Subjects in Brief
- Bright Red Publishing, in partnership with Escrivo Internet Consulting, is developing a revision app for the forthcoming SQA exams. Covering a range of subjects, it allows students to receive daily revision tips, and it will run on the Android platform initially. www.brightredpublishing.co.uk
- Scotland's largest rosary was blessed by Cardinal Keith O'Brien last week at the launch of the Mission Matters Scotland campaign at Cardinal Newman High, Bellshill. The rosary was made by staff and pupils as a copy of more than 100,000 normal-size mission rosaries, which were being sent to parishes and Catholic schools to reintroduce the rosary to daily prayer.
- Anti-knife crime films, produced by young people from across Scotland, have gone live for public voting. The We-CTV project, funded by No Knives, Better Lives and delivered by the Scottish Youth Parliament, allows 11-16s to produce two-minute films highlighting the risks of knife crime and discouraging their peers from picking up a knife. www.syp.org.ukwectv
- Scottish schools are being urged to enter a national engineering competition which challenges pupils to design, construct and race an electric car. Greenpower Challenge will be held at the racetrack of Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, Aberdeenshire on 14-15 June. Schools must sign up before the end of May. www.steminspire.co.uk
Out in the field
- Andy Johnstone, principal teacher of geography at Penicuik High, has recommended Rock Operator, an interactive, location-based iPhone app for class fieldwork. Developed by the charity Hoda Productions, with which Mr Johnstone is involved, the app is based on a cartoon of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, highlighting places of geographical and historical interest and giving users their location using GPS. www.rockopera.org.uk.