These tournaments are massively popular because everyone in the school can take part and everyone wins prizes. The best players can then go through to the area MEGAFINAL and, skills permitting, to the NORTH/SOUTH GIGAFINAL and NATIONAL TERAFINAL!
In its first stage, the tournament is played once a week in school, either during a lunch break or in an after-school session. There is no travelling involved. Seven rounds are played, starting in the spring term, during which time children win badges, spots, mascots and other prizes. Rules of the tournament (given overleaf) have been kept simple, so that a teacher with only a basic knowledge of chess should be able to run it! All ages can take part and the qualifiers for the Megafinals are the top scorers in the tournament, plus leading girls and boys in 12 separate age groups from under 7 up to under 18
Full details and application form are here.
Recent Updates RSS Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts
You must be logged in to post a comment.
Calling Scotland’s new marine energy experts
Now is the time to enter the 2014 Junior Saltire Award – register your school by Friday 20 December 2013
The search is on to find the pupils who could be Scotland’s marine renewables experts of the future and winners the 2014 Junior Saltire Awards. The competition is managed for the fourth successive year by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), in partnership with SCDI’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government.
The Junior Saltire Prize is open to all schools in Scotland, with three age categories: P5-P7, S1-S3 and S4-S6. Pupils will work in teams of up to four and schools can enter more than one team if they wish.
This year teams will develop a blue print and then design, build and test a simple ‘Hydrokinetic Generator to demonstrate their idea of a tidal energy device in Scottish waters. Shortlisted schools will be invited to test their models at the new FloWave facility at the University of Edinburgh on Wednesday 4 June 2014.
Awards will be presented at the Celebration of Engineering and Science at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh on Thursday 5 June 2014, with school prizes of up to £750 and medals up for grabs.
JUNIOR SALTIRE AWARD – KEY DATES FOR TEACHERS & TEAMS:
- Friday 20 December 2013 – register team entries on SDS website
- 28 February 2014 – submit design blueprints – the first 50 teams to submit design blueprints will receive a grant of £50 towards the cost of materials (one grant per school)
- Wednesday 4 June 2014 – short-listed teams invited to showcase design at the FloWave facility at the University of Edinburgh. For more information on this facility, please go to: http://www.flowavett.co.uk/the-facility
- Thursday 5 June 2014 – final judging and award ceremony at the Celebration of Engineering and Science at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, said: “Scotland leads the world in renewable energy, and we have tremendous potential, both in our natural resources, and in our talented and inspired young people. Many of these young people will one day find themselves working in exciting new job opportunities in the marine renewables industry. The Junior Saltire Award celebrates that talent, and I’d encourage teams from all over Scotland to apply.”
Rob Orr, Strategic Relations Manager, Energy of SDS said: “This is an exciting time for marine renewables which offers good career prospects in a growing sector with a good positive image. As the demand for renewable energy grows and new technologies emerge we need to encourage more young people to consider this option as they move through the education sector. The Junior Saltire Award helps to develop an awareness of marine renewables and encourages our young people to explore careers and investigate the skills that are required to work in this industry.”
Ross Martin, CEO SCDI, added: “The Junior Saltire Award recognises the ingenuity of the young inquiring mind. It encourages groups of pupils of different ages to tackle key issues of our time, marine renewable energy and climate change, through their individual innovation and collective application. I wholeheartedly support this initiative as a way in which to celebrate the positive role that young people can play in developing a future Scotland through their interest in engineering and science.”
Tom Davey of FloWave, said ‘We are delighted to invite finalists to test their devices at Edinburgh University’s new FloWave test tank. This brand new state-of-the–art facility offers a unique marine device test facility to allow testing in any combination of current and wave environments.”
Full details of how to enter the competition are available on the Skills Development Scotland website http://www.sds.co.uk/saltireprize
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Fiona Riddell, SDS Corporate Communications
Telephone: 0300 013 4392 ~ Mobile: 07887 635389
What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code forms part of the annual Computer Science Education Week in the United States. It’s a worldwide campaign and runs from the 9th – 15th December and its aim is to encourage interest in the field and show that anyone can learn the basics.
The Hour of Code campaign goal is to introduce 10 million students to one hour of computer science.
Although children today are surrounded by technology few are learning how computers actually work or how to create software. By getting a feel for computational thinking early, children will have a foundation for success in any career path.
