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STEM Opportunities

S1 - S2 Opportunities

Do you or someone in your house eat, sleep and breathe the little plastic bricks? Is the LEGO MASTERS Build Room with over 1 million bricks your idea of heaven?

Channel 4’s Lego Masters are looking for a new bunch of imaginative building pairs to take part in the third series of the bold brick-building competition.

If you think you, a family member or a friend have the creativity, skill and imagination to be crowned Britain’s best amateur building team then visit the following website for more information: https://www.channel4.com/4viewers/take-part/lego-masters.

CyberFirst Adventurers Is a free one-day development course aimed at students in S1, S2 and S3 who have not yet made their National 4/5 choices and their parents/guardians. The CyberFirst Adventurers course gives you and your family the opportunity to see how studying computer science could potentially enhance your career prospects.

The course is designed to showcase the varied roles and jobs that both exist and involve the use of technology in the workplace, to enthuse and inspire the participants into an interest in technology. It is also designed to counter the stereotype that computer science is a subject that only leads to jobs in programming and coding. The course is aimed at students who have not yet made their National 4/5, so that they get the opportunity to see how studying computer science could potentially augment and enhance their future career prospects.

As student’s subject choices are often made in conjunction with their parents/guardians, teachers and careers advisors, the course is designed to involve these adults too, so that they can see the benefit of students studying computer science, as well as how positive a mutual experience it can be. 

The course takes place in Paisley on Saturday 12th January 2019 from
10.00 am to 4.00 pm

To book, visit https://www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk/courses/adventurers-paisley/

Think Science!

The Bank of England are about to release a new polymer £50 note and they want it to feature someone who has contributed to Science. They want you to decide who it should be!

Watch this short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-EV3PRtWK4

You can nominate as many people as you like. But anyone who appears on the new £50 note must:

  • have contributed to the field of science
  • be real – so no fictional characters please
  • not be alive – Her Majesty the Queen is the only exception
  • have shaped thought, innovation, leadership or values in the UK
  • inspire people, not divide them

You can suggest anyone who has contributed to the fields of pure or applied science. That could include: astronomy, biology, bio-technology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medical research, physics, technology and zoology.

Vote at https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/50-pound-note-nominations 

The STEMettes Christmas Hack is a free event designed for girls aged between 5 and 22 to encourage and inspire the next generation of females to get into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

  • Are you interested in technology?
  • Would you like to make an app?

Come to the Stemettes Christmas Hack @ DXC Technology in Erskine!

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December (10am – 5pm)

  • No previous coding experience necessary.
  • Done some coding before? Our experts will teach you how to create apps using HTML and other app building tools.
  • Win prizes!
  • Food and Laptops provided – just bring yourself!

For more information including how to register and what will happen at the event, just click on the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stemettes-christmas-hack-dxc-technology-registration-49176415984

The Faculty of Engineering at Strathclyde University, in partnership with the Weir Group, is delighted to announce an exciting programme for S2 Girls.

Young WEIR-WISE: Discovering Engineering with S2 Girls, is designed to inspire young female students to discover the excitement and personal satisfaction behind a career in engineering through participation in team-based challenges. 

The two day, fully funded programme will run twice this year, on the 21st and 22nd of January and then again on the 24th and 25th of January 2019. There are 50 spaces on each programme at Strathclyde University and is an incredible opportunity. The deadline for applications is Monday 29th October and you will need to provide your Science teacher’s contact details.

Apply at  www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/outreach/weir-wise/

For more info, email eng-weir-wise@strath.ac.uk

See Mrs Iafrate or Mr McGinlay if you need any help.

Calling all science enthusiasts!

Researchers at the University of Glasgow will host Start-Up Science Masterclasses for S1 and S2 students. At these sessions, students will get up to all sorts of science and technological mischief whilst broadening their knowledge and experience.

