FREE Data Science Workshop S1-S3, Edinburgh
Merkle Aquila is a data analytics consultancy helping brands and businesses unlock and realise the value of their customer data. We are strong advocates of encouraging young students to pursue a career in STEM subjects. Our team of Analysts, Statisticians and Data Scientists have designed a free of cost, hands-on workshop aimed at S1-S3 students to make them aware of the world of data science and opportunities within. The workshop is expected to last between 60-90 minutes and will consist of a presentation where we will be sharing fun and exciting real-life examples shedding light on the 'cool' side of data science followed by an interactive hackathon. We are flexible to change the duration and size of the workshop based on your class's need. These workshops can be delivered from the second week of March 2019 in schools within a 6 mile radius of Edinburgh City Centre. Places will be booked on first-come first-serve basis.
For more details or to book a place, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To know more about us, please visit http://www.aquilainsight.com/
e-Bug has been designed to bring the World of Microbes to life for children in the classroom environment. This resource is being distributed to teachers across the UK, free of charge, by both the Public Health England and the Department of Health to improve student's knowledge of public health matters and to foster an interest in science. e-bug is a European Commission funded new initiative to create a curriculum supplement series (P2-P7 and S1-S3)/
It's main aim is to teach young people about microbes, appropriate use of antibiotics, and how microbial infections are spread and can be prevented through improved hygiene and vaccine use.
To find out more, visit the e-Bug website HERE
For the Link to the Junior Pack, please click HERE
For the link to the Junior e-Bug pack, click HERE
RBS Dream Bigger- FREE workshop for girls 16-18 Edinburgh Secondaries
The Solar Challenge & Off-Grid Design Competition
Running until June 2019, Off-Grid! is an exciting design competition for young people aged 8-14 years.
The competition builds on Practical Action's Solar Challenge where pupils investigate how the electricity generated from solar cells can be used to transform the lives of people living without access to mains electricity in Zimbabwe.
Off-Grid! challenges pupils to develop a solar powered solution to address one of the following problems:
• Lack of refrigeration to keep vaccines cold at rural health clinics
• Lack of water for farmers to irrigate their crops when they live far from water
• No lighting at night time for farmers who want to check on their animals at night time
• No outside lighting in schools to enable children to go to the toilet safely at night time.
Eligibility: Young people aged 8-14 years from the UK and Isle of Man are welcome to enter. We are happy to accept entries from children who are not in a formal school setting and from children taking part in youth groups. Pupils can enter individually or in a teams of up to four pupils.
Prizes: Practical Action will award the winning primary school and secondary school a £100 worth of STEM kit from TTS. Each pupil (s) in the winning team will receive a £10 voucher and a STEM book.
All the materials needed to enter Off-Grid! can be downloaded from below. To view the Solar Challenge materials in full, visit Solar Challenge.
A reminder that the online application system for Nuffield Research Placements 2019 is open.
The Nuffield Research Placement Scheme is aimed at the current 5th year pupils who will be sitting their Highers in 2019 and who are studying any Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (STEM) subjects at that level. We are also now placing students into Social Science placements where there is an aspect of analysis, statistical investigation and mathematics involved, so the placements are very wide ranging. The placements help increase confidence and improve key skills including practical, communication, report-writing and presentation skills. They also provide students with excellent experiences & skills to include on CV’s and personal statements. By working with professional scientists and engineers in a real-life environment, the students gain an invaluable insight into a wide variety of careers. This is a wonderful opportunity for your students and we hope you will promote the scheme to them.
The Nuffield Foundation’s aim in providing placements is to widen access to science and research education and careers. We find that students who benefit the most from a Nuffield Research Placement are those who come from lower income families, or whose parents have not attended higher education. In light of this – and the fact we always receive more applications than we have placements – we have decided to focus exclusively on these students. This means our charitable funding is targeted where it will have the greatest benefit. It also means that we will have fewer unsuccessful applicants.
Before encouraging your students to apply, please read the following eligibility criteria carefully as these are different to previous years.
To be eligible to apply for a Nuffield Research Placement, students must:
- Be over 16 years old
- Be in full-time state-funded education in the UK
- Have at least 5 National 5 / GCSEs (or equivalent) at Level B / 6 or above, including maths, a science subject and English (or another humanities subject)
- Be studying one or more Scottish Higher, A-level (or equivalent) in science, technology, engineering, economics, geography, psychology, computing, statistics or maths
- Be able to spend several weeks (4-6) of their summer holiday working on a research project
Students must also meet at least ONE of the following criteria:
- Come from a family with a combined household income of below £30,000 a year
- Be entitled to free schools meals, either now or at any time in the last six years.
- Be the first in their immediate family to participate in higher education (not including any older siblings). This means neither of their parents/carers have participated in higher education, either in the UK or another country. If their siblings have attended higher education, but their parents/carers have not, they are eligible.
- Be living, or have lived in, local authority care
Summary of the process:
- Students apply by completing an online application which can be accessed on the Nuffield Research Placement webpage HERE The application has various sections - personal details, education, personal statement, teacher reference, parent consent, bursary application (if appropriate).
- When registering, students insert an email address of the teacher who is to provide them with a reference. The system automatically initiates an email to that teacher to allow them to add reference.
- After the closing date (February 27th 2019) applications will be scored, matched to placement projects available/suitable (where possible) and the appropriate applications will be forwarded to various supervisors for their consideration.
- If a student and/or teacher has contact details of anyone in local industries/organisations who could offer a placement project, they can include the details on their application, we can then follow this up to check suitability.
- If successful matched and accepted to a project by the supervisor, the student is then offered the project.
- Placements normally take place at the end of June, July or early August. The student will normally be working Mon-Fri (9am-5pm) for 4, 5 or 6 weeks. Students should therefore be made aware that is quite a big commitment.
- All students will receive reasonable travel costs to and from their placement. Students who are eligible for bursary will receive an additional £100 per week of placement.
- Successful students are required to submit a report at the end of their placement and are also invited to display their work in poster format at a celebration event in Edinburgh, taking place at the end of August / early September.
PLEASE note - there are a limited number of placements available and as such an application does NOT guarantee a Nuffield placement.
I hope this is of some help to you and that you do encourage some of your students to apply. If you would like a visit to the school to meet with you and any interested pupils, do just let me know. More information on the Nuffield Research Placements scheme can be found HERE
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any problems or queries.
Jennifer Smith | Outreach and Researcher Development Coordinator | Nuffield Research Placements Coordinator, Scotland
Outreach and Public Engagement Network Office | Graduate School
Abertay University | Bell Street | Dundee | DD1 1HG
T: 01382 308455
Bee Buddies- FREE taster workshops
Bee Buddies are a dynamic Scottish charity who specialise in Education about Pollination and Bees.
They are offering 10 FREE taster workshops to schools - either primary or secondary.
Their workshops are all mapped to Curriculum For Excellence and the FREE workshops are on a first come first served basis.
To find out more or to arrange one of the taster workshops, get in touch with Bee Buddies Education Manager, Kay Rooney
Find out more on their website
National Essay Competition 2019.