ComputerXplorers is currently offering all our existing schools a free introductory workshop in “Programming with Scratch” to help celebrate the Hour of Code.
For more information on the Hour of Code and for access to programming resources link to http://code.org/hourofcode or email Lynne at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how ComputerXplorers can help get your school involved.
We have now received the October issue of the East and Midlothian Early Years Collaborative Newsletter, it’s available to view below.
Early Years Collaborative Newsletter: Newsletter October 2013 vol 2 (2)
The Futures Fair: Tuesday 26th November, drop in between 1.30pm – 5.30pm, The Brunton Hall, Musselburgh
The Futures Fair is an information fair to help plan for adult life. It’s for young people with additional support needs, and their families. We’ll have over 50 organisations there who can tell you about what they offer and how they can help, including:
- Work and training
- Money advice
- Social work and health
- Social life and leisure ….and much more!
The fair can help you to think about what you want to do with your future, and speak with people who can advise and support you and your family. 623 people have come to the fair in the last four years, and 98% said it was definitely worth coming. Here’s what people told us last year:
For more information please click on the links: Futures Fair 2013 (2)
Here is some information regarding the free capacity building courses that are coming up in November:
Becoming a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO)
Dealing with the Media
Moving on with Facebook, Blogging and Twitter
Community Led Regeneration - ‘Brown Bag’ Lunchtime Seminar
Introduction to Public Speaking
Community Putting Children First
Becoming more Volunteer Friendly
Click here for more information about this months courses : November poster 2
Click here For Info:- Newsletter_Nov_2013
SHOP & CAFE OPENING TIMES
Tue: 9.30am ~ 5pm
Wed: 9.30am ~ 5pm
Thu: 9.30am ~ 5pm
Fri: 9.30am ~ 5pm
Sat: 10am ~ 3pm
20 Main Street, Ormiston
01875 898 212 /898 189
Please click here >>PE Core 2 hours July 2013 Update
I am writing to inform you that I am now in post as the PE Lead Officer for East Lothian to support the implementation of the Scottish Government directive to achieve 2hrs PE in curricular time by June 2014.
I have a desk at J M House, 2nd floor, but my intention is not to be sitting at it too much!
My position is funded by Education Scotland/Sportscotland and much of my remit is directed by them.
I am actively working to put an infrastrucure in place to enable me to implement many of the CLPL / sharing of good practise/ mentoring / planning / delivery and assessment initiatives which I hope will support you and your staff in achieving the Directive.
Many of my plans will rely on gaining supply cover to allow staff to work together on developing planning/ delivery /and assessment in PE. We all know how difficult this can be, but I am determined that cover will not be adhoc and non specific…especially when PE Specialists are required to be covered. I want to ensure that whilst development work is important, the continuity of pupils learning is paramount and therefore should NOT be disrupted.
This is where I am at the moment:
- I will share with you …SOON…our latest 2hrs PE Development plan for 2013-2014.
- 2hrs PE AUDIT…I know that you supplied information to Claire Lavelle with regard to delivering the 2hrs. However I am aware that this is now over a year ago and things may have changed. As part of my new remit it would be very useful, if not crucial, for me to establish where you are all at with delivering 2 hrs PE. Can you therefore please email me only if your present situation is different to the information which was supplied to Claire and /or in the Healthy Living Survey Feb 2013.
- I am organising an extensive CLPL programme to support staff in achieving the 2hrs of QUALITY PE.
- The PRIMARY PARENT LEAFLET has now been printed you will find this attached at the start of this post.
- Support with 2hrs PE.. my priority will be to work with schools who are not yet achieving 2hrs PE.
- Quality PE support..My hopes and aspirations lie here!..much can be done to support your staff to ensure that we are delivering quality PE in the curriculum.
- Cluster model approach….in order that this development work can be sustainable when I am no longer in post I believe that a cluster based level of support is the way forward just as it works in other areas of the curriculum.
- Gathering of evidence…as my post funding is coming from Education Scotland I have a requirement to report regularly on how their money is being spent and more importantly the IMPACT that it is having.
- PE Timetables …I have been requested by Education Scotland to collect PE timetables from all schools and submit to them.
There is much on my agenda for the coming school year, however I am here to help and looking forward to hearing from you.
Primary PE Specialist.
PE Lead Officer (Seconded)
Office No: 01620 827568