• We offer free impartial and tailored advice on STEM Clubs, working with a wide range of providers to enable schools to operate STEM Clubs.
  • We offer practical help and support in an advisory and facilitatory capacity, ranging from how best to set up a STEM Club, how to manage and operate a club within a school, and act as a useful link to other organisations and STEM institutions to raise awareness of grants, funding opportunities and tangible resources that may help schools.

Ultimate STEM Challenge is back! Can your students help build a more sustainable future?

Now in its fourth year, BP’s Ultimate STEM Challenge is back for 2017! In partnership with the Science Museum and STEM Learning, BP is inviting UK students aged 11 to 14 to use their STEM skills to help reduce our impact on the environment and create a more sustainable future.

With the world demand for natural resources ever increasing and global warming one of today’s biggest environmental threats, this year BP is challenging young people to use their problem-solving skills and creativity to help create a more sustainable future for people around the world.

This year’s theme – My Sustainable Future – will see young people develop solutions to three real-world challenges which will reduce natural resource use or bring down greenhouse gas emissions.

Teachers and students can choose from three exciting new sustainability challenges:

  • Handy Hydro: Create an efficient design for generating electricity from moving water
  • Parched Plants: Grow indoor plants using a sustainable method that conserves water
  • Brilliant Biogas: Build a system that generates biomethane from food waste

By exploring the practical uses of science, the challenges are designed to inspire young people to consider careers in STEM. 

Students can complete this challenge in a STEM Club, during a collapsed timetable day, in classroom lessons or in their own time. 

The deadline for entries is January 12th 2018, with winners receiving an Ultimate STEM experience day, £500 to spend on science equipment or field trips, and Science Museum goody bags!

Finalists will compete against schools from around the country at the Science Museum for a chance to be crowned as 2018 Ultimate STEM Challenge winners.

Ian Duffy, Head of UK Communications & Community Development for BP, said:

“BP plays a key role in nurturing the scientists and engineers of the future. With this year’s Ultimate STEM Challenge theme of My Sustainable Future, students will learn about the impact of carbon emissions and how our choices affect the environment. Through our ground-breaking research on science capital, we know that relatable, real-world challenges like this can inspire young people to aspire to careers in science. We’re excited to see what creative solutions students will come up with!”

  • Looking for hints and tips on how to submit a winning entry? Read our guide to find out what the judges are looking for to help your students craft a creative entry: http://on.bp.com/2s9CVOW

  • All participating schools can request a STEM Ambassador to support their STEM Club or class – find out more: http://on.bp.com/2rr6dvD

  • Last year’s winning team – Bredon Hill in Worcestershire – were inspired by flying animals to develop their design for efficient gliding wings. Watch the video to find out how they did it: http://on.bp.com/2rgHrdw

For full details on the competition, access to STEM Ambassadors and to download the free Challenge resources, please visit: http://on.bp.com/2t1wUEc


Gender Stereotyping Competition

Gender Stereotypes – are they fair?

Competition is open for submissions now! Please apply via the link in the menu to the left.

Imagine a girl; imagine a boy. What do your images look like? Most people will have quite distinct ideas about these two imagined people. What things might they like to do, how might they behave and what they might like to be when they are older? These ideas are based on gender stereotypes.

Gender stereotypes are generalisations that assume all girls have certain characteristics and all boys have certain, different, characteristics. Whilst sometimes people fit their gender stereotype, not everyone does. Having these images fixed in our minds can mean we judge a person’s behaviour, interests, choices and expectations before we even know them. Typical gender stereotypes put men (and boys) and women (and girls) into two distinct boxes:

Women / Girls

Men / Boys

Pretty

Delicate

Passive

Talkative

Gentle

Sensitive

Hard working

Kind

Nurturing

Aggressive

Independent

Adventurous

Active

Decisive

Tough

Smart

Cruel

Not nurturing

We see these roles reinforced on tv, in films, books and adverts. Women are rarely shown in leadership or independent roles, and men are rarely portrayed as caring or communicative. Recently toy, book and clothing manufacturers have been criticised for marketing products to only girls or only boys.

This competition asks pupils to think about these stereotypes. Are they aware of them? Do they agree with them? Do they think they are fair? Do they affect the toys they play with? The books they read? The jobs they want to have? We would like pupils to investigate their own experiences of gender stereotyping and to create a response to the question “gender stereotypes – are they fair?”

What to do

We are encouraging pupils to investigate their exposure to gender stereotypes, decide whether they are affected by them and to form a response in a creative and interesting way. Some possible approaches might be (but are not limited to):

  • A poster raising awareness of the issue
  • A letter to a toy manufacturer explaining their thoughts on toy marketing
  • A story written with a counter-stereotypical message or characters
  • A product designed to appeal to all children/people.

Entries can be from an individual pupil but where possible we encourage team entries of up to four pupils. There is no limit to the number of entries per school. There are two age group categories (P1-3 and P4-7) but if a group spans these age groups, we will assess the entry as we see appropriate.

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CREST Awards 



For more information about CREST awards in Scotland, please contact 

TECHFEST SET-POINT, ABERDEEN.

Link to information page on their website about CREST awards and everything you need to know below..

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STEM Clubs Activities

Activities list

There is a vast array of STEM-related activity resources that are suitable for use in a STEM Club setting. Some organisations have also developed specific resources for clubs, but what you want to do will depend on the STEM subject, length of time and other factors, such as working with a STEM Ambassador.