The Womens Engineering Society (WES) are asking Primary and Secondary pupils across Scotland to take part in an exciting new competition to celebrate one hundred years of WES the Women’s Engineering Society. Founded in 1919 by women who had worked in engineering during the First World War, WES is a network of engineering professionals who work to support women and girls reach their potential in STEM careers. The aim of the competition is for pupils, teachers and families to discover that women working in engineering in their local community is an everyday effort and it has been for a very long time, though often without public awareness.
Competition entrants are asked to write a short essay about a woman working in Engineering and to investigate some of the incredibly wide range of engineering roles available. STEM Ambassadors are ready to support schools in this activity and we hope many local Engineering companies will join in. The competition is open for entries until 19/4/19 with prizes awarded on 23 June 2019 the International Women in Engineering day (INWED) which is another WES initiative. Full competition details can be found HERE For competition enquiries please contact Caroline
Details of the competition
Entrants are required to write an essay titled 'A Woman in Engineering' according to the following details. There are different categories for primary and secondary schools.
- The subject of the essay must be a woman who has worked or is working in engineering, for primary pupils this includes women no longer living. The term 'working in engineering' is used to reflect the incredibly diverse range of jobs that contribute to the success of Engineering in the UK. Please choose only one woman but include how her role may have changed with education, experience and advances in technology.
- Additional points will be awarded where there is a personal connection between the woman engineer and the pupil, school, or local area.
- Primary school pupils may be guided in their research by teachers and parents.
- Secondary pupils must conduct their own research and personally interview their subject 'face to face' or using Skype, email, letter etc.
- There is no minimum number of words requirement.
- Entrants are encouraged to include one photograph of their Woman Engineer and/or one image that is relevant to the Engineer’s work. Entries without a picture will not be penalised.
- Prize categories are based on age of the pupil (Primary, Secondary and Future Engineer). Students, Apprentices and Future Engineers 18yrs or under at 31/12/19 are encouraged to follow the instructions for Secondary Schools.
STEM Innovation Competition- using drones to fight extinction
Would you like students from your school/college to pit their wits against the best students from China in a competition to find exciting new uses for drones?
Students from any school in the UK can take part in a new online competition to design and/or programme drones to be used in the conservation of endangered animal species. Online entries will be judged by a panel of experts from the UK and China and four winners in each age group (9-11, 12-14, 15-17) will receive a drone to modify and then compete against international schools in a grand final on 4th July 2019. (Bursaries for travel/accommodation are available.)
The competition is organised by British International Education Association (BIEA), a not-for-profit organisation that supports British education providers on an international stage, especially in China.
Further details can be found here and you can register your interest in the competition by completing the online form here. The competition will officially launch on 19th January, with deadline for initial reports 31st March 2019
Don’t delay – enter your students for this exciting new competition as soon as possible.
Video Highlights from 2018's event below:-
Brand New PDSA PetWise School Award – Free Resources
Are the pupils in your school passionate about pets? Do you want to support PDSA and help the nation #GetPetWise through the teaching of the 5 Welfare Needs? Well, why not sign up to our new free award programme, PetWise School Award?
The award consists of four easy to follow levels, each one full of free fun resources. Every National Curriculum-linked session comes complete with a step by step lesson plan, a PowerPoint presentation and worksheets – no need for any planning.
Once your school has completed the award, not only will you receive a ‘pawsome’ plaque to display in your foyer, you’ll also be able to use our PetWise School Award logo on any correspondence to show you are a PetWise school.
So what are you waiting for? Sign your school up and earn your PetWise School status HERE
Need to know more? We hope the FAQs accessible from the link
above will help give you an understanding of how the programme works. Any
further questions, please
Medical Research Scotland- Meet the Researcher Events- S5&S6- Dundee 28/2/2019
The Polar Explorer Grant Scheme & Programme
The Polar Explorer grant award is now open! State-funded secondary schools can apply for an award of £2,500 to improve the transition from primary to secondary school using the context of the Polar Explorer Programme https://bit.ly/2RHhKiK
The Polar Explorer grant award is open to all state-funded secondary schools that wish to improve the transition in STEM subjects from primary to secondary using the Polar Explorer programme to underpin this.
Deadline for applications extended to 14th February 2019
Secondary schools can apply for an award of £2,500, which aims to focus on the following four areas, the key to the successful transition of pupils in STEM subjects from primary to secondary:
- science leadership
- quality of collaboration between science teachers
- involving pupils in science activities during the transition
- ensuring continuity and progression in the science curriculum and pedagogy
To apply, secondary schools are encouraged to work collaboratively with their chosen feeder primary schools and complete both a short self-evaluation of their current work, and forward action plan.
Full access to the free Polar Explorer programme educational resources is a key element of the project.
About the Polar Explorer programme
In 2014, the Government announced a £200 million investment for a new polar research ship. The RRS Sir David Attenborough will enable world-leading research in Antarctica and the Arctic for the next 25 years.
Siemens STEM Ambassadors- Schools Engagement Programme
SIEMENS are delighted to share with you their Schools Engagement Programme. Covering a wide range of age groups and exciting activities, these workshops are FREE of charge to schools.
FREE STEM Schools Programme- Fantastic Forth
The theme for the 2019 activity packs is ‘journeys’
Themed around ‘journeys’, our activity packs provide easy-to-do, hands-on activities that parents and teachers can easily run with their students and children. From creating tunnels, time capsules and perfume to keeping a nature log and mummifying an orange, there’s something for everyone.
We love seeing how you use the activity packs so please share your pictures with us on Twitter using the hashtag #BSW19
Find the early years pack here.
Find the primary pack here.
Find the secondary pack here
Bring a STEM Ambassador into your Primary School.
Bring a STEM Ambassador into your Secondary School
For more details about this exciting opportunity with PWC please click HERE
FREE WORKSHOP- EDINBURGH AND DUNBAR AREA- P5-P7
This is a 1 hour free workshop being run by Edinburgh University and are looking to engage with primary schools in the Edinburgh and Dunbar area. (It is being run out of the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. ) (Funded by European Research Council)
The workshop is aimed at P5-P7 pupils and ran successfully as part of the Midlothian Science Festival with 5 linguists carrying out 6 sessions on language evolution for P4-P7’s at Dalkeith King’s Park, Lasswade Primary and Moorfoot Primary, where pupils learn about the scientific study of language evolution through fun activities and games.
The activity links in with Modern Languages – CfE strand: Listening and Talking, CfE links: Using knowledge about language. Feedback from teachers the team received has been great to the group, including comments such as:
“I liked how there was a balance between presentation of information and hands-on activities as it helped to keep the children focused and engaged. The games were a good way of reinforcing the information that they had heard/read” and
“The games were relevant and very fun. All kids could access the games and it highlighted many very interesting points that would be hard for us to teach ourselves”
KAPLA PLANKS:- Loan box for schools
We are delighted to announce the arrival of our 1000 pcs box of KAPLA Planks with supplementary books and teachers notes!
Each KAPLA plank is identical and has a unique ratio that enables incredible creations to be constructed without the need for any fixings, yet to have the stability of stone. KAPLA encourages logical thinking, stimulates creativity and helps to develop concentration, patience and perseverance.
KAPLA contains elements of arts and craft architecture and construction and is used in many schools as an effective educational toy that children enjoy.
