Opportunities to join the Science Skills Academy Team

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The Science Skills Academy delivers hands-on practical STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and digital technology) activities to P6-S2 students in the Highlands and Islands. We run sessions in bespoke Newton Rooms. Our aim is to excite and inspire students and encourage them to study STEM subjects at school and beyond.

The Science Skills Academy will be hiring a team of five STEM Engagement Officers, in locations across the Highlands The first two posts will be based in Thurso and Fort William:

  •  One full-time role at the Thurso Newton Room, based at North Highland College, Thurso
  • One part-time role, Monday-Wednesday, at the Fort William Newton Room, based at Caol Youth Centre

 Full training will be provided for each Newton Module. These modules will be multi-disciplinary with topics ranging from Robotics and Mathematics to Renewable Energy to the Lifecycle of Salmon.

The Science Skills Academy, a project led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, working in partnership. The post holders will be employed by the Highland Council and will work as part of a multi-agency team.

Full details at Science Skills Academy STEM: http://bit.ly/ssastem

Deadline for applications is Monday 15 July.

I am An Engineer!

Education Scotland have launched a new resource on ParentZone.  It is designed to help explore engineering and contains some fantastic STEM challenges using readily – available materials.  Definitely worth a look!

https://education.gov.scot/parentzone/Documents/IAmAnEngineer.pdf

Learning for Sustainability

Got a great story for the July Bulletin?

download (2).jpgLearning for Sustainability are looking for stories for thier July Bulletin.  They are particularly keen to hear what has been happening in relation to:

  • understanding, explaining and taking action on the climate emergency
  • exploring the link between climate change, sustainable agriculture and food security

We know that across Highland there has been plenty of great work happening this session.  Email all your news, resources, vacancies, events, courses, photographs, stories and updates to our bulletin editor Norah at bulletin@lfsscotland.org by Tuesday 25th June. 

A big well done to Cromarty Primary!

SSPCA School Film “Litter and Animals” Competition Finalists!

Cromarty Primary entered the SSPCA School Film competition – and got through to the final. In fact, they are the only finalists in the Highlands!  Pleasecropped-school-photo-sep-2016 vote (multiple votes possible) for the video in the link below – and share / pass on. The other finalists are much larger schools than Cromarty and they need all the help they can get.  Voting closes 23rd June.

Good luck, Cromary and well done for your video making efforts.

https://www.scottishspca.org/education/school-film-competition/primary-school/

 

SSERC Great Science Share!

The Great Science Share for schools 2019 is fast approaching!

As part of this fantastic event SSERC and the STEAM TEAM from Thornton Primary School are once again hosting a Great Science Share SSERC_Meet on Tuesday 18th June 2019 from 11:15 – 11:45am.

Last year over 60 schools took part in the SSERC_Meet and this year we are looking forward to even more schools joining in as we invite you to investigate rocket mice with us! You and your pupils will not even have to leave school to join in!Fingermouse

To take part you need to register with Hayley  hayley.sherrard@sserc.scot  by 5pm on Friday 14th June.

The Thornton Primary STEAM Team will guide you through the science behind thethe “blast off” as your class make and test these amazing little rockets. The event is aimed at all levels and will be broadcast live from the broadcast studio at SSERC.

IET Engineering Open House Day

If you’re looking for an educational and fun day out for young people with inquisitive minds during the summer holidays, then this year’s Engineering Open House Day on Friday 26 July 2019 is for you. Now in its fifth year, IET Engineering Open House Day aims to showcase engineering and technology as a positive career choice.

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Education Scotland STEM Professional Learning Fund

  • Practitioners, school technicians and providers of STEM professional learning   across Scotland are encouraged to apply to the new Education Scotland (ES) STEM professional learning fund. The fund is set to boost confidence and skills in delivering inspirational STEM teaching. It will also address challenges after an ES survey revealed lack of funding was often a barrier to accessing STEM professional learning. The closing date for applications is 10am on Friday 28 June 2019. Find out more.

What’s under your Feet?

wormThe Pod’s exciting citizen science campaign is back for another year – and put your school in for the prize draw!

Help scientists at the British Trust for Ornithology understand the relationship between climate, the availability of invertebrates and how this impacts UK bird numbers and their migration patterns.

It’s easy to take part and children will love being citizen scientists and working outside of the classroom.

https://jointhepod.org/campaigns

Look at the Pod’s webpage for more details.

June Inset Day STEM Training

download (1)Thurso Newton Room

Monday, 3rd June 10am – 12.30pm 

This session will explore the Subsea in a STEM context.  We will explore Marine Biology, Subsea vessels, Divers and Diving, and Remote Operating Vehicles.  Participants will also get a free resource kit to take back to their schools.  This session  has been designed to be suitable for first and second level.

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Lochaber Newton Room

Monday, 3rd June 10am – 12.30pm 

Energy 4 Me is a resource designed by the Society of Petroleum Engineers.  It explores the story of  our modern day use of fossil fuels from their formation, to how we explore and extract the substance.  The lessons are fun and easy to use in a classroom STEM context.  The session covers many of the Planet Earth and Materials and Topical Science CfE links – it is especially relevant in light of the Extinction Rebellions current campaign and the war on plastics.

Apply for either of these courses on the CPD website.