SELMA “Hacking Hate” hackathon 2018 in Berlin

This is a possible all-expenses-paid trip for groups of 15-18-yr-olds to Berlin in December. They have to come up with an innovative idea for combating online hate speech.

SELMA “Hacking Hate” hackathon 2018 in Berlin. Are you a social and innovative thinker? Do you want to help combating online hate speech? In that case, you are an ideal candidate to take part in the SELMA “Hacking Hate” hackathon in Berlin on 5 and 6 December 2018!

Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition 2018/19 Scotland Heat



Calling all STEM clubs, Parents, Schools, Colleges

ESP would like to invite STEM projects to enter the Scotland regional heat of the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition 2018/19 which will be held on 12 June 2018 at Perth College UHI.

We would be very grateful for your assistance in promoting this competition through your networks. Continue reading Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition 2018/19 Scotland Heat

Science, Art & Writing (SAW) Workshop, 20 April 2016

Calling all primary school science teachers!

Would you like to help bring art together with some cutting-edge science to create an exciting workshop for your pupils?

Then you are very welcome to come to the first SAW Training Workshop

Where: School of Biological Sciences, King’s Buildings, University of Edinburgh

When: Wednesday 20th April, 9.30 am – 3.30pm

Interested teachers can come along for the entire day or just at the end to have a chat and see what ideas have been generated. It is therefore most suited to teachers in Edinburgh City and the Lothians.

Most importantly, the teacher must be happy to run the activity in their school when it is fully developed.

Edinburgh University will pay for materials and the costs of the artists and writers.

This is the first time that this event has been run at the University and they would love you to help get it off to a good start.

Since 2005, the Science Art and Writing (SAW) Trust has been bringing people together from science and the arts to work collaboratively designing and delivering high quality outreach projects, which have been particularly well received in schools (see ). It also builds interdisciplinary understanding, synergies and innovation for the individuals that participate. SAW offers a range of training packages to enable use of the initiative through higher education institutes and their communities, creating a national network of SAW practitioners.

A SAW Training workshop gives a hands-on introduction to the SAW philosophy and extends learning into practice by creating teams of participants to work together in their own time to design a novel Science Art and Writing project that communicates scientific research. Course materials and a project checklist will help teams through the process and ensure they maximise the impacts of their achievements.  Participation in a SAW initiative builds on a range of transferable skills, including communication, project design and team management.  It also provides first-hand experience of designing and delivering workshops in schools.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Liz Fletcher on 0131 650 7292 or for further information.

SAW Teachers Flyer

MAKE Summer School – a fun and creative way to spend your summer holiday.


MAKE run a creative summer school that teaches children aged 8 to 14 woodwork and other engineering/teamwork skills.  MAKE have been running this project since 2012 and in response to pupil and parental feedback have started a summer school in North Berwick (many children have travelled from East Lothian to Edinburgh over the past three years). We will be be employing teachers from the region as well as current pupils from North Berwick High School to help run the event.

For more information please click here:…..MAKE Summer School Flyer 2015



Greenpower Education Trust Event

greenpower-picThe Greenpower Education Trust’s objective is to advance education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology to young people.

Their mission is…….

  • To change current views about engineering, presenting it as a fascinating, relevant and dynamic career choice for any young person.
  • To demonstrate the importance of engineering, and associated STEM subjects, to solve the problems faced by societies today particularly in the areas of sustainability.
  • To link education, industry and community through inspirational engineering projects.
  • To promote social inclusion through engaging with vulnerable and economically disadvantaged young people.

Hence Greenpower Education Trust created a number of practical, educational engineering challenges which fulfil our mission and encompass all of our values.

Inspiration Motivation Passion Dedication Fun

Greenpower are hosing an event at East Fortune on 31 August – to find out more about this and even more about Greenpower please click on the web link

Image by Greenpower.




Dunbar Molecule Hunt 2014


Dunbar SciFest 2014 and the Dunbar Traders Association are delighted to announce that the 2014 Dunbar Molecule Hunt has begun. 17 mystery molecules are now on display within 17 Dunbar businesses. Pupils will have brought their own copy of the Dunbar Molecule Hunt 2014 leaflet home last week in their school bags.  

We hope that you can find time within the next 4 weeks to visit each participating business, find their model and work out which molecule it is. Rise to the Molecular Challenge – find what molecules are made off. 

