Scottish Consortium for Rural Research Seminar: Scottish Government's Draft STEM Strategy

  • Event:  SCRR seminar around the Scottish Govenrment's Draft STEM Strategy
  • When:  Friday 24 February 2017
  • Time: 1 PM
  • Where:  Sailsbury Suite of Our Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

An SCRR seminar around the Scottish Government’s Draft STEM Strategyis being held to provide a forum to increase awareness of the strategy and to discuss issues raised by the strategy, to learn more of the challenges facing teachers in bringing real world science issues into the classroom and to see examples of initiatives currently being delivered. All members of SCRR are concerned with demonstrating the impact of their research, a key part of which is engagement with schools and wider communities in which they live and work.  This seminar will help us all to understand current developments and consider strategies and actions for co-ordinated engagement.

Structure of the Seminar

13.00 – 13.10 Introductions (Stuart Monro, SCRR)

13.10 – 13.30  Overview of Curriculum for Excellence and recent developments in Scottish education (Keir Bloomer, Royal Society of Edinburgh)

13.30 – 13.45  STEMEC Report – the evidence on which the STEM Strategy is based (Colin Graham, STEMEC)

13.45 – 14.05  Q&A (Stuart Monro, Colin Graham and Keir Bloomer)

14.05 – 14.45  Teacher and Practitioner Perspectives

                        Primary School view (Anna Hazel, HT Nether Currie Primary School)

                        Secondary Science view (Clive Hembury, Boroughmuir High School)

                        Widening Access (Neil Speirs, University of Edinburgh)

14.45 – 15.00  Q&A on Teacher and Practitioner Perspectives

15.00 – 15.30  Coffee break and networking

15.30 – 16.15  Examples of engagement with schools

                        Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC)(Jane Martin, Director)University of Edinburgh   Outreach programme (Colin Graham, University of Edinburgh GeoSciences)Continuing Professional Development in school science (Fred Young, Director, Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC))

16.15 – 16.45  Discussion on examples of engagement and SCRR members’ views

16.45 – 17.00  Conclusions and wash up


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