Teachers Resources

Nuffield Research Placements NOW OPEN

Reminder that the online application system for Nuffield Research Placements 2020 is open.

The Nuffield Research Placement Scheme is aimed at the current 5th year pupils who will be sitting their Highers in 2020 and who are studying any Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (STEM) and Social Science/Humanities subjects at that level. The placements help increase confidence and improve key skills including practical, communication, report-writing and presentation skills. Placements also provide students with excellent experiences & skills to include on CV’s and personal statements. By working with professional scientists and engineers in a real-life environment, the students gain an invaluable insight into a wide variety of careers. This is a wonderful opportunity for your students and we hope you will promote the scheme to them.

The Nuffield Foundation are aiming to widen access, focusing on economic and social deprivation, and have found that students who come from lower income families, or whose parents have not attended higher education, benefit most from the scheme. In light of this, the scheme is now only open to these students (and priorities are placed on students eligible for the bursary). This means our charitable funding is targeted where it will have the greatest benefit. It also means that we will have fewer unsuccessful applicants.

To be eligible to apply for a Nuffield Research Placement, students must:

  • Be over 16 years old
  • Be in full-time state-funded education in the UK
  • Have at least 5 National 5 / GCSEs (or equivalent) at Level B / 6 or above, including maths, a science subject and English (or another humanities subject)
  • Be studying one or more Scottish Higher, A-level (or equivalent) in science, technology, engineering, economics, geography, psychology, computing, statistics or maths
  • Be able to spend several weeks (4-6) of their summer holiday working on a research project

Students must also meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • Come from a family with a combined household income of below £30,000 a year
  • Be entitled to free schools meals, either now or at any time in the last six years.
  • Be the first in their immediate family to participate in higher education (not including any older siblings). This means neither of their parents/carers have participated in higher education, either in the UK or another country. If their siblings have attended higher education, but their parents/carers have not, they are eligible.
  • Be living, or have lived in, local authority care

***There is now an eligibility checker on the application system so that students can check whether they are eligible or not, before beginning the application.

Summary of the process:

  • Students apply by completing an online application which can be accessed on the Nuffield Research Placement webpage at https://www.nuffieldresearchplacements.org/ The application has various sections - personal details, education, personal statement, teacher reference, parent consent, bursary application (if appropriate).
  • When registering, students insert an email address of the teacher who is to provide them with a reference. The system automatically initiates an email to that teacher to allow them to add reference.
  • After the closing date, (February 25th 2020) applications will be scored, matched to placement projects available/suitable (where possible) and the appropriate applications will be forwarded to various supervisors for their consideration.
  • If a student and/or teacher has contact details of anyone in local industries/organisations who could offer a placement project, they can include the details on their application; we can then follow this up to check suitability.
  • If successful matched and accepted to a project by the supervisor, the student is then offered the project. 
  • Placements normally take place at the end of June, July or early August.  The student will normally be working Mon-Fri (9am-5pm) for 4, 5 or 6 weeks. Students should therefore be made aware that is quite a big commitment.
  • All students will receive reasonable travel costs to and from their placement. Students who are eligible for bursary will receive an additional £100 per week of placement.
  • Successful students are required to submit a report at the end of their placement and are invited to display their work in poster format at a celebration event in Edinburgh, taking place at the end of August / early September.

PLEASE note - there are a limited number of placements available and as such an application does NOT guarantee a Nuffield placement.

I hope this is of some help to you and that you do encourage some of your students to apply. If you would like a visit to the school to meet with you and any interested pupils, do just let me know.

More information on the Nuffield Research Placements scheme can be found at http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/nuffield-research-placements 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any problems or queries.

Best wishes


Jennifer Smith | Outreach and Researcher Development Coordinator | Nuffield Research Placements Coordinator, Scotland

Outreach and Public Engagement Network Office | Graduate School

Abertay University | Bell Street | Dundee | DD1 1HG

I'm a scientist- New Debate Kit- Self Driving Cars

Free Science Debate Kit for teachers: Should our town centre be for self-driving cars only?

Science Debate Kits develop students’ discussion skills around scientific issues.

Covering relevant topics such as the health and the environment, economics and society, and technology and physics; the Self-Driving Cars Debate Kit gives your students the opportunity to evaluate the implications of technological applications of science, develop arguments, and reflect on modern advances in science.

