An event to raise aspirations towards, and interest in, STEM was enjoyed by more than 300 people at Arbroath Academy.
The Angus STEM Festival featured shows from Aberdeen and Dundee Science Centres, as well as Generation Science alongside interactive workshops and stalls presented by local colleges, universities and STEM employers.
Organised by Raising Aspirations in Science Education (RAiSE) and Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), thefestival also aimed to highlight the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) career pathways available within Angus.
Jonathon Brown, the RAiSE Primary Science Development Officer, said: “It was a wonderful day and we were incredibly pleased with the numbers attending and the enthusiasm and participation from the young people and their families. These fun, informative sessions really help bring science to life and engage young people.”
Visitors were surveyed, with more than 90% reporting that the festival made them more interested in a future career in STEM and that it had increased their interest in STEM subjects. All of those questioned enjoyed the event.
RAiSE is a four-year pilot programme to increase the confidence and skills of teachers to teach effective and engaging primary science. More than 40 schools in Angus are engaged in the programme. It is funded and delivered by The Wood Foundation, Education Scotland and participating local authorities.
Calderglen High School’s Art, Design & Technology Faculty hosted its very first ‘Day of Design’. Initially inspired to participate in a Global Day of Design in order to raise the profile of the faculty, the team at Calderglen quickly grasped the opportunity to do more, much more!
Find out more in the school’s Day of Design Newsletter about their exciting partnership with Notosh and Scottish Power to challenge their pupils in problem solving and solution focused thinking in the school’s
This is the first in a series of four opportunities which allows DYW representatives, teachers and educators to gain in-depth insight into what SP Energy Networks look for in candidates.
The event will take place on 28 March 2018 and will run twice on that day. Attendees will have the choice of either a morning slot from 9-12 noon or an afternoon slot from 1-4pm.
The programme as follows:
Two sessions per day AM/PM with 32 places open for registration on each.
30 minute presentation/interaction session on SP Energy Network activities and talent pipelines we have including Graduate, Craft Apprenticeship, Power Engineering, Engineering Foundation and Year in Industry programmes.
1 hour tour of the training centre inclusive of a hand skill and overhead line demonstration.
Concludes with a 30 minute question and answer session.
The event will take place at the SPEN Training Centre in Cumbernauld:
Booking should be made in the first instance through the Marketplace website. If you do not have access to Marketplace then please register your interest by contacting Alison Nimmo, DYW West Lothian at: Animmo@dywled.org
Future events are being planned for the following dates: 13 June, 14 Sept, 16 Nov 2018.
DYW Regional Group in Moray involved 15 pupils to plan, film and edit 6 films for use in any educational context to show young people what career opportunities are available to them in growth sectors in the local authority.
The films are focussed on 6 Growth Sectors identified in the Moray Skills Framework launched in May 2017 by the Moray Council. We now would like the film to be used as much as possible to inform our young people better about potential career paths available to them – examples of usage may be at careers events; to assist with the delivery of courses within schools/colleges; to generally promote the Moray area for work etc.
Please follow the link below and scroll down to the section that says “Careers in Moray – Films for Educational Usage”.
Teachers, Lecturers and Employers are more than welcome to use them to show to our young people in Moray the Careers Available to them. Please can you pass on this email to any of your colleagues who would find it of value to see or use the films.
The films are also available on our YouTube page. Please click on the links below for each video.
Also, if you haven’t yet noticed on our social media pages, there is a number of photos that were taken from our Moray’s Aspiring Film Trainee Awards (MAFTAs) on Monday evening. This event launched the films and recognised all of the pupils involved in the project. You can find these photos on the Facebook page “DYW More in Moray” – https://www.facebook.com/DYWMoreInMoray/.
