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RBS Dream Bigger- FREE workshop for girls 16-18 Edinburgh Secondaries

Between 4 – 8 February, we will be taking a week to reflect on and celebrate the wonderful work that STEM Clubs around the country do to engage and inspire young people in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) outside the curriculum.

The STEM Clubs programme is a national initiative led by STEM Learning and offers free resources and support to club leaders across all ages and STEM subjects. Do you have an after school science club or a lunch time coding club for girls? Maybe you don’t run a club yet but would love to set one up in your school or local community. No matter your situation, the STEM Clubs programme is here to help you.

As well as sharing our inspiring set of free resources, there will be loads happening throughout the week!

Click HERE to find out more


Bee Buddies are a dynamic Scottish charity who specialise in Education about Pollination and Bees.

They are offering 10 FREE taster workshops to schools - either primary or secondary.

Their workshops are all mapped to Curriculum For Excellence and the FREE workshops are on a first come first served basis.

To find out more or to arrange one of the taster workshops, get in touch with Bee Buddies Education Manager, Kay Rooney 

Find out more on their website

WES100 National Essay Competition 2019.

The Womens Engineering Society (WES) are asking Primary and Secondary pupils across Scotland to take part in an exciting new competition to celebrate one hundred years of WES the Women’s Engineering Society.  Founded in 1919 by women who had worked in engineering during the First World War, WES is a network of engineering professionals who work to support women and girls reach their potential in STEM careers.  The aim of the competition is for pupils, teachers and families to discover that women working in engineering in their local community is an everyday effort and it has been for a very long time, though often without public awareness. 

Competition entrants are asked to write a short essay about a woman working in Engineering and to investigate some of the incredibly wide range of engineering roles available.  STEM Ambassadors are ready to support schools in this activity and we hope many local Engineering companies will join in.  The competition is open for entries until 19/4/19 with prizes awarded on 23 June 2019 the International Women in Engineering day (INWED) which is another WES initiative.  Full competition details can be found HERE   For competition enquiries please contact Caroline 

Details of the competition

Entrants are required to write an essay titled 'A Woman in Engineering' according to the following details.  There are different categories for primary and secondary schools.

  • The subject of the essay must be a woman who has worked or is working in engineering, for primary pupils this includes women no longer living.  The term 'working in engineering' is used to reflect the incredibly diverse range of jobs that contribute to the success of Engineering in the UK.  Please choose only one woman but include how her role may have changed with education, experience and advances in technology.
  • Additional points will be awarded where there is a personal connection between the woman engineer and the pupil, school, or local area.
  • Primary school pupils may be guided in their research by teachers and parents.
  • Secondary pupils must conduct their own research and personally interview their subject 'face to face' or using Skype, email, letter etc.
  • There is no minimum number of words requirement.
  • Entrants are encouraged to include one photograph of their Woman Engineer and/or one image that is relevant to the Engineer’s work.  Entries without a picture will not be penalised.
  • Prize categories are based on age of the pupil (Primary, Secondary and Future Engineer).  Students, Apprentices and Future Engineers 18yrs or under at 31/12/19 are encouraged to follow the instructions for Secondary Schools.

Arkwright Mentoring Opportunity

Arkwright Mentoring opportunity

Inspire future engineering leaders, become an Arkwright Mentor

Want to help nurture the next generation of engineering leaders? The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships, run by the Smallpeice Trust, support high-calibre aspiring engineers over two years as they study for their A-levels or Scottish Highers. They are looking for mentors from all engineering disciplines to support and guide outstanding 16-18 year olds during this critical stage in their education.
The mentoring form and time is flexible so you can fit it around your schedule. You will be able to communicate with and support your mentee via an online portal. Scholars value the answers to general questions such as ‘What’s it like to study at university?’ as much as they would more detailed technical insights.
The only requirement is that mentors must be PVG checked. All mentors will be provided with guidance as to what to expect from the programme and receive ongoing support.
There are currently over 60 mentees looking for a mentor. If you’re an Engineer looking to help inspire the next generation and interested in becoming an Arkwright Mentor, please contact Katie Taylor

Brand New PDSA PetWise School Award – Free Resources 

Are the pupils in your school passionate about pets? Do you want to support PDSA and help the nation #GetPetWise through the teaching of the 5 Welfare Needs? Well, why not sign up to our new free award programme, PetWise School Award?

