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3D printing hints and tips for design and technology

Written by Phil Cotton @philipacottonIf you are new to 3D printing then deciding where to start with a class of pupils can be a daunting task. Here are some of the most common questions I hear:What CAD package do you use with the pupils?How long will it be before you get to 3D print your classes designs?How will you manage your students improving...


ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: recognising everyday heroes

My ENTHUSE Celebration Award journey began with an email calling for teachers and technicians to nominate themselves. Skimming the criteria I saw that I did in fact meet the requirements, despite being an ‘ordinary’ teacher!I set about drafting an application form and collecting evidence, mainly based on implementing ‘Science through Stories’...


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The road to success: how the A14 construction project is inspiring young people in STEM

Carrying around 85,000 vehicles per day across Cambridgeshire, the A14 trunk road, which is managed by Highways England, is a vital transport corridor between the West Midlands and East Anglia. However, it is frequently congested and traffic is often disrupted by breakdowns and accidents.A section of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon...


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From industry to award ceremony: my STEM Insight journey

The organisation I work for actively encourages staff to participate in various CPD as it directly benefits staff and learners by introducing new ideas and innovation.This is done both informally and formally using training days and departmental meetings. When I approached my line manger about the STEM Insight programme and the possibility of...


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Engineering success: cycling the way to Olympic Gold

When starting my mechanical engineering degree at Bristol, I would never have guessed three years down the line I would be working with Team GB helping to develop Olympic bicycle technology for the Rio 2016 Olympics.Engineering at university has allowed me to have a real world impact in a sport I am so passionate about. I always very much enjoyed...


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The power of immersive STEM

Even though I’m already very enthusiastic about STEM, my STEM Insight placement with Crossrail was an amazing experience for me; it really broadened my horizons.I met so many different employees - project managers, programme managers, data handlers, for example, who had first degrees in engineering and other STEM subjects. They were living...


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A day in the life of a Polar Ambassador

As I made my way up the path, laden with resources for my first set of activities at Neston Primary School, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Greeting me at the front door was a gigantic model of the Titanic; brightly painted and intricately made, it must have taken hours to construct. It was just the beginning of the most amazing day’s experience.The...


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Ideas for teaching identification and classification in the primary classroom

From a very young age, children like to sort things. They will pile things of a particular colour or shape together and ask the names of everything they see to classify them.There are those children who will only use the red bricks to build their towers and a common activity in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) classrooms is to sort the things...


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Reversing climate change with the HEDRA project: designing the future home occupants

Climate change is happening. Unless we educate people from a young age, we have little chances of reversing the current climatic trend and ensure resilience in the future. It is important to provide simple and easy-to-do actions for everyone to take, that can reduce the impact we have on the environment with an immediate effect.The HEDRA (Home...


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STEM Ambassadors: engaging students with careers in design and technology

STEM Ambassadors are an important and exciting free-of-charge resource for teachers and others engaging with young people in and outside of the classroom. They offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate their value in life and careers.A teacher's viewWe asked Tessa Samuel, design and technology teacher at...


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