Based on character cards and lesson notes, the Kit provides an effective and structured resource containing up-to-date information, which can be used again and again with little preparation.

Request your free Science Debate Kit

Find out more at debate.imascientist.org.uk

Young STEM Leader Programme for Scotland

In its Strategy for STEM Education and Training (2017), the Scottish Government has committed to ‘establish a new Young Stem Leader Programme to stimulate and strengthen the development of peer mentoring and inspiration in STEM for young people by young people.’

Young people in Scotland have the chance to inspire, lead and mentor their peers through the creation and delivery of STEM activities, events and interactions within their schools, community and youth groups. The Young STEM Leader (YSL) Programme aims to inspire more young people to develop an interest in STEM and pursue the study of STEM subjects and relevant future pathways.

As well as allowing the YSLs to develop important leadership, communication and employability skills, working towards a YSL Award will also motivate the YSLs to continue to progress their STEM studies and perhaps eventually embark on a career in STEM. Above all else, this programme aims to promote STEM curiosity in young people and to encourage them to learn about the world around them in a fun and engaging way.

This Scottish Government-funded programme is led by SSERC and a range of partners, including the four Scottish Science Centres, three Scottish STEM Ambassador Hubs, Science Festivals, Young Scot, YouthLink Scotland, Science Skills Academy, Education Scotland and the Scottish Mentoring Network.

The YSL Programme is offered in two versions:

  • Non-formal award, digitally badged or certificated
  • Formal award, SCQF credit rated by SQA

The non-formal version of the programme is offered at CfE Second, Third and Fourth Levels and is underpinned by a framework that identifies the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected of a YSL at each curricular level.

The formal version of the programme is aiming to be offered at SCQF Levels 4, 5 and 6, credit rated by SQA and underpinned by learning outcomes and performance criteria for each level.  SCQF credit points and Insight data are included within the formal version of the programme.

Our information sessions are an opportunity to find out more about the programme, how it works and how to get involved.

To find out more information and to book visit our website here: www.youngstemleader.scot/events

FREE Data Science Workshop for S1-S3- Edinburgh

More about this:-

"Merkle Aquila is a data analytics consultancy helping brands and businesses unlock and realise the value of their customer data. We are strong advocates of encouraging young students to pursue a career in STEM subjects. Our team of Analysts, Statisticians and Data Scientists have designed a free of cost, hands-on workshop aimed at S1-S3 students to make them aware of the world of data science and opportunities within. 

The workshop fit’s into a 40-60 min lesson and will consists of a presentation where we will be sharing fun and exciting real-life examples shedding light on the 'cool' side of data science. We are flexible to change the duration and size of the workshop based on your class's need. We are available to deliver presentations before and after Christmas to schools within a half an hour journey on public transport from Edinburgh City Centre". For more information please contact: stemedn@merkleinc.com

Think you know engineering?  Think again- This is Engineering

Land-based careers residential CPD- Perthshire

Operating Theatre LIVE- A Live surgical experience


The award winning Operating Theatre Live event offers a curriculum linked learning experience based around the dissection of real anatomical specimens in a real operating theatre, for students aged from 14-19 & mature students. Here you book tickets to UK-wide events as well as learn more about exciting careers in medicine & healthcare. If you're a teacher or school staff, Operating Theatre Live offers exclusive events in term time for school bookings -to learn more click here.

The 2019-20 event line up is our most exciting yet. This year’s programme is built by our consortium of Doctors and Teachers lead by nationally acclaimed human anatomist QTS Samuel Piri and Doctor Alice Gwyn-Jones.


Operating Theatre Live are constantly striving to widen participation in medicine. They have secured funding to allocate a sponsored place to every school within a close proximity of every Operating Theatre Live event.

How does it work?

1) Teachers in local schools distribute the below form to students who may wish to apply

2) Students are encouraged to produce an application showcasing why they should be considered for a sponsored place.

3) Teachers submit the applications to the email address on the form

4) Their clinical team will assess the applications and score them based on their quality, successful applicants will be awarded a widening participation funding and thus receive a sponsored place. 

5) Applications for sponsored places must be returned and submitted by a teacher

6) They guarantee at least one free place for every local school

Students aged 14-19 are encouraged to apply.

