YESC-SCDI and Falck Renewables Partnership on Little Lighthouse project

Falck Renewables is working with Young Engineers and Science Clubs  Scotland  (www.yecscotland.co.uk) to help primary schools students to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Little Lighthouse is a first level resource that offers our youngest engineers the opportunity to explore various science, technology and digital concepts, using the context of lighthouses. Through a range of practical activities, the project is designed to enthuse and inspire young people about STEM subjects and related careers.

Teachers from primary schools within each of the community benefit areas around Falck’s wind farms will be invited to attend a half day Continuous Professional Development Course, one in each of the relevant local authorities: Aberdeenshire, Highland, Stirling, South Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire. During the session they will be introduced to the activities within the resource in order to build their confidence in delivering Little Lighthouse within their classroom. Following the training they will return to school with a resource kit, including components to build circuits and micro:bits computers to enable them to carry out the experiments and investigations.

Schools will be invited to demonstrate their project work as part of their showcase at a series of Regional Celebrations of STEM held across the country during March 2020; culminating in a National Celebration taking place at Glasgow Science Centre in June 2020.

In this project our Little Lighthouse engineers undertake a series of exciting scientific investigations, engineering challenges and learn to programme a micro:bit computer; all of which they can incorporate into their model lighthouse.

The programme will be rolled out to teachers from August 2019 and the draft topics include:

  • Study the history and locations of Scottish lighthouses
  • Learn the science and engineering within a lighthouse
  • Investigate weather and solar, wind, wave and tidal power sources
  • Consider sustainability and the impact of on our oceans
  • Explore circuits and learn about light, sound and electricity
  • Discover renewable energy and how this might power or automate a lighthouse
  • Develop digital skills by learning to programme a micro:bit computer
  • Construct a model lighthouse, considering the strong engineering required

Part of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (www.scdi.org.uk), YESC works with more than 1500 schools across Scotland to help inspire both teachers and pupils about STEM subjects and career opportunities in these sectors.