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CISCO Little Big Futures
The Internet of Things (IoT) is about connecting the unconnected. Getting everyday objects to send, receive and process data to solve real-world issues.
CISCO and STEM Learning have relaunched the Little Big Awards for 2017 to now be Little Big Futures. This programme has a collection of resources for students aged 11-14 to participate in five one-hour lessons across the STEM subjects and STEM clubs.
One hour resources
Each resource includes subject-specific investigations, exploring the Internet of Things. You don't need any specific technology for these interactive and engaging activities. These resources introduce upcoming technologies that will soon be part of everyday life. They give your students the opportunity to be creative with their learning and explore careers education.
We will be sending some great IoT prizes to schools getting involved and sharing online.
The Little Big Futures programme is aimed at students aged 11-14 and has a collection of five one-hour lessons across Science, Maths, Computing, D&T and STEM clubs. These resources introduce upcoming technologies that will soon be part of everyday life and give your students the opportunity to be creative with their learning and explore careers education.
To find out more about the Little Big Futures, please visit www.stem.org.uk/little-big-futures
We are linking the resources with Tomorrow’s Engineers week (6th – 11th November) and our media campaign will be highlighting the use of these resources during this week with spot prizes (IoT kits) for schools who upload their work that stands out. #LittleBigFutures They will not just be solely for use during this week but we thought it was a good vehicle to promote them.
We will then be launching the CISCO sponsored CREST Discovery Award resources in mid-November. These will be 5 hour investigative resources across the same subjects covering IoT and Fire Safety. STEM ambassadors can be requested to support schools (hopefully there will be enough CISCO and firefighter SA’s) to cover the needs. Schools can claim back (up to £100) the cost of application for the CREST award. More information will be sent out over the next few weeks.
For all the info, please click HERE
What is Apps for Good
Our goal is to transform the way technology is taught in schools; to empower students from all backgrounds to seize the opportunities of our digital age and create solutions to the problems they care about, using technology.
Rodrigo Baggio, CDI Apps for Good, Founding Chairman & Founder CDI Global
Why we exist
Traditional education systems are wasting talent. Many young people are de-motivated by traditional teaching methods that leave them ill-prepared for the real world. Technology is advancing apace, exciting the imagination of young people, who want to use it to make, play and share. Yet traditional schooling lags well behind, missing this opportunity to engage, especially those students most disaffected with standard lessons. Teachers who want to use technology to create more exciting ways to learn feel frustrated they cannot do more.
We want to build a new global generation of problem solvers and makers: students who can create, launch and market new products that change the world. We believe that technology can be a great equaliser and a massive force for good to transform lives and communities around the world.
What we do
Apps for Good is an open-source technology education movement that partners with educators in schools and learning centres to deliver our course to young people 10-18 years of age. We provide the course content, training and connections to our Expert volunteers, and then let teachers do what they are best at – inspiring and guiding young people.
In the course, students work together as teams to find real issues they care about and learn to build a mobile, web or social app to solve them. Like professional entrepreneurs, students go through all key aspects of new product development, from idea generation, technical feasibility and programming to product design, deciding on business models and marketing.
What our students learn
Our course teaches coding and the fundamentals of the digital world, while also developing skills in problem solving, creativity, communication and teamwork. With a focus on solving real issues that matter to young people, our students learn the full software product development process in a ands-on way.
Visit www.appsforgood.org for more information on this invaluable free of charge resource
Grant scheme for enriching maths teaching NOW OPEN!
The Royal Institution is offering UK state schools grants of up to £500 to host a maths ‘enrichment and enhancement’ activity for their teachers and students.
Funded by the Clothworkers’ Foundation, the scheme is designed to integrate maths activities (such as shows, talks and workshops) into school practice and to support teachers’ professional development.
Successful applicants will receive £500 towards any maths activity listed on the STEM Directory as long as it is held between January and July 2018.
Eligible state-funded schools, academies and FE colleges must apply by the closing date: 31 October 2017.
Click HERE for more information
If you would like to more about the Prince's Trust Programme, or acting as an online mentor, please also see our Requests Page, under October
The Polar Explorer Programme in Scotland: Polar Ambassadors
The Polar Explorer Programme in Scotland
The Polar Explorer Programme (PEP) (https://www.stem.org.uk/welcome-polar-explorer-programme) encourages and supports schools who are keen to raise aspirations and attainment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
The PEP is being run via the National STEM Learning Network (NSLN). Of more than 70 Scottish schools who applied to take part in PEP, eight have been selected to take part from the STEM Ambassador Hub East Scotland.
