Scotland’s BIG Nature Festival 2015

Scotland’s BIG nature festival is back 23-24 May, Levenhall Links, Musselburgh! There’s loads to keep wildlife lovers and families entertained all weekend. This  award-winning festival has gone from strength to strength – boasting a packed programme covering everything from specialist wildlife talks, walks and demos,  loads of children’s activities like storytelling, puppet shows, bug bioblitz, pond dipping, willow weaving and loads more ways to give your intrepid wildlife explorers a really wild day out!   

This year RSPB has teamed up with East Lothian Council and have a fantastic new venue, renown for its open spaces and wildlife, overlooking the Firth of Forth and part of the John Muir Way. Over 100 exhibitors offer something for everybody, from the latest wildlife technology, fantastic science, art, books, and much more.   

Visitors can enjoy great locally sourced artisan food and drink, and a farmers market in association with Scotland Year of Food and Drink, and live entertainment. For more information or to buy tickets please visit www.bignaturefestival.org.uk  (adults £12 Children £2 under 5’s free).

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Veginvasion

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Veginvasion—coming to a classroom near you!

Health and Wellbeing is one area of Curriculum for Excellence that no-one can ignore, especially as Scotland has one of the worst records of obesity in the developed world. Helping children gain the knowledge they need to make good food choices is important and by working together we can promote healthier lifestyles now as well as better health in the future.

Veginvasion is a resource pack, aimed at Upper Nursery and P1 pupils, full of activities that complement the vegetable theme is a fun, practical way. It is designed to help pupils, teachers, parents and others who influence food choices by encouraging youngsters to experiment with different tastes as well as learn about vegetables, where they come from and why they are important in our diet.

It can also help children to overcome their perceived dislike and mistrust of unfamiliar foods and learn to enjoy new textures and flavours in a relaxed social setting.

What you said about Veginvasion ……..

“The children thoroughly enjoyed the veg. We made a display and had a touching table, the interest was enormous.”

“We made soup, had raw vegetable for snack and talked about where the food came from. There were endless opportunities for development of knowledge.”

“The whole learning experience was great for the children and is very easily adapted for cross curricular work.”

 Veginvasion—an extra pair of helping hands!

We appreciate that not all school staff are comfortable working in this area, especially if they aren’t familiar with current healthy eating advice. For this reason we have been talking to nutrition experts at Queen Margaret University about utilizing 4th year students to come into the classroom and support school staff deliver Veginvasion.

Not only will you benefit from the student’s up to date knowledge and enthusiasm as well as an extra pair of hands to help chop, peel and slice, the student gains valuable practical experience in a school setting, a win/win situation! For more info on Veginvasion, email mshepherd@eastlothian.gov.uk or phone 01620 827236

 

 

Fertile Ground Conference

FERTILE GROUND CONFERENCE
environmental arts towards change

25 & 26 October 2014, Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar, East Lothian

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North Light Arts will deliver the ‘Fertile Ground Conference’ on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October in Dunbar, East Lothian, with the aim of creating a space to nurture a conversation exploring creative ways to engage communities in the potential for change through public art with an environmental agenda.

Speakers include: Chris Fremantle of Eco Arts Scotland; Matthew Dalziel of Dalziel + Scullion; Judy Spark of Grays School of Art; Natalie Walton, Head of Education, Hepworth Wakefield and Matt Baker of The Environmental Art Festival Scotland. There will also be artists presentations from Robbie Coleman, Jo Hodges, Emma Herman-Smith, Hannah Imlach, Karen Gabbitas, Akshaya Narsimhan and Diandra Saginatari.

Creative Scotland, East Lothian Council and Scottish Natural Heritage have provided funding to enable North Light Arts to deliver this conference which aims to cultivate a fertile ground in which to discover the unique potential of our locality through engaging artists, environmental visionaries, science specialists and local organisations, developing an active process of dialogue, debate and cross pollination.

To book follow this link http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/north-light-arts-7266976227
Free creche and children’s workshop for delegates to the Saturday morning talks: please book early. Discount for EH42 postcode

For further information email: infonorthlightarts@gmail.com
Please book early.

 

 

 

2014 Junior Saltire Award

 

Calling Scotland’s new marine energy experts

Now is the time to enter the 2014 Junior Saltire Award – register your school by Friday 20 December 2013

 The search is on to find the pupils who could be Scotland’s marine renewables experts of the future and winners the 2014 Junior Saltire Awards.  The competition is managed for the fourth successive year by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), in partnership with SCDI’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government.

The Junior Saltire Prize is open to all schools in Scotland, with three age categories: P5-P7, S1-S3 and S4-S6. Pupils will work in teams of up to four and schools can enter more than one team if they wish.

This year teams will develop a blue print and then design, build and test a simple ‘Hydrokinetic Generator to demonstrate their idea of a tidal energy device in Scottish waters. Shortlisted schools will be invited to test their models at the new FloWave facility at the University of Edinburgh on Wednesday 4 June 2014.

Awards will be presented at the Celebration of Engineering and Science at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh on Thursday 5 June 2014, with school prizes of up to £750 and medals up for grabs.

JUNIOR SALTIRE AWARD – KEY DATES FOR TEACHERS & TEAMS:

  • Friday 20 December 2013 – register team entries on SDS website
  • 28 February 2014 – submit design blueprints – the first 50 teams to submit design blueprints will receive a grant of £50 towards the cost of materials (one grant per school)
  • Wednesday 4 June 2014 – short-listed teams invited to showcase design at the FloWave facility at the University of Edinburgh. For more information on this facility, please go to: http://www.flowavett.co.uk/the-facility
  • Thursday 5 June 2014 – final judging and award ceremony at the Celebration of Engineering and Science at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, said:  “Scotland leads the world in renewable energy, and we have tremendous potential, both in our natural resources, and in our talented and inspired young people. Many of these young people will one day find themselves working in exciting new job opportunities in the marine renewables industry. The Junior Saltire Award celebrates that talent, and I’d encourage teams from all over Scotland to apply.”

