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YESC provides a wide range of science and engineering kits to feed curiosity and fire imaginations.

Although the resources below are recommended for young engineers and scientists of primary school age, any of our resources can be adopted to suit a particular age range.


Click here for a summary of YESC’s exciting range of projects, many of which are free of charge and readily available to download from our website. 


**NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON**


pH OF SCOTLAND - 

Following the success of our annual STEM challenges including Go Forth, Construct a Crane and Don’t Waste a Drop; we are delighted to bring you the 2018-19 challenge pH of Scotland!

pH of Scotland is designed for clubs or small groups of pupils from P5 – S6, and challenges teams to test their local water sources, design and build both screening and water filtration systems, and research the importance of the optimum pH range for water.

Click here to register for a free kit - limited to 1 kit per school  (All kits are now gone)



YESC TERRARIUM PROJECT - Coming Soon!

Now introducing our newest interdisciplinary project for tiny engineers! This kit for 3-5s will walk pupils through the design and building of a terrarium (like an aquarium...but for plants), and will review concepts such as the water cycle, ecosystems, and seed development. By observing changes over time through the scientific method, these bio engineers will see how plants grow and what variables can change their development, including pollutants such as acid rain. The kit encourages the use of recyclable materials and will review associated careers such as biological engineering and environmental engineering.

Outline of Project:

1. What is an Ecosystem?
2. Intro to the Scientific Method and the Early Level Scientific Notebook
3. Build a Terrarium
a. Create Your Design
b. Observe Seed Development
c. Logging Observations and Discussion
1. Acid Rain and the Water Cycle
2. “Green” Engineers
3. Resources and Technology Extensions


KNOTS TO WATTS

Thanks to generous support from Crown Estate Scotland, Institute of Physics in Scotland and Vattenfall; last year saw the launch of Knots to Watts, an exciting new engineering competition researching new offshore technologies. Primary and Secondary teams from across Scotland, were challenged to research the offshore wind industry and design and build a floating wind turbine. 70 schools received a free resource kit of components to incorporate into their models. Following this success, we are currently finalising the competition brief for Knots to Watts 2018-19


Click here to register your interest


 

REACH FOR THE STARS! P7-S1

We’re delighted to launch our latest project: Reach for the Stars! This is available to download free of charge from our website and used flexibly – at a club, off-timetable day or as a transition project for P7/S1. The 5 units take pupils through an exciting range of activities and experiments to help understand some of the challenges of working in space: It’s Astronomical, Signals from Space, Science in Space Exploration, Effects of Zero Gravity and Rover Design Technology Challenges.


Click here for Teacher Notes

Click here for Pupil Notes

Click here for Our Solar System Intro powerpoint


LITTLE LIGHTHOUSE!  ©YESC 

By popular demand, we are pleased to launch our very first interdisciplinary project for our Little Engineers in P2-P4. Little Lighthouse is packed with activities and STEM investigations using the context of lighthouses; with topics introducing electricity, sound, weather, food chains and coding using friendly Code Bugs!   


Click here for further information.

Click here to purchase a kit at £150


©YESC 

A selection of fun challenges exploring the mystery of maths. The three activities Tiling, Counters and Folding, allow pupils to discover and experience maths hands-on, to literally get a ‘feel’ for maths. 


The resource is available to download here free of charge.


STEM IN A SHOEBOX  ©YESC  

We are excited to present a series of practical STEM activities with a Shoebox, to complement our popular Pizza Box challenges.


The challenges each use a shoebox to introduce a range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths concepts. These can be run at a club or within the curriculum to suit the school. 


Instructions are provided for each activity along with a list of the easily accessible resources required, in addition to the shoebox!


Click here to download this resource


GO FORTH  ©YESC 

Three hundred schools across Scotland had great fun with our topical Go Forth! bridge building challenge, commemorating the construction of the Queensferry Crossing. If you missed out on a free kit, kindly sponsored by Morrison Construction, or want to have another go, our friends at Lighting up the Curriculum for Excellence have stocks of pre-drilled lollipop sticks available to purchase for £15. 

Click here to download the instruction booklet and order the sticks by emailing info@lightingupthecfe.com 


I’M AN ENGINEER, I CAN HELP HERE!  ©YESC
Flood Emergency – Young Engineers to the Rescue!

 

I'm an Engineer, I an Help Here! uses the topical context of a flooding emergency scenario to introduce a range of engineering careers to upper primary pupils, showing them that engineering is a creative process which makes a vital contribution to society.  Our exciting new engineering project for P6-S2 challenges Young Engineers to design and make:

 

• A rain gauge and flood alarm
• A hoist or winch
• A water filter
• A pump
• A bridge
• A raft

and much, much more! 

  
Full curriculum links, teachers’ notes and pupil worksheets are included. We will be working with a small number of local authorities with this project, which comes with a kit of resources to undertake all the challenges.

 

"Another fab, well thought out resource! Thanks so much"  Katie D'Souza, Newark Primary, Inverclyde

Click here for further information on the resource 

Click here to purchase a kit - £200

 

 

TWEETY PI ©YESC
  


Our exciting new coding project for primaries uses Raspberry Pi to code and log the activity around a bird table. Full curriculum links and teachers’ notes accompany the kit. 


