum of Scotland on Wednesday 23rd March at 4pm to investigate Scotland’s future energy needs, focusing on renewable energy.

This session is suitable for teachers in upper primary and lower secondary. Through interactive and hands-on activities we will offer some ideas for the classroom and link to topical science with information about renewable energy in Scotland.

You will also hear about opportunities to visit National Museums Scotland with a class as part of the Get Energised programme. http://www.nms.ac.uk/about-us/schools-programme/get-energised/

Sign up and join us live in Glow TV – Get Energised: Renewable Energy in Scotland

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.

Scotland as the world’s first hydro nation!


The Scottish Government is keen for Scotland to become the world’s first Hydro Nation.  This means that more emphasis is placed on water as central to our national identity.

A project that focussed on this theme was delivered to a total of 106 children (ages 3-10) and 14 adults. Based on feedback, it was deemed an unquestionable success by the local authority, teachers and school children alike.

This project was a public outreach activity that targeted primary and secondary school children located to the north of Dundee where there are excellent examples of sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS).SUDS1

The key objective of the project was to raise awareness of the Hydro Nation agenda with a scope that was twofold: explain the urban water cycle and promote awareness and understanding of the local SUDS and related benefits. In order to work with schools the researchers had to link clearly with Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes focusing on science.

To find out more download the Dundee report.

Published by Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters .



Topical science and partnerships

BF2A9145Following the publication of its 3-18 Curriculum Impact Report for Sciences in September 2012, Education Scotland organised a series of conversation days, where priorities for action to secure improvements in science education nationally were identified.

Key aspects for development emerged, which included:

In the primary sector and at the early stages of secondary school, there is generally less emphasis in the key area of Topical Science than on the other four organisers……. In these cases, children and young people do not have enough opportunity to discuss and debate a range of ethical issues.”

Young people are increasingly surrounded by scientific issues in the media and their everyday lives. By considering current issues through topical science, learners increasingly develop their understanding of scientific concepts and their capacity to form informed social, moral and ethical views. They reflect upon and critically evaluate media portrayal of scientific findings.

To address this aspect the Sciences team are hosting a Glow Meet entitled “Topical Science and Partnerships” which will be complimented again by a series of professional learning twilight sessions.

Contexts for delivering topical science and methods for planning topical science will be addressed.

Join us on Tuesday 4th March at 3.45 – 4.45 pm in Glow TV to find out more.

Register now to take part.