FIDA Home Transformers Project

Posted on 22 November 2023
The FIDA Home Transformers Challenge, a project developed by Futures Institute at Dollar Academy (FIDA) in collaboration with the Sustainability team at Barratt Developments, challenged 34 pupils from four secondary schools across Clackmannanshire and Stirling to survey an 1860s cottage that is currently in a state of disrepair, and develop a plan to transform and…

Dollar Academy signs Memorandum of Understanding with The University of Stirling

Posted on 13 November 2023
Dollar Academy and The University of Stirling have joined forces to progress FIDA's pioneering approach to education in Scotland. Dollar Academy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement with the University of Stirling to formalise their shared commitment to furthering the vision and objectives of the Futures Institute at Dollar Academy (FIDA) and Scotland’s…

Wellbeing Hub Design Competition

Posted on 19 October 2023
Enter our latest competition! We’re delighted to be working with Clackmannanshire Council to launch a competition to design an outdoor space for the new Wellbeing Hub and Lochies School complex. It’s a fantastic opportunity to contribute your ideas for this major new centre that will offer accessible sport, health, learning and leisure facilities to people…

New Futures Institute building

Posted on 25 October 2022
 FIDA has always looked to bring young people together. As society looks beyond COVID, FIDA is planning to build a bespoke learning hub in central Scotland that welcomes pupils from across the country to work in new ways with experts from industry, universities and NGOs. Throughout the year, up to 50 young people each week…

A Tartan for Clackmannanshire

Posted on 20 September 2022
We’re delighted to be working with the Provost of Clackmannanshire, Councillor Donald Balsillie, to launch a competition for learners in S1-S6 to design the county’s first official tartan All the information you need to take part is on our FIDA online platform.  Taking part is simple and free of charge, and is open to learners…

‘See Me’ workshop in partnership with Scottish Ballet

Posted on 8 April 2022
On Wednesday 6th April, 12 primary school students from across Clackmannanshire and Stirling came together for a one-day workshop called See Me, presented by FIDA in partnership with Scottish Ballet and generously hosted by Alva Academy. The morning session involved developing short routines in different dance styles inspired by fascinating case studies from around the…

MIT Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge

Posted on 8 April 2022
FIDA is proud to have supported four teams to compete in the MIT Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge.  Solve is an initiative of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that seeks to solve global challenges of sustainability through engaging young people in social impact innovation projects.  They invited teams of young people to submit their ideas for…

Online Veterinary Science and Medical Careers Events

Posted on 11 March 2022
On 3rd March 2022 FIDA and Dollar Academy co-hosted an event for students interested in a career in veterinary medicine, with an exciting panel of speakers led by Prof Susan Rhind, Chair of Veterinary Medical Education at the University of Edinburgh. This was followed on 16th March by a successful online panel event for students…

FIDA initiative recognised in The Sunday Times

Posted on 14 January 2022
It was great to see FIDA recognised in The Sunday Times Independent Schools Review recently. A double page spread with words from a number of staff along with many other schools, highlighted the importance of FIDA's aims and exciting ideas. Read the full article below:

Scottish teenagers create powerful art installation around Clarion The Bear

Posted on 14 January 2022
Inspired by COP26, twenty-five pupils from seven schools across West Lothian, Fife, Clackmannanshire, Stirling, and Glasgow came together to create a powerful art installation with Clarion the Bear at its heart.  The Design for the Planet workshop was hosted by the Futures Institute at Dollar Academy (FIDA) on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th November 2021.…

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