My World of Work Live!

Interactive exhibits and activities bringing careers to life

My World of Work Live! offers a variety workshops to inspire young people to consider careers in key sectors of importance to the Scottish economy, now and in the future.

You can take your pupils along to the Glasgow Science Centre, Inverness Digital Studio and Careers Lab, Mareel Arts Centre and the National Museum of Scotland to take part. 

Exhibits are designed to be self-serve and inspiring activities are delivered by staff – some are available for you to book for your class in advance. 

Inspiring activities

Developed with industry, inspiring activities provide fun job-related challenges to inspire interest in careers.

For each inspiring activity, there are activity sheets and learning resources to help you and your pupils get the most out of a visit. Links to the resources are provided below.

Activities are:

  • Designed to support the delivery of experience and outcomes in the Curriculum for Excellence
  • Aligned to the Career Management Skills framework and support the realisation of self, strengths, horizons and networks
  • Delivered by staff who have real life experience of industry, with a passion for education and learning
  • Designed for 10-15 year olds and vary across venue

Glasgow Science Centre

Inspiring activities are offered on a drop in basis to those visiting as well as advanced booking options for schools.

Activities are free to attend, but there is a cost to visit the rest of the Science Mall exhibition. In partnership with Glasgow City Council, some secondary schools in Glasgow can book a visit to My World of Work Live! for S1 and S2 pupils which includes free access to the Science Mall. 

Find out more about the education programme on the Glasgow Science Centre website and call 0141 420 5003 to make a booking.

Inspiring activity resources

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Digital and ICT
  • DIY Gamer – Program a handheld games console to display your own animation in this fun and easy introduction to programming. Where next – computer games developer?
  • Cracking Cryptography – Try out your skills as a forensic computer analyst by using programs to encrypt and decrypt messages. This activity is the perfect introduction to cyber security​​​​​​​
Engineering and maths
  •  Ingenious Electronics – Try your hand as an electronic engineer with Little Bits kits. Take up the challenge to design and build a working transmitter and receiver
  •  LEGO® MINDSTORMS Driving Test – Programme LEGO MINDSTORMS robots to simulate driverless car technology. Find out what it’s like to be an engineer as you use your problem solving skills to complete a series of challenges​​​​​​​
Renewable energy

LEGO® Renewables – Using LEGO, explore different forms of renewable energy. Experience what it’s like to work as an engineer in the renewable energy industry by designing a wind turbine

Creative

Laser Cutting – Find out more about how we use technology to design and manufacture everyday items. You'll learn how to use vector graphics software to personalise your own model and watch it being cut out on the laser cutter. You'll assemble your creation to take home

Science
  • DNA Extraction – Extract and observe your own DNA using specialised lab equipment and find out how our DNA makes us unique
  • Who Needs Science? – Take part in a live science show, designed to inspire pupils as they discover the vital role of science in their everyday lives and future careers. This interactive experience features spectacular demonstrations in science, technology, engineering and maths

Get involved

We’re piloting an outreach programme in the West and North East of Scotland with Inspiring activities being offered in your school, youth club or community venue, delivered by one of our advisers. To make a booking, or to find out more, contact Helen Ward (in the West) or Stefan Mullen (in the North East).

Inverness Digital Studio and Careers Lab

Inspiring activities typically last for 90 minutes with a morning and afternoon slot available within the studio. Advanced booking is required. 

Twilight CPD sessions for teachers of all subjects run twice a week and count towards teachers’ CPD. My World of Work Live! staff introduce the inspiring activities and provide resources that can be used in class. 

To find out more about any of the activities on offer contact studioinv@sds.co.uk.  

Inspiring activity resources

Science
  • Roboplast – Simulate being an environmental scientist. Learn about the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans and design a creative solution by programming an automatic waste-sorting robot using LEGO® MINDSTORM
  • Digital Doctor – Assemble a digital sensor that monitors your heart rate. Find out about how your heart works and learn about careers in the health sector
  • Digital Beats – Learn to code creatively by making music. You'll use a live coding music synth and produce a catchy tune that you can share with your friends and family 
Renewable energy

LEGO® Renewables – Using LEGO, explore different forms of renewable energy. Experience what it’s like to work as an engineer in the renewable energy industry by designing a wind turbine

Engineering and maths
  • Space Junk – Learn about space engineering by simulating the orbital motion of a satellite, avoid space debris and bring the satellite safely back home! 
  • LEGO® MINDSTORMS Driving Test – Programme LEGO MINDSTORMS robots to simulate driverless car technology. Find out what it’s like to be an automotive engineer and use problem solving skills to complete a series of challenges
Digital and ICT

·         Cracking Cryptography – Try out your skills as a forensic computer analyst by using programs to encrypt and decrypt messages. This activity is the perfect introduction to cyber security

·         DIY Gamer – Program a handheld games console to display your own animation in this fun and easy introduction to programming. Where next – computer games developer?

·         3D Maker - Test your skills in 3D modelling by designing buildings, furniture, robots, atoms and creative objects. You will learn how to use 3D modelling software and bring your digital creations to life with a 3D printer

Creative
  • CreativITy – In this workshop technology gets creative! You'll program a simple robot and produce a video that can be shared with family and friends
  • CodeArt - Explore the beauty of coding by learning how to create an Andy Warhol inspired artwork. You'll use computer programming and basic maths to create powerful, interactive pieces of art
Minecraft

Minecraft Careers World – Minecraft is a computer game where you can build anything you can imagine using a variety of different materials. Try our STEMWorld where you can explore STEM careers. It comes complete with a city of industry, commerce and residential areas, agriculture, energy, food production and more. The following activities are available:

Mareel Arts Centre

Inspiring activities are offered within your school or can be delivered at a community venue.

The activities complement the exhibits at the centre itself. They last around two hours and are delivered by our STEM engagement adviser.

To make a booking, or to find out more, contact Emma Chittick, the STEM engagement adviser for Shetland. 

Inspiring activity resources

Science
  • Roboplast – Simulate being an environmental scientist. Learn about the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans and design a creative solution by programming an automatic waste-sorting robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS
  • Digital Doctor – Assemble a digital sensor that monitors your heart rate. Find out about how your heart works and learn about careers in the health sector
Engineering and maths
  • Space Junk – Learn about space engineering by simulating the orbital motion of a satellite, avoid space debris and bring the satellite safely back home! 
  • LEGO® MINDSTORMS Driving Test – Programme LEGO MINDSTORMS robots to simulate driverless car technology. Find out what it’s like to be an automotive engineer as you use your problem solving skills to complete a series of challenges
Renewable energy

LEGO® Renewables – Using Lego, explore different forms of renewable energy. Experience what it’s like to work as an engineer in the renewable energy industry by designing a wind turbine

Digital and ICT

DIY Gamer – Program a handheld games console to display your own animation in this fun and easy introduction to programming. Where next – computer games developer?

National Museum of Scotland ​​​​​​​

Pupils can take part in our self-led career challenge trails.

Aimed at upper primary and lower secondary pupils, these trails will take your class on an exciting journey round the museum.

They'll learn about the skills and subjects required for jobs and find out about the different entry routes available.

Find out more about My World of Work Live! on the National Museums Scotland website.

Inspiring activity resources

Self-led career trails

Career challenge trails – Trails showcase the range of exciting STEM career opportunities that relate to exhibits in the museum. Current trails include building, finance, digital technology and engineering

In the West or North East?

Find out more about our new outreach programme and what Inspiring activities we can offer you by contacting Helen Ward (in the West) or Stefan Mullen (in the North East).