Last Updated: Tuesday, July 07, 2020

A summary of STEM resources

What is this?

​​This page provides a summary of key information, resources, and exemplification relating to Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
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Who is this for?

​This page aims to support policy makers and practitioners from all sectors with an interest in, or responsibility for, STEM-related learning.

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Scotland has a long tradition of expertise, innovation and achievement in STEM – and it’s an integral part of our future economic and social development. In 2017, the Scottish Government published the STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland. This sets out a vision of Scotland as a STEM nation: with a highly-educated and skilled population equipped with the STEM skills, knowledge and capability required to adapt and thrive in the fast-paced, changing world and economy around us.

Key STEM policies and documents

STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland
STEM Strategy for Education and Training: Second Annual Report (2020)
STEM Strategy for Education and Training: First Annual Report (2019)
STEM self-evaluation and improvement framework
Benchmarks exemplification
CfE Briefing 15: Sciences for all
Sciences 3-18 curriculum review (impact report)
Technologies 3-18 curriculum review (impact report)
A summary of Developing the Young Workforce resources
Tackling gender balance and other inequalities in STEM
Key Performance Indicators – Summary (2019)
Key Performance Indicators – Summary (2020)

Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grants Programme

Excel file: Interactive overview of Round 2 STEM grants 2019/2020 (155 KB)
PDF file: Overview of Round 1 STEM grants 2018/19 (537 KB)

National STEM Data

STEM Strategy Evidence Base (October 2017)
STEM Professional Learning Survey Findings June 2017
STEM Professional Learning Survey Results PowerPoint Overview 2017
STEM Professional Learning Survey Findings (ELC, Primary, ASN and Secondary) May 2019
STEM Professional Learning Survey Findings (CLD) May 2019
STEM Professional Learning - Findings from the Annual STEM Provider Survey May 2019

STEM in early learning and childcare

Supporting early learning in STEM
A new online module, developed with the University of the West of Scotland, provides all staff with resources and activities to help young learners to develop STEM in ELC.

Resources

All STEM

STEM Central – a resource summary
STEM wakelet
National Parent Forum Scotland – STEM in a nutshell resource
Linking literacy and STEM: Stimulating group discussion skills
Community resilience and STEM: linking with Learning for Sustainability
Food education and STEM
Food science videos – explore the real-life application of STEM in industry
Scotland’s Scientists (Gaelic language resource)
Scotland’s Scientists (Scots language resource)
Great Scots – explore Scotland’s rich STEM traditions

Sciences

Sciences wakelet
Sciences Glow Community Resources (GLOW login required)
Sciences 3-18: Good practice examples
Citizen Science and STEM
Parentzone Scotland: I am a scientist (PDF file)
Parentzone Scotland: I am a scientist - Gaelic version (PDF file)

Technologies

Technologies wakelet
National Technologies Community
Computing science – gender balance lesson plans across the BGE

Engineering

Learning pathways – Senior Phase design
Playtime revolution – using the outdoors to supporting learning & development
Parentzone Scotland: I am an engineer (PDF file)

Mathematics

National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub (GLOW login required)
National Numeracy & Mathematics Progression Framework
Developing number talks and promoting mathematical mindsets in South Ayrshire
Parentzone Scotland: I am a mathematician (PDF file)
Parentzone Scotland: I am a mathematician - Gaelic version (PDF file)

Family learning

Supporting science, technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at home
STEM Family Learning at Larbert High School, Falkirk
Parentzone Scotland: I am a scientist (PDF file)
Parentzone Scotland: I am a scientist - Gaelic version (PDF file)
Parentzone Scotland: I am an engineer (PDF file)
Parentzone Scotland: I am a mathematician (PDF file)
Parentzone Scotland: I am a mathematician - Gaelic version (PDF file)

 

Case studies and exemplars

All sectors

Enhancing career education & work-based learning – Clyde Gateway, Glasgow
A cluster approach to the Sciences – Bearsden ASG, East Dunbartonshire
Inspiring Jewellery: STEM skills across learning
Skills progression in STEM – Bearsden ASG

Early Learning and Childcare

STEM practice at Sunflower Family Nurture Centre, Lochgelly, Fife
Science across the school: early level – Strathallan Primary School, Fife
Block play: Block Building in the Early Years

Primary

Science across the curriculum – Milngavie Primary School, East Dunbartonshire
Tracking, monitoring & reporting in the primary sector – West Lothian Council
Outdoor Learning and STEM – Middleton Park Primary School, Aberdeen City
Building the Science curriculum – Millersneuk Primary School, East Dunbartonshire
From Places to Pedagogy - Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen City

Secondary

STEM practice at St Andrew’s Secondary School, Glasgow
Improving gender balance - Gender friendly physics at Lomond School
Skills development through STEM – Dalziel High School, North Lanarkshire
Raising achievement for all through STEM – Calderglen High School, South Lanarkshire
STEM and DYW across the curriculum: a partnership approach – Ardrossan Academy, North Ayrshire
A whole-school approach to career education – Woodfarm High School, East Renfrewshire
Creativity within Digital Learning – Wick High School, Highland
Food industry partnership work – Bathgate Academy, West Lothian
‘Workout’: positive destinations in South Ayrshire
Technologies at Perth Academy, Perth & Kinross
Developing STEM skills, knowledge & understanding – Deans Community High School, West Lothian

Community learning and development

Learning at home with science boxes – West Kilbride Primary School, North Ayrshire
Work placement opportunities across Dumfries & Galloway Council
Family learning in STEM – Glasgow Clyde College

Who can help?

There is a wide range of organisation and partners that can provide support for STEM activities in early learning and childcare settings and schools. These include:

  • Parents who have STEM careers or who use STEM skills within their workplace
  • Local authority STEM-related support officers and regional STEM Advisors (being recruited from 2018-19)
  • RAiSE and Digital Skills Development Officers or Mathematics and Numeracy Hub Champions in your authority
  • Employers including local and national employers
  • Regional colleges, universities and higher education institutes
  • Developing Young Workforce Regional Groups – established to develop links between schools and employers
  • STEM hubs – to be established in 2018/19 onwards to support links between schools, employers, colleges, universities and DYW Regional Groups
  • Community learning and development organisations