With KAPLA, children are naturally encouraged to think logically and helps them to develop spatial awareness. Children that play with KAPLA increase their ability to organise elements in three dimensions by building creations using the identical, unfixed pine KAPLA. In addition, KAPLA enhances a child’s awareness of shape, volume and sense of balance whilst developing manual dexterity.
Playing with KAPLA enhances a Child’s (and adult’s!) creative thinking as it enables limitless constructions formed from their imagination. Using this innate creativity enables children to express their artistic talents.
3.Concentration, Perseverance and Patience
KAPLA encourages concentration, patience and perseverance – skills which contribute into other areas of a child’s education which can contribute to their overall success at school. Good concentration, having patience and persevering with KAPLA rewards with satisfying and impressive construction in which they can take great pride. There is no cheating with KAPLA; without constructing a solid base to start with, it will undoubtedly collapse – this is where the skills of perseverance and patience are developed.
Children go through several stages of cognitive development throughout their childhood. During each stage a child can develop different skills which are nurtured by the methods with which they play. KAPLA Planks is a progressive toy and offers children a familiar toy with which they can play at their own level throughout their cognitive development; as they grow, so does KAPLA .
5.Teamwork with KAPLA
KAPLA is ideal for groups of children to play with as it encourages teamwork, communication and cooperation. Playing together, children jointly decide on their subject and then help one another to construct it. They then share the joy of completion and learn the value of working effectively with others as a team.
For more information on KAPLA please click HERE
Our KAPLA box is available on a free LOAN basis, and can be collected from and returned to our office in Dunfermline.
If you would like to borrow this exciting resource, please get in touch
Lee Fawcett is the RSS William Guy Lecturer 2018-2019
One of the benefits of being an e-teacher member is that you get priority access to resources including the RSS William Guy Lecture for Schools.
Dr Lee Fawcett at Newcastle University has been selected to be the RSS’s William Guy Lecturer for 2018-2019. This is a prestigious volunteer role and recognises fellows with a successful track record in undertaking school outreach activities. The lecture is named in honour of William Augustus Guy, an early medical statistician and past RSS president.
Lee will be supported by the RSS to deliver lectures to school students in the UK during the academic year 2018-2019. His proposed talk is ‘The Storm of the Century! Using data to anticipate extreme climate events’, which looks at what insights statistics can provide for understanding dangerous weather activity.
Lee will be giving a small selection of William Guy Lectures throughout the academic year 2018-2019, supported by the RSS. Priority booking is given to e-teacher members and RSS local groups, especially for lectures that will be open to multiple schools. You can find out more about the talk including a synopsis at www.rss.org.uk/williamguy.
If you would like to request that Dr Fawcett or one of the previous RSS William Guy Lecturers visits your school, please contact email@example.com with an indication of possible dates, location, expected numbers and levels of students and teachers attending, and whether they would be just from your school or if you could arrange for several schools in a geographic location to attend.
Superbugs- Join the Fight- Get your FREE Superbugs Pack
Superbugs: Join the fight
Imagine a world where antibiotics no longer work… “Superbugs are a strain of bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotic drugs, and the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has recently featured in the media”1, giving you an ideal opportunity to engage students in a topical issue with real-world impact.
Superbugs: Join the fight is a PSHE/science teaching resource and competition (coming soon) exploring the issue of AMR and showing that simple steps like hand-washing and personal hygiene can help prevent infection.
Teacher Guide containing an overview of the Superbugs issue, resource summary and curriculum links
Lesson Plan – memorable PSHE/Health and wellbeing/PSE/PDMU lesson with activities exploring the Superbugs issue and what students can do about it
Activity Sheets exploring personal hygiene
Presentation & Video bringing the Superbugs issue to life (for an assembly or to kick off activities in the classroom)
Competition Leaflet providing instructions and tips for students, as they are challenged to come up with their own creative ideas to let people know about the issue
Parent Leaflet – key messages and tips for parents around preventing infection and stopping the spread of Superbugs
Poster to display in school, raising awareness of the issue and the importance of personal hygiene
Help your students to:
KNOW more about AMR and its impact
FEEL part of the solution and empowered to act
DO take antibiotics responsibly and help stop the spread of infection/resistance
To find out more or to register and receive your pack, click HERE
Reimagine a solution to a real-life problem
This year the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge is asking UK students aged 11 to 14 to put their science, technology, engineering and maths skills to the test and reimagine a solution to a real-life problem. Take a look at the video below then get started!
- £1,000 worth of prizes to be won for the entrants’ school, for science equipment or field trips.
- Finalists will be invited to a celebratory event at the Science Museum in London, and will receive Science Museum goodies.
- Semi-finalists and finalists will receive a Bronze CREST Award.
How to take part
- Students aged 11 to 14 living in the UK during the competition period can take part.
- Students form a team of two, three or four.
- Get started with the Ultimate STEM Challenge presentation for ideas of what students could reimagine, and help with creating an entry step by step.
How to enter
- Students create a PowerPoint or video showcasing their work.
- Teachers complete a simple entry form on the How to enter page and upload the PowerPoint or video link.
Support and inspiration
- Find out the judging criteria that will be used to pick the winning project.
- We asked a range of young people what they would like to reimagine – be inspired by their ideas.
- Students can work with a STEM Ambassador to enhance their project.
- The deadline for submissions is Friday 15 February 2019.
The Ultimate STEM Challenge is brought to you by BP and STEM Learning.
For more information go to https://bpes.bp.com/ultimate-stem-challenge
FREE Outreach programme- British Heart foundation Scotland
P4/5 workshop and S4/5/6 workshops available
The British Heart Foundation team based at Queens Medical Research Institute in Edinburgh have outreach workshops on offer for schools, free of charge.
They have 2 outreach workshops- one for P4/P5 pupils and the other aimed at S4/5/6 pupils.
To find out more, please contact Hannah Costello at firstname.lastname@example.org.
***This programme has now been extended to also cover the Dundee area. If you are a school would like to have one of these free workshops, the contact for the Dundee area is Dr Nicola Morrice - email@example.com
Check out SHELL's new "On Top of the World" #makethefuture
5 Energy Ideas
SHELL Energy for the Future
Fast forward to 2050, the world population is nearing 9 billion and energy demand has doubled. This animation explores some of the expected challenges involved in delivering energy for 2050 and how Shell is taking a responsible approach to help meet these future needs.
See SHELL's short video below....
I’m a Scientist UK
I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here next event runs 4th-15th March 2019. This funded, online STEM activity connects school students with scientists. Students can ASK anything they like across the 2 weeks, they take part in a live CHAT with scientists and VOTE for who they want to win. The winning scientist wins £500 to spend on another STEM engagement activity.
Teachers register interest here: imascientist.org.uk/teachers
Scientists register interest here: imascientist.org.uk/scientist-apply
I’m An Engineer UK
I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here returns 4-15th March 2019. funded STEM activity connects school students with engineers. Students can ASK anything they like across the 2 weeks of this online activity. They take part in a live CHAT with engineers and VOTE for who they want to win. The winning engineer wins £500 to spend on another STEM engagement activity.