Over the duration of the programme, the selected schools will receive a range of support, such as formal teacher CPD and access to advice that supports in-school formal/informal learning with pupils and teachers, underpinned by a suite of digital resources for use in the classroom.
A Polar Ambassador will also be assigned to the schools to provide support to improve progression in STEM subjects and we are now looking to identify individuals who will take on the role of Polar Ambassador. More information on the role of Polar Ambassador can be found via the following link
Please note that the timescale is tight - those wishing to become Polar Ambassadors must take part in a training day that NSLC will be running at the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre, Dunfermline, in early November (date to be confirmed).
Supported by its Polar Ambassador, each participating school will have the opportunity to apply for a Polar Explorer grant of £1,000 (there are 50 available). Since the deadline for expression of interest for the grant is November 30th, the Polar Ambassadors would need to have made appropriate contact with their school(s).
Polar Ambassadors will be remunerated for this work at a rate of £1000 (incl. VAT) per school based upon the successful completion of agreed levels of support.
If you would like to become a Polar Ambassador, please contact Helen Winton at SSERC- firstname.lastname@example.org
Grants and funding to run CREST
Funding to run CREST Awards with underrepresented audiences
If registration and support costs are a barrier to running CREST, grants of up to £600 are now available to support and enable schools and organisations to run CREST Awards with young people underrepresented in STEM.
Our recent research into the impact of CREST Silver shows the benefits of CREST are even more significant for disadvantaged students:
- CREST Silver students eligible for free school meals saw an increase in their best science GCSE score (two thirds of a grade) compared to a matched control group
- Students who were eligible for free school meals and took part in a CREST Silver Award were 38% more likely to take a STEM subject at AS Level than the matched control group.
Preference will be given to schools that can be described as one or more of the following:
- In England, you have 35% of pupils, or above, that are eligible for pupil premium according to the 2016-17 figures
- In Wales, you have 35% of pupils, or above, eligible for free school meals according to the Welsh Pupil Deprivation Grant school allocations 2016-17
- In Scotland, you are in an area in the top 25% most deprived according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation
- In Northern Ireland, you are in an area in the top 25% most deprived according to the Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measures
- Your school has a high proportion of pupils (over 30%) who are from black or minority ethnic backgrounds
- You are a small school based in a remote and rural location (settlement of less than 10,000 people with a drive time of over 30 minutes to a settlement of 10,000 or more)
British Science Week funding
Applications for British Science Week 'Kick Start Grants' 2018 will open in late September 2017.
This scheme offers grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own events as part of British Science Week, including CREST Award related activities. There are two options available:
- Kick Start grant: A grant of up to £300 for your school to run an activity
- Kick Start More grant: A grant of up to £700 for your school to host a science event or activity which involves your students and the local community
“Are you a secondary school ICT or computing teacher? Looking for some extra support to help teach game design to your students and a chance to discuss game design with other educators? Apply to join the BAFTA YGD School Resource Network!”
BAFTA are also looking for mentors to support their programme. If you can help please click HERE
I just wanted to let you know that we have now launched applications for our BAFTA YGD School Resource Network – a new branch for our outreach programme taking place in 2018.
We are encouraging secondary school ICT/computing teachers and educational mentors to sign up and receive support from BAFTA YGD to introduce game design to their students.
Successful applicants receive a free YGD resource pack and will be invited to join our school network to meet with other teachers/mentors and take part in our BAFTA YGD events across the UK.
Teachers can sign up using the application form found here:
Anyone who doesn’t meet the criteria but would like to be considered for a pack can register their interest here (code clubs, afterschool clubs, STEM Ambassadors, care workers etc.):
Further information and links to the FAQ page
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to get more involved yourself!
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If you teach game making or coding in a UK secondary school, apply to join the BAFTA YGD School Resource Network.
Are you a secondary school ICT or computing teacher? Looking for some extra support to help teach game design to your students and a chance to discuss game design with other educators? Apply to join the BAFTA YGD School Resource Network!
Apply now and you could get access to a whole host of useful resources to support your teaching. The Network is available to participating secondary schools across the UK. To be eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:
- be a non-fee paying secondary school based in the UK (or afterschool club) that covers students of a secondary education age
- the school must have over the national average (14%) of pupils receiving free school meals
- Intend to use the BAFTA YGD Resources as part of their lessons in game design
Successful applicants will receive:
- A free copy of our BAFTA YGD Idea Generator Card Game
- Further information on our YGD Worksheets
- Access to exclusive networking and outreach workshops across the UK
- An invitation to join our closed Facebook Group to connect with other secondary school teachers teaching game design
- Updates on BAFTA YGD Resources and Games News via our monthly YGD newsletter
- Participating schools may also be invited to attend BAFTA YGD workshops in their local area (we'll be announcing dates soon) and asked to potentially host events involving visits from industry experts to help inspire your students.
