To design, develop and deliver a tutor resource for adult learners to introduce different aspects of science and linking science to further learning options and career opportunities
Funded by Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation and developed in partnership between WEA and Glasgow Clyde College, Science for a Successful Scotland (3S) is a learning and teaching resource for tutors to use with learners. It aims raise the level of STEM literacy, numeracy and employability skills in our communities in line with The Scottish Governments’ STEM education and training strategy.
3S can be used to introduce science topics in an interesting, engaging and inspiring way, and to deliver learning in community settings as well as in colleges and schools. It can be used with young learners and with adults, including parents of children who are making learning and career choices.
The resources contains five units focusing on key areas of the sciences:
Tourism and Environmental Science
Science and the Creative Industries
Science of Food and Drink
Each unit contains learning content about the science topic with activities, experiments and/or a local investigation. It also features four career case studies where people talk about how science helps them in their jobs.
The WEA can develop and run courses based on the needs of community partners or CLD Practitioners can use the resource with their learners in the way that suits them best. We have written it in such a way that it can be used flexibly, dipped in and out of, or adapted and added to as need be.
Alternatively, the resource can be delivered in a more formal way. It has an associated 30 hour WEA Accredited course, credit rated by Glasgow Clyde College at SCQF Level 4 and 3 credit points to use with groups who are keen to have their first science qualification.
There is also an e-learning version hosted by Glasgow Clyde College to enable tutors to run blended learning courses and/or encourage learner autonomy.
To help tutors and teachers, Science for a Successful Scotland has also been mapped to Experiences and Outcome from the Curriculum of Excellence and to SQA’s Core Skills units.
CPD for CLD Practitioners
The WEA runs CPD workshops on the use of free WEA STEM resources for CLD practitioners based on Science for a Successful Scotland and Counting on a Greener Scotland.