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Broadening horizons through placements

Sophie, a biology student at the University of York, shares how her 12-month internship with STEM Learning has helped to hone her skills, gain hands-on experience and broaden her horizons.Experiencing things first-hand helps me to decide my next steps. For example, in sixth form, medicine was my main consideration, but following a week’s...

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Rosalind Franklin - superhero with x-ray eyes

Rosalind Elsie Franklin, a STEM role model before STEM was even spoken about, continues to inspire a new generation of young people, having been immortalised on a 50p coin.When we think of Notting Hill, West London, most would name the famous carnival, or the Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts romcom. Few would mention the birthplace of one of the most...

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Confidence in communication

When first stepping into a classroom, one of the biggest worries for STEM Ambassadors is “Will these young people enjoy the activity or just switch off? Will they understand what I’m telling them?” Nabih Asif, from our London STEM Ambassador Hub reflects on how you can improve your confidence in communication.STEM Learning offers a fantastic...

Embedding employability skills and engaging students in STEM

How can we better integrate employability skills into science teaching? Sarah Longshaw, our Lead at the Cheshire & The Wirral Science Learning Partnership (SLP), looks at how one school in their area got Year 9 and 10 students enthusiastic to explore STEM careers.For Alsager, a Triple Science Intensive school, the inspiration to...

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One small step to make a difference

Tamasin Greenough Graham, the STEM Ambassador Hub Manager for the Transpennine Hub, reflects on the singular moments that can kickstart a life-long love of STEM.When we think about how to inspire young people to consider careers in STEM, our thoughts naturally turn towards our own experiences – what inspired us or demotivated us. How can we...

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Maintaining curiosity in STEM

Science presenter Maddie Moate talks about the value of staying curious in science, showing young people the connections between STEM subjects and the range of careers they can lead to, and speaking up for the environment.Children are born curious, especially at pre-school age; you can’t stop them asking questions, it’s impossible. As they get...

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Trainee teacher? We are here to help

We recognise that it is a very challenging time for trainee teachers. You should be consolidating your skills and knowledge this term in a school environment, but instead you may be feeling under-equipped to start teaching in September.At STEM Learning, we are determined to support you to develop your subject knowledge, subject-specific pedagogy,...

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Fast Tracking Innovation in STEM Inspiration

Winning the Innovation in STEM Inspiration award, the Fast Trackers programme was praised for its engaging and comprehensive mix of activities. James Richards, Engineering Capability Manager at Network Rail, tells us more about how the programme was put together.The Fast Trackers programme has defined a new benchmark in award-winning...

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STEM skills in any career

Does studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) at school, college or university mean you can only do STEM for the rest of your life? Can you only do that bit of STEM that you’ve been taught for the rest of your life? The answer to that is a huge, fat no!I am an engineer that works in education. And I know a physicist who is a...

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Educators and employers promote careers

Catrin Williams, STEM Coordinator for Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, was one of our winners of an ENTHUSE Celebration Award, specifically for Excellence in STEM teaching: post 16. She was commended for her work embedding real-world STEM careers into the curriculum. She tells us about the challenges and successes of working with...

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