STEM CPD/CLPL Programmes

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To book a place on one of our in-garden CPD courses complete the Booking Enquiry form on: alternatively you can book by calling 0131 248 2937 (select option 2 for Schools).

Science On Your Plate
Find out more about the science concepts we can learn from examining everyday fruit and vegetables using Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) techniques. Do you really know which part of the plant you eat? Come and explore questions like this and get ideas of some easy plant growing projects.

Food: Feast or Famine?
Will ours be a future of feast or of famine? Through practical activities, adaptable for all levels, this workshop explores the idea of Food Security and whether or how a dependable supply of food can be secured for everyone. 

Biodiversity and Inheritance
A practical and fun look at biodiversity,  investigating how it develops through mechanics of inheritance. Links to Life of Plants

Maths in Nature; the Nature of Maths
This two-day workshop explores mathematics in the context of the garden and nature generally. We aim to show the relevance of maths in our everyday lives and increase teacher confidence by exploring mathematical concepts in different and enjoyable ways through outdoor learning.
Day 1 - 3rd March 2017: Numeracy and Measurement
Day 2 - 29th March 2017: Pattern, Angles & Data Analysis

Explore our extensive glasshouse collections to discover the characteristics of rainforests and how, even now as their area diminishes rapidly, they still support more than half the world’s biodiversity in plants (and animals).

These fascinating areas of land, which cover more than one fifth of the Earth's surface, are as enthralling as popular topic, Rainforests, yet little studied. This workshop, through considering life in these areas, shows how a desert study can cover many aspects of CfE, and investigates the environmental issues highlighted by the differences between natural and human-created deserts.

Plant Propagation for Technicians
This practical workshop teaches different plant propagation techniques including cuttings and micro-propagation. Increase knowledge of glasshouse management and growing plants to support CfE in your settings through behind-the-scenes tours.

Use the News (to Teach Science)
Newspapers are important for lifelong learning about the world we live in, what is happening in it, and how it is being changed- particularly by science. To be science literate is vital for all of today’s and tomorrow’s citizens. This workshop uses newspaper and other media to explore new ways to teach children to extend literacy skills to scientific inquiry skills.

Water Science
“No water, no life. No blue, no green.” Water is all around us and inside us.  We take water for granted (except when we don’t have it!). Yet water has some weird qualities that make it the world’s most interesting and important matter.  These active science, maths and technology activities explore this extraordinary substance and why it is the foundation of all life.

This series of imaginative experiments and table-top activities with soap bubbles introduces important concepts of science, technology and maths through the enjoyable exploration of bubble shapes, buoyancy, surface tension and iridescence. Have fun, get messy and learn together with bubbles! For all ages.

Forces & Friction (1)
Hands-on activities to encourage exploration of forces as pushes and pulls, that using them causes things to move or change shape, and the knock-on effects this has.

Forces: Flight & Air Resistance (2)
More hands-on activities to investigate forces as air pressure, air resistance and how they apply to the wonders of flying.

Earth in Space
Planet Earth is a traveller in space as it tilts, spins and orbits our sun. This workshop shows how to model Earth’s travels which give day and night and the seasons, and investigates its special properties: size, temperatures and surface composition that allow it to support life like no other planet yet observed. Adaptable for all primary levels.

Is Anybody Out There? News from Space
This workshop investigates this age-old question and considers its possibilities and the science behind our attempts to contact other civilisations, as well as our efforts to seek out other potential planets suitable for supporting human populations.  Suitable for upper primary levels. Links to Maths E&Os.

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