Yearly Science Events Planner

Download a copy the 2018-19 year planner  for a really useful annual overview of science events and campaigns from EDF Energy’s education website The Pod.    This includes British Science Week and Switch Off Fortnite, which should help you plan your science learning through out the year.


Generation Science

The 2019 Generation Science programme is now available and they are now taking bookings. Please visit the Generation Science website for more details.

Generation Science brings unique and inspiring science lessons directly to classrooms all over Scotland with a programme of highly interactive shows and hands-on workshops.

The 2018-19 brochure has been emailed to all Head Teachers in Highland Council. If you would like a copy please send me an email: and I will get one to you directly.


STEM CPD in September in-set days

Places Available for STEM CPD during the in-sets on Monday the 17th and Tuesday the 18th of September. Register on the Highland CPD website.

Monday 17th- Muirtown Primary, 9am-4pm.

Workshops include:

  • Assessment and National STEM Strategy
  • Outdoor learning
  • Me and My body
  • Facilitating Science Investigations with Aberdeen Science Centre

Tuesday 18th – Brora Primay, 9am-3:30pm

Workshops include:

  • National STEM Strategy and Improving the Gender Balance
  • Facilitating Science Investigations with Aberdeen Science Centre
  • Astrobiology 2nd level/ Earth and Space E-1st level
  • Outdoor learning
  • Coding with Spheros across the curriculum
  • Block CAD

Hope to see you there!

Science Clubs

Science Clubs are a good way to increase Science Capital for young people and engage families in STEM Learning.  You do not need to be a scientist to start a STEM or Science Club and it is easy to adapt a STEM/Science Club to your setting.  They can be run for families after school as part of wrap around care, during Golden Time, with a whole class, in a library, as part of a Cub, Scouts or Rainbows group, or in a parent and toddler group.

Join us at Caol Youth Club on Thursday the 14th of June, 4-6pm, to learn more from; RAiSE, Young Engineers and Science Clubs, the Science Skills Academy, and  STEM Ambassadors.  This is an informational meeting for anyone interested in starting a STEM or Science Club, anyone interested in support a club, or anyone interested in Science and STEM activities to incorporate into an ongoing club.

Please contact if you would like more information or would like to host a similar meeting in your area of the highlands.

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Sign up for STEM CLPL

Places still available for STEM CLPL  on Monday. 4.6.18  using the Subsea as an IDL context for Learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Two location:

Subsea1- UHI STEM Hub 10:00-12:30

Subsea3- Banavie Primary Fort William, 14:00-16:00

Free box of resourse for schools that attend to be used to deliver the learning in your setting.

This training is open to Primary Teachers, PSAs and all Staff members working to support Science and STEM learning in First and Second Level CfE.

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Subsea Channel CLPL

Training dates for Subsea Channel CLPL in Inverness and Culbokie Primary.

Inverness- June 4th- 10:00-12:30- UHI STEM Hub, An Lochran- ref- Subsea1

Black Isle- June 13th- 15:45-17:45- Culbokie Primary School – ref.- Subsea2

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the Subsea; natural environment and resource for society.  The training will introduce STEM learning through the context of the Subsea with great links between science, maths, and technology.

Register on the Highland CPD calendar.  Each school participating will take away a free box of resources to deliver the lessons in their own setting.


Visit the Subsea Channel Website for more information.

Moving on From RAISE, and HELLO to Emily

A quick update on Primary Science(RAISE project) From Peter Finlayson QIM Highlands:

  • Ruth Mackay finishes her stint as Primary Science DO after the inset on Wednesday 21st to take up the acting post of cluster HT for Dochgarroch, Teanassie and Tomnacross. Ruth has done a power of work to develop Primary Science and I know has trained many staff in your schools with very positive feedback. Emily Brown, currently, PT in Spean Bridge PS will take up post on March 5th. Currently we have RAISE funding to keep Emily in post until December. Emily will be available to continue the training started by Ruth.


  • The 8 sets of Spheros sit at the current locations(see list below) around Highland. However a number of schools who have done the training and then used the SPHEROS have decided the impact has been so positive they have purchased their own sets. Some schools have used their PEF funding and they report a greater engagement of some of the more difficult to engage pupils with a positive impact on their Literacy and Numeracy. If anyone is interested in doing this they can be purchased through XMA(many schools already have accounts with XMA) If in doubt, or for some testimonials from schools please get in touch.


Peter Finlayson

Royal Society Partnership Grants – Funding for Science Resources

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Please see the attached leaflet on info about applying for a partnership grant with the royal society. You need to be working in partnership with a STEM professional in order to get this grant. I secured this grant for my school a few years ago and it was excellent – we were able to fully equip our Science Cupboard with a grant of about £1500. Let me know if you would like help filling out the application. 🙂

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