The sessions are completely free, run from 10am to 12.30pm, and take place over the dates outlined below

 – Saturday 3 November – How to be a Bridgebuilder

 – Saturday 10 November – How to be an Aeroplane Designer

 – Saturday 17 November – How to be a Rocket Scientist

 – Saturday 24 November – How to be an Astrophysicist

The sessions are run in partnership with the University of Glasgow and are intended to give young people who have shown an interest in science and technology the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and experience. The sessions promote participation and provide the students with a unique insight into academic life and research.

There are limited spaces available and therefore priority will be given to students who can attend all four sessions.

If you are interested in applying, speak to Mr McGinlay or Mrs Iafrate. 

More information can be found at the following website:

https://www.rse.org.uk/event/start-up-science-masterclasses-for-s1-s2-students-university-of-glasgow-2/

The closing date for applications is Friday 26 October 2018 so if you want a place you better be fast!

Interested in taking part in a creative engineering challenge? 

The Scottish Engineering Leaders Award competition is open to students between the ages of 3 and 19. Pupils are asked to answer the question “If you were an engineer what would you do?”

The competition asks pupils to find a problem, invent a solution, draw it, explain it and then send it in.

In 2017/18 the Scottish Engineering Leaders Award engaged with over 37,000 children across the UK who all receive at least a certificate. They are now being supported by the RAF, the University of Strathclyde, Terumo Aortic, Weir Group, Skills Development Scotland, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust and Clyde Marine Training in Scotland and will be holding our award ceremony at the Barony Hall, Glasgow in June next year. Entries from schools in Scotland will be on display at our public exhibition at the Barony.

To find out more and register visit www.leadersaward.com

Are you interested in a career in the digital sector? Are you simply curious about the advances in technology all around us and would like to explore how it impacts on us and our future?

Digital Explorers is a week of one-day events, designed to inspire and motivate young people to take an interest in STEM careers and the digital sector. It offers days of activities and talks and is coming to Edinburgh this October. There are sessions aimed at all year groups, but places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Monday 1st October 

Sessions aimed at S1 – S3 students. Digital Explores will run 3 group activities, each focused on a different area of tech. This will provide insight into a breadth of tech careers, demonstrate that teamwork, communication and creativity are all important skills in the tech sector, and provide some real-life inspiration from the world of work. The students will leave feeling “I could do that, it could be me!”  

If you are interested in attending, See Mr Scobie.

 

‘Science: Fiction: Make: Believe’ have launched a Scotland-wide creative writing competition for S2 pupils. The competition involves a 750 word creative piece about any Scottish scientist (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) alive or dead, or the impact of their discoveries or inventions.

Submissions should be no more than 750 words and may include graphics or images that have appropriate permissions.

One overall winner will be selected by the judging panel and will receive a £50 voucher prize. Four runners-up will receive £25 voucher prizes each.

If you are interested, please submit your piece of creative writing to either Mr McGinlay or Mrs Iafrate by submit to the competition by January 21st 2019.

More information can be found at the following link:

http://www.sciencefictionmakebelieve.org.uk/

Want to take part in some fun experiments, then Science Club is for you!

The S1 Science Club will start running from Thursday 6th September in room P11 for S1 pupils. It will be held during lunchtime from 13.00 to 13.45.

Due to a limited number of lab space we all ask all pupils who are interested in joining to sign up by the end of the school day on Monday 27th August.

You can sign up by seeing Miss van Dongen in P11/Science corridor, or by asking your tutor to send an email.

This page will continually be updated with new and exciting STEM opportunities as and when they become available.

S3 - S6 Opportunities

29th – 31st July Residential Course

Girls aged 15-17 from schools across the UK are invited to apply for a fully funded place at this unique residential conference hosted by the University of Aberdeen.

The conference will provide a wonderful opportunity to explore engineering both in a university setting and in the workplace. Staying in halls of residence supervised by experienced teachers, successful applicants will benefit from a travel bursary and a highly interactive programme rich with hands-on activities and face to face time with female engineers. A visit to BP North Sea headquarters in Aberdeen will also allow participants to interact with engineers in the workplace.  The organisers have a long standing commitment to Widening Access to Higher Education and encourage students from all backgrounds to apply.

There are 45 places available at this conference. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their application and a school reference.

