Mayberry Mystery Crime Scene

Good afternoon everyone,

Well done to all of our school investigation teams for visiting the Mining Museum to help us solve this terrible crime. Many theories and ideas were shared last week between each group and I am hoping with your expertise we can find the culprit.

During your visit, many of you collected and gathered possible evidence which I am going to share below incase you missed anything. Every piece of evidence is crucial.

 Plaster with blood

 Cotton bud with soil from a shoe

 Lipstick on a tissue


 Smashed Rolex watch

 Notepad with code

 Torn newspaper article

 Broken glasses

 Black glove

 Note and envelope

 Aerial view map of museum


 Cup with lipstick mark




I hope this is useful information. Thank you again for your participation in this investigation and I look forward to hearing from you on our Yammer investigation group.

Thank you,

Mayberry Police


Midlothian VEX Challenge 2017

Fourteen teams from Midlothian’s mi:SPACE project came to Newbattle Community High School to participate in Midlothian’s VEX Challenge.

The Midlothian Challenge required teams to control and program robots that they had designed in school to carry out a series of tasks. All of our schools showed fantastic skill and team work when taking part in each challenge. Pupils worked together to problem solve, write computer code and perfect their robot design throughout the event.

Bonnyrigg PS won the programming challenge, Saint Luke’s won the controller challenge and Newtongrange won the design challenge.

The children also enjoyed experimenting with our new 360 degree RICOH THETA camera. The team photos can be viewed below.

Well done to all of those involved!







Stdavidsprimary #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@neetongrangeps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Testing out our new camera at our Midlothian VEX challenge competition day 😆 #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@sacredheart_ps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@stratheskps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@mayfieldps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@stmarysrcps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@loanheadps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@standrewstweets #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@stobhillps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

@bonnyriggps #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA


Midlothian Pupils Win UK Robotics Award

VEXIQ Birmingham 2017 from Alan Thomson on Vimeo.

Two Midlothian primary schools – Loanhead and St David’s – travelled to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham this week to take part in the VEX Robotics UK Challenge.

The VEX Challenge requires teams to program robots to carry out a series of complex tasks while competing against 40 other teams from all over the UK.  Both Midlothian schools performed superbly, with our primary 7 pupils responding to the different challenges with skill and imagination.

Children worked together solve problems, write code and then put their robot into the test field to compete with other teams, many of which had older students from secondary schools in England.

The team from St David’s demonstrated a high level of skill in making their robot complete tasks such as lifting and moving large objects and balancing on a narrow bridge, achieving one of the highest scores of any primary school in the UK.

The P7s from Loanhead impressed the judges so much with their programming ability that they won the ‘Think’ Award for Programming – beating other competitors such as a team from Eton School.  This was quite an achievement and sparked huge celebrations amongst all Midlothian pupils and staff!

This session, 26 Midlothian primary schools have been taking part in the Council’s Inspiring Learning Spaces project and they have all had the opportunity to explore new technologies such as robots, drones and virtual reality software. The programming skills demonstrated by our children are hugely important in the world of work and the ability to code and program robots will open up exciting careers pathways for our young people in science, engineering and technology.

To travel to Birmingham the 16 youngsters (and accompanying staff) enjoyed a 9-hour bus trip and an overnight stay in an Adventure Centre.  We look forward to welcoming them back to Midlothian and celebrating their achievements.

Well done to Loanhead and St Davids!




What have the mi:SPACE team been up to…

It’s been an exciting couple of months, with lots of amazing research being produced and the mi:SPACE project is well underway. Our classes have been researching, making models, participating in the first of our STEM projects, designing, testing and now they’re beginning to order things to change their learning spaces! Behind the scenes there is lots of hard work being done too.


Keeping track of all of your orders on the biggest spreadsheet!


Keeping the brochures up to date and making lots of notes of things to add and remember to do.


This is my cheatsheet for getting around to all the schools! Also underneath is a test print from the new large format printer, which we will be offering out printing options to the schools for them to make posters, graphics and banners for their spaces.


A mountain of VEX robotics kits, which are waiting to be updated, and then they will be heading out to school in the next few weeks for our classes to start their next STEM project. Next week some of our classes will be giving their final presentations to the EDT engineers and other experts, sharing their projects for designing and making an ‘Eco School’.


Floor plans for the building and digital services, to help with painting, physical alterations and connectivity throughout the project.


Presenting mi:SPACE to the Lead Inspector!

St.Mary’s had an inspection last week and P6 gave a presentation of our journey so far to the Lead Inspector. We made a Powerpoint and used the Video Channel and Blog Site on Glow to show her our films and Blogs. Then we took the inspector  round different stations which had our work displayed and we explained what the project is about.






Visiting ILS Project Schools at Falkirk Council

Following our visit to the Scottish Learning Festival and meeting other ILS project schools, the mi:SPACE team visited Falkirk HS, Larbert HS and Grangemouth HS to find out how they have planned their projects. This was an interesting day for the team to gather information and think about what we are doing in Midlothian.


Each school involved have taken a different approach. Two schools have a STEM based focus and the other a Creative Industries focus. It was a great opportunity to try out some of the furniture and technology available in our mi:SPACE catalogue. This included interactive surfaces, moveable furniture, writeable surfaces and walls.





