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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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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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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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Building dens and inspiring a generation: how you can get involved with Den Day 2017

Save the Children’s Den Day is a great event for raising awareness of the issues surrounding global homelessness and child safety.Having run Den Day twice already, and now preparing for my third, I have seen the brilliant student successes that have come from the den engineering, the humanitarian learning and the personal growth of the...


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Intensive ENTHUSE bursaries: Wilsden primary school share their experiences

When Wilsden Primary School in Bradford embarked on their Intensive ENTHUSE activities in November 2015, their aim was to raise the schools’ attainment across STEM subjects.In order to do so, they needed the tools to plan meaningful links between literacy, topic, mathematics and science, to ensure greater coverage of science skills in each year...


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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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