Application deadline Friday 29 March 2019.

The detailed programme of events is to be confirmed but a draft of the general outline of the conference and details of how to apply can be found via the following link:

Women in Engineering Conference 2019

The online application system for Nuffield Research Placements 2019 is open.

The Nuffield Research Placement Scheme is aimed at the current 5th year pupils who will be sitting their Highers in 2019 and who are studying any Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (STEM) subjects at that level. We are also now placing students into Social Science placements where there is an aspect of analysis, statistical investigation and mathematics involved, so the placements are very wide ranging. The placements help increase confidence and improve key skills including practical, communication, report-writing and presentation skills. They also provide students with excellent experiences & skills to include on CV’s and personal statements. By working with professional scientists and engineers in a real-life environment, the students gain an invaluable insight into a wide variety of careers. This is a wonderful opportunity.

To be eligible to apply for a Nuffield Research Placement, students must:

  • Be over 16 years old
  • Be in full-time state-funded education in the UK
  • Have at least 5 National 5 / GCSEs (or equivalent) at Level B / 6 or above, including maths, a science subject and English (or another humanities subject)
  • Be studying one or more Scottish Higher, A-level (or equivalent) in science, technology, engineering, economics, geography, psychology, computing, statistics or maths
  • Be able to spend several weeks (4-6) of their summer holiday working on a research project

Students must also meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • Come from a family with a combined household income of below £30,000 a year
  • Be entitled to free schools meals, either now or at any time in the last six years.
  • Be the first in their immediate family to participate in higher education (not including any older siblings). This means neither of their parents/carers have participated in higher education, either in the UK or another country. If their siblings have attended higher education, but their parents/carers have not, they are eligible.
  • Be living, or have lived in, local authority care

If you meet the above criteria:

Medic Insight Glasgow have organised our annual S4 Day Programme for S4 pupils interested in studying Medicine at university. There are two dates available to pupils: either Thursday 4th April or Wednesday 10th April 2019.

The days will be held in the Teaching and Learning Centre at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow and will consist of lectures from doctors and medical students, alongside some group workshops which will allow pupils to get a flavour of what being a medical student is like!

Pupils must apply for the programme via a Google Document application form which will be going live from 9am 28th January-5pm Sunday 3rd February.

See Mrs Thomson this week if you are interested.

The 2019 Scottish Space School @ Strathclyde residential summer school will be held at the University of Strathclyde from 9-14 June 2019 and applications are now being invited via the online application system. 

Now in its 16th year at the University, the Scottish Space School continues to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists and is aimed at S5 pupils in Scotland currently studying Maths and Science subjects at Higher level. 

Applications must be made online and further information and the online application form is available at:

http://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/scottishspaceschool/

The closing date for applications is Sunday 20 January.

CyberFirst Adventurers Is a free one-day development course aimed at students in S1, S2 and S3 who have not yet made their National 4/5 choices and their parents/guardians. The CyberFirst Adventurers course gives you and your family the opportunity to see how studying computer science could potentially enhance your career prospects.

The course is designed to showcase the varied roles and jobs that both exist and involve the use of technology in the workplace, to enthuse and inspire the participants into an interest in technology. It is also designed to counter the stereotype that computer science is a subject that only leads to jobs in programming and coding. The course is aimed at students who have not yet made their National 4/5, so that they get the opportunity to see how studying computer science could potentially augment and enhance their future career prospects.

As student’s subject choices are often made in conjunction with their parents/guardians, teachers and careers advisors, the course is designed to involve these adults too, so that they can see the benefit of students studying computer science, as well as how positive a mutual experience it can be. 

The course takes place in Paisley on Saturday 12th January 2019 from
10.00 am to 4.00 pm

To book, visit https://www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk/courses/adventurers-paisley/

Think Science!

The Bank of England are about to release a new polymer £50 note and they want it to feature someone who has contributed to Science. They want you to decide who it should be!

