Why partners are supporting RAiSE:
Wind farm company Quaybridge has developed a free-to-use web resource detailing careers in the renewable energy sector, and the skills and pathways which support entering the industry.
Zoe Barnes, Strategy Manager, said: “Offshore wind has potential to provide more than 6500 jobs in Scotland, many of which will be in remote communities. Working with programmes like RAISE, which enthuse young people in all Scottish communities about STEM, ensures that the benefits from offshore wind develop can be realised within communities close to the wind farms and that we have a passionate and capable workforce for the future.”
Energy Skills Partnership supported the introduction of the First Lego League into Scottish schools, working with RAiSE.
Wendy Findlay, STEM Programme Manager, said: “The Energy Skills Partnership introduced FIRST Lego League EXPLORE to RAiSE authorities in 2018. Since then it has engaged 65 schools with more than 150 teams. RAiSE supported the alignment of the opportunity with Curriculum for Excellence to deepen its impact. The support of RAiSE has without doubt increased the effectiveness of our STEM programmes, providing outreach into the most rural and deprived areas of Scotland, whilst ensuring that the resources provided are used for maximum effectiveness.”
The UK Centre of Astrobiology, based at the University of Edinburgh,y worked with RAiSE to provide a suite of resources and materials to engage and excite the youngest learners.
Charles Cockell, Professor of Astrobiology, said:
“RAiSE has allowed us to enhance science education by using astrobiology as a tool. As a subject area that links diverse areas of science to address questions about the origin and evolution of life, and the potential for life elsewhere, we have been able to develop new curriculum materials to enthuse and stimulate primary interest in STEM across Scotland. It has been an astonishingly productive, enjoyable, and energising experience to work with RAiSE to get our jointly produced materials out to Scottish schools.
“Astrobiology covers subjects from the origin of life to life beyond Earth and within these questions are many fascinating science questions and pedagogical tools to teach fundamentals of science and critical thinking. The materials also introduce pupils to cutting-edge science topics to enthuse them for a future in STEM.”
SCDI provided 20 ‘Climate Smarter’ kits for schools in the Western Isles and Clackmannanshire, supported by professional learning and a celebration event.
Thomas Wild, Programme Manager (Young Engineers and Science Clubs) at Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), said:
“It is incredibly valuable for SCDI to be able to work in partnership with RAiSE. The PSDO, as an on-the-ground resource, really helps us ensure our projects are getting into schools for the benefit of pupils.”
RAiSE is a programme of The Wood Foundation, Education Scotland, Scottish Government, and participating local authorities which empowers primary practitioners with the confidence, skills, and networks to develop and deliver motivating and engaging STEM learning experiences.