Teachers register interest here: imanengineer.org.uk/teachers
Scientists register interest here: imanengineer.org.uk/engineers
Science Debate Kits
The I’m a Scientist Debate Kits support the working scientifically strand of the curriculum, develop students’ discussion skills and teach them how to backup their opinions with facts. They contain 8 character cards, outlining different points of view, and teachers notes to help you to carry out the lesson effectively. Some kits also include online resources. This allows you and your students to debate and discuss the power and limitations of science, and consider the ethical issues which may arise.
The kits are available to download for free and teachers can sign up online to hear when new kits are available: debate.imascientist.org.uk/the-kits
Each fortnight host a different educational topic and expert researchers are on hand to share their knowledge through informal discussions. The Science of Learning Zone is open to teachers of all subjects - please share with your colleagues!
Join the discussion at learning.imascientist.org.uk
Ditch the Dirt – Practical Action- NEW STEM Challenge
Ditch the Dirt is Practical Action’s exciting NEW STEM challenge for pupils aged 8-14 years. Set in the context of accessing clean water in Kenya it enables pupils to model and test filters as a way of making dirty water cleaner.
Set in Turkana in Kenya where for two out of three people do not have access to clean drinking water, Ditch the Dirt offers a;
- Real life global context to explore water quality, sieving and filtering investigations
- Perfect challenge to deliver parts of the science, D&T & maths curriculum.
- Great activity for a science or STEM club, transition or enrichment day
All the materials are FREE to download https://practicalaction.org/ditch-the-dirt
Ditch the Dirt can also be used by pupils to gain a CREST Award. More information is available in the teacher's notes or on the CREST Awards website.
All the materials needed to run the challenge can be downloaded from https://practicalaction.org/ditch-the-dirt
The Brilliant Club is a charity which aims to increase access to higher education for children from under-represented backgrounds.
- The programme involves PhD or Post-Doc tutors teaching a university style course (over 6 weeks) to the children (usually about 3rd year).
- For more information, click the link below:-
- After a successful pilot in Scotland last year, the organisation is now expanding into Scotland. I am obviously teaching the children in my school a STEM subject, but all the other current Scottish tutors are also from STEM backgrounds too, so I wondered if this might be of some interest to yourselves.
- - the Edinburgh tutors courses are on 1., inflammation and 2., the use of physics/lasers in curing disease. Our Glasgow tutor’s course is on synthetic opioids/‘legal highs’, and mine (Dundee area) is on psychology. I think people may be willing to travel, but that’s our current locations!
Please do let me know if this might be of interest and I can provide more information - or ask my supervisors to contact you.
Many thanks in advance for your help!
Dr. Kirsty Miller
School of Psychology
The University of Dundee
Telephone +44 (0)1382 384623
RS Component's Titan II Touring Truck
RS Components recognises its potential to influence the uptake of engineering to prevent a future skills gap in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects, and RS Live serves as a highly engaging educational resource for children and young people across a broad cross section of ages, from primary school to university undergraduate level. The initiative, supported by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), which works to inspire and inform the engineers of today and tomorrow, provides a hands-on experience of engineering and technology through interactive training and workshop sessions.
- This is a showcased through technologies such as Raspberry Pi, 3D Printing, Robotics, the Internet of Things, and thermal imaging.
- The whole aspect of the truck is around innovation , Insight and the Future. Aimed at Universities , schools and colleges.
For more information, please contact STEM Education Manager, Laura Giddings at RS Components:-
Laura Giddings | RS Components
STEM Education Manager, UK & Northern Europe
Mobile: 0774 111 6203
Free Loan boxes- Women in Sound & Technology
A joint initiative has been launched with Lancaster University & Edinburgh University which aims to engage young women in sound and technology.
The main crux of the project is a pedagogical intervention in the form of a free loanable box that can be sent out to a school for teachers to use with their students. The aim of the project is to encourage young women and girls to engage with sound engineering and technology. Current research shows there is significant drop off post 16.
There is no cost involved this is all covered by the initiative that this forms a part of and the work is available to Schools across the country.
Here are some further links with more details of the work
Dr Rebecca Collins
Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory
Artist Researcher: Stolen Voices
Co-organiser Women In Sound/Women On Sound
What is Apps for Good
Our goal is to transform the way technology is taught in schools; to empower students from all backgrounds to seize the opportunities of our digital age and create solutions to the problems they care about, using technology.
Rodrigo Baggio, CDI Apps for Good, Founding Chairman & Founder CDI Global
Why we exist
Traditional education systems are wasting talent. Many young people are de-motivated by traditional teaching methods that leave them ill-prepared for the real world. Technology is advancing apace, exciting the imagination of young people, who want to use it to make, play and share. Yet traditional schooling lags well behind, missing this opportunity to engage, especially those students most disaffected with standard lessons. Teachers who want to use technology to create more exciting ways to learn feel frustrated they cannot do more.
We want to build a new global generation of problem solvers and makers: students who can create, launch and market new products that change the world. We believe that technology can be a great equaliser and a massive force for good to transform lives and communities around the world.
What we do
Apps for Good is an open-source technology education movement that partners with educators in schools and learning centres to deliver our course to young people 10-18 years of age. We provide the course content, training and connections to our Expert volunteers, and then let teachers do what they are best at – inspiring and guiding young people.
In the course, students work together as teams to find real issues they care about and learn to build a mobile, web or social app to solve them. Like professional entrepreneurs, students go through all key aspects of new product development, from idea generation, technical feasibility and programming to product design, deciding on business models and marketing.
What our students learn
Our course teaches coding and the fundamentals of the digital world, while also developing skills in problem solving, creativity, communication and teamwork. With a focus on solving real issues that matter to young people, our students learn the full software product development process in a ands-on way.
Visit www.appsforgood.org for more information on this invaluable free of charge resource
CISCO Little Big Futures
The Internet of Things (IoT) is about connecting the unconnected. Getting everyday objects to send, receive and process data to solve real-world issues.
CISCO and STEM Learning have relaunched the Little Big Awards for 2017 to now be Little Big Futures. This programme has a collection of resources for students aged 11-14 to participate in five one-hour lessons across the STEM subjects and STEM clubs.
One hour resources
Each resource includes subject-specific investigations, exploring the Internet of Things. You don't need any specific technology for these interactive and engaging activities. These resources introduce upcoming technologies that will soon be part of everyday life. They give your students the opportunity to be creative with their learning and explore careers education.
We will be sending some great IoT prizes to schools getting involved and sharing online.
The Little Big Futures programme is aimed at students aged 11-14 and has a collection of five one-hour lessons across Science, Maths, Computing, D&T and STEM clubs. These resources introduce upcoming technologies that will soon be part of everyday life and give your students the opportunity to be creative with their learning and explore careers education.
To find out more about the Little Big Futures, please visit www.stem.org.uk/little-big-futures
We are linking the resources with Tomorrow’s Engineers week (6th – 11th November) and our media campaign will be highlighting the use of these resources during this week with spot prizes (IoT kits) for schools who upload their work that stands out. #LittleBigFutures They will not just be solely for use during this week but we thought it was a good vehicle to promote them.
