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...

ENTHUSE Celebration Award winner

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...

A14 road

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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Encouraging active learning in secondary mathematics

The National STEM Learning Network is pleased to announce a new hands-on residential CPD activity exploring manipulatives and how they can be used to enhance understanding in secondary mathematics.During the course, you will discover ways to encourage active learning in mathematics through the use of manipulatives such as counters, interlocking...

STEM Educators: your chance to be celebrated

Designed to recognise the impact professional development has had on you, your colleagues and your students, STEM Educators is a fantastic opportunity to achieve professional recognition.We’ve put together a helpful list of FAQs to answer your queries.What is STEM Educators?STEM Educators is a free recognition scheme, designed to highlight the...

Encouraging teachers out of the classroom and into industry

An award winning teacher, Elaine Manton, was recently invited to Brussels to sit on a panel advising the European department of education about embedding STEM careers in teaching.Elaine, a teacher at Loreto Grammar School in Altrincham, said:“It was an honour to sit on this panel and discuss what needs to be done in classrooms across Europe to...

BBC Terrific Scientific: inspiring a generation

The National STEM Learning Network is proud to be a campaign champion of the BBC Terrific Scientific campaign.We will be lending ongoing support to the bold and ambitious new campaign from the BBC to inspire 9-11 year old pupils to engage with science through exciting, innovative and accessible mass-participation investigations.Through...

What’s coming up in the world of STEM?

The next few months are a busy time in the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.From lectures and conferences to awareness days and national events, there are plenty of ways to get involved and share your enthusiasm for all things STEM. What’s coming up?Library Lovers’ Month – FebruaryLibrary Lovers’ Month is a four week...

How you can get involved with Number Day 2017

On 3 February 2017, the NSPCC’s national fundraising event, Number Day, will be taking place.Number Day provides a fantastic opportunity to celebrate mathematics, as well as raise money for charity.Taking place every year, there are plenty of ways to get involved. Whether you dedicate a full day to mathematics events or organise a variety of fun,...

PISA and TIMSS conferences

The UCL Institute of Education, along with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCTEM) and the National STEM Learning Network, is hosting a series of regional conferences/workshops on the PISA and TIMSS studies. The reports on PISA 2015 and TIMSS 2015, both of which were produced by teams at the IOE on behalf of...

Are you attending Bett 2017?

On 25-28 January 2017, the National STEM Learning Network will be attending the 2017 Bett Show. At this year's event we will be showcasing a range of exciting new opportunities and offerings to support STEM education. This will include presenting our online resource collection via our website and our range of subject-specifc...

STEM Inspiration Award winners head to CERN

This week the winners of the 2016 STEM Inspiration Awards will be heading to CERN - arguably the most famous research facility in the world.Home of the world-famous Large Hadron Collider, CERN is the site of the discovery of the so-called ‘God particle’ - or Higgs boson. This unique site uses some of the world's most complex scientific instruments...

The Chartered College of Teaching opens for membership

On 18 January 2017, the Chartered College of Teachers opened its membership.The Chartered College was set up to create world-class professional scholarship routes and is now inviting the UK’s teaching profession to join the organisation.Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College said:“Together, we aim to build an authoritative,...

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