The award consists of four easy to follow levels, each one full of free fun resources. Every National Curriculum-linked session comes complete with a step by step lesson plan, a PowerPoint presentation and worksheets – no need for any planning.

Once your school has completed the award, not only will you receive a ‘pawsome’ plaque to display in your foyer, you’ll also be able to use our PetWise School Award logo on any correspondence to show you are a PetWise school.

So what are you waiting for? Sign your school up and earn your PetWise School status HERE

Need to know more? We hope the FAQs accessible from the link above will help give you an understanding of how the programme works. Any further questions, please email us at

Medical Research Scotland- Meet the Researcher Events- S5&S6- Dundee 28/2/2019

Siemens STEM Ambassadors- Schools Engagement Programme

SIEMENS are delighted to share with you their Schools Engagement Programme.   Covering a wide range of age groups and exciting activities, these workshops are FREE of charge to schools.

FREE STEM Schools Programme- Fantastic Forth

The theme for the 2019 activity packs is ‘journeys’

Themed around ‘ journeys’, our activity packs provide easy-to-do, hands-on activities that parents and teachers can easily run with their students and children. From creating tunnels, time capsules and perfume to keeping a nature log and mummifying an orange, there’s something for everyone.

We love seeing how you use the activity packs so please share your pictures with us on Twitter using the hashtag  #BSW19

Find the early years pack  here.

Find the primary pack   here.

Find the secondary pack here

Are you an S3 girl interested in a career in #Engineering? Strathclyde University are offering an exciting opportunity this summer. Hurry though, applications close soon!#EngineeringTheFutureForGirls#GirlsCan

For more details about this exciting opportunity with PWC please click HERE


This is a 1 hour free workshop being run by Edinburgh University and are looking to engage with primary schools in the Edinburgh and Dunbar area.   (It is being run out of the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. )   (Funded by European Research Council)

The workshop is aimed at P5-P7 pupils and ran successfully as part of the Midlothian Science Festival with 5 linguists carrying out 6 sessions on language evolution for P4-P7’s at Dalkeith King’s Park, Lasswade Primary and Moorfoot Primary, where pupils learn about the scientific study of language evolution through fun activities and games.

The activity links in with Modern Languages – CfE strand: Listening and Talking, CfE links: Using knowledge about language. Feedback from teachers the team received has been great to the group, including comments such as: 

“I liked how there was a balance between presentation of information and hands-on activities as it helped to keep the children focused and engaged. The games were a good way of reinforcing the information that they had heard/read” and  
“The games were relevant and very fun. All kids could access the games and it highlighted many very interesting points that would be hard for us to teach ourselves”

Becoming a STEM Ambassador- new videos from STEM Learning.

Bring a STEM Ambassador into your Primary School.

Bring a STEM Ambassador into your Secondary School

Bring a STEM Ambassador into your College

Bring a STEM Ambassador into your Youth or Community Group

How your company/organisation can get involved.

Lee Fawcett is the RSS William Guy Lecturer 2018-2019

One of the benefits of being an e-teacher member is that you get priority access to resources including the RSS William Guy Lecture for Schools.

Dr Lee Fawcett at Newcastle University has been selected to be the RSS’s William Guy Lecturer for 2018-2019. This is a prestigious volunteer role and recognises fellows with a successful track record in undertaking school outreach activities. The lecture is named in honour of William Augustus Guy, an early medical statistician and past RSS president.

Lee will be supported by the RSS to deliver lectures to school students in the UK during the academic year 2018-2019. His proposed talk is ‘The Storm of the Century! Using data to anticipate extreme climate events’, which looks at what insights statistics can provide for understanding dangerous weather activity.

Lee will be giving a small selection of William Guy Lectures throughout the academic year 2018-2019, supported by the RSS. Priority booking is given to e-teacher members and RSS local groups, especially for lectures that will be open to multiple schools. You can find out more about the talk including a synopsis at

If you would like to request that Dr Fawcett or one of the previous RSS William Guy Lecturers visits your school, please contact with an indication of possible dates, location, expected numbers and levels of students and teachers attending, and whether they would be just from your school or if you could arrange for several schools in a geographic location to attend.

KAPLA PLANKS:- Loan box for schools

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our 1000 pcs box of KAPLA Planks with supplementary books and teachers notes!

Each KAPLA plank is identical and has a unique ratio that enables incredible creations to be constructed without the need for any fixings, yet to have the stability of stone. KAPLA encourages logical thinking, stimulates creativity and helps to develop concentration, patience and perseverance.