We will then be launching the CISCO sponsored CREST Discovery Award resources in mid-November. These will be 5 hour investigative resources across the same subjects covering IoT and Fire Safety. STEM ambassadors can be requested to support schools (hopefully there will be enough CISCO and firefighter SA’s) to cover the needs. Schools can claim back (up to £100) the cost of application for the CREST award. More information will be sent out over the next few weeks.
For all the info, please click HERE
“Are you a secondary school ICT or computing teacher? Looking for some extra support to help teach game design to your students and a chance to discuss game design with other educators? Apply to join the BAFTA YGD School Resource Network!”
I just wanted to let you know that we have now launched applications for our BAFTA YGD School Resource Network – a new branch for our outreach programme taking place in 2018.
We are encouraging secondary school ICT/computing teachers and educational mentors to sign up and receive support from BAFTA YGD to introduce game design to their students.
Successful applicants receive a free YGD resource pack and will be invited to join our school network to meet with other teachers/mentors and take part in our BAFTA YGD events across the UK.
Teachers can sign up using the application form found here:
Anyone who doesn’t meet the criteria but would like to be considered for a pack can register their interest here (code clubs, afterschool clubs, STEM Ambassadors, care workers etc.):
Further information and links to the FAQ page
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If you teach game making or coding in a UK secondary school, apply to join the BAFTA YGD School Resource Network.
Are you a secondary school ICT or computing teacher? Looking for some extra support to help teach game design to your students and a chance to discuss game design with other educators? Apply to join the BAFTA YGD School Resource Network!
Apply now and you could get access to a whole host of useful resources to support your teaching. The Network is available to participating secondary schools across the UK. To be eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:
- be a non-fee paying secondary school based in the UK (or afterschool club) that covers students of a secondary education age
- the school must have over the national average (14%) of pupils receiving free school meals
- Intend to use the BAFTA YGD Resources as part of their lessons in game design
Successful applicants will receive:
- A free copy of our BAFTA YGD Idea Generator Card Game
- Further information on our YGD Worksheets
- Access to exclusive networking and outreach workshops across the UK
- An invitation to join our closed Facebook Group to connect with other secondary school teachers teaching game design
- Updates on BAFTA YGD Resources and Games News via our monthly YGD newsletter
- Participating schools may also be invited to attend BAFTA YGD workshops in their local area (we'll be announcing dates soon) and asked to potentially host events involving visits from industry experts to help inspire your students.
Secondary School IET FREE Posters
A range of free classroom posters to download or order to have delivered direct to your door!
IET Faraday offers a range of free secondary curriculum support posters within three main areas.
i.Reference posters relating to various aspects of electricity and power.
ii.Topical posters created to support the IET's vision of 'Engineering a Better World.' Posters include a variety of topics from 3D printing to nanotechnology and even cybersecurity.
iii.Case study posters to highlight current engineering work and inspire students to get involved in these areas.
Posters are A2 in size but are folded into an A4 pack to be sent easily through the post.
All of these posters are updated and the collection is added to on a regular basis so do check back on this page to see when new posters have been added.
If you would like to suggest topics and/or content for future posters then please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
Primary School FREE Posters
A range of free classroom posters to download or order to have delivered direct to your door!
IET Faraday offers a range of free primary curriculum support posters within two sets.
Suggested poster display
The first 5 posters listed below can be used as stand-alone posters to add colour to your classroom, but they do also join together in the style of a jigsaw to add another dimension to your poster display!
The following 10 posters are all individual posters which cover a range of topics from radio waves and robotics to section drawings and electrical safety.
Order or download
All 15 posters are included in the order pack or you may download each poster individually to build up your own collection.
Posters are A2 in size but are folded into an A4 pack to be sent easily through the post.
All of these posters are updated and the collection is added to on a regular basis so do check back on this page to see when new posters have been added.
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BP Educational Service boosts support for primary science teaching with Science Explorers
Science Explorers is a brand new collection of resources from the BP Educational Service, offering free curriculum-linked science learning materials for primary school pupils aged 5 to 11.
These fun, free and flexible resources are designed to appeal to primary teachers who are less confident in science teaching. Through the programme’s interactive app, videos and classroom activities, Science Explorers helps to encourage engagement with science from an early age.
Developed with science subject specialists, backed by the latest research and designed to inspire teachers and pupils alike, Science Explorers is an exciting new science learning tool for primary schools.
Find out more about Science Explorers: http://on.bp.com/2rmpadN
Register with the BP Educational Service to access the resources today: http://on.bp.com/2sefHcu
Free GIS for your School (Geographic Information Systems)
As part of our continued not-for-profit work we are providing free access to ArcGIS Online for all UK schools.
ArcGIS Online is a complete, cloud-based mapping platform that makes teaching with GIS easy. There is no install, you just need a browser to get stared. ArcGIS Online works on PC’s, Mac’s, and mobile devices.
If you are a teacher at a UK school you can apply for your free subscription now by simply filling out the required details here.
Or check out their website https://schools.esriuk.com/
Student teams can apply to be part of an exciting robotics challenge that sees them involved in ‘aviation missions’. Teamwork, robots, design, discovery, fun and loads of LEGO are all part of the mix, as are real-world challenges, teacher support and some great prizes.
This isn’t a one-off challenge. It’s a curriculum-linked programme that sees students (11-14s) working together in teams to solve real-world engineering, technology and computing challenges.
Student teams across the country learn how to build, program and control autonomous LEGO robots to complete a series of short, exciting aviation missions using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 sets. From speed racing to humanitarian aid, they’ll demonstrate their skills at challenges held around the country.
The journey starts in school. The challenge events are the culmination of a ten-week extra-curricular or in-school programme where students learn how to design and control their robots to complete the aviation challenges. It’s all with the help of our structured activity plans and learning software, and we’ll also provide you with training and equipment.
Activities can be run with your team outside the classroom or during lessons. The challenge could take your team all the way from regional heats to the national final!
Your team will research, design, plan, implement and present their own solution to a contemporary engineering problem – developed with support from the Royal Air Force and Rolls-Royce – gaining feedback on their work from the engineering community. The challenge will open up potential new careers to your students and help put their school learning into context.
Applications for the 2017/2018 Tomorrow's Engineers EEP Robotics challenge are now open until 12th July.
Click the shortened link below for more details
Check out the brand new careers resource from Tomorrow's Engineers.
It explores how to get jobs in 12 different areas of engineering
Discover free BT STEM Crew curriculum-linked resources for 11-16s in biology, physics, maths and design and technology. Each topic includes a film, interactive quiz, downloadable student worksheets and curriculum links.
For more information on these free resources visit https://stemcrew.co.uk/resources
Make a difference – be an engineer
This new, interactive presentation introduces 11-14 year olds to engineering, inspiring them to think about a career in engineering. Developed in collaboration with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Physics, Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, along with input from teachers and volunteers, it covers the diversity of engineering with the central message that engineers can improve people's lives and solve problems around the world.
**NOTE: We strongly recommend that you read the Presenter guidelines before delivering this presentation. You can download these using the button below or find out more by reading the 'Presenter guidelines' section below.
The presentation covers:
What engineering is
- What engineers do
- How engineers impact on our everyday lives
- The range of jobs engineers are involved in through real life examples
- The different routes you can take to a career in engineering
- Where the jobs will be in the future
It has 13 examples of real engineers to explore with children along with videos of them at work, ideas for short activities you can do and discussion points to get them and keep them engaged.
