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18/19 In Review: Learning

Posted: 17 January 2020

Learn a little today.

With programmes for primary and secondary schools and training and support for teachers, we work year-round to engage young people and educational professionals all across Scotland and 2018/2019 was no different. 

Generation Science

For 29 years, Generation Science has continued to deliver fun, interactive shows and workshops to schools all across Scotland. As one of the longest running science education touring programmes in the UK, and with all activities linked to the Curriculum for Excellence, Generation Science is a leader in its field. In 2019 we offered a choice of 15 shows covering the Curriculum for Excellence’s designated science and technology strands of Planet Earth, Forces, Electricity and Waves, Biological Systems, Materials and Technologies.

Our team of 28 Science Communicators delivered more than 1,400 performances in every one of Scotland’s 32 local authorities between January and May 2019. More than 54,000 pupils in 572 schools had a Generation Science experience, which equates to 28% of all primary schools in Scotland. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, 47% of these performances were subsidised or free.

‘Generation Science shows are always fantastic. We have had shows and workshops every year for the past five years and they continue to inspire and motivate our staff and pupils.’ 

Teacher, North Ayrshire 

Careers Hive

This year was our fourth iteration of secondary schools’ event Careers Hive. Held at the National Museum of Scotland from 25 February to 1 March, Careers Hive provided S1–S3s with insight into the wide spectrum of careers opportunities available to those who study science, technology, engineering and maths subjects. We had 2,879 students from 11 local authorities visit, nearly doubling the number able to attend in 2018. Our volunteer number was the largest ever at 150 across the full five days.

‘Pupils returned enthused and engaged. Some are considering pursuing STEM subjects more than they had previously.’ 


Beyond the Hive

In 2019 we delivered Beyond the Hive to local youth hub Canongate Youth, building into existing Activity Agreements for young people who are not in education or employment. The model reflected a tailored Careers Hive to engage these young people with the real possibilities of a positive destination in a STEM career.

Teacher Afternoon

The Friday afternoon of Careers Hive this year was dedicated to teachers. The event brought 32 educational professionals from around Scotland together to discuss how best to present career options to their students, try out activities and gain valuable support from colleagues. 

Ministerial Visits

We were delighted to welcome Richard Lochhead, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, to Generation Science and Careers Hive this year. He sat in on teacher-favourite Generation Science show Day or Night? and also joined us at Careers Hive to meet the students and try his hand at some of the activities in the Grand Gallery. Edinburgh Science wants everyone to be encouraged and supported to develop their STEM skills throughout their lives to improve opportunities for all, meet employer skills needs, drive inclusive economic growth and allow Scotland to flourish and compete globally.

‘Promoting the opportunities, a STEM career can offer for young people is one of the key aims of our STEM Strategy for Education and Training. We know it is important to raise STEM awareness as early as possible in school, and events like Careers Hive, which is targeted at pupils in S1 to S3, help young people think differently about their STEM futures in an interactive and creative way.’

Richard Lochhead, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science