3D printing hints and tips for design and technology

Written by Phil Cotton @philipacotton

If 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...

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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...

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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.

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How you can celebrate UK Fungus Day

UK Fungus Day is taking place on 8 October 2017 – to bring this into the classroom, why not take part in the British Mycological Society’s competition?Fungi are an incredibly diverse group of organisms ranging from single celled yeast to the largest living organism.Perfect for key stages 3, 4 and 5, the aim of the competition is to develop an...

There is still time to register for the MEI conference

The MEI 2017 Conference runs from Thursday 29 June to Saturday 1 July. This year it is being held at the beautiful campus and excellent conference facilities at Keele University.There will be over 100 engaging sessions across a range of topics, each designed to enrich your experience and provide valuable opportunities for...

What is your STEM story?

As the academic year draws to a close, we want to celebrate all of the amazing things that have been achieved this year.We love to hear about your experiences and how STEM subjects or related work have changed your lives. Throughout June we will be posting a series of blogs that highlight the fantastic work you do to inspire those around you.Read...

New scheme aimed at supporting technicians launched

The Technician Commitment launched at the Higher Education Technicians Summit (HETS) at the University of Warwick.HEaTED has been the leading provider of professional development and networks for the technical workforce for almost a decade, working to support and promote the recognition, career development, visibility and...

Enthuse, engage and empower: STEM Clubs impact report published

STEM Clubs are out of timetable sessions that give school and college students the chance to explore aspects of STEM subjects in more informal settings, allowing them to experiment, ask questions and tackle challenges that interest them.To help you get the most out of your STEM Club, STEM Learning offers guidance on setting up clubs, ideas for...

2017 STEM Inspiration Awards open for nominations

This year’s STEM Inspiration Awards have opened for entries, and there are even more categories to choose from.The STEM Inspiration Awards recognise and celebrate the work done by a wide range of people to enrich young people’s experience of STEM subjects.Whether you work inside or outside of the teaching profession, there is an award for you. We...

Be a part of the Royal Society’s Associate Schools and Colleges network

The Royal Society’s Associate Schools and Colleges network is currently accepting new applications for membership from UK schools and colleges at all levels of primary and secondary education.The network supports teachers accessing high-quality, subject-specific support, CPD and provides opportunities to learn and share from its members.  The...

Inspiring the next generation of designers, architects and engineers at a free two-day workshop for students

Scale Rule has organised a free two-day workshop for students in Years 9 and 10 on 1 and 2 July 2017 in Birmingham.The opportunity will enable students to:develop an understanding of what architects and engineers doconsider new careers and choose A levels to matchgain experiences for their personal statementhave a fun and creative weekendThe...

£600 funding for schools by participating in research into benefits of STEM project work

The British Science Association is looking for 200 secondary schools in England to participate in research into CREST Awards.Participating schools will receive £600 funding to take part in a randomised control trial of the Silver CREST Awards in 2017/18 with a group of year 9 students. This is a unique opportunity for your school to make an...

Step up for STEM: taking your first steps in primary computing

Computing was added to the primary National Curriculum in 2014. If you teach children aged 5-11, research suggests it’s unlikely you are confident in teaching computing.The Barefoot Project is designed to improve teacher confidence in computing, helping them take their first steps in embracing this vital STEM subject.Barefoot challenges the...

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