To help you understand how to use the slides we have developed a set of Presenter Guidelines which walk you through slide by slide so you can feel confident when you deliver the presentation to young people.
For more information please visit Tomorrow's engineers careers page, using the shortened link below.
Save Lives as an Engineer
Engineering can save lives in numerous ways.
Many types of engineering can be employed in helping communities affected by disasters like earthquakes, flooding, tsunamis and avalanches.
From using equipment to rescue people, providing shelter, restoring electricity and sanitation to making lives better in the aftermath engineering can save lives. With training, medical devices and detection systems against future disasters engineering can help rebuild lives affected by disaster too.
See our teaching resources below to help explore how a career in engineering can help make the world a better place.
If you would like to order hard copies of these documents, please visit our career resources section.
Practical Action- New STEM resources
Practical Action have now launched the 2 new STEM Challenges- Design for a better world, and Global Goods.
For more information about the challenges please visit:-
Mars Mission Debate Kit Additional Resources
The Mars Mission Debate Kit asks the question:
Should we send a human space mission to Mars?
The kit allows students to look at the argument from all sides; to explore the social, technological, physiological, and ethical issues around sending a human space mission to Mars.
All the facts in the Mars Mission Debate Kit have been researched. This page is populated with references and additional information relating to the kit.
How have your students’ opinions changed?
The aim of the kit is to explore the social, ethical, technological, and physiological issues around sending a human space mission to Mars. We’ve created an online survey to help you track your how your students’ opinions change throughout the activity.
Suggested extension activity
The eight characters in the Mars Mission Debate Kit each provide a different point of view on sending a human mission to Mars. Ask your students to consider any other view points which may not have been covered.
For example, how will our perception of ourselves as humans (or of the Earth as the cradle of life) change if we discover life on Mars or elsewhere?
To find out more about the Mars Debate Kit or I'm a Scientist get me out of here, and their fantastic free resources, use the link below:-
Software for teaching and learning computational biology
We provide free loan boxes to schools who are interested in teaching and learning bioinformatics. Each loan box consists of 10 Raspberry Pi computers and all necessary peripherals, apart from monitors. The loan boxes come installed with the latest version of our 4273π materials, suitable for sixth-form level and with links to the Scottish Higher curriculum in Biology and Human Biology.
The loan boxes were made possible thanks to funding from Teachers Together and Access for Rural Communities projects at the University of St Andrews. This allowed us to buy lots of Raspberry Pi Model 2 computers, Rii keyboards, USB power adaptors, powered USB hubs, VGA to HDMI adaptors, extension cords and micro sd cards.
The loan boxes were first used during the Teachers Together Conference in 2015 at the University of St Andrews. Teachers Together is a partnership that encourages links between Higher Education and schools. Around 50 teachers from Scottish State Schools attended the conference, and they were given the opportunity to learn more about selected disciplines within the University.
A group of around 20 teachers chose to be introducted to the School of Biology at the University of St Andrews. The group first attended an introductory talk by Dr Jacqueline Nairn, and afterwards learnt about PCR techniques and bioinformatics. The 4273π team gave a hands-on demonstration of the Raspberry Pi and some of the 4273π materials for learning and teaching bioinformatics.
The teachers “really enjoyed learning something new”. They said the best part of the worshop was the “introduction to Raspberry Pi”, and “getting to experiment on the computers, something I don’t get the chance to do much”, and that they were “previously unaware of the technology”. They appreciated the “practical help and explanations”, and thanked the team “for helping me and explaining without making me feel clueless”.
Visit http://4273pi.org/news/ for more information
If you are a school and have still not registered for your BBC Micro:bit, use the link below to register your school.
For more details about this new and exciting resource pack from IOP, please click the link below
For more details about this new and exciting resource pack from IOP, please click the link below
For more details about the Ashfield Music festival resources from IOP, please click the link below:-
For more details about the Ashfield Music festival resources from IOP, please click the link below:-
A set of training and teaching resources for teachers, STEM Ambassadors and an interactive app for girls to help educate and inspire,
- Welcome to PEOPLE LIKE ME - the revolutionary approach to engaging girls with careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). People Like Me uses the natural tendency of girls to articulate their self-identity using adjectives, to show them that people like them are happy and successful working in careers in STEM.
- This pack equips teachers and STEM Ambassadors with materials that can show girls from a diverse range of backgrounds that, if they continue with at least one STEM subject post-16, they are likely to have better prospects and more career choice. The pack contains a quiz to show girls where people just like them are happy and successful in their work, which can also be downloaded as a free app from the Apple store.
- The pack is targeted at girls aged 11-14. WISE recommends using the pack in an all-girl setting, where girls have been found to feel more comfortable sharing their strengths and aspirations. Research shows that the vast majority of boys use verbs rather than adjectives to articulate their self-identity, which means this approach is less likely to offer them useful insight. Trialling has shown that verb-based people often struggle with the exercise and become uncomfortable.The activity can work equally well in a science, maths, PSHE or careers session.
People Like Me was launched at the National Media Museum in Bradford as part of British Science week. Since the launch, People Like Me sessions have been delivered by WISE to diverse groups of girls from a variety of schools. The feedback from the girls has been overwhelmingly positive:
‘I might change what I thought I would do – Hair and Beauty to Engineering!’
‘I have learnt that it is very important to keep my options open… and that I can combine many other subjects with Science to find something I am passionate about doing in the future’.
Bespoke packs offer the opportunity to personalise People Like Me to contain specific information about your organisation, industry sector or region.
Organisations who are producing a bespoke pack with WISE are:
- Network Rail
- Babcock International
- National College for Onshore Oil and Gas
Bespoke packs are in progress for Tech, Energy and Construction sectors. If you would like to get involved in a bespoke pack please contact Ruth Farenga for more information.
Licensing provides the benefits of being able to charge third party organisations for the delivery of People Like Me, as well as listing on the WISE website as ‘licensed’ to deliver People Like Me and use of the ‘People Like Me – licensed’ logo in marketing materials.
A number of organisations are pursuing licensing in the delivery of People Like Me including Salesforce, STEMNET and Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce. Licensing of STEMNET will allow for mobilisation of STEM ambassadors across the UK to offer co-ordinated effective outreach for girls.
If your organisation is interested in licensing, please contact Ruth Farenga for more information.