KAPLA contains elements of arts and craft architecture and construction and is used in many schools as an effective educational toy that children enjoy.

1.Logical thinking
With KAPLA, children are naturally encouraged to think logically and helps them to develop spatial awareness. Children that play with KAPLA increase their ability to organise elements in three dimensions by building creations using the identical, unfixed pine KAPLA. In addition, KAPLA enhances a child’s awareness of shape, volume and sense of balance whilst developing manual dexterity.

2.Stimulating Creativity
Playing with KAPLA enhances a Child’s (and adult’s!) creative thinking as it enables limitless constructions formed from their imagination. Using this innate creativity enables children to express their artistic talents.

3.Concentration, Perseverance and Patience
KAPLA encourages concentration, patience and perseverance – skills which contribute into other areas of a child’s education which can contribute to their overall success at school. Good concentration, having patience and persevering with KAPLA rewards with satisfying and impressive construction in which they can take great pride. There is no cheating with KAPLA; without constructing a solid base to start with, it will undoubtedly collapse – this is where the skills of perseverance and patience are developed.

4.Cognitive Development
Children go through several stages of cognitive development throughout their childhood. During each stage a child can develop different skills which are nurtured by the methods with which they play. KAPLA Planks is a progressive toy and offers children a familiar toy with which they can play at their own level throughout their cognitive development; as they grow, so does KAPLA .

5.Teamwork with KAPLA
KAPLA is ideal for groups of children to play with as it encourages teamwork, communication and cooperation. Playing together, children jointly decide on their subject and then help one another to construct it. They then share the joy of completion and learn the value of working effectively with others as a team.

For more information on KAPLA please click HERE

Our KAPLA box is available on a free LOAN basis, and can be collected from and returned to our office in Dunfermline.

If you would like to borrow this exciting resource, please get in touch

Superbugs- Join the Fight- Get your FREE Superbugs Pack

Superbugs: Join the fight

Imagine a world where antibiotics no longer work… “Superbugs are a strain of bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotic drugs, and the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has recently featured in the media”1, giving you an ideal opportunity to engage students in a topical issue with real-world impact.

Superbugs: Join the fight is a PSHE/science teaching resource and competition (coming soon) exploring the issue of  AMR and showing that simple steps like hand-washing and personal hygiene can help prevent infection.

Resources include:

Teacher Guide containing an overview of the Superbugs issue, resource summary and curriculum links

Lesson Plan – memorable PSHE/Health and wellbeing/PSE/PDMU lesson with activities exploring the Superbugs issue and what students can do about it

Activity Sheets exploring personal hygiene

Presentation & Video bringing the Superbugs issue to life (for an assembly or to kick off activities in the classroom)

Competition Leaflet providing instructions and tips for students, as they are challenged to come up with their own creative ideas to let people know about the issue

Parent Leaflet – key messages and tips for parents around preventing infection and stopping the spread of Superbugs

Poster to display in school, raising awareness of the issue and the importance of personal hygiene

Help your students to:

KNOW more about AMR and its impact

FEEL part of the solution and empowered to act

DO take antibiotics responsibly and help stop the spread of infection/resistance

To find out more or to register and receive your pack, click HERE

Reimagine a solution to a real-life problem

This year the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge is asking UK students aged 11 to 14 to put their science, technology, engineering and maths skills to the test and reimagine a solution to a real-life problem. Take a look at the video below then get started!

Key information


  • £1,000 worth of prizes to be won for the entrants’ school, for science equipment or field trips.
  • Finalists will be invited to a celebratory event at the Science Museum in London, and will receive Science Museum goodies.
  • Semi-finalists and finalists will receive a Bronze CREST Award.

How to take part

  • Students aged 11 to 14 living in the UK during the competition period can take part.
  • Students form a team of two, three or four.
  • Get started with the Ultimate STEM Challenge presentation for ideas of what students could reimagine, and help with creating an entry step by step.

How to enter

  • Students create a PowerPoint or video showcasing their work.
  • Teachers complete a simple entry form on the How to enter page and upload the PowerPoint or video link.

Support and inspiration

  • Find out the judging criteria that will be used to pick the winning project.
  • We asked a range of young people what they would like to reimagine – be inspired by their ideas.
  • Students can work with a STEM Ambassador to enhance their project.


  • The deadline for submissions is Friday 15 February 2019.