Operating Theatre Live offer grant funding to schools, to either host a direct event exclusively for their students, and also fund 1 student per school to attend a public Operating Theatre Live, in order to widen participation and offer opportunities to students from lower socio-economic backgrounds to attend and inspire as many students as possible to aspire to pursue careers within the medical, healthcare and forensic science careers.

They receive their funding from local businesses sponsorship and our dragons den investment from our appearance last year.  

Please see video clip from the group’s CEO presenting to the Dragon’s Den on BBC

They are keen to bring both concepts to more schools in Scotland and advise schools of the two ways of bringing it to their schools, and hosting public events (public events are free to host for schools and they do receive 10 tickets to cascade to their students that are in receipt of pupil equity fund.  

For more information please CLICK HERE

Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE programmes that get girls ages 11-18 excited about coding and computer science. In Clubs, girls engage in fun and engaging online coding tutorials, build community through interactive activities, learn about inspiring role models in tech, and work together to design solutions to real-world problems facing their communities. Clubs are designed to be run by anyone, regardless of experience with computer science. This Clubs Overview flyer includes all programme details.

Join students and educators across the country by partnering with Girls Who Codeto bring computer science opportunities to girls in your community! Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE programmes that are designed to get girls ages 11-18 excited about computer science. Clubs can run before, during or after school, on weekends or over the summer. In Clubs, girls engage in fun and engaging online coding tutorials, build community through interactive activities, learn about inspiring role models in tech, and work together to design solutions to real-world problems facing their communities. Clubs are designed to be run by anyone, regardless of experience with computer science. This flyer tells you everything you need to know about starting a Club.

Learn more by signing up for an upcoming Girls Who Code webinar.

Ready to join the movement? Complete a Clubs application here

Have questions? Contact Girls Who Code at international@girlswhocode.com!

UK Internet Centre- Activities

Screen Time and Healthy Balance Quick Activities

When it comes to children and technology, one question often prevails:

How much screen time should children have?

This resource is a collection of quick activities designed for use with 7-11 year olds (but easily adapted to other ages) to help them recognise the signs they may experience when they've been online too long and the importance of balancing online and offline activities.

We have created a collection of quick activities designed for use with 7-11 year olds to help them recognise the signs they may experience when they've been online too long

Click HERE for more details

Practical Action Top 10 most popular resources

If you are new to the work of Practical Action we thought you might like to see their  Top ten most popular resources for 7-16 year olds .  These include many of our popular STEM challenges plus other materials to support your teaching of STEM, science and Design and Technology.

Click HERE to see the Top 10 resources and activities 

STEM Clubs 

Are you looking to start a STEM Club but don't know where to start?   Or maybe you already have a STEM Club up and running but are looking for some activity ideas or STEM inspiration?   Why not check out our STEM Clubs page 


We are delighted to share details of a FREE App Design workshop on offer from Plexus in Bathgate.   Plexus are Global Leaders in the electronics manufacturing industry involved in complex product design, manufacturing, supply chain and aftermarket services.Plexus is a global workforce of nearly 18,000 team members, with presence around the world.

Plexus have constructed a new STEM workshop which is hoped will be a powerful motivator in engineering and computing for 15-18 year olds.

The event is an app design workshop, which would teach students about the basics of Android app design and would have them designing an app of their choice. It would be three 2 hour workshops or a single full day workshop delivered by STEM Ambassadors based at Plexus.

To find out more or to book a FREE workshop, please contact Jonathan O’Donnell at Plexus- contact details on flyer below.

e-Bug Resources

e-Bug has been designed to bring the World of Microbes to life for children in the classroom environment.  This resource is being distributed to teachers across the UK, free of charge, by both the Public Health England and the Department of Health to improve student's knowledge of public health matters and to foster an interest in science.  e-bug is a European Commission funded new initiative to create a curriculum supplement series  (P2-P7 and S1-S3)/

It's main aim is to teach young people about microbes, appropriate use of antibiotics, and how microbial infections are spread and can be prevented through improved hygiene and vaccine use.

To find out more, visit the e-Bug website HERE

 For the Link to the Junior Pack, please click HERE

For the link to the Junior e-Bug pack, click HERE

The Solar Challenge & Off-Grid Design Competition

Running until June 2019, Off-Grid! is an exciting design competition for young people aged 8-14 years.

