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Highland STEM Event Held to Improve Science Teaching

Ross Kelly

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Sessions helped practitioners to fine-tune their teaching skills to give primary pupils the best possible headstart in their science education. 

Teachers across the Highlands have converged on Ben Wyvis Primary School for a day of workshops, speeches and networking opportunities focused on improving the teaching of science in primary schools.

More than 65 practitioners attended the Highland STEM Conference, organised by the RAiSE programme, which is funded and delivered by The Wood Foundation, Scottish Government and participating local authorities.

The programme aims to improve the confidence and skills of primary teachers when delivering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) lessons.

Workshops included using K’Nex in the classroom and story-led STEM sessions to help young pupils engage with science subjects.

Contributors to the day included The Royal Society of Chemistry, John Muir Trust, Education Scotland, SCD, UHI STEM Hub, University of Glasgow and STEM Ambassadors.

Gayle Duffus, national education officer for RAiSE, commented: “We were delighted to welcome so many enthusiastic Highland practitioners to the even which focused on the importance of science capital and how this can be nurtured from an early age.

“The combination of engaging, hands-on workshops with insightful keynote speeches and representation from industry, educations and community partners made this a really impactful and meaningful professional development day.”

Some sessions at the event were recorded so practitioners who could not attend will be able to watch the day unfold online.

Peter Finlayson, quality improvement manager with responsibility for STEM at Highland Council, added: “I’m excited to see how they take their learning from the event and translate it into motivating and engaging activities that will benefit Highland young learners in their schools.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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