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Taking learning outside: how you can celebrate Fascination of Plants Day

Sometimes people find it difficult to get themselves enthused about plants, let alone their students. To tie in with Fascination of Plants Day and Outdoor Classroom Day on 18 May 2017, I decided to see if I could think of anything fascinating about a notoriously dull plant, celery.

Apart from wondering...

Taking the fear out of physics

In my experience, when science teachers hear the word ‘physics’ they seem to go pale and swiftly move on to another subject. For some, finger nails on a chalkboard would be a preferable experience.

By degree, I’m not a physicist, I spent many of my academic years studying medicine at Bristol, but during my training my...

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Is it ever OK to admit you find teaching biology difficult?

Chatting with a colleague the other day, I had one of those light bulb moments. She said how difficult it was for her to admit that she found teaching biology difficult.

As a degree qualified chemist with industry experience, she had subject expertise and plenty of ideas for teaching chemistry and...

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Born to engineer: real contexts for your scheme of work

In response to the shortage of trained engineers, the ERA Foundation launched the Born to Engineer campaign, which aims to inspire young people to become the engineers of the future.At the heart of the campaign is a series of high quality short films, each featuring an engineer with an inspiring story.These insightful films are available on...

Bringing Demo Day 2017 into the classroom

British Science Week is a fantastic opportunity to engage students of all ages with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.This year’s British Science Week is taking place on 10-19 March 2017. Every year during British Science Week, Demo Day takes place and aims to inspire school teachers and technicians to explore new concepts, provoke...

Antibiotics Unearthed: what could you discover?

The Microbiology Society has announced it will continue its public engagement venture, Antibiotics Unearthed, into 2017.Antibiotics Unearthed gives the general public, students and educators in the UK and Ireland the opportunity to work with scientists as part of a global initiative to discover new antibiotics from soil bacteria.The Small World...

Royal Society launches primary school science experiments videos with Professor Brian Cox

The Royal Society has joined forces with Professor Brian Cox, the Society’s Professor of Public Engagement, to help primary school teachers across the UK to introduce creative experimental science lessons into their classrooms.A set of six videos and written resources – Brian Cox School Experiments – aimed at key stage 2 students (age 7-11 years)...

Cogent student competition: helping parents become science career savvy

Cogent skills has launched a new competition for secondary school students in Years 8 and 9 in England.Working individually or in teams of up to four, students are tasked with designing a communications campaign, aimed at parents, to promote the range of careers in science available and the various routes into those careers.Entries should include...

Results from first Science Education Tracker released

This week, the Wellcome Trust published the results from the first Science Education Tracker and found that teachers are key in forming young people’s attitudes and ambitions.The survey questioned more than 4,000 14-18 year olds and looked at their attitudes towards and experiences of science education and careers.Conducted by Kantar Public...

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...

Post-16 professional development, now with 100% discount

Take a look at our subject specific CPD that will support your teaching and ensure better engagement and attainment by students.For a limited time, we are offering a 100% discount* off the activity fee on the below CPD activities.Available to all teachers at state-funded schools and colleges, use code SEC100VAT when booking to get 100% off...

Regional Grant Scheme for 2017 Biology Week: opening soon

The Royal Society of Biology will be opening a new Regional Grant Scheme in February 2017, which aims to help people get involved with Biology Week.Taking place on 7 – 15 October 2017, Biology Week showcases the important and amazing work of the biosciences, getting everyone from children to professional biologists involved in a variety of hands-...

The Youth Grand Challenges: a new extra-curricular initiative

The British Science Association has announced a new extra-curricular initiative for students in the UK: the Youth Grand Challenges.Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and run by the British Science Association, the Youth Grand Challenges calls on students aged 11 to 19 to come up with innovative solutions that have the potential to...

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