Secondary School IET FREE Posters
A range of free classroom posters to download or order to have delivered direct to your door!
IET Faraday offers a range of free secondary curriculum support posters within three main areas.
i.Reference posters relating to various aspects of electricity and power.
ii.Topical posters created to support the IET's vision of 'Engineering a Better World.' Posters include a variety of topics from 3D printing to nanotechnology and even cybersecurity.
iii.Case study posters to highlight current engineering work and inspire students to get involved in these areas.
Posters are A2 in size but are folded into an A4 pack to be sent easily through the post.
All of these posters are updated and the collection is added to on a regular basis so do check back on this page to see when new posters have been added.
If you would like to suggest topics and/or content for future posters then please get in touch via email@example.com
Primary School FREE Posters
A range of free classroom posters to download or order to have delivered direct to your door!
IET Faraday offers a range of free primary curriculum support posters within two sets.
Suggested poster display
The first 5 posters listed below can be used as stand-alone posters to add colour to your classroom, but they do also join together in the style of a jigsaw to add another dimension to your poster display!
The following 10 posters are all individual posters which cover a range of topics from radio waves and robotics to section drawings and electrical safety.
Order or download
All 15 posters are included in the order pack or you may download each poster individually to build up your own collection.
Posters are A2 in size but are folded into an A4 pack to be sent easily through the post.
All of these posters are updated and the collection is added to on a regular basis so do check back on this page to see when new posters have been added.
For more information, click HERE
CAREERS SHOWCASE- OUR DYNAMIC EARTH
CAREERS SHOWCASE - 25TH SEPTEMBER 2017 10AM - 3PM
DYNAMIC EARTH ARE PLEASED TO PRESENT THE INSPIRING YOUNG SCIENTISTS CAREERS SHOWCASE, CELEBRATING STEM AND GEOGRAPHY CAREERS.
Thanks to special funding from the UK Association of Science and Discovery Centres and the Science and Technology Facilities Council, this event is free of charge. This event is aimed at secondary school pupils.
On Monday 25th September 2017 we will be hosting a free careers showcase aimed at secondary school pupils. Our aim is to give pupils an insight into some of the amazing and potentially surprising careers accessible to those who opt for science and geography at school. There will be a strong cohort of role models on hand to share their journeys into science for young people to chat with, question and be inspired by.
The showcase is supported by a wide mix of organisations from industry, academia and public service, all offering up their expertise to engage and inspire the next generation.
The event is open to all schools and community groups working with young people of secondary school age but P6/P7 groups are also welcome. We recommend you allow an hour for the showcase and book it as a free addition to a Dynamic Earth visit on 25th September. Our Bookings Officers will help schedule your day. If you’re interested in your group attending the careers showcase only, get in touch and we will offer you a timed slot. Places are limited, so please book in advance.
WHO IS COMING?
Astronomers looking at some of the most energetic objects in our Universe.
Scientists researching natural disasters and oil spills in our oceans.
Rangers from Historic Environment Scotland; the guys and gals responsible for looking after our wild spaces.
Representatives from industry who look to our environmental future though the wizardry of computer programming.
Forest Research, supporting the development of sustainable forestry through research and technical development.
And of course, a number of academics demonstrating cutting edge research.
Dynamic Earth are also being supported by Skills Development Scotland who work alongside business and industry to support and guide young people in their careers and career aspirations.
The careers showcase is a fantastic free extra to your Dynamic Earth tour and Showdome learning experience. When you call our group booking officer will work with you to create a bespoke visit just for you.
For more information, click HERE
"What Women do" - Glasgow, 16th September. This is an opportunity to speak in person to professionals from all walks of life; including engineering, the health sector, education, law, the arts. Primarily the event is aimed at empowering young women to aim high when considering a future career but it is open to all members of the public and all are welcome
Dream BIG: An Engineering Blockbuster!
WOW! Dream BIG is hitting the big screens, an amazing engineering movie narrated by Hollywood megastar Jeff Bridges!
Who will build the amazing future of our human race? That question sparks a giant-screen adventure unlike any other in Dream BIG: Engineering Our World, an epically fun tour of inspiration through the visionary advances made by yesterday’s, today’s – and most thrillingly of all, tomorrow’s engineers.