The competition builds on Practical Action's Solar Challenge where pupils investigate how the electricity generated from solar cells can be used to transform the lives of people living without access to mains electricity in Zimbabwe.                                                     

Off-Grid! challenges pupils to develop a solar powered solution to address one of the following problems: 

• Lack of refrigeration to keep vaccines cold at rural health clinics
• Lack of water for farmers to irrigate their crops when they live far from water
• No lighting at night time for farmers who want to check on their animals at night time
• No outside lighting in schools to enable children to go to the toilet safely at night time.

Eligibility: Young people aged 8-14 years from the UK and Isle of Man are welcome to enter. We are happy to accept entries from children who are not in a formal school setting and from children taking part in youth groups. Pupils can enter individually or in a teams of up to four pupils. 

Prizes: Practical Action will award the winning primary school and secondary school a £100 worth of STEM kit from TTS. Each pupil (s) in the winning team will receive a £10 voucher and a STEM book.

All the materials needed to enter Off-Grid! can be downloaded from below. To view the Solar Challenge materials in full, visit Solar Challenge.

Bee Buddies- FREE taster workshops

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

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  

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

 Bring a STEM Ambassador into your Primary School.

Bring a STEM Ambassador into your Secondary School

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

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  hannah.costello@ed.ac.uk.

***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 - n.z.morrice@dundee.ac.uk

SHELL Energy for the Future

Fast forward to 2050, the world population is nearing 9 billion and energy demand has doubled. This animation explores some of the expected challenges involved in delivering energy for 2050 and how Shell is taking a responsible approach to help meet these future needs.

See SHELL's short video below....

Science 4Society Week- New Food Cards

Our new Food Cards are now available to download 

Compare the nutritional information for a range of foods - as well as their water and carbon footprints!

Over 40 Food Cards packed with facts and nutritional information 

For more information click 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 https://practicalaction.org/ditch-the-dirt

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 https://practicalaction.org/ditch-the-dirt

 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 Touring 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:-

Email:- laura.giddings@rs-components.com

Laura Giddings | RS Components

STEM Education Manager, UK & Northern Europe

Mobile: 0774 111 6203

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

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 faraday@theiet.org

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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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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.

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!

Check out the brand new careers resource from Tomorrow's Engineers.      

It explores how to get jobs in 12 different areas of engineering 



Developed and delivered by innovative education charity the 1851 Trust as part of their programme of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement, STEM Crew provides free teaching resources covering real world science, technology, engineering and maths for key stage 3 and 4. All of our resources are inspired by INEOS TEAM UK’s challenge for the America’s Cup, the Formula 1 of international sailing.

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Bring learning to life in your classroom with our free digital education programme for 11-16-year olds. Taking inspiration from the INEOS TEAM UK’s challenge for the America’s Cup, we have designed and created a number of resources for you to share with your students covering topics such as design and technology, mathematics and science.

Each resource includes videos and worksheets to provide an immersive learning experience that is fun and engaging for both you and your students.  They also include editable presentations, teacher notes and links to real-life footage. These resources will show your pupils how versatile and exciting STEM subjects and careers can really be.

Used by more than 1,000 secondary schools throughout the UK, these resources are supported by detailed links to the national STEM curriculum and exam specifications.

Register with STEM Crew today to access a unique world of FREE teaching resources that will capture the imagination of your students.For more information on these free resources click HERE

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.


Save Lives as an Engineer 

Engineering can save lives in numerous ways.

Many types of engineering can be employed in helping communities affected by disasters like earthquakes, flooding, tsunamis and avalanches.

From using equipment to rescue people, providing shelter, restoring electricity and sanitation to making lives better in the aftermath engineering can save lives. With training, medical devices and detection systems against future disasters engineering can help rebuild lives affected by disaster too.

See our teaching resources below to help explore how a career in engineering can help make the world a better place.

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Practical Action- New STEM resources 

Practical Action have now launched the 2 new STEM Challenges- Design for a better world, and Global Goods.

For more information about the challenges please visit:-



For more details about this new and exciting resource pack from IOP, please click the link below


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For more details about the Ashfield Music festival resources from IOP, please click the link below:- 


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Find your role on the Space Crew- Quiz 

Take this personality test and quiz to work out what role you would be best suited to and your Role in Space


3ml is an on line resource to break down barriers to understanding. Learn about the Science of Space through the Science of Reading.