The activities outlined here are divided into long, short and one-off activities.

  • One-off activities are completed in one session. They are often highly engaging and can have a real wow factor.
  • Short projects are any activity that takes club members two to three sessions to complete. Many of the shorter projects will include demonstrations or experiments that can be used as one-off activities.
  • Long projects are activities that take half a term or more to complete and might be considered a long project. Completing a long project can be very rewarding, especially if there is an award or a prize involved.
  • Each activity is categorised as Science, Technology and Engineering, Maths, or Cross Curricular.

Most of the activities have clear instructions, with downloadable resources to help you easily implement them in your club.

Download the entire list as a pdf STEM Club Activity list.

You can also search online directories for other activities. The National STEM Centre Library holds a wealth of resources and activities which would be suitable for clubs. The STEM Directories is a searchable database of activities offered to schools by external providers, many of which would be suitable for a club setting. Costs vary, although grants to use the listed activities are sometimes made available.

Inclusion on this page does not represent endorsement by the STEM Clubs Programme.


Grants and STEM Club Support

Below is a selection of grant schemes STEM Clubs could apply to. It is recommended that you always read the criteria and guidance for applicants carefully to ensure your project fits with the grant schemes’ aims. Many funders are available to talk through your ideas on the phone before you submit your application.

STEMNET Contract Holders are also often able to support the writing of applications and might know more about local grants.

For more information on grants from each of the above providers please visit http://www.stemclubs.net/grant-schemes-available-f...

Activity ideas for a club:-

Please also check out the other pages on our website with a range of exciting activities, competitions and ideas that you could get involved in.

Biochemical Society:-

The Biochemical Society wishes to support scientific outreach activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community.

Applications are invited for sums up to £1000 to assist with the direct costs associated with an event and expenses incurred (e.g. transport and/or teacher cover). Two rounds a year in April and September.

British Ecological Society:-

The British Ecological Society offers outreach grants of up to £2,000 to its members and others, including schools, to promote ecological science to a wide audience.

British Science Association Kick Start Grants:-

The British Science Association offer School Activity grants of up to £300, or ‘Our School Community’ grants of up to £700 to run activities during British Science Week (was National Science and Engineering Week).

Holmes Hines Memorial Fund:-

Administered by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), the Holmes Hines Memorial Fund offers small awards to help individuals or organisations with any scientific or engineering based activities where public funds are not available. No set application date.

Institute of Physics:-
The Science and Technology Facilities Council, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics run a small grants scheme designed specifically for schools and colleges.

The scheme provides schools with grants of up to £500 for projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics or engineering. Awards are made three times a year.

Raspberry Pi education fund:-

Raspberry Pi Education fund is open to organisations including schools and STEM Clubs. Grants range from £100 to £125k as long as they fit within the aim of promoting computer science and its use across STEM and the arts. Grants require matched funding.

Royal Society:-
The Royal Society’s Partnership Grants scheme provides grants of up to £3,000 for science projects run at a school in partnership with a practising scientist or engineer. Awards made twice a year.

Royal Society of Chemistry:-
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemistry Club grant scheme is targeted at
activities that are at schools/ colleges outside the normal science timetable.
Teachers can apply for funding up to £1,000 for their Club. Awards made four times a year .

Science and Technology Facilities Council – Small Awards:-
STFC Small Awards offers the opportunity of funding ranging from £500 – £10,000 for projects in Public Engagement relating to STFC science and technology.

Society of General Microbiology:-
Grants of up to £1,000 to support microbiology teaching initiatives and events are available to School Corporate or School Representative Members of the Society.

STEM Directories Grants:-
The STEM Directories occasionally run grants of up to £500 for schools who wish to run an activity listed on their directory.

Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards:-
The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £2,500. The funding goes towards providing practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit health, sustainability or opportunities for young people.

Waitrose Community Matters:-
Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 between three local good causes. The proportion of funding depends on the number of tokens placed by shoppers in a box in store. Any UK registered national charity can put themselves forward to be considered for the scheme.

Wellcome Trust People Awards

The Wellcome Trust supports biomedical research that aims to improve the health of humans and animals. People Awards provides grants of up to £30,000 for innovative and creative projects that engage the public with biomedical science and/or the history of medicine. Due to the scale of the grant, you may want to consider applying for longer term projects that have a high impact and involve collaboration, either with other schools or with universities, scientists or artists. Awards made four times a year.

Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland:-

For schools based in Scotland the Scottish Council for Development and Industry offers small grants to STEM Clubs.

For more information on grants from each of the above providers please visit http://www.stemclubs.net/grant-schemes-available-f...




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WE ARE INTO FILM

Into Film is a film education charity that puts film at the heart of the educational and personal development of children and young people aged 5-19 across the UK.

With a wide range of careers in STEM, check out what's on offer through Into Film, and careers in Visual Effects.

http://www.intofilm.org/

What is Visual Effects (VFX)?

VFX uses digital technology to combine Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) with moving images from a camera. This is a creative industry, founded on digital technology, that produces some of the spectacular effects you’ll see on the big screen.

Why choose a career in VFX?

The UK, and London in particular, is the centre for internationally renowned VFX work in film, television and the advertising industry. Films that are shot in the UK, or even in Hollywood, are serviced by clusters of London post-production and VFX companies.

But VFX is not all about monsters and spaceships – it’s also used to

repair or improve images in ways that are invisible – changing colours or

erasing mistakes within the image.

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