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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information or would like to host a similar meeting in your area of the highlands.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
The website keeps you up to date with what the SSA have been doing and also offers some information on the very exciting STEM ROOMS that will be set up soon in 5 locations in Highlands. Have a look at the video here from Andrew Johnston – The SSA Director (he is fab!):
What is the problem with gender in Science and STEM?
National Strategy for STEM
How we can start to tackle unconscious bias in the classroom?
Activities/ideas to use in class
UHI – STEM Hub – Digital Technologies – EARLY/FIRST LEVEL
Spheros: A very hands on workshop using tablets to program Spheros (a ball shaped robot). You will learn about basic programming to make the Spheros move, change direction or follow a route. Spheros can be used to develop numeracy/maths skills. Led by Mairi from the UHI Stem Hub.
Royal Society Of Chemistry – RSC – EARLY/FIRST/SECOND
A hands-on chemistry workshop around the free resources available from the Royal Society of Chemistry for BGE science. There will be something for everyone, from early level upwards.
Beth Christie – Brora Primary School – Fun Experiments SECOND LEVEL
Red Cabbage Experiments – How to make a red cabbage indicator that will test the acidity or alkalinity of certain liquids. Ahh, the sweet smell of science! This activity is super smelly, but really cool activity. Plug your nose and get ready to make your own red cabbage indicator that will test the acidity or alkalinity of certain liquids.
Emily Brown – Science Development Officer – What’s in your Science Cupboards?? EARLY/FIRST/SECOND LEVEL
Looking at the science resources you probably already have in your school resource cupboard and how best to use them. Some of the kits we will be using are:
“The Crunch;” exploring our food, our health, our planet. From the Wellcome Trust
Renewable Energy Kit from HiEnergy
The Water Box
BBC Explorify- Terrific Scientific.
Harriet and Siobhan from Lundavra Primary School – Chromebooks EARLY/FIRST/SECOND LEVEL
Looking at “Chromebooks in Action” with lots of practical ideas for embedding the Chromebooks in classroom practices – linking to literacy, art and other activities. Harriet and Siobhan will showcase how they embedded the Chromebooks with the school for all stages and how they use them in cross-curricular contexts. If you would like to take part in this workshop and have a Chromebook, then please take it along.
There will also be a STEM Market place at lunch time where you can pick up some advice and info from organisations such as:
Skills Dev Scotland, RSC, Science Skills Academy and many more.
There will also be a chance to try out a VR headset!