“Upon first consideration, it might not seem the stuff of grand cinematic adventure. But could engineering secretly be an exciting, creative, heroic realm where the optimists of today are creating the life-saving, world-altering marvels that will make for a safer, more connected, more equal and even more awe-inspiring tomorrow?
With an eclectic, stereotype-bursting engineer cast, the huge story told by Dream Big answers that question with a resoundingly “yes” using a series of surprising human stories to expose the hidden world behind the most exciting inventions and structures across the world. It is not only a journey through engineering’s greatest wonders, but equally a tale of human grit, aspiration, compassion and the triumph of human ingenuity over life’s greatest challenges.”
Curiosity is a brand new £2.5m partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust which will use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK.
We are inviting applications for grants of up to £10,000 to fund projects that engage children and young people in science based activities. This is not about formal education. Projects should encourage young people to be curious about the world around them and inside them, making a positive difference in their lives: building confidence and self-esteem, developing life skills and expanding horizons.
You do not have to be an expert in science, or even have delivered science activities before to participate, and we encourage organisations who want to try something new to apply.
Successful applicants will receive support from the Curiosity team to help them deliver and learn from high quality science activity in an informal setting.
You will also be part of shaping the future of this exciting initiative as well as able to apply to further rounds of grant funding.
Explore these pages to find out more about Curiosity, what we expect and how you can apply.
Applications are open now, and will close at midnight on 22 September 2017.
Grants will run from January 2018 to the end of September 2018.
We will be expect delivery to be completed by the end of the 2018 Summer holidays to give the best chance for learning to be collected and for you to engage in the second round of grant making.
In this first round of funding we anticipate that up to 20 grants will be awarded across the UK.
Click HERE for more info
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
BP Educational Service boosts support for primary science teaching with Science Explorers
Science Explorers is a brand new collection of resources from the BP Educational Service, offering free curriculum-linked science learning materials for primary school pupils aged 5 to 11.
These fun, free and flexible resources are designed to appeal to primary teachers who are less confident in science teaching. Through the programme’s interactive app, videos and classroom activities, Science Explorers helps to encourage engagement with science from an early age.
Developed with science subject specialists, backed by the latest research and designed to inspire teachers and pupils alike, Science Explorers is an exciting new science learning tool for primary schools.
Find out more about Science Explorers: http://on.bp.com/2rmpadN
Register with the BP Educational Service to access the resources today: http://on.bp.com/2sefHcu.
Free GIS for your School (Geographic Information Systems)
As part of our continued not-for-profit work we are providing free access to ArcGIS Online for all UK schools.
ArcGIS Online is a complete, cloud-based mapping platform that makes teaching with GIS easy. There is no install, you just need a browser to get stared. ArcGIS Online works on PC’s, Mac’s, and mobile devices.
If you are a teacher at a UK school you can apply for your free subscription now by simply filling out the required details here.
Or check out their website https://schools.esriuk.com/
Student teams can apply to be part of an exciting robotics challenge that sees them involved in ‘aviation missions’. Teamwork, robots, design, discovery, fun and loads of LEGO are all part of the mix, as are real-world challenges, teacher support and some great prizes.
This isn’t a one-off challenge. It’s a curriculum-linked programme that sees students (11-14s) working together in teams to solve real-world engineering, technology and computing challenges.
Student teams across the country learn how to build, program and control autonomous LEGO robots to complete a series of short, exciting aviation missions using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 sets. From speed racing to humanitarian aid, they’ll demonstrate their skills at challenges held around the country.
The journey starts in school. The challenge events are the culmination of a ten-week extra-curricular or in-school programme where students learn how to design and control their robots to complete the aviation challenges. It’s all with the help of our structured activity plans and learning software, and we’ll also provide you with training and equipment.
Activities can be run with your team outside the classroom or during lessons. The challenge could take your team all the way from regional heats to the national final!
Your team will research, design, plan, implement and present their own solution to a contemporary engineering problem – developed with support from the Royal Air Force and Rolls-Royce – gaining feedback on their work from the engineering community. The challenge will open up potential new careers to your students and help put their school learning into context.
Applications for the 2017/2018 Tomorrow's Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge are now open from now until 12th July.
Click HERE for more details
Check out the brand new careers resource from Tomorrow's Engineers.
It explores how to get jobs in 12 different areas of engineering
Engineering education grant scheme
The Engineering Education Grant Scheme provides support for UK-based educational projects that aim to increase engineering knowledge in young people aged 5 - 19.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) have merged their educational grant schemes to produce greater coherence in their funding for formal and informal learning support. This combined scheme is designed to streamline the application process, promote partnership working and strengthen how successful interventions are measured.