WISE are offering training in the delivery of People Like Me for individuals such as STEM ambassadors or teachers. The first sessions will be held in London, Bristol and Leeds early in 2016. If you would like to attend a People Like Me training session, then please visit the following pages to book your tickets:
"If you want to open girls’ eyes to who they are and how their science and maths can help them access a HUGE variety of roles in the workplace, then this resource is for you!" Kate Bellingham, Engineer and Broadcaster
- an explanation of the facts behind this approach and how it works
- a set of top tips for teachers, to support with advising pupils on identifying their strengths and applying them to STEM careers, and with applying the ‘People Like Me’ approach to every day teaching
- session guidance with a lesson plan and suggestions for how the materials can be used
- quiz for girls to choose adjectives and define their ‘self-identity’
- glossary to help girls choose the adjectives that best describe them
- analysis showing girls how their self-identity maps onto roles where their personality would fit well and introducing them to careers where science or maths qualifications are an advantage
- supporting materials including a USB flash drive with a presentation to consolidate girls’ learning
- poster showing the 12 personality types
- flyer for parents/carers that can be photocopied and sent home
"I thought the session was excellent, it was pitched at the right level to engage the students. I particularly liked that the science options were not overly forced onto the girls - it is far more powerful if the girls come to their own decisions. Many of the girls that attended the session have been asking questions about possible science-related jobs and A levels."Mr Moth, Wildern School
We are grateful to all the organisations and individuals whose generous sponsorship has allowed WISE to make the resource pack available free of charge. We hope People Like Me helps you to show girls there are many more opportunities in science than they think. Good luck with the sessions and please let us know how you get on.
WISE- People Like Me
School Resource Pack
New Bespoke People Like Me Resource Packs for Schools
Physics, Digital & Electronics
Following the successful launch of the People Like Me campaign by WISE and the school resources pack, WISE have now launched 3 Bespoke packs- Digital, Electronics & Physics.
To access these fantastic resources please use the link below
Find your role on the Space Crew- Quiz
Take this personality test and quiz to work out what role you would be best suited to and your Role in Space
3ml is an on line resource to break down barriers to understanding. Learn about the Science of Space through the Science of Reading.
Practical Action Resources & STEM Challenges- Primary & Secondary
Practical Action has some great innovative resources for schools and young people.
We have some fantastic materials available to make sessions exciting and engaging, giving the opportunity to learn lots, think about even more and make a real difference.
Using real case studies from our projects, bring the real world into your classroom and fundraise for Practical Action so that together we can make a real difference to some of the poorest families in the world.
Beat the Flood challenge
An exciting challenge to design and build flood-resistant homes
Flooding due to climate change can have a devastating effect on people's lives. Set on the fictitious island of Watu, pupils explore how STEM skills can be used to help communities be better prepared for flooding.
The challenge: Working as a team pupils design and make a model of a home able to withstand the effects of flooding...then test it by standing it in water and blasting it with a hose pipe!.
The challenge is perfect for STEM clubs and integrating into your D&T and science lessons and for pupils to gain a CREST Award.
The teacher guidance and pupil activity sheets needed to run the challenge are free to download below.
An exciting new challenge for pupils aged 8-14 years to develop solutions to the problems caused by plastic waste globally.
The challenge can be used flexibly as part of the formal science and design and technology curriculum in the UK, or to run a STEM club or enrichment day. It offers opportunities for pupils to engage with:
· Practical science investigations and enquiry based learning
· Designing and making products from waste plastic for a UK or international market
· A video competition enabling them to share their experience of the challenge.
Power for the World
Working in teams pupils explore issues around renewable energy in the developing world and build their own wind turbines. Through an interactive starter activity pupils discover how energy access via the National Grid differs between their own country and Kenya. They look at renewable energy solutions and in the main activity have the opportunity to design and build their own wind turbine.
The Power for the World Activity was designed to be delivered by university engineering students from Engineers Without Borders - UK as a schools outreach activity. If you are interested in students coming to your school to deliver this as a free workshop then please look at their flier for more information then email maketheline@EWB-UK.org
An exciting new challenge to find solutions to problems caused by waste plastics globally.
Challenge your pupils to use their STEM skills to design and make a model of home for their community living in a flood-prone region of Watu Island.
Challenge students to find a solution to a problem faced by farmers in Bangladesh...how to grow crops even when their land is flooded as a result of climate change
A fun hands-on activity based on a real life problem in Nepal. The challenge: to design and build a model system that can transport tomatoes. Suitable for a CREST in a day award.
Suitable for KS2-4 students look at technologies from the last 100 years and invent a product that could help us all lead a more sustainable future.
Pupils discover the importance of access to water; the different ways dirty water can be made safe to drink then go on to build their own water filter.
Pupils discover out how access to energy differs around the world and get the chance to build their own wind turbine
Using scrap materials students design and build a simple wind turbine capable of lifting a cup off the floor to bench height...powered by a hairdryer. Suitable for KS2-5.
A new primary D&T or STEM project to design, make and evaluate a water harvesting system for a school garden.
Moja Island is a 1-2 hour activity which will reinforce students' understanding of renewable energy sources.
Global CREST challenges are based around Practical Action’s work, which uses science and technology to address global issues such as energy, water and food.
We're pleased to share with you the range of ways in which Practical Action's STEM challenges are used in primary and secondary schools throughout the UK.
The resources designed for the schools outreach can also be used by teachers to deliver to their class themselves. They are designed for both primary and secondary students and are suited to a 60 min or 90 minute session, but could be extended.
A perfect activity for a science or STEM club.
Please do email email@example.com to request a free set of Practical Action's renewable energy posters to support this activity.
Our latest resource offering a range of cross curricular activities for primary schools based on growing pumpkins in Bangladesh.
SPECTROSCOPY IN A SUIT CASE Introduction to Spectroscopy
Spectroscopy is the study of the way light (electromagnetic radiation) and matter interact. There are a number of different types of spectroscopic techniques and the basic principle shared by all is - Spectroscopy in a Suitcase.
Spectroscopy in a Suitcase:-
The RSC's Spectroscopy in a Suitcase scheme is an outreach activity which gives school students the chance to learn about spectroscopy through hands-on experience. As well as covering the principles of spectroscopic techniques, the activities use real-life contexts to demonstrate the applications of the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Scotland. To enquire about booking a session for your local school, please contact N.G.A.Bell@sms.ed.ack.uk For more information about the scheme please visit www.rsc/org/education
A very popular free of charge resources with Secondary schools looking to run short debates in the classroom. With a range of different topics, each debate kit which is free of charge to teachers contains a detailed lesson plan and teacher's notes, as well as 8 different character cards to run the debate.
What is a Debate Kit?
Our Science Debate Kits develop students’ discussion skills around scientific issues. They contain 8 debate cards outlining the opinions of fictional characters with an interest in a given science topic, and teachers notes to help you to carry out the lesson effectively. Some of our debate kits also include online resources.
The science curriculum calls for a greater understanding of the limitations of science and the potential ethical questions surrounding it. Our science debate kits are designed to meet this demand. Their neutrality, together with role play, offers students the opportunity to explore the different sides of the issue and compare others’ points of view.
For teachers, the kits provide an effective and structured resource containing up-to-date information, which can be used again and again with little effort or preparation. They are also a great way to introduce ethical issues that are otherwise difficult to bring out in the classroom.
We have received lots of positive feedback from teachers, including praise for the topics covered, content and structure of the debate kits. If you want to have a look at our previous kits, you can access to online PDF versions of all them here. If you’d like us to keep you on the loop of debate kits, sign up now!
Really looking forward to trying out this new debate kit. Previous ones have set the bar high!” – Sue Howarth, Teacher
The Debate Kits
Make sure to sign up to receive copies of the latest kits as they’re released!
