One of the first investigations in the new term is our Scottish scientists.  Unfortunately, there’s a dearth of women, or rather a lack of information about them that’s accessible for 1st year pupils. We have included Marie Curie in the past (along with Copernicus), particularly for our Polish pupils, giving them the chance to do some research in both English and their native language.

The E&O actually says,

I have collaborated with others to find and present information on how scientists from Scotland and beyond have contributed to innovative research and development (SCN 3-20)

which doesn’t actually indicate a time period, even though most people focus on scientists of the past. So I wondered about a little extra work to bring it all up to date, and demonstrate subtly that girls actually do science too.

So I suggested to PM (PT Science) that we ask the classes to print out an article about current Scottish research for homework (with access to the LRC for those without printers at home), and we’ll create a display of past and present Scottish science.


Dr John Macintyre

PM then mentioned a new name to add to our Scottish scientists investigation. Dr John Macintyre was a pioneer in x-rays, and set up the world’s first x-ray department at Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary. He even made a film of x-ray images in 1896. He’d also been involved with Nellie Melba and Harry Lauder as an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Then I bumped into LL (PT Social Subjects) who spotted Harry Lauder’s name in my notes, and told me that she’s looking for information about music hall as part of the entertainment industry in Scotland during World War I. Good stuff, as Lauder is also a local boy who worked in Hamilton’s coal mines, worked around the central belt and retired in Strathaven. But what about Stan Laurel who also grew up and worked in Glasgow? That set us off discussing the importance of cinemas in Glasgow and the forthcoming Doors Open Days, when the Britannia Panopticon is open. This was one of Laurel’s old haunts, and they often show Laurel and Hardy films. That’s another nice bit of research to sink my teeth into.

Meanwhile the mention of Strathaven reminded me about the Practical Cookery course, which is focusing on local produce. LZ (Hospitality) and I sat down and reviewed some brochure material I’d dug up and developed a rather cool wee investigation. Pupils will work together to identify the foods grown or produced locally, develop a menu using four of those ingredients, and plan a journey to the relevant producers. Each team will then present their plans to the class and everyone will vote for their favourite. And then we’ll organise the trip to collect the goods required and have a slap up dinner 🙂

Photo by Eileen Henderson

Photo by Eileen Henderson

Now if we had done anything like that in Home Economics at school, I might have actually enjoyed it instead of almost accidentally setting the kitchen on fire twisted

You know, I was girning that nothing new was going to happen this term, but I should have known better really.