The Engineering Education Grant Scheme (EEGS) aims to engage young people aged 5-19 in learning about engineering and to develop the professional skills of those involved in supporting STEM learning and careers awareness. The EEGS also supports projects that improve wider engineering literacy.
Any organisation capable of developing and delivering UK-based educational activities is eligible to apply, including schools, IET or IMechE members and STEM organisations. We are particularly keen to receive applications for projects from teams with diverse expertise, a range of skills and from a variety of sectors.
There are two levels of funding available. Awards of up to £5000 (inclusive of any applicable VAT) are available for standard applications to the fund, and up-to-four awards of £15,000 are available each year.
Applications for funding must be endorsed by an authorised representative of the IET or IMechE no later than 11th March 2017; get in touch for contact details.
Spring 2017 funding round
Bids for funding will be accepted 16 January - 1 April 2017 for projects taking place from 1 June 2017, and you must request an endorser by 11th March. Bids submitted after 1 April will not be considered.
Decisions will be announced w/c 30 May 2017.
To apply for funding you must:
read the guidelines and assessment criteria;
develop your application in collaboration with the authorised endorser (request your local contact);
submit your application by email.
Application form and guidance
Download the Engineering Education Grant Scheme application form
All successful applicants are required to submit a report on completion of the funded project. Applicants who have not submitted a report for a previously funded project will not be considered for further funding until the outstanding report has been submitted and acknowledged.
Click HERE for more details
Frank McKeever, STEM East-
8-4-1945 - 8-12-2016
It's with great sadness that we announce that Frank McKeever, co-founder of STEM East passed away suddenly on Thursday 8th December in York. Frank made a remarkable achievement to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics spanning a number of years. He will sadly missed by us all, and touched the lives of so many with passion, energy and commitment.
The Royal High School, Edinburgh & Jacobs Engineering STEM Event
9 STEM Ambassadors employed by Jacobs engineering recently organised a STEM event at their Edinburgh office with 15 pupils from Royal High School in Edinburgh, through a teacher at the school, Phil Wootton.
The event was a combination of a presentation about a career in an Engineering and Environmental Consultancy and some of the different routes into employment, as well as 3 interactive exercises showing a bit of what Jacobs do.
The exercises were:
1. Bridge building challenge
2. Sustainable town planning challenge and ecology quiz
3. Construction of a working hydro power model challenge.
Thanks to Ben Johnston,Tomas Martin,Stephen Clark,Ryan O’Connor,Jack Brisbane,Michael Spencer,Neil Rose,Stefanie O’Gorman & Colette Smith from Jacobs who took part in making this event a success. Jacobs are looking to deliver more of these activities in 2017, so if you are a school interested, please get in touch with one of us at STEM East.
Post Activity STEM Ambassadors Evaluation
Have you carried out an activity in the last year? How did it go? Make your view count!
After every activity you undertake, please remember to complete the online evaluation- It only takes around 5 minutes to complete and is simple. Link below to the evaluation :-
Thanks for your time!
Discover free BT STEM Crew curriculum-linked resources for 11-16s in biology, physics, maths and design and technology. Each topic includes a film, interactive quiz, downloadable student worksheets and curriculum links.
For more information on these free resources visit https://stemcrew.co.uk/resources
Make a difference – be an engineer
This new, interactive presentation introduces 11-14 year olds to engineering, inspiring them to think about a career in engineering. Developed in collaboration with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Physics, Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, along with input from teachers and volunteers, it covers the diversity of engineering with the central message that engineers can improve people's lives and solve problems around the world.
**NOTE: We strongly recommend that you read the Presenter guidelines before delivering this presentation. You can download these using the button below or find out more by reading the 'Presenter guidelines' section below.
The presentation covers:
- What engineering is
- What engineers do
- How engineers impact on our everyday lives
- The range of jobs engineers are involved in through real life examples
- The different routes you can take to a career in engineering
- Where the jobs will be in the future
It has 13 examples of real engineers to explore with children along with videos of them at work, ideas for short activities you can do and discussion points to get them and keep them engaged.
To help you understand how to use the slides we have developed a set of Presenter Guidelines which walk you through slide by slide so you can feel confident when you deliver the presentation to young people.
For more information please visit Tomorrow's engineers careers page, using the shortened link below.