The Ultimate STEM Challenge is brought to you by BP and STEM Learning.

For more information go to

FREE Outreach programme- British Heart foundation Scotland

P4/5 workshop and S4/5/6 workshops available

The British Heart Foundation team based at Queens Medical Research Institute in Edinburgh have outreach workshops on offer for schools, free of charge.

They have 2 outreach workshops- one for P4/P5 pupils and the other aimed at S4/5/6 pupils.

To find out more, please contact Hannah Costello at

***This programme has now been extended to also cover the Dundee area.   If you are a school would like to have one of these free workshops, the contact for the Dundee area is Dr Nicola Morrice -

Science Grant Scheme Introduction

The Edina Trust Science Grant Scheme (SGS) offers small grants to all state-funded primary schools, nurseries* and special schools in designated educational areas. In the 2017-18 school year, SGS grants will be available in the following areas: 
*Please note this does not include partnership nurseries or PVI nurseries with government funded places.

Scotland:- Clackmannanshire

The Edina Trust science grant scheme is a non-competitive grant scheme. Funding is set aside so that there is enough for every school in these areas to get the full amount. The SGS runs in each area for three years, before moving on to a new area. See below to find out which year your school's area is in.

Main Grant for "full" Primary Schools* and ASN Schools
£600 per year towards a science project. This adds up to £1,800 over the three-year scheme.
*'Full' Primary Schools have both infant and junior pupils.

Half Grant for Infant and Junior Schools
£300 per school year towards a science project (i.e. £900 over three years).

One-off grant for Nurseries
One-off £420 grant at any point during the three year scheme. This includes stand-alone nursery schools and nursery classes within schools. A school may also spend more on their nursery using the main grant, if desired.

How the grant can be used

If you are in need of inspiration, take a look at some examples of what the Edina Trust will fund:

  1. school science weeks
  2. scientific visits including trips out of, or visits to, the school
  3. purchase of science equipment
  4. improving the school's grounds for science
  5. gardening resources (maximum grant of £420)
  6. science subscriptions

For all the information on these Grants and what's on offer please visit HERE 

Ditch the Dirt – Practical Action- NEW STEM Challenge

Ditch the Dirt is Practical Action’s exciting NEW STEM challenge for pupils aged 8-14 years. Set in the context of accessing clean water in Kenya it enables pupils to model and test filters as a way of making dirty water cleaner.

Set in Turkana in Kenya where for two out of three people do not have access to clean drinking water, Ditch the Dirt offers a;

  •  Real life global context to explore water quality, sieving and filtering investigations
  •  Perfect challenge to deliver parts of the science, D&T & maths curriculum.
  •  Great activity for a science or STEM club, transition or enrichment day

All the materials are FREE to download

Ditch the Dirt can also be used by pupils to gain a CREST Award. More information is available in the teacher's notes or on the CREST Awards website.

All the materials needed to run the challenge can be downloaded from

The Brilliant Club is a charity which aims to increase access to higher education for children from under-represented backgrounds.

  • The programme involves PhD or Post-Doc tutors teaching a university style course (over 6 weeks) to the children (usually about 3rd year).
  • For more information, click the link below:-

  • After a successful pilot in Scotland last year, the organisation is now expanding into Scotland. I am obviously teaching the children in my school a STEM subject, but all the other current Scottish tutors are also from STEM backgrounds too, so I wondered if this might be of some interest to yourselves.
  • - the Edinburgh tutors courses are on 1., inflammation and 2., the use of physics/lasers in curing disease. Our Glasgow tutor’s course is on synthetic opioids/‘legal highs’, and mine (Dundee area) is on psychology. I think people may be willing to travel, but that’s our current locations!  

Please do let me know if this might be of interest and I can provide more information - or ask my supervisors to contact you. 

Many thanks in advance for your help! 

Best wishes, 


Dr. Kirsty Miller
School of Psychology
The University of Dundee
Telephone +44 (0)1382 384623

RS Component's Titan II truck

RS Components recognises its potential to influence the uptake of engineering to prevent a future skills gap in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects, and RS Live serves as a highly engaging educational resource for children and young people across a broad cross section of ages, from primary school to university undergraduate level. The initiative, supported by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), which works to inspire and inform the engineers of today and tomorrow, provides a hands-on experience of engineering and technology through interactive training and workshop sessions.

