Last Updated: Thursday, June 27, 2019

What’s STEM got to do with it? The role of community learning and development

What is this?

​A professional learning event titled 'What's STEM got to do with it? The role of community learning and development' was held at the Glasgow Science Centre on 19 February 2019. Resources, presentations and related information from the event are presented to raise awareness of the important contribution that CLD can make to engaging young people, adult learners, families and communities in STEM related learning.​

A STEM steering group made up of Education Scotland, YouthLink Scotland, Community Learning and Development Managers Scotland and Learning Link Scotland worked together, alongside Glasgow Science Centre, in the months prior to the event to plan the programme for the day​.​

Who is this for?

​​The resources and information presented would be of interest to other CLD practitioners who could develop their own STEM related learning activities.​

Why have the event?

The Scottish Government's STEM Education and T​raining Strategy includes a commitment to hold an annual learning conference for community learning and development (CLD) practitioners and managers from public and voluntary sector organisations, to be organised in collaboration with partners and showcasing inspirational lifelong learning STEM practice.

The event was the first of these annual conferences and was organised by Education Scotland in collaboration with Glasgow Science Centre along with a range of partners from the CLD sector. The aims for the event included:

  • to raise awareness of the important contribution that CLD does and can make to engaging young people, adult learners, families and communities in STEM related learning;
  • to inform participants about the aims of the national STEM education and training strategy;
  • to provide opportunities to experience STEM learning activities and workshops on building STEM learning into CLD practice; and
  • to inform future STEM-related professional learning for CLD practitioners and managers.

Ian Menzies, who leads on STEM within Education Scotland, provided a policy context for the day and highlighted CLD’s contribution to the STEM agenda with his presentation.

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Download(s)​

PDF file: A STEM nation (1.3 MB)

PDF file: Event summary and evaluation (1 MB)

PDF file: Event programme (247 KB)​

PDF file: Mural illustration (3.2 MB)

Scottish Government's STEM Education and Training Strategy.

Education Scotland’s grants programme.​

What next?​

The STEM Steering group will consider the learning points and challenges from the event and in particular Education Scotland’s role in STEM learning for the CLD sector. The group will cover the following areas:

  1. What are the key learning points from the event that we want to highlight?
  2. How should Education Scotland share the learning from the event?
  3. What lessons can we learn for future STEM professional learning sessions?
  4. How do we ensure that CLD partners are kept fully informed about ongoing STEM professional learning progress and improvements?
  5. What methods should we use to continue to gather feedback from CLD practitioners about their STEM learning requirements and about the impact of learning on their practice?