ZOMBIE SCIENCE- FREE SHOWS FOR LIMITED AMOUNT OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN EDINBURGH & SURROUDING AREAS.
I am writing to you concerning an exciting opportunity for your school to have some free performances of a science communication show from our ‘Zombie Science’ lecture series. These spoof University lectures have been developed in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, the Wellcome Trust, and Time-Tastical productions. They are aimed at Secondary school students (S3-6), and cover the real science behind a Zombie outbreak, using it as a means to educate, enthuse and inform audiences about the biological sciences.
This is an extension of a previous Wellcome Trust funded project 'Zombie Institute for Theoretical Studies Public Engagement Programme' in which over 36,000 people and 84 secondary schools have already participated. A showreel of the shows is available at the following link:
We can present up to three shows per day and we have availability throughout the academic year 2016/17 during which we could visit your school. Normally a visit would cost £300 but the Wellcome Trust have provided funding to partially subsidise the project. Funding is limited so early booking is essential.
An overview of the science areas covered is available in the booking form. If you would like to book shows for your school please complete this online form and someone will be in touch with you shortly to arrange a suitable date:
Lisa Di Meo
Practical Action New Challenges
Practical action have now launched their new STEM challenges- Design for a better world and Global Goods.
For more information please visit :-
NEW DEBATE KIT FROM I'M A SCIENTIST GET ME OUT OF HERE
Mars Mission Debate Kit
The Mars Mission Debate Kit asks the question:
Should we send a human space mission to Mars?
The kit allows students to look at the argument from all sides; to explore the social, technological, physiological, and ethical issues around sending a human space mission to Mars.
All the facts in the Mars Mission Debate Kit have been researched. This page is populated with references and additional information relating to the kit.
How have your students’ opinions changed?
The aim of the kit is to explore the social, ethical, technological, and physiological issues around sending a human space mission to Mars. We’ve created an online survey to help you track your how your students’ opinions change throughout the activity.
Suggested extension activity
The eight characters in the Mars Mission Debate Kit each provide a different point of view on sending a human mission to Mars. Ask your students to consider any other view points which may not have been covered.
For example, how will our perception of ourselves as humans (or of the Earth as the cradle of life) change if we discover life on Mars or elsewhere?
For more information or to register free of charge to get your debate kit, please use the link below:-
Next round of applications closes 30th June 2017.
The Crunch- Wellcome Trust
You may all be interested to know about The Crunch from the Wellcome Trust.
It’s a year of activities, experiences and discussions about our food, our health and our planet.
https://thecrunch.wellcome.ac.uk/ They have a number of interesting elements including kits for schools, activities for families and Ambassadors to help deliver this over the next 12 months.
From mid April and through May 2016 they will be delivering free science resources kits to every school and FE college in the UK. They will also be sending the kits to Pupil Referral Units, teacher training institutions and many other learning settings who the Wellcome Trust think might find them useful. I think that the SLPs in England and SSERC in Scotland may also get a kit which should help with their support of teacher CPD in their areas.
In the kits aimed at 11-14 year olds and 16-19 year olds there will be a number of BBC Micro:Bits. From what I can tell these are linked to the Big Food Survey activities that are contained within these kits.
As part of Innovation April, the IOP have put together some facts highlighting how physicists don't always just stay in the lab or lecture theatre: physicists can be found across all sectors, and play a major part in supporting the UK economy.
Software for teaching and learning computational biology
We provide free loan boxes to schools who are interested in teaching and learning bioinformatics. Each loan box consists of 10 Raspberry Pi computers and all necessary peripherals, apart from monitors. The loan boxes come installed with the latest version of our 4273π materials, suitable for sixth-form level and with links to the Scottish Higher curriculum in Biology and Human Biology.
The loan boxes were made possible thanks to funding from Teachers Together and Access for Rural Communities projects at the University of St Andrews. This allowed us to buy lots of Raspberry Pi Model 2 computers, Rii keyboards, USB power adaptors, powered USB hubs, VGA to HDMI adaptors, extension cords and micro sd cards.
The loan boxes were first used during the Teachers Together Conference in 2015 at the University of St Andrews. Teachers Together is a partnership that encourages links between Higher Education and schools. Around 50 teachers from Scottish State Schools attended the conference, and they were given the opportunity to learn more about selected disciplines within the University.
A group of around 20 teachers chose to be introducted to the School of Biology at the University of St Andrews. The group first attended an introductory talk by Dr Jacqueline Nairn, and afterwards learnt about PCR techniques and bioinformatics. The 4273π team gave a hands-on demonstration of the Raspberry Pi and some of the 4273π materials for learning and teaching bioinformatics.
