The training was delivered by Aberdeen Science Centre (ASC) and coordinated by the RAiSE (Raising Aspirations in Science Education) programme.
Lessons are now underway in classrooms, with young people expressing their excitement in understanding topics such as marine biology, diving, surveying the seabed, robotics, and ROVs.
Laura McCafferty, National Education Officer for RAiSE, said:
“This has been a really valuable national partnership which has empowered teachers with the skills, resources, and training to take a variety of experiments back to their schools.
“We would like to extend our thanks to GUH and ASC for their partnership and we look forward to seeing how this continues to impact pupils.”
Professional learning sessions were held in Aberdeenshire, Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Dundee, Falkirk, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, and West Lothian. Each authority received 10 kits to take back to their schools to share their learning with colleagues and implement in their classrooms. They were also sent videos of the training so they could revisit key themes and cascade to colleagues, as well as lesson plans which linked the training to scientific skills and the DYW Career Education Standard.
One of the schools that benefitted from the training was Cairnie Primary School in Aberdeenshire where pupils undertook at diving bell experiment. Older pupils, who are training to be STEM Champs in the school, supported younger learners with the experiment.
As part of the experiment, different sizes and shapes of glasses were used to discover if size made a difference to how much oxygen was available. They were placed over a candle and timed to see how long it took for the candle to go out. This highlighted how early diving bells worked.
Pupils were impressed by the experiments and enjoyed working across different year groups.
Trish Banks, Operations Director at the Global Underwater Hub, said:
“The Subsea Channel aims to inspire youngsters across the country to consider the underwater sector as a future career path, one which is brimming with opportunities. Through the RAiSE programme, it has been really encouraging to see so many young people taking a keen interest in learning more about STEM subjects and considering a future career path in our sector as we continue our journey towards Net Zero.”