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World Spelling Day on 6 March is Day 1 of the World Education Games  – an exciting event for ALL schools and students around the world running from 6-8 March, involving 5.5million students from over 200 countries and territories.

Practice opens on 1 February. This is the global challenge to get ALL students (4-18 years of age) excited about learning, and to give the top students in each school an opportunity to see how they measure up against the best.

The format is:

1 February – The Games open for Practice

6 March – World Spelling Day

7 March – World Maths Day

8 March – World Science Day

23 March – Award Presentations at School Assemblies

Click on the pictures to download these handy resources.

Student Guide
Teacher Guide School Action Pack School in a Box FAQs Technical Guide
World Map World Spelling Day Poster World Maths Day Poster World Science Day Poster World Education Games Poster

The theme of this year’s National Science & Engineering Week is “our world in motion” and it runs from 9 – 18 March 2012

National Science & Engineering Week shines the spotlight each March on how the sciences and engineering relate to our everyday lives and helps to inspire the next generation of scientists with fun and participative activities.

With over 4,500 events and activities attended by 1.7 million people in 2011, this is the UK’s widest grassroots celebration of all things science and engineering.   Each year, the British Science Association produces a series of new free resources and activities for event organisers and schools to help them run a science, engineering or technology event..

Dunbar Science Festival

Following last year’s successful inaugural event, Dunbar’s second Science Festival will be held on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March. The venue will be packed with a diverse mix of exciting science activities – shows, drop-in sessions, workshops, storytelling and talks. See website nearer the time for more info.

Edinburgh International Science Festival runs from 30 March – 15 April 2012

East Lothian’s forgotten engineer:

James Howden, Marine Engineer and Inventor, was one of Prestonpans most illustrious sons, yet no monument or memorial exists in his home town.

He was born on 29th February(!), 1832 and lived with his parents James and Catherine and his four younger siblings in a property in the town’s High Street.

By 1851, James had moved to Glasgow to begin his apprenticeship and where he was later to perfect the forced-draught system for boilers.

He went on to found Howden – now a worldwide engineering organisation.

  • White Star Line was the company that built RMS Titanic. RMS stands for Royal Mail Steamer.
  • In 1912, skilled shipyard workers who built Titanic earned £2 per week. Unskilled workers earned £1 or less per week.
  • The Titanic was launched on 31st May 1911. It took 62 seconds to complete the launch.
  • The cost to build Titanic in 1912 was $7.5million. The cost today is $400million.
  • Titanic was 882ft 9in in length, 92 ft in width, 175 ft in height and it weighed 46,328 tonnes.
  • Approximately 3 million rivets were used to build Titanic.


  • Titanic left Belfast on 2nd April 1912.
  • Titanic departed Southampton on 10th April 1912.
  • Titanic hit the Iceberg on Sunday 14th April 1912 approx 11.40pm.
  • The Titanic sank at 2.20am on Monday 15th April – 2hr 40mins after hitting the iceberg.
  • There were 2,223 people on board. 1232were passengers and 991 were crew members.
  • Dr Robert Ballard of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute found the wreck in September 1985.
  • The Titanic lies approx. 12,460ft at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean (approx 2.5 miles).

Registration for Keep Scotland Beautiful’s 2012 National Spring Clean has now opened!

In 2011, 100,000 Scots joined the campaign to make Scotland cleaner and greener. We now need your help to meet our ambitious target of 200,000 volunteers in 2012. Please sign up now – and together we can make a difference.

If you want a fun day out, between 1 April – 31 May with family, friends, work colleagues or school mates, you’re only a step away – click on the “Register” button to get started or, if you have taken part before, login to your National Spring Clean account and start planning your event now!

Through National Spring Clean, Keep Scotland Beautifulencourages people to get together and help pick up litter from their neighbourhood each spring: a time of year when Scots traditionally give their homes a clean sweep and starting spending more time outdoors again after a long winter.National Spring Clean was re-launched as a month-long campaign in April 2007 after a six year break and has grown from year to year. Now, due to popular demand, the participation dates have been to include litter picks taking place over a two month period: 1st April – 31st May 2012, to make it more accessible to a wider number of participants.

Many groups take part in voluntary clean ups or litter picks throughout the year but National Spring Clean enables them to unite in a common cause and make a concerted effort to clean up the whole of Scotland as part of a bigger, coordinated campaign. To help groups get started KSB provides group organisers with a free Clean Up Kit to help them get started and they can request additional assistance from their local council.

Since 2007, thousands of public gardens, school grounds, woodlands, nature reserves, river banks, loch-sides, beaches, coastal paths, country parks, villages, city centres and road verges, have all benefited from a real spring clean – just in time for the summer.


National Spring Clean 2007

  • In 2007 more than 11,500 volunteers took part in 273 clean up events as part of National Spring Clean during the month of April.
  • The average quantity of litter collected per person was one and a half black bags each – that is enough, if tipped out, to cover the grass of Hamden Stadium with at least half a metre of litter.

National Spring Clean 2008

  • In 2008 more than 366 clean up events were registered with Keep Scotland Beautiful, with 20,503 volunteers taking part during the month of April.
  • Enough black sacks of litter to line the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, from the castle esplanade to the Scottish Parliament, 12 times over, were collected as part of National Spring Clean 2008 across Scotland.

National Spring Clean 2009

  • In 2009 more than 57,639 volunteers took part in 1,082 clean up events as part of National Spring Clean during the month of April.
  • The average quantity of litter collected per person across Scotland was one and a half black bags – that is enough to fill 28,819 standard wheelie bins.

National Spring Clean 2010

  • In 2010, 83,668 volunteers took action to spring clean their neighbourhoods, at 1,406 clean up events. That is more than seven times as many participants as in 2007: 1.6% of the Scottish population.
  • Between them, they collected enough litter to line full bin bags end to end from Edinburgh to Ayr – or to fill 42,000 standard domestic wheelie bins.

National Spring Clean 2011

  • Almost 100,000 volunteers came out to participate in 1,538 clean up events across Scotland.
  • Between them, they cleared enough litter to fill almost 150,000 street litter bins.