The teachers “really enjoyed learning something new”. They said the best part of the worshop was the “introduction to Raspberry Pi”, and “getting to experiment on the computers, something I don’t get the chance to do much”, and that they were “previously unaware of the technology”. They appreciated the “practical help and explanations”, and thanked the team “for helping me and explaining without making me feel clueless”.
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WISE Campaign- People Like Me
A resource pack for schools
New Bespoke People Like Me Packs- Physics, Electronics & Digital
Following the successful launch of the People Like Me campaign by WISE and the school resources pack, WISE have now launched 3 Bespoke packs- Digital, Electronics & Physics. To access these fantastic resources please use the link below
Young robotics champions win chance to go to USA for World LEGO Final
23 February 2016- West Linton Primary School
A team of students from West Linton Primary School in the Scottish Borders has won the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) UK and Ireland Final, which was attended by Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan. The winning team has been invited to compete in the FLL World Festival in St. Louis, USA.
The science and technology challenge, which is aimed at 9-16 year olds, tasks teams to solve real world problems with the help of a robot. This year’s challenge, which was announced across the world in August, requires young people to identify a real-world problem in the way that waste is dealt with, investigate it and come up with an innovative solution. They also had to design, build and program an autonomous LEGO MINDSTORMS robot to tackle a series of waste-related missions.
The winning team ‘West Linton Wasps’ impressed judges with their advanced robotics skills, as well as their project, which investigated the problem of wasted vegetables from school lunches. After finding that 60 per cent of vegetables were being wasted, the team introduced an incentive scheme where children earned tokens for eating vegetables, which earned prizes for each class. The school has seen a 47 per cent reduction in wasted vegetables and hopes to extend this scheme to other local schools.
Team members were Aedán Contier-Lawrie (11), Owen Jones (11), Jessica Levine (11), Cameron MacKay (12), Rebecca Moroney (11), Louis Myatt (12), Malcolm Rodwell, Logan Stewart (11), Alexander Walpole (11) and Oscar Weipers (11).
Gail Jackson, one of the team’s coaches at the Young Engineers and Science Club at West Linton Primary, said: “We had an amazing, never to be forgotten day. The children loved the whole experience and can't wait to take our robot and our project presentation to the World Championships!”
President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Naomi Climer, said: “The IET runs competitions like the FIRST LEGO League in order to show young people how creative, exciting and rewarding engineering can be. In order to tackle the engineering skills gap we need more graduates to enter the profession, and this can only happen if more school-age children are attracted to, and choose to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects – competitions like FLL are therefore vital.”
At the final each team, of up to ten 9 to 16 year olds, was tasked with designing and programming a LEGO MINDSTORMS robot and using it to solve problems and tasks. The runners up were the ‘Rubbish Runners’, a team of home schooled students from across London.
Expectations are high this year as past UK and Ireland finalists have gone on to be crowned FIRST LEGO League World Champions at the global final in America.
The West Linton Wasps won a place in the FLL UK final after seeing off fierce competition from teams across Scotland. They were crowned Champions at the Dundee regional heat which was organised by Lambda Jam and the RSE Young Academy of Scotland with support for Skills Development Scotland who were keen to see the competition grow as part of their Digital World campaign, aimed at changing attitudes and promoting careers in the digital technology sector.
The IET is FLL’s UK and Ireland operational partner. Supporting the competition is part of the IET’s commitment to show young people the benefits of careers within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
FIRST® LEGO® League helps young competitors to develop skills in design and technology, programming and control, mathematics, research, strategic thinking and teamwork. For more information visit: FIRST® LEGO® League website.
CISCO Little Big Awards- Scottish Regional Final
Hosted by STEM East
Callendar House, Falkirk
- CISCO Little Big Awards is a UK National Competition run as a joint collaboration between CISCO and STEMNET.
- Schools throughout the UK have been working on ways to "Connect the Unconnected", looking at using technology to identify ways to make life better by connecting every day things.
- STEM East were delighted to host the CISCO Regional Final for Scotland on Tuesday 23rd February 2016 held at the prestigious Callendar House in Falkirk.
- The event was hosted by Frank McKeever from STEM East, and had a judging panel consisting of Ewa Monteith-Hodge from Science Connects, Kevin McKeever from STEM East, Pete Hall from CISCO, and STEM Ambassador Allan Davidson.
- The schools competing in the final were Kilwinning Academy and Notre Dame High School, both from the West of Scotland.
