SSERC are delivering a 2-day course to explore innovative practical activities and investigations that supports the delivery of Environmental Science programmes.
In addition to input from the subject teams in SSERC, an environmental biologist from the University of St Andrews will be providing valuable real-world insight into the field of ecology. The main focus of the course will be practical workshops including the measurement of carbon dioxide levels, water analysis, environmental sampling and the measurement of photosynthetic rates using seaweeds.
Why not join us for what promises to be a stimulating and exciting professional learning opportunity?
Places are limited so early applications are advised. Lunch and refreshments are included in the course fee.For delegates who live more than 50 miles (or 90 minutes on public transport) from SSERC headquarters, overnight accommodation will be available.
Applications are welcome from teachers from all schools and FE colleges. Applicants from Local Authority-funded schools and FE colleges will be entitled to receive an ENTHUSE Bursary (administered through the National STEM Learning Centre) upon completion of the course.
Course dates: 21-22 September 2021
Closing Date: 27th August 2021
Booking for this course is no longer possible as the closing date has passed.
This course aims to support the delivery of NQ Environmental Science with practical, hands-on experiments. Most of the experiments shared can be adapted to support N4, N5 and Higher levels of the course.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
Explore inquiry and investigative skills in the classroom through water and soil analysis experimental work.
Use a colorimeter to carry out a practical investigation into photosynthesis, while linking this to meaningful contexts, including climate change.
Use a microscope and haemocytometer to explore population diversity and size, relating this to intensive agriculture methodology.
Explore the concepts of random sampling in the real world, applying suitable data analysis tools to form conclusions.
Through discussion activities, STEM ambassador input and practical investigation, connect the relevance of environmental science to skills for life, learning and work. This includes an exploration of wider issues of food security and resource sustainability.
The course will be held at SSERC in Dunfermline. Our SSERC buildings are at 2 Pitreavie Court, Dunfermline, KY11 8UU. SSERC is a short (5-10 minutes) walk from Rosyth railway station and close to the end of the A823(M) spur off Junction 2 of the M90 motorway. Car journey times (approximately): Edinburgh – 30 min; Glasgow – 60 min; Aberdeen – 2.5 hours; Inverness – 3 hours.
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