Practical Action Resources & STEM Challenges- Primary & Secondary

Practical Action has some great innovative resources for schools and young people.

We have some fantastic materials available to make sessions exciting and engaging, giving the opportunity to learn lots, think about even more and make a real difference.

Using real case studies from our projects, bring the real world into your classroom and fundraise for Practical Action so that together we can make a real difference to some of the poorest families in the world.

Beat the Flood challenge

An exciting challenge to design and build flood-resistant homes

Flooding due to climate change can have a devastating effect on people's lives. Set on the fictitious island of Watu, pupils explore how STEM skills can be used to help communities be better prepared for flooding.

The challenge: Working as a team pupils design and make a model of a home able to withstand the effects of flooding...then test it by standing it in water and blasting it with a hose pipe!.

The challenge is perfect for STEM clubs and integrating into your D&T and science lessons and for pupils to gain a CREST Award.

The teacher guidance and pupil activity sheets needed to run the challenge are free to download below.

Plastics Challenge

An exciting new challenge for pupils aged 8-14 years to develop solutions to the problems caused by plastic waste globally.

The challenge can be used flexibly as part of the formal science and design and technology curriculum in the UK, or to run a STEM club or enrichment day. It offers opportunities for pupils to engage with:

· Practical science investigations and enquiry based learning

· Designing and making products from waste plastic for a UK or international market

· A video competition enabling them to share their experience of the challenge.

Power for the World

Working in teams pupils explore issues around renewable energy in the developing world and build their own wind turbines. Through an interactive starter activity pupils discover how energy access via the National Grid differs between their own country and Kenya. They look at renewable energy solutions and in the main activity have the opportunity to design and build their own wind turbine.

The Power for the World Activity was designed to be delivered by university engineering students from Engineers Without Borders - UK as a schools outreach activity. If you are interested in students coming to your school to deliver this as a free workshop then please look at their flier for more information then email maketheline@EWB-UK.org

Plastics Challenge

An exciting new challenge to find solutions to problems caused by waste plastics globally.

Beat the Flood challenge

Challenge your pupils to use their STEM skills to design and make a model of home for their community living in a flood-prone region of Watu Island.

Floating Garden Challenge

Challenge students to find a solution to a problem faced by farmers in Bangladesh...how to grow crops even when their land is flooded as a result of climate change

The Squashed Tomato Challenge

A fun hands-on activity based on a real life problem in Nepal. The challenge: to design and build a model system that can transport tomatoes. Suitable for a CREST in a day award.

Small Is ... Challenge

Suitable for KS2-4 students look at technologies from the last 100 years and invent a product that could help us all lead a more sustainable future.

Water for the World

Pupils discover the importance of access to water; the different ways dirty water can be made safe to drink then go on to build their own water filter.

Power for the World

Pupils discover out how access to energy differs around the world and get the chance to build their own wind turbine

Wind Power Challenge

Using scrap materials students design and build a simple wind turbine capable of lifting a cup off the floor to bench height...powered by a hairdryer. Suitable for KS2-5.

Design challenge : Water harvester

A new primary D&T or STEM project to design, make and evaluate a water harvesting system for a school garden.

Moja Island

Moja Island is a 1-2 hour activity which will reinforce students' understanding of renewable energy sources.

Global CREST challenges

Global CREST challenges are based around Practical Action’s work, which uses science and technology to address global issues such as energy, water and food.

STEM challenges in schools

We're pleased to share with you the range of ways in which Practical Action's STEM challenges are used in primary and secondary schools throughout the UK.

The resources designed for the schools outreach can also be used by teachers to deliver to their class themselves. They are designed for both primary and secondary students and are suited to a 60 min or 90 minute session, but could be extended.

A perfect activity for a science or STEM club.

Please do email schools@practicalaction.org.uk to request a free set of Practical Action's renewable energy posters to support this activity.


Pumpkins Against Poverty

Our latest resource offering a range of cross curricular activities for primary schools based on growing pumpkins in Bangladesh.

SPECTROSCOPY IN A SUIT CASE Introduction to Spectroscopy

Spectroscopy is the study of the way light (electromagnetic radiation) and matter interact. There are a number of different types of spectroscopic techniques and the basic principle shared by all is - Spectroscopy in a Suitcase.