- Pupils from both schools pitched their product to the judging panel, and the standard of work, creativity, ingenuity and innovation was of the highest standard.
- As well as receiving individual certificates, the two finalist schools received awards in the categories of:-
Creativity, Design & Usability,
Best Business Case,
Technology, Research & Implementation,
Planning, Process & Documentation,
Final Pitch & Presentation
OVERALL WINNER OF THE REGIONAL FINAL WAS NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL.
A huge well done to all the pupils and their teachers for their hard works, creative ideas, and massive amount of hard work put in.!
The British Science Association (BSA) is delighted to announce Government support for a new digital platform to support its CREST Awards scheme. The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has agreed a grant of £270,000 to develop Digital CREST, a new digital platform to enable more young people to participate in its CREST Awards scheme.
CREST Awards, the UK’s largest national award scheme for project work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, enrich students' interest in STEM subjects and careers.
The BSA wants more young people to benefit from doing CREST in their schools, youth clubs and homes. Over 30,000 11 to 18-year-olds achieve CREST Awards every year, 51% of whom are girls - and the BSA intends to grow this to over 60,000 over the next two years.
Removing barriers to access
The digital platform will help to remove barriers to access for schools not currently involved in the programme, especially students and teachers in disadvantaged and remote areas.
It will provide a streamlined way for teachers and students to sign up and receive guidance on the CREST Awards process and enable more volunteers from academia and industry to help young people with their CREST projects.
Universities & Science Minister Jo Johnson said: “By recognising the hard work of pupils and teachers the CREST Awards are helping inspire young people to follow a career in STEM. Our investment in this new digital platform for the awards will recognise the hard work of pupils and teachers across the whole of the country and help secure the UK’s position as a world leader in science and innovation.”
Imran Khan, Chief Executive of the BSA, said: "We are extremely grateful to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills for awarding us this grant that will enable us to transform the CREST Awards programme and expand its reach. The BSA wants all young people to have the chance to experience the excitement and creativity of science in a context that fits their own identity and interests, and - through its student-led approach - CREST provides that."
Find out more about the CREST Awards scheme
STEM East are delighted to announce that following her shortlisted nomination of the WISE “Hero” category, one of our STEM Ambassadors, Jennifer Walsh-O’Donovan won first place at the 2015 Wise Awards. The 2015 final sponsored by Bloomberg took place on 12th November 2015 in London with WISE Patron HRH The Princess Royal in attendance. The WISE awards celebrates female talent in Science, Technology and Engineering from Classroom to Boardroom.
The WISE Hero Award was sponsored by Babcock, and purpose of the category is to celebrate the inspirational story of a woman using Science, Technology or Engineering qualification to make the world a better place.
Jennifer works as a Clinical Scientist in the Southeast Mobility And Rehabilitation Technology (SMART) Centre. In SMART, Jennifer works in the wheelchair and special seating service where she designs customised solutions for people who require additional postural support. Jennifer also works in the gait analysis laboratory where they analyse patients gait to guide their treatment.
Queensferry Crossing- Review of 2015 in video
Watch this fascinating short video of the new Queensferry Crossing and it's progress during 2015.
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Kirkcaldy High Teacher Helen Higham scoops first place at STEMNET awards 2015
Kirkcaldy High teacher Helen Higham scoops top award at prestigious National STEMNET Awards 2015
STEM East are delighted to announce that following their nomination in the category of "Most Dedicated Teacher in the UK" for the Annual STEMNET Awards, Kirkcaldy High School teacher, Helen Higham won the top prize in these National Awards.!
- The Final of the STEMNET Annual awards took place yesterday on Tuesday 6th October 2015 at the House of Lords in London.
- The prestigious awards were hosted by STEMNET's president, Lord Sainsbury. STEMNET's Chief Executive, Kirsten Bodley presented Helen with the award, which includes a trip to world famous CERN in Switzerland.
- BBC Breakfast News Business Journalist Steph McGovern also spoke at the awards and congratulated Helen on this amazing achievement.
Shortlisted in the final for the category of "Most Dedicated Teacher" alongside Helen were two teachers from Tapton School in Sheffield, and Churchill Academy in Somerset.
Nominating Helen for this award and at the final at the House of Lords, STEM East's Kevin McKeever commented:-
"It is a remarkable achievement to reach this stage of a competition- to actually win it is something special. We're delighted for Helen and this recognises her enthusiasm, dedication and passion for STEM and teaching. This is fantastic news for both Helen and Kirkcaldy High School and reflects some of the fantastic work taking place in both Fife and throughout the East of Scotland"
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