Rob Orr, Strategic Relations Manager, Energy of SDS said:  “This is an exciting time for marine renewables which offers good career prospects in a growing sector with a good positive image.  As the demand for renewable energy grows and new technologies emerge we need to encourage more young people to consider this option as they move through the education sector. The Junior Saltire Award helps to develop an awareness of marine renewables and encourages our young people to explore careers and investigate the skills that are required to work in this industry.”

Ross Martin, CEO SCDI, added:  “The Junior Saltire Award recognises the ingenuity of the young inquiring mind. It encourages groups of pupils of different ages to tackle key issues of our time, marine renewable energy and climate change, through their individual innovation and collective application. I wholeheartedly support this initiative as a way in which to celebrate the positive role that young people can play in developing a future Scotland through their interest in engineering and science.”

Tom Davey of FloWave, said   ‘We are delighted to invite finalists to test their devices at Edinburgh University’s new FloWave test tank. This brand new state-of-the–art facility offers a unique marine device test facility to allow testing in any combination of current and wave environments.”

Full details of how to enter the competition are available on the Skills Development Scotland website www.sds.co.uk/saltireprize

 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Fiona Riddell, SDS Corporate Communications

Telephone: 0300 013 4392 ~ Mobile: 07887 635389

Email: fiona.riddell@sds.co.uk

 

Free Solar Panels for Schools

British Gas has announced that up to 200 free solar panel systems are available to schools.  The Solar Panels will not only generate electricity for the winning schools, but will also help cut their carbon footprint.  The Schools can use the solar panels to generate their own free electricity,  the Solar Panels will help schools meet their carbon reduction targets, reducing emissions by up to 1,400 tonnes per year (equivalent to taking almost 400 cars off the road); and cutting down on energy costs bring sustainability to life and is a valuable lesson for pupils, teachers and parents on how greener energy can help the environment.

To enter, schoolsneed to register by sending an email to mysolarschool@britishgas.co.uk, detailing the school?s Name, Address, Telephone Number and the name of the main school contact; or they can call on 0800 980 9038. British Gas will then get back in touch to let the school know how to apply.

Deadline: 4th March 2013 http://www.generationgreen.co.uk/freesolar

Climate Week

 

Climate Week

Britain’s Biggest Climate Change Campaign

4 to 10 March 2013

 

Do you have an event or activity planned for Climate Week 2013? Register now at www.climateweek.com. By registering your event, you can help build a social movement for change, encourage others in your area to run their own event, and profile the fantastic work that you are doing. All registered events appear on our online map, so this is your chance to shine 

Backed by the Prime Minister, Paul McCartney, the NAHT and the Met office to name a few, Climate Week is a supercharged national campaign to inspire a new wave of action on climate change. It culminates in thousands of events and activities, planned by organisations from every sector of society. During the last Climate Week, over 3,000 events were attended by half a million people across the UK for the second successive year. 

 No event planned yet? You can register now for the Climate Week Challenge, Britain’s biggest environmental competition. The Challenge is open to all ages, can be done on any day during Climate Week and it is completely free to take part. Over 130,000 people participated in 2012 in a challenge to come up with an idea to green a local space and make it more environmentally friendly. The entries were judged by a celebrity panel and the winners went on to take part in workshops organized by industry and business leaders.

 

Whatever you do, don’t forget to tell us about it! You can help to build a movement for change by sharing your Climate Week activities at www.climateweek.com/run-an-event/register-an-event/ 

To find out more about Climate Week go to www.climateweek.com, email info@climateweek.com or telephone on 020 3397 2601.

Developing Global Citizens newsletter (January 2013)

 

 

 

 Developing Global Citizens Newsletter

 

Welcome to the January newsletter

The DGC team wishes you a Happy New Year.  If you have any queries about the content of our bulletins or general global citizenship inquiries feel free to contact us: GlobalCitizens@educationscotland.gov.uk.

 

Win a visit from Clyde, the Glasgow 2014 Mascot, to your school or establishment.   Closing date: 1 February 2013.

 

Find out about the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 and how your school can get involved.

Learning for Sustainability – the report of the One Planet Schools Working Group, was published in December.

The report includes strategic recommendations to support the development of coherent whole school approaches to ensure that learning for sustainability, global citizenship and outdoor learning are experienced in a transformative way by every learner in every school across Scotland.

 

The charity, Speakers for Schools, has teamed up with Glow TV to webcast a range of talks happening at schools in Scotland. Find out about upcoming talks.

 

 

Scottish schools invited to support conservation project to save the Eastern Imperial Eagle.

Holocaust Memorial Day is on 27 January. Glasgow City Council will lead national commemorations in Scotland and your school can be involved via Glow. Find out more.

 

Videos of the month

My year with Clyde

For a positive, non commercial clip to make you believe in humanity and young people and creativity take 3 mins to watch the Landfill Harmonic video clip

 

National Spring Clean 2011 – School Participation

Keep Scotland Beautiful is calling on willing volunteers across Scotland to take part in the National Spring Clean 2011 from Monday 14th March to Monday 16th May.

Keep Scotland Beautiful welcome your support to encourage all schools and nurseries in your local authority area to organise a local clean-up to support National Spring Clean 2011.

Schools can register for a free Clean-up kit and find out about what is happening in thier area by visiting http://www.keepscotlandtidy.org/springclean