Spectroscopy in a Suitcase:-

The RSC's Spectroscopy in a Suitcase scheme is an outreach activity which gives school students the chance to learn about spectroscopy through hands-on experience. As well as covering the principles of spectroscopic techniques, the activities use real-life contexts to demonstrate the applications of the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Scotland.
To enquire about booking a session for your local school, please contact N.G.A.Bell@sms.ed.ack.uk For more information about the scheme please visit www.rsc/org/education

A very popular free of charge resources with Secondary schools looking to run short debates in the classroom. With a range of different topics, each debate kit which is free of charge to teachers contains a detailed lesson plan and teacher's notes, as well as 8 different character cards to run the debate.

What is a Debate Kit?

Our Science Debate Kits develop students’ discussion skills around scientific issues. They contain 8 debate cards outlining the opinions of fictional characters with an interest in a given science topic, and teachers notes to help you to carry out the lesson effectively. Some of our debate kits also include online resources.

The science curriculum calls for a greater debatecards2understanding of the limitations of science and the potential ethical questions surrounding it. Our science debate kits are designed to meet this demand. Their neutrality, together with role play, offers students the opportunity to explore the different sides of the issue and compare others’ points of view.

For teachers, the kits provide an effective and structured resource containing up-to-date information, which can be used again and again with little effort or preparation. They are also a great way to introduce ethical issues that are otherwise difficult to bring out in the classroom.

We have received lots of positive feedback from teachers, including praise for the topics covered, content and structure of the debate kits. If you want to have a look at our previous kits, you can access to online PDF versions of all them here. If you’d like us to keep you on the loop of debate kits, sign up now!

Really looking forward to trying out this new debate kit. Previous ones have set the bar high!” – Sue Howarth, Teacher

The Debate Kits


Make sure to sign up to receive copies of the latest kits as they’re released!

Resources for Teachers

On the I'm a Scientist website at the teachers resources section you’ll find all the teaching materials we’ve developed for the I’m a Scientist event. They’re designed to develop students’ debating and discussion skills, and help the event run as smoothly as possible in your classroom.

Materials for running the event


Teacher notes

Lesson plan materials

Lesson 1: “You’re the Judges!”

Lesson 2: “Meet the Scientists”

Other materials and useful links on the site

  • Evictions poster (PDF)
  • Live chat booking page – Live chats can be booked any time during the two weeks of the event, though you must be signed up to take part in the event; we’ll email you to let you know when you can start booking chats.
  • Staffroom – The staffroom is open during the two weeks of the event from 9am to 5pm. You can chat with the moderators and it’s a great place to get help quickly.

For more information, please visit http://imascientist.org.uk/


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BP Education resources

BP have a wide range of free education resources for both Primary pupils and National 5 and Higher level for Secondary pupils all mapped to CFE.

For more information please visit

Scotland’s leading source of inspiration, excitement and resources for young scientists and engineers.

Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland (YESC) is a Scotland wide primary and secondary school education programme run by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and supported by many of our members.

Our projects are designed to grow interest and spark enthusiasm in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects by encouraging young people to have a go at fun, hands-on activities and experiments. Pupils work alongside their teachers, real engineers and scientists putting their problem-solving skills to the test on themed investigations that will feed their curiosity and fire their imagination.

Whether you're a young person eager to explore an exciting career in STEM, a teacher looking for STEM resources with a punch, or a company who wants to form positive links with education, this site will help you find out more about us and what we can do for you.
SCDI’s Young Engineers & Science Clubs (YESC) programme

Our flourishing network - engaging with over 22,000 primary and secondary school students across in excess of 1,100 school Clubs - spans the length and breadth of Scotland, from Shetland to Dumfries, and is supported by a wide range of SCDI Members.

Visit the YESC website for further information: www.yecscotland.co.uk
and engage with us on Twitter @scdiYESC

The Contact and Education Centre is a purpose-built facility serving as a focal point for community engagement and education during the building of the Queensferry Crossing.

Its main aims are to provide high-quality contact, outreach and education centre services to local residents and visitors while emphasising the FRC Project’s purpose, investment value and innovation in construction, as well as promoting the potential benefits a career in engineering can provide.

Situated in Queensferry on the Edinburgh side of the Forth Road Bridge, the Contact and Education Centre offers panoramic views of the existing road and rail bridges, and provides a perfect platform to view construction of the Queensferry Crossing.