The latest event in a series of workshops and events on career pathways and skills development in the land-base, aquaculture and environmental industries, will take place on Thursday, 14 December, Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld (10am – 3pm). (contact: 01738 310164 or Scotland@lantra.co.uk)
Two recent LANYRA career workshops run for SDS career staff, teachers, DYW regional groups etc. were held in Perth & Lanark. Here are the links to the presentations from industry speakers :
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STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland has now been published
A STEM (Sciences Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics) Education and Training Strategy was launched in the Scottish Parliament last week by Ms Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science. The Strategy, together with a STEM Evidence Base Report, is now available to download from: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/10/1386/downloads
A central focus on the strategy is to enable everyone to develop STEM skills for learning, for life and for work. It provides a new emphasis on career pathways within STEM sectors and to grow successful partnerships between schools and employers through the Developing the Young Workforce Programme. The strategy also includes a commitment to expand Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeship Programmes to enable many to pursue jobs and careers in STEM through these pathways. This strong focus on skills and careers will further enhance national efforts to Develop the Young Workforce (DYW) and embed employment and career management skills in the curriculum through the Career Education Standard.
A wide variety and resources including exemplars around DYW and STEM can be accessed on the National Improvement Hub here.
St Mary’s Primary School, finalist at the Scottish Education Awards 2017, has developed a systematic approach to career education weaving work-based learning opportunities across the curriculum. This includes an assisted work placement programme for all P7 students with local business across a wide range of sectors from science and technology, IT and the hospitality sector. The programme is now running in its second year. Headteacher Mary Hume says: “We have built excellent relationships within the town evidenced by the fact that they are willing to work with our pupils again this year but moreover, we have been able to diversify and offer more choice to our pupils.”
One of their partnerships allows pupils to shadow interpreters at Conentrix (IBM) dealing with complex issues of cyber security. The partnership also extents to staff visiting the school to supporting the 1+2 languages agenda at St Mary’s.
This initiative sits within the wider career education programme the school offers all learners across the curriculum. Parents and employers are co-designing and delivering exciting project work that enhances leanrers’s skills for learning, life and work.
If you want to hear more about this approach why not attend Mary Hume’s seminar at the SLF 2017 on Wednesday, 20 September @ 2pm (Baisdale2).
The Institute for Engineering and Technology (ITE) has launched a campaign entitled ‘Engineering Work Experience for All’ in order to raise awareness of the value of high quality, practical work placements in helping to develop future engineers with the practical skills they need for the workplace.
According to the IET 2016 Skills and Demand in Industry report, 62 per cent of engineering employers say graduates don’t have the right skills for today’s workplace, while 68 per cent are concerned that the education system will struggle to keep up with the skills required for technological change. To address these growing concerns over skills gaps in the engineering workforce, particularly among graduates and school leavers, 91 per cent of companies agreed that more employers need to provide work experience for those in education or training.
In response to these statistics, the IET has launched the Engineering Work Experience for All campaign to champion the need for more employers and universities to collaborate to offer quality work experience to engineering students. The campaign is designed to rally employers, universities, Government and students to make a range of different, quality work experience opportunities more widespread.
Last September schools in Midlothian undertook an innovative and exciting new project which would allow them to transform the way that they learnt in their classrooms. Through consultations with local architects, extensive research and planning in their classrooms the schools created their own inspirational learning spaces!
Throught the year the classes had the opportunity to undertake various projects which would help develop and enhance by their new learning spaces. The first project was a STEM eco-classroom project. This is a project created by the Engineering Development Trust to help the pupils to develop their science, technology, engineering and maths skills. During this project, the pupils were challenged to build an eco-friendly classroom. They needed to research eco-friendly classrooms that have already been designed in schools and then use this research to create their classroom in a way that helps the environment.
In an exciting opportunity for the schools, teachers were invited to a training session with VEX Robotics. During the session the teachers got to use programmeable robots, making them move, make sounds and flash their lights! This wasn’t just for the teachers as they went back to school and used the robots with the pupils who could programme them straight from their iPads. In March pupils from two Midlothian primary schools – Loanhead and St David’s – travelled to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham to take part in the VEX Robotics UK Challenge. The VEX Challenge requires teams to program robots to carry out a series of complex tasks while competing against 40 other teams from all over the UK. Both schools won awards for high level of competancy in programming their robots!
The final project that the schools undertook was a CSI inspired activity where the pupils had to solve the Mayberry Mystery Crime. They visited the Mining Museum in Newtongrange which was the scene of a terrible crime and using their skills they had to solve the mystery and name the culprit. To help keep the pupils working together they used a Yammer group to keep their investiagtions up to date!