Please hand in your completed entry form by 5pm Saturday 22 March to Dunbar PS and Belhaven Smokehouse OR on Saturday 22 at Dunbar SciFest. The winning entries will be drawn at 4.30pm on Sunday 23 March at Dunbar SciFest. 

The 3 winners will receive:

  •          A MolyMod Kit, donated by Philip Spring of MolyMod and
  •          A Dunbar Traders Association Hamper, containing goodies from the 17 participating businesses. Each hamper will contain a mix of goodies, such as a bike computer; ‘breathable shoes’; a swim fin; a water clock, or T-shirts.

 Get going, get hunting…. get molecular! 

Good luck for the Dunbar SciFest Voluntary Organising Team and the Dunbar Traders Association 

Dunbar Saturday Science Club Co-ordinator



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.


  • 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:
  • 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


Fiona Riddell, SDS Corporate Communications

Telephone: 0300 013 4392 ~ Mobile: 07887 635389



SSERC Residential Science Courses – Places Available

The new term is about to begin and SSERC are once again offering a suite of CLPL courses.  Places are still available on the 2-part residential courses for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  These courses support CfE  up to Nat 4 and 5.  These practical hands-on courses have been very well received in the past.

 The SSERC “Leading for Excellence in Science” course also has some vacancies.  This course is supported by the National  Science Learning Centre.  Delegates from Local Authority schools will be granted an ENTHUSE Award, which covers the cost of the course.

 Full details and application forms can be found in the flyers below.  More information is available from the SSERC website.




Leading Excellence in Science

Learn Bioscience with Zombies: Friday 19th April LAStheatre will be hosting a special FREE performance for schools, 10.30am to 1pm

LAStheatre presents Deadinburgh, science-performance project at SummerHall

Deadinburgh is an immersive, entertaining, theatrical visitor experience, based on a zombie outbreak in Edinburgh.

This experiential theatre event introduces the audience to the worlds of epidemiology and biomedical science by bringing together professional actors and scientists from laboratories including: The Roslin Institute; London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Heriot Watt University; Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology; Centre for Eating Disorders (Scotland); Manchester Metropolitan’s School of Healthcare Science; University College London; and the University of Edinburgh.

On Friday 19th April LAStheatre will be hosting a special FREE performance for schools, from 10.30am to 1pm.

The event is suitable for 14yrs upwards. An educational resource pack will also be available following the performance, which includes a selection of activities and exercises to encourage debate and discussion about science, ethics and human rights, in line with the curriculum for excellence.

There are still places available for this exclusive school performance.
To book school places or for further information, please email

Beccy Ashdown
Education, LAStheatre

Dunbar SciFest 2013


 Dunbar Science Festival 2013

Monday 11 – Sunday 17 March 2013


We are offering a full Education Programme as part of Dunbar SciFest 2013.


Monday 11 –

Thursday 14 March

Generation Science, the education outreach programme of Edinburgh International Science Festival, will be providing 25 workshops (4 age-specific themes) within the two campuses of Dunbar PS for 1,700 pupils from 5 cluster schools.
Friday 15 March


5 Science stage shows for schools at Dunbar PS’s 2 campuses

  • Lochend campus for 1,000 P4 – P7 pupils: 2 x Dr Bunhead “Dr Bunhead’s Exploding Energy Show
  • John Muir Campus for 1,000 Nursery & P1-3 pupils: 2 x Science Shows for Schools  “The Best Bubble Show
  • John Muir Campus for 180 deaf and hard of hearing pupils from throughout Edinburgh & Lothians: 1 x  Science Museum, London, SIGNtific show “Fantastic Forces  presented in British Sign Language.


Thursday 14March Dunbar Conversations evening event in Dunbar Community Centre: Guest panel & audience will be discussing ‘Supporting a Scottish Science Revival – stimulating our wee bairns to become inventors, innovators and super scientists’.


Friday 15March Lennoxlove Book Festival, Dunbar SciFest & Dunbar Library evening event: Forensic Fiction – An evening with Scottish crime writer Lin Anderson and forensic psychologist Kathy Charles.


Saturday 16March Café Scientifique event in Dunbar Community Centre: ‘Enjoy a series of 4 short, snappy presentations on a selection of Scottish scientific research: Higgs Boson, Large Hadron Collider, Brain Scanning, and Marine Mammals”


In the meantime, you can download the full Dunbar SciFest 2013 Programme from our website:– click on the link below the App Store.

 Please see below for the full programme information and the festival booking form

Booking Form