The Contact and Education Centre hosts a range of events and activities including:

FRC Project Exhibition – Queensferry Crossing Construction

Open every Saturday 1000 – 1600 (March – October)

The FRC Project Exhibition is where members of the public can explore exhibition panels about the FRC Project, view detailed bridge models, meet with members of the FRC Project team to learn more about the construction of the Queensferry Crossing and enjoy spectacular views of the Forth Estuary.

No booking required.

FRC Project Presentation Series – Queensferry Crossing Construction

Last Friday of every month 1000 and 1300 (March – October)

The FRC Presentation Series provides an in depth look at the construction of the Queensferry Crossing with an opportunity to hear from project engineers in detail about various aspects of the construction of the Queensferry Crossing and its connecting roads. Presentations take place on the last Friday of every month (March – October) at 1000 and 1300.

No booking required.

FRC Project Presentations – Queensferry Crossing Construction

The FRC Project team also takes group bookings from universities, colleges, professional organisations and community organisations interested in visiting for a presentation about the construction of the Queensferry Crossing. A member of the FRC Project team provides a presentation followed by a Q&A usually lasting up to 1 hour.

Booking required.

FRC Schools Programme

Monday – Friday (August – June)

Would your pupils like to find out more about engineering, bridges and the construction of the Queensferry Crossing?

Our trained and knowledgeable staff can lead a range of visits in the stunning Exhibition Area which provides an excellent learning environment with detailed bridge models, exhibition panels about the FRC Project, audio visual resources, interactive learning challenges and spectacular panoramic views of the Forth Bridges, including views of the Queensferry Crossing under construction.

Primary School Programme (P3 – P7)

  • Bridges, Forth Bridges and Queensferry Crossing topics
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Challenges
  • Classroom lesson plans and resources available for distance learning
  • Teacher led sessions available

Secondary School Programme (S1 - S6)

  • Bridges, Forth Bridges and Queensferry Crossing topics
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Challenges
  • Project Exhibition Panels available for distance learning
  • Teacher led sessions available

*booking required: visits from 0930, 1000, 1230, 1300 (all 2.5 hours)

Contact us

To find out more about what's on offer at the Contact and Education Centre or to book a visit for your group to learn all about the Queensferry Crossing under construction, contact us via:

Email: frcenquiries@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: 0800 078 6910


Forth Replacement Crossing Contact and Education Centre
Adjacent to Forth Road Bridge Administration Building
South Queensferry
EH30 9SF

National STEM Directories www.stemdirectories.org.uk

Arkwright Scholarship Trust www.arkwright.org.uk

Energy Institute www.energyinst.org.uk

Engineering Development Trust (EDT) www.etrust.org.uk

Enginuity www.enginuity.org.uk

Find School Workshops www.findschoolworkshops.co.uk

Further Mathematics Network www.fmnetwork.org.uk

Industrial Trust www.industrialtrust.org.uk

Institution of Engineering Designers www.ied.org.uk

Institution of Nuclear Engineers www.inuce.org.uk

Institute of Physics www.iop.org

Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine www.ipem.ac.uk

Maths Careers www.mathscareers.org.uk

Maths Inspiration www.mathsin

National Science Learning Centre www.sciencelearningcentres.org.uk

National Skills Academy for railway Engineering www.nsare.org

Primary Engineer www.primaryengineer.com

Royal Academy of Engineering www.raeng.org.uk

Royal Aeronautical Society www.raes.org.uk

Specialist Schools & Academies Trust www.specialistschools.org.uk

The Chartered Institute of Building www.ciob.org.uk

The Diploma in Engineering www.engineeringdiploma.com

The Institution of Chemical Engineers www.icheme.org

The Institution of Civil Engineers www.ice.org.uk

The Institution of Engineering & Technology www.theiet.org

The Institution of Marine, Engineering & Tech www.imarest.org

The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining www.iom3.org

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers www.imeche.org

The Institution of Structural Engineers www.istructe.org

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects www.rina.org.uk

Universities & Colleges Admissions Service www.ucas.ac.uk

UK Resource centre for Women in STEM www.setwomenresource.org.uk

Women into Science & Engineering & Construction www.wisecampaign.org.uk

Women’s Engineering Society www.wes.org.uk

Young Engineers www.youngeng.org

The Welding Institute www.twi.co.uk

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