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GM Foods - Safe?
Forever Young
The Realities of Risk
Defying Death
A Theory of Everything
Endless Energy
Anybody Out There?
Voyage to the Bottom of the Deep Sea
Predicting Personality
Eyes in the Skies

By assembling a panel of outstanding scientists and experts in their particular field under review, the programme ensures that a valuable perspective on the issues is developed. And thanks to interview format writing, we can accurately and simply provide arguments, examples or information for a general understanding of the topic or for consideration of a specific issue.

Series Two: Catch the latest round of science breakthroughs with the second series of "The Next Big Thing":

  • The End of Evolution? Does modern medicine spell the end for biological evolution of mankind?

  • Antimatter : What is antimatter? What does it tell us about the structure of our universe?

  • Cloning : Will it be possible to develop human cloning? What is stem cell research? And what are its implications?

  • Machines with Minds: Will computers ever be truly intelligent? What are the new breakthroughs in robotics?

  • Mobile Phones: Safe? Early pilot programme explores the science and biology of mobile phones.

Scottish Space Foundation - this way for more information

Scottish Space School Teacher Sleepover - 15th/16th June 2005

Students have been involved in the Scottish Space School for five years now and have enjoyed the delights of a sleepover at Glasgow Science Centre as part of the Global Enterprise Challenge.

Glasgow Science Centre - this wayNow it's your turn. Learn from NASA experts and Scottish Educationalists about space science and technology and the resources available to support this topic in the classroom. Scottish Space School teacher training program is an all night event filled with fun, learning and networking. The most fun you'll have earning professional development. The evening starts with a light dinner with fellow educators and NASA personnel. As the night progresses, you become the students for a series of presentations and activities. Stay up all night for the after-hours activities or camp out in the Clyde Suite. You should plan on arriving at 6:00 pm ready for fun!

There are currently three places available to every Local Authority and teachers from both the primary and secondary sector are welcome. To book your place please contact Careers Scotland on 0141 228 2489 or email by 1st June 2005. Please come along prepared to have lots of fun, sleeping bags are optional depending on whether you plan to sleep or not!

Programme for the evening

18:00 - 18:45 Check-in and refreshments
18:45 - 18:50 Welcome Show
18:50 - 19:10 Careers Scotland Science and Technology
19:10 - 19:50 Keynote Presentation
19:50 - 20:00 Break
20:30 - 20:45 Session 1
20:45 - 21:00 Break
21:00 - 21:45 Session 2
21:45 - 21:55 Break
21:55 - 22:40 Session 3
22:40 - 22:50 Break
22:50 - 23:35 Session 4
23:45 - 00:15 Wrap-Up/Door Prizes
00:15 - 07:00 Sleep or after-hours activities
07:30 - 08:15 Breakfast
08:15 - 08:45 Space Station 3D - IMAX - Giant Screen Film
09:00 - 10:30 Visit Science Mall or Depart Glasgow Science Centre

Hi, I'm DessyDessy the Curious Duck is star of the show

Glasgow Science Centre pioneers planetarium first for primary schools 

On Tuesday (1st Feb 2005) Glasgow Science Centre (which has one of the finest planetariums in Europe – the ScottishPower Planetarium) premiered a UK first; a planetarium show especially designed for the P1-P3 age group.  The bright interactive show has been developed using GSC’s in-house talent and the skills of scriptwriter Johanna Hall (of Balamory fame). The star of the show is Dessy the Duck - the show takes its name from his inquisitive character and blends animation, sound and twinkling stars under the planetarium dome to create a lovely children's story all about the young duck's interest in the night sky. The show won't be available to the general public until Easter 2005.

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Unlimited Free Admission for School Teachers to the Glasgow Science Centre's Science Mall
Spaces must be pre-booked through 0141 420 5000 (call centre).

The tale follows Dessy’s quizzical observations of the changing shape of the moon, reflected in his pond. His friends Oscar (a wise old owl) and Flora (a somewhat feisty firefly) are on hand to help Dessy as he learns about the phases of the moon and gazes in wonder at the stars as he finds out how to spot constellations such as Orion the Hunter and The Plough. Dessy and Oscar even take a trip into space courtesy of Flora’s magic stardust.

Professor John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, said of the show: “I just watched the Dessy the Duck preview and think it's great. It will increase both the outreach community and the ScottishPower Planetarium attendance."

Glasgow Science Centre’s Primary and Pre 5 educationalist, Dr Sharon Macnab, explains how the show will benefit teachers too: “Dessy the Curious Duck is a great, visual way for young children to access topics which might be challenging to explain in the classroom.  It also means that younger children are now able to take advantage of the facilities of our planetarium.” 

“The show has been designed to be curriculum linked - linking to Earth & Space- Earth in Space Level A and B. In addition to the narrated story, the Centre’s enthusiastic astronomy team is on hand during the show to point things out in the night sky and recap on learning points at the close of the show.”

 “Many children will not have seen a night-sky clear of light pollution and the planetarium gives them an unrivalled view of the heavens in a fun, educational way. At Glasgow Science Centre we want to foster a life long interest and a sense of wonder about the night sky. Dessy the Duck is a perfect way of doing just that.”

Introduction to the National Priorities in Education websiteNational Priorities in Education Website
Lots of videos of talking heads talking lots of sense.

This website, hosted by SITC, offers support to schools and education authorities taking forward the implementation of the National Priorities in Education and will be continually updated to reflect new developments. As well as all the information provided in the support pack for schools and the CD-ROM, the site contains individual school data.

It is important to remember that this site and the other support materials available offer help, not direction. The site would be best viewed as a resource for reference as and when required.