Sphero Training – January Twilights



Level One Training These robots are a fantastic tool, allowing pupils to learn computational thinking, programming and mathematics through hands-on problem solving. This training session will cover the basics of how the SPRK+ robots work and how they can be used in a class setting along with providing some inspiring, inventive ideas of how to engage pupils with the second level computer science curriculum.

Level Two Training This session is aimed at practitioners who are feeling confident with using the sphero robots in a class setting and who are looking to extend their skills.

Dates and Locations:

  • Fort William: Caol Youth Centre.  Tuesday 15th January 4pm – 5.30 pm
  • Inverness: UHI STEM Hub.  Wednesday, 16th January 4pm – 5.30pm
  • Dingwall:  Dingwall Primary School. Monday, 21st January 4pm – 5.30pm
  • Thurso:  Pennyland Primary School.  DATE TO BE CONFIRMED

Click to access the Highland CPD site


Heriot’s Healthy Home Competition

Heriot Watt Eco-home

In 2019, Heriot-Watt University is celebrating and sharing all the amazing research taking place to improve our health and the health of the planet. From the homes we live in, to the
health of the cells in our body, our chemists, biologists, mathematicians, computer scientists, physicists, social scientists and engineers are working together to make life

More details of the competition can be found here:

Heriot’s Healthy Home Competition Leaflet

Heriots Healthy Home Competition Form

For example, theyare working on:

  • designing eco-houses
  • renewable energy research and design into wind, wave and sun
  • building robotics for assisted living for the elderly
  • making new and advanced medical equipment
  • improving cancer treatments
  • investigating how the brain works
  • understanding and
    preventing diseases.

Highland STEM Conference Feb. 2019

STEM Conf. Poster

We are delighted to announce the Highland STEM Conference is now listed on the Highland CPD website and is open for bookings.  Places are limited so reserve a place now!

The Highland STEM Conference will be organised around a series of hour long  workshops providing knowledge and experience to enable practitioners to confidently deliver hands on practical STEM learning experiences to young learners.

Workshop providers include:

RAiSE Science Development Officers

Highland Science Mentors

Education Scotland Improving the Gender Balance Team

STEM Glasgow

University of Strathclyde


November Primary Science Twilight CPD

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This will guide you through making and testing your own wind-turbine and exploring potential classroom investigations.  You will be able to take away equipment to use in your own setting including a model turbine and multimeter. It is also an opportunity to look at an exciting new online resource to support learning about climate change and its global impact designed by Highland Climate Challenge

SCN 1-04a/SCN 2-04b/3-04b (Planet Earth: Energy sources and Sustainability), TCH 0-01a, TCH 1-01a (Technological developments in society), TCH 2-02b (Technological developments in society), TCH 2-12a (Craft, design, engineering and graphics contexts for developing Technological skills and knowledge)


Register through the CPD website:

All sessions run from 4pm – 5.30pm

Thursday, 8th November:  UHI STEM HUB

Tuesday, 13th November:  Portree Primary School

Tuesday, 13th November: Caol Youth Centre

Thursday, 15th November: Aviemore Primary School

Thursday, 29th November: Thurso Venue TBC


Contact the Primary Science Development Officers if you would like further information.

Emily Brown emily.brown@highland.gov.uk ,

Kathryn Thomas Kathryn.thomas2@highland.gov.uk

New Climate Change and Renewable Sources of Energy Twilight

alternative alternative energy clouds countryside

We are delighted to announce a new Twilight CPD with Highland Climate Challenge!  This will be delivered in 5 locations right across Highland Council to make it accessible for all Highland Primary Practitioners..

During the Twilight Training session you will learn about the new learning resource developed by Highland Climate Challenge to support learning and teaching about Climate Change and the Global impacts of climate change.

You will also build and take away a wind turbine, that can be used in class to investigate Sources of Renewable Energy, e.g. hydro, wind, solar, and wave.  You will learn how to use a digital multi-meter to measure and record levels of energy generated and how to create a fair test around these sources of energy.

 The four first dates are listed on the Highland CPD calendar!  Some venues will be confirmed after the October Holidays.  All training will start at 4pm and finish by 5:30.  Tea and coffee provided.

Inverness-  8/11/18- STEM HUB UHI

Fort William 13/11/18- Venue TBC

Portree- 13/11/18- Venue TBC

Aviemore- 15/11/18- Venue TBC





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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: emily.brown@highland.gov.uk 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 emily.brown@highland.gov.uk if you would like more information or would like to host a similar meeting in your area of the highlands.

STEM Club Poster