- Vaccinations Debate Kit
- Antibiotic Resistance Debate Kit
- Big Data Debate Kit
- Electricity Distribution Debate Kit
- Food Security Debate Kit
- Drugs in Sport Debate Kit
- Are we too clean Debate Kit
- IVF Debate Kit
- Stem Cells Debate Kit
- Cannabis Debate Kit
Resources for Teachers
On the I'm a Scientist website at the teachers resources section you’ll find all the teaching materials we’ve developed for the I’m a Scientist event. They’re designed to develop students’ debating and discussion skills, and help the event run as smoothly as possible in your classroom.
Materials for running the event
Lesson plan materials
Lesson 1: “You’re the Judges!”
Lesson 2: “Meet the Scientists”
Other materials and useful links on the site
- Evictions poster (PDF)
- Live chat booking page – Live chats can be booked any time during the two weeks of the event, though you must be signed up to take part in the event; we’ll email you to let you know when you can start booking chats.
- Staffroom – The staffroom is open during the two weeks of the event from 9am to 5pm. You can chat with the moderators and it’s a great place to get help quickly.
For more information, please visit http://imascientist.org.uk/
Main funders for I'm a Scientist Get me out of Here..........
FREE OF CHARGE RESOURCE
With the new School term approaching, have you considered getting a visit from the RZSS Wild about us Scotland bus. Check out their website to find out more and their planned tour of visits in Scotland. Suitable for primary and secondary schools
BP have a wide range of free education resources for both Primary pupils and National 5 and Higher level for Secondary pupils all mapped to CFE.
For more information please visit http://bpes.bp.com/
Scotland’s leading source of inspiration, excitement and resources for young scientists and engineers.
Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland (YESC) is a Scotland wide primary and secondary school education programme run by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and supported by many of our members.
Our projects are designed to grow interest and spark enthusiasm in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects by encouraging young people to have a go at fun, hands-on activities and experiments. Pupils work alongside their teachers, real engineers and scientists putting their problem-solving skills to the test on themed investigations that will feed their curiosity and fire their imagination.
Whether you're a young person eager to explore an exciting career in STEM, a teacher looking for STEM resources with a punch, or a company who wants to form positive links with education, this site will help you find out more about us and what we can do for you.
SCDI’s Young Engineers & Science Clubs (YESC) programme
Our flourishing network - engaging with over 22,000 primary and secondary school students across in excess of 1,100 school Clubs - spans the length and breadth of Scotland, from Shetland to Dumfries, and is supported by a wide range of SCDI Members.
Visit the YESC website for further information: www.yecscotland.co.uk
and engage with us on Twitter @scdiYESC
The Contact and Education Centre is a purpose-built facility serving as a focal point for community engagement and education during the building of the Queensferry Crossing.
Its main aims are to provide high-quality contact, outreach and education centre services to local residents and visitors while emphasising the FRC Project’s purpose, investment value and innovation in construction, as well as promoting the potential benefits a career in engineering can provide.
Situated in Queensferry on the Edinburgh side of the Forth Road Bridge, the Contact and Education Centre offers panoramic views of the existing road and rail bridges, and provides a perfect platform to view construction of the Queensferry Crossing.
The Contact and Education Centre hosts a range of events and activities including:
FRC Project Exhibition – Queensferry Crossing Construction
Open every Saturday 1000 – 1600 (March – October)
The FRC Project Exhibition is where members of the public can explore exhibition panels about the FRC Project, view detailed bridge models, meet with members of the FRC Project team to learn more about the construction of the Queensferry Crossing and enjoy spectacular views of the Forth Estuary.
No booking required.
FRC Project Presentation Series – Queensferry Crossing Construction
Last Friday of every month 1000 and 1300 (March – October)
The FRC Presentation Series provides an in depth look at the construction of the Queensferry Crossing with an opportunity to hear from project engineers in detail about various aspects of the construction of the Queensferry Crossing and its connecting roads. Presentations take place on the last Friday of every month (March – October) at 1000 and 1300.
No booking required.
FRC Project Presentations – Queensferry Crossing Construction
The FRC Project team also takes group bookings from universities, colleges, professional organisations and community organisations interested in visiting for a presentation about the construction of the Queensferry Crossing. A member of the FRC Project team provides a presentation followed by a Q&A usually lasting up to 1 hour.
FRC Schools Programme
Monday – Friday (August – June)
Would your pupils like to find out more about engineering, bridges and the construction of the Queensferry Crossing?
Our trained and knowledgeable staff can lead a range of visits in the stunning Exhibition Area which provides an excellent learning environment with detailed bridge models, exhibition panels about the FRC Project, audio visual resources, interactive learning challenges and spectacular panoramic views of the Forth Bridges, including views of the Queensferry Crossing under construction.
Primary School Programme (P3 – P7)
- Bridges, Forth Bridges and Queensferry Crossing topics
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Challenges
- Classroom lesson plans and resources available for distance learning
- Teacher led sessions available
Secondary School Programme (S1 - S6)
- Bridges, Forth Bridges and Queensferry Crossing topics
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Challenges
- Project Exhibition Panels available for distance learning
- Teacher led sessions available
*booking required: visits from 0930, 1000, 1230, 1300 (all 2.5 hours)
To find out more about what's on offer at the Contact and Education Centre or to book a visit for your group to learn all about the Queensferry Crossing under construction, contact us via:
Tel: 0800 078 6910
Forth Replacement Crossing Contact and Education Centre
Adjacent to Forth Road Bridge Administration Building
National STEM Directories www.stemdirectories.org.uk
Arkwright Scholarship Trust www.arkwright.org.uk
Energy Institute www.energyinst.org.uk
Engineering Development Trust (EDT) www.etrust.org.uk
Find School Workshops www.findschoolworkshops.co.uk
Further Mathematics Network www.fmnetwork.org.uk
Industrial Trust www.industrialtrust.org.uk
Institution of Engineering Designers www.ied.org.uk
Institution of Nuclear Engineers www.inuce.org.uk
Institute of Physics www.iop.org
Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine www.ipem.ac.uk
Maths Careers www.mathscareers.org.uk
Maths Inspiration www.mathsin
National Science Learning Centre www.sciencelearningcentres.org.uk
National Skills Academy for railway Engineering www.nsare.org
Primary Engineer www.primaryengineer.com
Royal Academy of Engineering www.raeng.org.uk
Royal Aeronautical Society www.raes.org.uk
Specialist Schools & Academies Trust www.specialistschools.org.uk
The Chartered Institute of Building www.ciob.org.uk
The Diploma in Engineering www.engineeringdiploma.com
The Institution of Chemical Engineers www.icheme.org
The Institution of Civil Engineers www.ice.org.uk
The Institution of Engineering & Technology www.theiet.org
The Institution of Marine, Engineering & Tech www.imarest.org
The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining www.iom3.org
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers www.imeche.org
The Institution of Structural Engineers www.istructe.org
The Royal Institution of Naval Architects www.rina.org.uk
Universities & Colleges Admissions Service www.ucas.ac.uk
UK Resource centre for Women in STEM www.setwomenresource.org.uk
Women into Science & Engineering & Construction www.wisecampaign.org.uk
Women’s Engineering Society www.wes.org.uk
Young Engineers www.youngeng.org
The Welding Institute www.twi.co.uk
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