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.


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. 


Upcoming Events

Forces All Around Us - for primary teachers    

Part 1: Thursday 17 January 2019 at Verdant Works, 4:30-7:00pm

Part 2: Thursday 24 January 2019 at University of Dundee, 4:30-7:00pm

Delivered by: University of Dundee and Dundee Science Centre

Forces act on everything around us. In this two-part session, learn how to relate forces to your students using exhibits at Verdant Works as a backdrop to identify key forces (push, pull, squash and twist). In the second session, solidify your own learning at University of Dundee by planning a practical investigation for your own class.


Destination Space - for primary and secondary (Physics) teachers

Thursday 7 February 2019 at Dundee Science Centre, 4:30-6:30pm

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 space?

Join us for an exciting evening full of the latest news about space and curriculum-linked activities to share with your pupils! Primary workshops focus on searching Mars for signs of life. Secondary workshops focus on the James Webb Space Telescope and infrared radiation. By the end of the session you will understand key examples from the latest space research and will have a number of activities that you can run in the classroom.