5 Dates for Literacy and Nature Twilight Training with John Muir Trust

We offering 5 twilight training sessions to introduce resources developed by the John Muir Trust that go along with your free copy of The Lost Words.

To coincide with The Lost Words being placed in every School in Scotland, the John Muir Trust is providing free training sessions on Literacy and Nature. The training will include; discussion exploring ‘literacy’ in its broadest sense; hands-on experience of different writing activities and balance with art/science approaches; and references and signposting to literacy & nature resources. In particular, we shall be using Eva John’s Explorer’s Guide to The Lost Words to make our own ‘spells’ and art work inspired by nature, and enjoy time outside in nature.

This training will be suitable for; Early Years Practitioners, Primary Teachers, Pupil Support Assistants, and Additional Support Needs Staff.   We will also be joined by Rangers, STEM Ambassadors, and supporters of outdoor education to enable you to build partnership to enhance opportunities for your school.

Please join us on of the5 Dates and Venues in the Highlands:

  • Inverness- Abriachan Forest Classroom, IV3 8LB
    • Thursday 21st of March, 4-6pm
  • Fort William- An Drochit, Glen Nevis, PH33 6PH
    • Monday, 25th of March, 4-6pm
  • Isle of Skye- Broadford Primary, IV49 9AG
    • Tuesday, 26th of March, 4-6pm
  • Strathspey- Abernethy Primary, PH25 3EG
    • Tuesday, 26th of March, 4-6pm
  • Caithness- Noss Primary, KW1 4DT
    • Thursday, 28th of March, 4-6pm

 

The initial training date at Abriachan Forest will be led by Rebecca Logsdon, John Muir Award Scotland Education Manager, and following sessions will be led by Primary Science Development Officers, Emily Brown and Kathryn Thomas.

Please join use for one or more of the dates to meet like-minded individuals and network with education practitioners to discuss how we can to build relationships to support outdoor education and STEM in schools.

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Royal Society of Chemistry Grants

Teachers, of students age 5 to 18, could receive up to £3,000 to run an investigative STEM project in the classroom through the Royal Society’s Partnership Grants scheme. Projects are run in partnership with a STEM professional and the next round of funding opens on February 1st. To find out more, including information about how to develop the STEM partnership and the application process, please visit:

https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/partnership-grants/ or contact education@royalsociety.org Royal_Society_of_Chemistry.svg

NASA Essay Competition: Scientist for a Day

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NASA Scientist for a Day Essay Competition

Dates for Scotland:

February –March-  class teachers to register entrants and get a number to put on entries, register by emailing: SCIENTISTFORADAYSCOTLAND@gmail.com

29th March – deadline for entry (teachers who have used this as a class assignment should only submit top 3 essays from their class)

1st – 26th April – essays put into age groups and judged according to NASA rubric

3rd May – winners announced. Winning essays are sent to NASA and all entrants get a certificate emailed to their schools.

 

More information:

https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/scientist-for-a-day/2018-2019-topics/

Highland STEM Conference Workshops Announced!

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Great news!  We’ve confirmed our fantastic  range of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths, workshops free for Highland practitioners working with learners in Early, First, and Second Level.

From Chemistry to Coding, and Dinosaurs to Design technology, get hands on with STEM learning experiences and resources to motivate and excite your pupils to prepare future careers that haven’t yet been invented!

Register on the Highland CPD website and a link to select your workshops will be emailed to you on Wednesday the 6th of February.  Download you workshop brochure to plan your day.

Book you place soon, space is limited.

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Great Science Share 2019

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The Great Science Share is an excellent platform from which pupils are encouraged to use the scientific method to investigate their own STEM themed questions.  This year, there are 13 bursaries available to schools.

Last year, over 40,500 young people shared their scientific questions with new audiences, reaching schools across the whole of the UK! If you would like a look at what happened in some of those satellite events, watch the film here.

Don’t miss your chance to be involved!

  • Registration to identify your interest is now open. Sign up here.
  • Have a look at the newly revised www.greatscienceshare.org website with brand new downloadable guidance for your school – a powerpoint for your staff meeting, a film and a guidance booklet are all waiting for you.
  • Join us on Twitter @GreatSciShare and hashtagging any questions or ideas using #GreatSciShare.

Are you eligible for an event bursary?

13 bursaries are available this year. If you are planning to host an event and meet the eligibility criteria you can access a £200 donation. There are two funds available, and short applications are now open. Deadline for requests is Wednesday 6th March 2019, 5pm. Find out more here.

 

Something else you may be interested in: Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge (GMEC) 2019. Now open to schools anywhere in the UK, this campaign happens from now until March and focuses on engaging primary and secondary pupils in an engineering challenge. A simple hands-on, creative challenge with support and guidance for teachers too. You could even showcase this at your Great Science Share for Schools. See here for more information and register your interest. Follow what’s happening @UoMSEERIH.

Any questions contact:

Call us at 0161 306 3991

GSSfS Team at greatscishare@manchester.ac.uk

GMEC Team at fascinate@manchester.ac.uk

STEM Ambassadors for British Science Week

British Science Week (8th to 17th March) is fast approaching.  We have over 350 STEM Ambassadors across the Highlands, many eager to support BSW events in schools.  Would you like to request a STEM Ambassador to support you during the week?  They could help you run science experiments or bring their own knowledge and experience into the classroom.  Just add an activity to the website: https://www.stem.org.uk/platform/opportunity/new and STEM Ambassadors can volunteer from there.  We recommend adding activities 4 – 6 weeks in advance to allow plenty of time for people to volunteer and please include as much detail and description as possible in your request.

 

You can add any other STEM or careers related events to the website too.   If you don’t already have a profile on the website you can create one using this link: https://www.stem.org.uk/user/register?type=teacher.  Not only will you be able to request STEM Ambassadors but you will also get access to lots of amazing STEM resources, the STEM Club featured resources are particularly worth a browse!

Sphero Training – January Twilights

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SPHERO TRAINING TWILIGHTS   January 2019 

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

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Highland STEM Conference Feb. 2019

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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