Watch this short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-EV3PRtWK4 

You can nominate as many people as you like. But anyone who appears on the new £50 note must:

  • have contributed to the field of science
  • be real – so no fictional characters please
  • not be alive – Her Majesty the Queen is the only exception
  • have shaped thought, innovation, leadership or values in the UK
  • inspire people, not divide them 

You can suggest anyone who has contributed to the fields of pure or applied science. That could include: astronomy, biology, bio-technology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medical research, physics, technology and zoology.

Vote at https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/50-pound-note-nominations 

The STEMettes Christmas Hack is a free event designed for girls aged between 5 and 22 to encourage and inspire the next generation of females to get into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

  • Are you interested in technology?
  • Would you like to make an app?

Come to the Stemettes Christmas Hack @ DXC Technology in Erskine!

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December (10am – 5pm)

  • No previous coding experience necessary.
  • Done some coding before? Our experts will teach you how to create apps using HTML and other app building tools.
  • Win prizes!
  • Food and Laptops provided – just bring yourself!

For more information including how to register and what will happen at the event, just click on the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stemettes-christmas-hack-dxc-technology-registration-49176415984

Are you a female student aged 15-18 interested in STEM?

  • A creative problem solver?
  • Interested in technology?
  • Want to make a difference?
  • Be part of Generation Tech!

Working in small teams you will use your creativity and problem solving skills to make a positive social impact.

There will be lots of food, a buzzy atmosphere and some cool prizes. Members of the winning teams will each get:

1stNintendo Switch

2ndBeats Headphones

3rdWireless Bluetooth Speakers

Come along, have fun, and find out more about technology careers and internship opportunities. Apply to Generation Tech today!

Register as individuals or as a team (3-5)

Email generation.tech.uk@jpmchase.com with the following:

  • First Name(s), Last Name(s), School Name, Location-Glasgow, and Personal Laptop (Y/N)
  • Student Waiver Forms signed by the your parents or guardian (see attached)

Event Date: Saturday 8th December

Application Deadline: Wednesday 28th November

Let Mrs Iafrate or Mr McGinlay know if you apply. 

Are you a girl in S3 going into S4? Are you about to choose your key subjects or thinking what your options are beyond school, then why don’t you join Strathclyde University for a week of fun and inspiration.

They have created five days of activities to help you find out your talents and make the words “I can do it” your new motto! 

Employees from BP and BAM Nuttall and Researchers from the University of Strathclyde will engage you in a range of challenges that will inspire you to consider a career in engineering.

If you see yourself as an engineer of the future or have never considered engineering as a career option before, but want to find out more about it, then the Engineering the Future for girls week at the University of Strathclyde is just for you.

Location: Strathclyde University.          Dates: 17-21 June 2019  

Application Deadline: Monday 26th November

For further information contact engineeringthefutureforgirls@strath.ac.uk

or visit www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/outreach/engineeringthefutureforgirls

Let Mrs Iafrate or Mr McGinlay know if you decide to apply.  

Interested in taking part in a creative engineering challenge? 

The Scottish Engineering Leaders Award competition is open to students between the ages of 3 and 19. Pupils are asked to answer the question “If you were an engineer what would you do?”

The competition asks pupils to find a problem, invent a solution, draw it, explain it and then send it in.

In 2017/18 the Scottish Engineering Leaders Award engaged with over 37,000 children across the UK who all receive at least a certificate. They are now being supported by the RAF, the University of Strathclyde, Terumo Aortic, Weir Group, Skills Development Scotland, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust and Clyde Marine Training in Scotland and will be holding our award ceremony at the Barony Hall, Glasgow in June next year. Entries from schools in Scotland will be on display at our public exhibition at the Barony.

To find out more and register visit www.leadersaward.com

Registrations are now open for EDT’s, Year in Industry (YINI) scheme for 2019/20 placements

What is YINI?

A paid job opportunity for School leavers to;

  • Test-drive a potential career
  • Add relevant skills and work experience to their CV
  • Make informed decisions on which Education/Career path is right for them
  • Build links with Employers
  • Gain an Industrial Accreditation
  • Go into the world of work with the support from the YINI scheme

Who is YINI for?

