STEM Central @ SSERC

Lauren Boath, Development Officer (Sciences), attended the SSERC Physics Residential on Friday 2nd December. A fascinating insight into using physics in accident reconstruction from the Police, a hard hitting account of reconstruction of an accident in 2006 which claimed three lives. Lots of ideas for exploring applications of Physics with connections to health and wellbeing, and ethics. After an introduction to STEM Central, delegates had an opportunity to try out a kit which could be used within the technologies focussed learning journey from the Electric Car context. Once constructed, scope for open ended investigtion around relationship between battery voltage and motor speed, reversing direction of vehicle, design and aerodynamics.

Please Vote For Me


I am delighted to announce that on Wednesday the 25th of January 2012 at 10.30 am there will be a  free showing of Please Vote For Me at the Filmhouse, Edinburgh

This showing of Please Vote For Me (China 2010; English subtitles) is presented by Take One Action in association with SCEN and is suitable for all secondary pupils from S1-S6. It is especially relevant to the themes of global citizenship and democracy.

To book, call the Filmhouse on: 0131 228 6382

Please Vote For Me is an award-winning film about an experiment with democracy in China. In an elementary school in the city of Wuhan, three eight-year-old children compete for the position of class monitor. Their parents, each devoted to their only child, take part and start to influence the results. Further details and a trailer are available at and The film lasts for 52 minutes and there will be an additional 30 minutes of discussion and activity.

Twit-test Competition 2012!

Using Twitter, the twit-test is a contemporary take on the ‘Turing Test’ for artificial intelligence.

Working as individuals and as class groups, using a secure twitter stream, school pupils and their teachers will take part in a real-world experiment where they have to work out which tweets in a twitter stream are for real and which are fake – and they also have to work out how to fake it themselves!

With strong links to the Curriculum for Excellence, this competition has been developed by the Informatics Forum at the University of Edinburgh and delivered in partnership with the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Read more about the Twit-test in the leaflet below and find out the key dates, and information on how to apply.

twitter advert to schools

Heart to Heart

The British Heart Foundation Scotland is committed to educating young people about the importance of making healthy choices, at every stage of life from nursery school through into adulthood. This includes diet and physical activity, as well as smoking awareness and wider community involvement through initiatives like our Heartstart programme.

 There is a  whole section of their website dedicated to resources that are available to schools, including  a kids’ and schools’ catalogue.

Click  here to find out about loads of helpful resources from the British Heart Foundation.

New Video Resources for Scottish Theatre

Visit the national drama teachers glow group

and you will notice new tabs at the top of the glow group entitled ‘Video resources’.  Joe Gallacher from Replico Theatre has kindly offered to share these videos with practitioners who are interested in Scottish theatre.  The documentaries feature a variety of Scottish plays first produced at the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty first and include interviews with some of Scotland’s leading playwrights, such as Nicola McCartney, Ann Marie Di Mambro, Sue Glover, Liz Lochhead, Stephen Greenhorn, David Harrower and David Greig.