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National Coding Week: what are your go-to resources when teaching programming for the first time?

Welcome to the second in our series of #NationalCodingWeek blogs offering tips for teaching programming. Before launching into the ‘how’ of computer programming, it might be worth taking some time to explain ‘why’.

Children are massive consumers of technology, rather than producers. This means they might...

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Roald Dahl: the champion of the STEM world

Roald Dahl’s stories have inspired generations of children, filled with extraordinary ideas, whimsical worlds and unbelievable inventions.

The characters we meet face challenges in which they need creativity, imagination and perseverance to solve – skills we’d love to nurture in the children we teach....

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Why volunteering is good for you

It’s always nice to be recognised for your efforts which is why I was delighted to be selected as one of three Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Inspirational Committee Members for 2017. 

Volunteering is something I have always cared about and have done throughout my life, starting as a voluntary...

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Wellcome’s latest report highlights current state of UK primary science education

Wellcome has published a new report which explores the nature of primary science delivery across the UK.Commissioned by Wellcome and carried out by CFE Research with the University of Manchester, the report looks into science leaders, teachers and pupils’ opinions of science.This report has been released prior to Wellcome’s UK-wide primary science...

Library of STEM activities for teachers gains new platform

The STEM Directory, an online directory of educational STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities has found a new home with STEM Learning.The STEM Directory is an online catalogue of activities that enhance the teaching of STEM in schools and colleges across the UK. Created by the Royal Institution, the STEM Directory will...

Classroom displays competition: could you be one of this term’s winners?

With the start of the new academic year comes the inevitable classroom of blank display boards.If you would like to give your classroom a new lease of life, then have a look at some of the displays teachers have sent in over the last year.As the term progresses and display boards blossom into being, then why not add your classroom display to our...

New report highlights positive impact ENTHUSE Partnerships have on pupils

An independent evaluation of ENTHUSE Partnerships has recently been completed by the respected Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE).ENTHUSE Partnership funding enables groups of four to eight schools and colleges to work together, with support from STEM Learning, on a two-year intensive programme to raise students’...

From boats to board games: winners of the classroom displays competition announced

A massive thank you to everyone who has shared photos of their most inspiring and creative classroom displays. If you haven’t taken a look at the entries, then it is well worth doing so - you may even find an idea for your own classroom!Classroom displays: primaryClassroom displays: secondaryWith so many fantastic displays to choose from, it is...

STEM Ambassadors demonstrate the power of science at arts festival

On Saturday 1 July, volunteers from a collective called BrumSciComm delivered science activities to around 800 children at the Cotteridge Community Festival of Music, Art & Dance (CoCoMAD) in Cotteridge Park.  All of the CoCoMAD scientists are STEM Ambassadors and are committed to getting more young people to enjoy learning about STEM...

Spark children’s curiosity with Explorify

Explorify is a free new programme by the Wellcome Trust for primary school teachers that sparks pupils’ curiosity and develops their thinking skills. It’s free to use, requires very little preparation, and is easy to slot into your everyday timetable.The programme is open to all teachers of primary school pupils aged 5-11. There are over 50...

Have you started planning your next STEM Ambassador activity?

STEM Learning is developing a new STEM Ambassadors digital platform to increase the functionality and impact of the programme, which will launch in September. 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. Across the UK, over 30,000...

Shortlisted award winners announced

This year’s ENTHUSE Celebration Awards will be presented at a prestigious event at the House of Commons on 20 July 2017.The ENTHUSE Celebration Awards were set up to celebrate the impact of continuing professional development (CPD) on teachers and technicians, their colleagues, their school or college and their students.This year, for the...

BP boosts support for primary science teaching with Science Explorers

BP is boosting support for science teaching in primary schools with the launch of Science Explorers, a brand new collection of free, curriculum-linked science learning materials, including an app for primary school pupils aged 5 to 11.Science Explorers is specially designed for use by teachers who are not science specialists and takes a fun,...

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