Last Updated: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

STEM Central

What is this?

​This online resource supports learning and teaching relating to sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The content on this page was originally hosted on Education Scotland’s STEM Central website.

Who is this for?

​Practitioners in early learning and childcare, primary and secondary settings.

How to use this learning and assessment resource to improve practice

The pedagogical principles underpinning engineering education emphasise innovation, invention, creativity, teamwork, enterprise, perseverance and responsibility and extend the skills, attributes and capabilities of learners through the application of:

  • high levels of scientific and mathematical understanding
  • solution-oriented approaches
  • a range of problem-solving techniques
  • systems approaches
  • modelling and simulations.

Learning through engineering develops young people's understanding of engineering as a career. Making the links between curriculum areas explicit to learners illustrates the interdisciplinary nature of STEM careers.

Improvement questions

  • How can we develop STEM skills, attributes and capabilities in learners, aged 3-18 years, in a progressive way?
  • How can we use the STEM learning contexts provided to make learning relevant and meaningful for learners?
  • How can we link learning in STEM to the Career Education Standard to help develop Scotland’s young workforce?

Downloads

Zip file: Electric transport - all levels (7.47 MB)

Zip file: Water - all levels (7.6 MB)

Zip file: Energy-saving house - 2nd, 3rd, 4th levels (2.77 MB)

Zip file: Renewables - 3rd, 4th levels (4.19 MB)

Zip file: Bioengineering - 4th level (437 KB)

Zip file: Sound - Early, 1st, 2nd 4th levels (356 KB)

Zip file: Games - 2nd level (274 KB)

Zip file: Rescue vehicles - 2nd level (174 KB)

Zip file: Food security - 2nd level (6.42 MB)

Zip file: Queensferry Crossing - 2nd level (3.78 MB)

STEM videos

This playlist provides access to all the videos referenced in the downloadable materials.

Click on the three-line icon located at the top left of the video player below to access the seven videos available in this playlist.

STEM careers

You can use the 10 videos in this playlist to inspire learners to pursue careers in STEM.

Click on the three-line icon located at the top left of the video player below to access all 10 videos available in this playlist.

All the video clips are also available to view in Glow (log-in required).