  • This is a showcased through technologies such as Raspberry Pi, 3D Printing, Robotics, the Internet of Things, and thermal imaging.
  • The whole aspect of the truck is around innovation , Insight and the Future. Aimed at Universities , schools and colleges.

For more information, please contact STEM Education Manager, Laura Giddings at RS Components:-


Laura Giddings | RS Components

STEM Education Manager, UK & Northern Europe

Mobile: 0774 111 6203

Free Loan boxes- Women in Sound & Technology

A joint initiative has been launched with Lancaster University & Edinburgh University which aims to engage young women in sound and technology.

The main crux of the project is a pedagogical intervention in the form of a free loanable box that can be sent out to a school for teachers to use with their students. The aim of the project is to encourage young women and girls to engage with sound engineering and technology. Current research shows there is significant drop off post 16.

There is no cost involved this is all covered by the initiative that this forms a part of and the work is available to Schools across the country.

Here are some further links with more details of the work  Click here for more info 

Dr Rebecca Collins

Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory

Artist Researcher: Stolen Voices

Co-organiser Women In Sound/Women On Sound


STEM Ambassador online CPD is now live

STEM Ambassadors can now book onto the programme of four free online CPD activities that we have created especially for them. Designed to help them plan and carry out effective STEM activities, the courses will equip them with the skills and confidence to inspire young people in STEM subjects and careers.

The four courses can be taken flexibly, each lasting two weeks. Courses become available on the dates below, and STEM Ambassadors can book onto each course throughout the year via FutureLearn:

To access the FREE CPD, click HERE

Calling STEM Ambassasdors to support Code Clubs  

Want to inspire the next generation to get excited about computing and digital making? We’re looking for STEM Ambassadors to join a global network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs for 9 to 13 year-olds in schools, libraries, and community venues.

You don’t need to be a coding genius to volunteer, you just need to be willing to learn some basic Scratch, Python, or HTML alongside your club. Code Club’s projects are easy-to-follow, step-by-step guides which help young people learn coding while creating games, animations, and websites.


There are currently over 6,000 Code Clubs in the UK reaching an estimated 90,000 young people each week. The sessions generally run for one hour per week, and the minimum commitment is 12 weeks. However, if you aren’t able to make time every week, you can team up with colleagues or friends and take turns.

Please get in touch if you want to get involved.

Contact details

Anyone interested should be sent the Code Club sign-up link

And questions should be directed to Code Club -

Want to inspire the next generation to get excited about computing and digital making? We’re looking for STEM Ambassadors to join a global network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs for 9 to 13 year-olds in schools, libraries, and community venues.

You don’t need to be a coding genius to volunteer, you just need to be willing to learn some basic Scratch, Python, or HTML alongside your club. Code Club’s projects are easy-to-follow, step-by-step guides which help young people learn coding while creating games, animations, and websites.


There are currently over 6,000 Code Clubs in the UK reaching an estimated 90,000 young people each week. The sessions generally run for one hour per week, and the minimum commitment is 12 weeks. However, if you aren’t able to make time every week, you can team up with colleagues or friends and take turns.

Please get in touch if you want to get involved.

Contact details

Anyone interested should be sent the Code Club sign-up link

And questions should be directed to Code Club -

Games Industry Careers Map

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

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 for more information on this invaluable free of charge resource

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 

“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!

Kind regards,

Melissa Phillips

Freelance Event Producer

07803 230 244

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN

 +44 (0) 20 7734 0022

Find us on bafta.orgFacebookTwitter and YouTube

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

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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! 

Poster topics

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

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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.”

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:

Register with the BP Educational Service to access the resources today:

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

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.

The lowdown

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!

The learning

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 29th March 2019get in touch for contact details.

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

Download the guidance for Engineering Education Grant Scheme applicants

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. 

Kevin McKeever

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. 


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.

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For more information on these free resources visit

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.

Download presenter guidelines

Download the presentation

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.

Presenter guidelines

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.


Dear sir/madam,

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 :-


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.

Find the online survey here and let us know how your students’ opinions change through the debate

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:-

For more information


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

Free loan boxes for schools

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”.

Visit for more information 

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.

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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


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.!

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Digital CREST

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.

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Queensferry Crossing- Review of 2015 in video

Watch this fascinating short video of the new Queensferry Crossing and it's progress during 2015.

Check out STEM East's Teachers Resources page to find out more about what Practical Action has on offer, including a range of free STEM Challenges and resources.

Check out STEM East's Teachers Resources page to find out more about Into Film, careers in VFX.

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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