YINI is open to any student with the Right to Work in the UK, who might be considering either;

  • An Apprenticeship
  • Studying a Degree at University (completing YINI before University as a paid Gap Year )
  • Or maybe unsure whether to continue into higher education or go straight into employment

Most placements are in:                Science, Engineering, Technology or Maths

Smaller number in:                          Business, Finance, IT, HR or Marketing

When & How can students Register?

Current S6 students:                            Registrations will close on 31st May 2019

Students register online here:            http://www.etrust.org.uk/the-year-in-industry/apply-now

Are you 16 – 17? try before you apply with Headstart…

EDT are providing up to a week long summer placement at your choice of top university. There are lots of STEM courses to choose from and decide whether it is the one for you before filling in your UCAS application. 

You will also get the chance to experience uni life and make some important contacts.

Apply online at www.etrust.org.uk/headstart

See Mrs Iafrate for the 2019 programme leaflet 

Are you a 15 – 16 year old girl with a passion for STEM? If so, why not apply for a 3 day Inspire course at a leading UK university. Experience a mixture of hands on activities, lectures and workshops and meet real life engineers, researchers and professionals who will show you how to manage your own STEM project. 

If you are interested then apply at www.etrust.org.uk/inspirecourse 

See Mrs Iafrate for the 2019 Inspire programme.

Are you interested in a career in the digital sector? Are you simply curious about the advances in technology all around us and would like to explore how it impacts on us and our future?

Digital Explorers is a week of one-day events, designed to inspire and motivate young people to take an interest in STEM careers and the digital sector. It offers days of activities and talks and is coming to Edinburgh this October. There are sessions aimed at all year groups, but places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday 4th October

Sessions aimed at S4 – S6 students. We will run 3 group activities focusing on “next step” skills. Digital Explorers will look at FE/HE options, interview skills, a CV surgery and quick fire-careers quiz; where students get the chance to ask established professionals about their own career route and/or what their company is looking for in a graduate.  

The day will culminate in a discussion panel with a range of senior professionals in the Scottish tech sector, followed by a Q&A. 

 

If you are interested in attending, see Mr Madill. 

Interested in finding out more about a career in Technology or Operations and Accounting?  Morgan Stanley currently have opportunities for S5 and S6 pupils to take part in the Glasgow Insight Week, running from 15th to 19th October.

Students can take part in a variety of sessions including work shadowing and business overviews.

To be considered, students must be on track to achieve a minimum of 4 Higher Grades at grade B or above, including Maths and English.  Students must also be 16 years of age by 15th October 2018 to qualify.

To apply, please send your cover letter explaining why you are interested in the Insight Week, quoting reference IWT18 for Technology or reference ITOA18 for Operations and Accounting, along with your CV to glasgow.campus@morganstanley.com by Monday 10th September 2018.

If you have any questions, please speak to Mr McGinlay or Mrs Iafrate.

Bright Green Future are looking for exceptional future leaders aged 14-17 with an interest in making a real difference to reducing the impacts of climate change to take part in our one year programme starting in September 2018.

Being a part of Bright Green Future will provide the knowledge, skills and confidence to embark on a career path which could influence decisions on energy and climate change.

This exciting opportunity is open for registration now. Participants will carry out activities including:

This exciting opportunity is open for registration now. Participants will carry out activities including:

  • Training and learning – both face to face and online training sessions covering various topics on sustainability, environmental leadership and green careers
  • Mentoring – from a member of staff at the Centre for Sustainable Energy
  • Work placement – a work placement at a professional organisation affecting local or national energy policy such as local authorities, governmental agencies, or environmental and landscape planning bodies
  • Local projects – running simple low carbon projects such as a school eco-day or green week, providing local home energy advice, energy auditing, carrying out desk based renewable energy studies, making a short film or many more
  • Residential course – a four day summer school to meet other participants and take part in workshops, talks and activities

For more information and to find the application form please visit: www.bright-green-future.org.uk/ and follow @BrightGrnFuture

This page will continually be updated with new and exciting STEM opportunities as and when they become available.