Professional Learning for 3-18 Practitioners

Professional Learning for 3 - 18 education practitioners


Dundee Science Centre’s ambition is to develop a curious, confident community engaged with science. We are working with our partners to enhance learning across our region by providing high quality and inter-professional training for practising professionals, those in further and higher education, STEM Ambassadors and others working with children and young people in formal and informal learning settings.


Our professional learning sessions and courses for staff in early years, primary and secondary settings are designed to help you develop your understanding of planning for relevant and challenging learning and teaching within Curriculum for Excellence. Our sessions are also helpful for STEM Ambassadors, and others working with children and young people in formal and informal learning settings.


Through joint programming, a wide range of learning sessions and courses are created and delivered by the Science Learning Institute team and partners. Working with our partners allows us to support educators in making their teaching relevant, engaging and challenging, whilst reflecting cutting-edge science in Dundee and the surrounding area, Scotland and beyond.


See below for our professional learning sessions for September to December 2018. Information about sessions for 2019 will be included on our website throughout the year. To help with your planning, we have indicated suggested Curriculum for Excellence levels for each session.


We also offer bespoke professional learning associated with learning for a wide range of people including 3-18 practitioners, undergraduate and postgraduate students on an outreach basis. This costs from as little as £10 + VAT per delegate.


STEM Ambassadors

STEM Ambassadors are volunteers with an active interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and can offer support to schools by sharing their experience, expertise and enthusiasm. Ambassadors come from a diverse range of backgrounds, and include students, researchers, and professionals in STEM related roles.


Ambassadors are invited to volunteer for a range of exciting and stimulating activities such as curriculum support, working with STEM Clubs, and supporting events and challenges. STEM in Context events provide an excellent opportunity for local STEM Ambassadors and teachers to meet and discuss ways to work together - see the professional learning section. These events feature activities and networking opportunities, and allow time to explore resources available for STEM Ambassadors to bring to schools.


To request a STEM Ambassador visit or support, simply register as a teacher at, click on “Ambassadors” and add a “STEM Ambassador request”. You will need to complete a free registration form to do this. A member of STEM East will review your request and contact you to discuss your requirements. You may also contact STEM East directly by visiting


How to Book

Twilight courses cost £30 per delegate but some funded places are available throughout the year, so ask about funding when you book your place. To book a session, please email or call 01382 868609. Information about the Science Learning Institute and professional learning sessions for September to December 2018 can also be found in our Science Learning Institute flyer, available here:


Upcoming Events

Educators Evening    

Thursday, 6 September 2018, 4:30-7:00pm at Dundee Science Centre

Delivered by: Dundee Science Centre and University of Dundee’s School of Engineering

Curious about what the Science Centre can offer your pupils? Come along to view our brand new exhibition, Medical Marvels, and learn what we can do to support your students in and out of the classroom! Receive hands-on activities to get your pupils interested in medicine and medical technology.


Destination Space (Part of Dundee Science Festival 2018)

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 4:30-6:30pm at Dundee Science Centre

Delivered by: Dundee Science Centre

What's happening in the UK Space Industry? Where in the Universe are we going next? How do we search for life elsewhere in the galaxy? Join us for an evening full of exciting space-themed current events and curriculum-linked activities to share with your pupils!


STEM in Context

Tuesday, 13 November, 2018, 4:30-6:30pm at Dundee Science Centre

Delivered by: Dundee Science Centre and STEM East

Beg, borrow, learn, and steal! Learn what your STEM Ambassadors can do for your pupils, and network with fellow educators and other STEM professionals. These events are an excellent opportunity for local teachers to meet STEM Ambassadors, plan activities and find out more about STEM challenges and schemes with which you and your pupils can get involved...whilst enjoying a hot drink and nibbles.


Inquiry in STEM

Thursday, 6 December 2018, 4:30-6:30pm at Dundee Science Centre

Delivered by: Dundee Science Centre

What is inquiry? How do I integrate inquiry into my classroom? Explore the ideas of science inquiry and how to put this into practice with learners in early, first and second level. Get hands-on and develop an inquiry-based STEM lesson to bring directly into your classroom!