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Are technicians invisible?

Are you a technician? Yes? Then you will know what a technician does. No? Then chances are you don’t know what a technician does. Why is this?Technicians are highly skilled staff with diverse, complex and specialist roles. In higher education they are often the first port of call for both staff and students. In an environment which...


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Bringing industrial careers into the classroom: Alice Kupara shares her experiences

Written by: Alice Kupara, STEM Insight participant and teacher at Thomas Deacon AcademyThe school I work at, the Thomas Deacon Academy, specialises in STEM subjects and we are at a centre of excellence for the development and delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities.We are always looking to develop the confidence,...


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Investigating social mobility in STEM subjects and careers

Last year, the Social Mobility Commission issued a comprehensive report exploring the transition from school to the workplace amongst several types of pupil group within the UK.In particular, the commission was interested in why White British males have better employment rates and more social mobility options than females and in particular, those...


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Working with the future generation of STEM: Mihika’s story

An inventor and award-winning primary school engineer, Mihika Sharma is certainly not your average six year old.Last year she won the London Special Leaders Award, a STEM programme by Primary Engineer in partnership with the Faculty of Engineering at University College London (UCL), designed to encourage primary school children to engage with...


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Early Years teaching: the key to teacher and pupil development

The Early Years classroom in a primary school is usually that strange colourful space at the end of the corridor where the chairs are so small and there seems to be so much going on at any one time that for the untrained observer it can seem like chaos.I know it was in my school and I was a little scared of venturing there as I really didn’t...


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Northern lights and geysers: the wonders of Iceland

The Iceland STEM study visit is a unique opportunity to be inspired by the wonders of the country in a STEM context.Through talks from leading researchers in their fields, carrying out a mini-STEM project, seeing real-life examples of “difficult to teach” contexts and through sharing ideas with other participants, the STEM study visit is full of...


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ENTHUSE Celebration Awards 2016: an interview with winner Rose Russell

ENTHUSE Celebration Awards recognise the impact teachers, technicians and support staff have on their students as a result of professional development delivered across our network.A key milestone within the academic year, shortlisted schools and individuals are invited to a high profile dinner where they can showcase their work.2016 saw seven...


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BP Ultimate STEM Challenge top tips

We’ve put together some top tips to help you with the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge.Taken from teachers who have previously taken part and feedback from the judges of previous years, these tips will help give you the jump on the competition!Here are what the judges are looking for in a top submission:Scientific methodologyThe depth of the science...


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Five inspirational ideas for British Science Week

British Science Week, taking place on 10-19 March 2017, is an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Organised by the British Science Association, it features fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages. Last year there were over 5,000 events...


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The Ultimate STEM Challenge: an interview with Angmering School

We asked Martha Boyne (MB) and Emily Clements (EC) from Angmering School about their experience of participating in last year’s Ultimate STEM Challenge. Their students’ enthusiasm and dedication lead them to submit 14 projects to the competition.Why did you decide to enter the Ultimate STEM Challenge?MB:  We’ve both got amazing pupils that...


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