Over 4500 delegates flocked to Glasgow for the 2018 Scottish Learning Festival last week. It was an action packed couple of days with STEM seminars and live demos that everyone could get involved with. Day one saw the STEM in the Early Years seminar take place with 3 early years practitioners discussing how they have created a STEM culture in their establishments and the partnerships that helped them get there. Next our Primary Science Development Officer Alex McLaughlin spoke at the RAiSE seminar about how the Wood Foundation funded programme has increased teacher confidence and raised the profile of STEM across the city.
Evening activities included the STEM Glasgow TeachMeet which saw 13 practitioners and partners present and share good practice relating to STEM. Over 30 people attended the event with many citing it was some of the best CLPL they have been to. The TeachMeet can be watched in full on the STEM Glasgow Youtube channel.
Day 2 kicked off with a keynote speech from Richard Lochhead the minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science. This was then followed by an inspirational speech from St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary pupil Ayo on his STEM journey and his hopes to become an Astrophysicist. Thursday also hosted the SLF's very first STEM Live! event where schools from across the country provide delegates with hands on STEM learning experiences. Glasgow schools were well represented on the day with 4 establishments leading activities including strawberry DNA extraction and tinkering.