VEX Robotics Training

It’s great to see lots of tweets this evening from our mi:SPACE schools sharing their learning and experiences from VEX Robotics training today at the National Mining Museum. It looks like everyone had lots of fun and have exciting information to take back to their classrooms. Pupils from Newtongrange Primary School also joined staff this afternoon to find out more and test out the robotics. We are looking forward to the training sessions coming up over the next few days.






Class Visits

Myself and Miss Arkley have been visiting lots of schools since Thursday last week and we’re really impressed by all the work the classes have been doing. Here are a few images from some of the schools with some really inspiring ideas!


Making graphs and using key words at Hawthornden. Really great ideas for bringing together the groups ideas.

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Keeping track of independent learning and the project timeline at Danderhall- a really good idea for keeping track of the impact on learning and how the pupils feel about their learning.


Loanhead have been really busy making models, doing class visits, doing class surveys and presentations, we were really impressed with all of their work!


A very professional presentation and wonderful tour of the space at Lasswade Primary. Some really exciting research for transforming their space.


Lots of great questions and a lovely scrapbook at Sacred Heart Primary. They’ve been trying out lots of different working places and positions in their classroom too.


Lots of post-it notes at Newtongrange, a great tool for sharing ideas and adding annotations to existing designs and drawings.


Innovative ideas and up-cycling at Kings Park, the classes had looked at the creative uses of colour, writeable surfaces and making floor plans.


Splitting up into task teams (finance, design etc) at St Andrews Primary, a very creative and professional idea for creating a very comprehensive group project.


Brilliant class model at Rosewell, a great way to let the class discuss elements they like and could change, also for creating an adaptable learning space.



Mi:Space Video Channel

Happy Monday mi:SPACE

A few teachers have mentioned they have some film clips of the work they have been doing in class that they would like to share.

I have created a ‘mi:SPACE’ video channel on Glow which is a safe and secure way of sharing footage of those involved. I have created a quick how to guide if you are interested in doing so here: Uploading Video

Looking forward to meeting two tomorrow night.


mi:SPACE team



Do Ink – Green Screen

csv8rbtwaael37e-jpg-largeThank you to all of those who attended last nights session on Green Screen. We are looking forward to seeing some of the work you are doing with this on our mi:SPACE Glow Video channel. For those looking for more guidance or anyone who missed out last night, the following tutorial I found on YouTube is really useful to help you get started!

YouTube Tutorial



The Votes Are In…

Following a week of voting via Glow Forms, we are happy to announce that we have a winning name!

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Please see the results below:


Although this is the winning name, if your class has already selected a name for their own space that is great! This winning name will be used for the blog and correspondence to keep us all on the same page.

We look forward to the future of mi:SPACE and everything happening in the months ahead.


Vex Robotics St. Mary’s

We’ve been getting to grips with our Vex robotics topic in St. Mary’s. Today we synched the controllers with the brains and had a go at manually controlling the robots. On Friday we’ll be using the app on the iPad to code and have a go at programming them. One of our pupils, Arkash, has a lot of expertise and understanding and he has been training people who are not so sure- especially Mrs Macaulay! There’s a picture of him here doing a trouble shooting workshop, answering questions about the electronic parts of the kit, which turned into a great session of everybody sharing their learning and experiences.





Vex Robotics

Since we’ve come back to school after the Christmas holidays, we have started our learning about robotics.

The first thing we did was learn about the role of engineers in society. We learned that they solve problems in the world using mechanics, electricity, chemicals and other things. After that, we became engineers by identifying problems in our classroom such as ‘untucked chairs’, ‘pencils on the floor’ and ‘untidy bag boxes’.

Once we had identified the problems, we created our own diagrams of robots that would help us to solve these problems. Here are some examples of our diagrams:




Once we had created our diagrams, we began to look at our Vex Robotics Kits and then we started to organise the pieces that we needed to build our robot. We’re making good progress with this and can’t wait until our next lesson!

Shaun & Dawid




STEM Eco-Classroom Project Evaluation Day

On Thursday the first of December 3 people from the EDT department came in and was assessing our work and learning. We had 5 groups making an 3D classroom and they were asking every group questions about their model of the classroom.


Then after that they got each group to build a tower and it had to be out of 12 peices of paper and it had to hold a block of wood on top and they had to hold the wood for atlest 30 seconds.


At the end of the day, when the assessors had finished looking at our videos, models, posters and folders, they picked 1 group to be the winners and they also gave out medals to the winning group.


It was a great day – the whole class really enjoyed it! We even got a special certificate for our classroom!


by Connie, Carys and Serena

St. Mary’s EDT Visit.

Yesterday St. Mary’s was visited by a team from the Engineering Development Trust. They watched our films and powerpoints and then they were given a presentation by each ECO group. Our 4 groups focused on: 1. Reducing Litter in the playground  2. Reducing water waste in the school  3. Improving the playground environment for wildlife and  4. Saving energy by reducing heat loss through hot water pipes. Then we had great fun doing a Helideck challenge. Each group was given feedback by the assessors, then finally the Litter is Bitter group were awarded medals for their group’s work- the EDT team particularly liked their innovative models-a playground sweeper-cleaner and a drone litter-detector. We had a really exciting morning and we have learned a lot about Eco issues.


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