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STEM Teaching Workshops to Go Online Amid Covid-19 Lockdown

Ross Kelly



This year’s online workshops will also offer teachers the chance to brush up on new science teaching skills.

A range of workshops focusing on STEM subjects are set to be made available online for pupils and teachers across Scotland.

The Summer STEM Academy, led by the University of Glasgow, will make 26 workshops available with sessions covering a variety of subjects.

Workshops released by the Academy include video introductions from an expert focusing on a unique project which can then be done at home.

Each workshop also offers a worksheet to guide learners through activities and experiments, such as designing racing cars or measuring the speed of sound.

Volunteers from the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Strathclyde, Edinburgh Napier and Heriot-Watt have contributed to the workshop activities.

Representatives from organisations including the Royal Academy of Engineering, BioCity UK and Heart of Midlothian Football Club have also contributed expertise on subjects including aeronautical engineering, life sciences and sports science.

Dr Margaret Ritchie of the University of Glasgow’s School of Chemistry led efforts to put this year’s projects online.

Commenting on the announcement, she said: “The Summer STEM Academy programme was built from the ground up to create equality partnerships between universities, schools and businesses and find new ways for them to benefit from working together.

“It gives students the chance to see academia and industry up close, student teachers the chance to learn new methods of teaching, and academics and industry professionals the chance to reach out to younger people and shape their understanding of how science and business intersect.”

Dr Ritchie added: “Our content comes from volunteers across a broad spectrum of backgrounds, from an undergraduate student through academics to industry veterans.

“They’ve given us a lot of great content for school pupils and student teachers alike, and we’re really excited to make it available for them to explore over the summer.”


Launched in 2018, the Academy brought high school pupils from 13 local authorities to locations throughout the Glasgow area to visit universities and catch a glimpse of university life.

Students were able to participate in classes to see how science is taught at university level and visit the BioCity Scotland campus to see how science is applied in industry.

This year’s online workshops will also offer teachers the chance to brush up on new science teaching skills through a workshop provided by the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Connecting Stem Teachers initiative.

An additional workshop led by Timstar UK and the WF Education Group will allow them to design their own science teaching resources.

Ross Kelly

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