"Super clear instructions for attendees.  Excellent resources to apply learning with pupils-wow!  Fab help on hand from Mel and Rebecca who have excellent knowledge which they shared in clear terms with teachers."  Jenni MacKay, Dundee City Council


Click here for further information on this resource

  

HEATHER'S HUT RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT  ©YESC



“Heather’s Hut” is our very popular renewable energy project inspired and supported by Dr Heather “the weather” Reid OBE, meteorologist and formerly senior forecaster with BBC Scotland. It is aimed at upper primary pupils.

The kit is packed with equipment to allow a series of practical investigations including.

• How to make electricity and store charge
• Wind power generation and wind speed
• Hydro Power
• Solar Power

Over 400 primaries across Scotland have taken part in this popular project which explores renewable energy and how Scotland's weather could be used to provide domestic sources of energy.

Click here for further information on this resource.


LIGHTING UP THE CURRICULUM FOR EXCELLENCE ©YESC


Lighting Up is an exciting electronics project for primaries where pupils learn to construct and solder simple electronics circuits. 

  
Click here for further information and to order a kit (£300) click here. You might also want to look at the Lighting up the Curriculum for Excellence website 

Technology Will Save Us have created a series of short videos about soldering including how to solder, desolder and correct solder joints:

Click here to view videos

GREENPOWER 

       
We are delighted to be working in partnership with Greenpower to involve more Scottish schools in this fantastic project.
  
Contact yesc@scdi.org.uk for further information on Greenpower or visit the Greenpower website.  
                       

                             

TEN GREEN BOTTLES ©YESC

Ten Green Bottles chemistry for you
Ten Green Bottles to study CO2
If these Green Bottle tests you try to do
You’ll carry out experiments on eco-issues too

Introducing Carbon Dioxide and its properties through a range of simple, hands on experiments for upper primary and S1.

Click here to download this resource for free,including Teachers' Notes and Student Worksheets.

 


SENSATIONAL SCIENCE ©YESC

Explore the science of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell through a series of easy, fun experiments,
ideal for an upper primary club.



Click hereto download this free resource,including Teachers' Notes and Student Worksheets.  



CIRCUIT TRAINING ©YESC

YESC have developed an extension to the Heather's Hut resource using the Electricity kit provided.

Click here for a range of simple but fun electronic projects.

 

Rapid Electronics supply good quality tools and STEM resources at cheap prices if you would like to order extra equipment. Schools registered with Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland can receive a 10% discount by using code SCDI10% - mark your order FAO Education Team or send an e-mail to education@rapidelec.co.uk to make sure you receive the discount.


SCIENCE ON THE MENU ©YESC

Funding Partner: The Scottish Government

Hungry for new ideas for your Science club or class? Then our mouth-watering menu of food and drink investigations is for you! Science on the Menu not only dishes up a tasty feast of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) experiments for upper primary, but also a goody box stuffed with science equipment and teachers' notes. 

 

 Click here for further information on this resource.

 


HYDROCARBONS IN ACTION ©YESC

Supported by The Scottish Oil Club

Hydrocarbons in Action is an Oil and Gas project kit designed to enable upper primary/ junior secondary clubs to investigate oil and gas exploration and production through a range of hands-on experiments.

Click here for further information on this resource
Click here for Hydrocarbons In Action Curriculum Mapping document


NOTE: Currently out of stock

 


SCIENCE OF A NIGHT OUT ©YESC

Ever wondered about the physics of high heels, the science of ironing, what puts the pop in popcorn and turns images into movies? Wanting to run a STEM club for S1/S2 and looking for a theme to run over 6 weeks? Then try our new project Science of a Night Out which includes a series of STEM investigations around the topics of:

Getting Ready for a Night Out
Going to the Cinema
Going Bowling
Going to a Disco
Going to a Karaoke
Going Ice Skating

Click here to download this resource for free which includes teachers' notes and student worksheets.

 


INVESTIGATING FORENSICS - RUN A CSI AT YOUR SCHOOL! ©YESC

YESC have developed a series of forensic investigations suitable for P6/7 or S1/S2, culminating in a crime scene investigation at your school.

Click here for teachers’ notes and student worksheets

 


PIZZA BOX CHALLENGES ©YESC

Click here for a menu of tried and tested Pizza Box challenges! 
Pizza boxes can be obtained cheaply or freely from your friendly local takeway!

 


T3C – TRIED AND TESTED TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGES FOR P6/7/S1 ©YESC

Jess Cooke, Club Coordinator for Glasgow and Inverclyde has put together a menu of 15 tried and tested technology projects which are cheap and easy to resource and are ideal activities for a Young Engineers & Science Club. 

Click here for T3C booklet
Click here for T3C Teacher’s Support Notes










“The resources received through the YESC programme are of really high quality, invaluable as a resource to promote interest in the STEM subjects” 

Teacher, Tullynessle Primary, Aberdeenshire




“Having access to high quality STEM challenges and resources is fantastic – the pupils are so engaged and enthused – it’s hard not to get involved!” 

Teacher, Doonfoot Primary South Ayrshire




Heather’s Hut training and resources were very helpful in giving confidence to teach the subject.” 

Teacher, Coaltown of Balgonie Primary School, Fife