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Creepy classroom: five fun activities to engage children this Halloween

It’s that time of year again – the days are getting shorter and all thoughts are turning to pumpkin-carving, trick-or-treating and seeing who can come up with the best costume ideas.As excitement rises and Halloween creeps ever closer, we’ve put together a selection of fang-tastic activities that are sure to put the spook factor into your lessons...

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Create a positive cycle of behaviour

Making small shifts in your own behaviour can lead to more positive interactions in your classroom. Yeasmin Mortuza and I are lead educators on the online course Managing behaviour for learning. We recently recorded the first of our video diaries for this course and one of the stand out comments from our discussions was: “We cannot...

How volunteering shaped my career

I became a STEM Ambassador whilst at University after attending an inspiring STEMettes talk. I enjoyed STEM subjects in school and wanted to promote it to other students who may think it’s not for them.I come from a family of doctors and engineers, so it had always been the norm to go down that career path. It wasn’t until I attended the talk that...

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Make space for a Makerspace

East Wemyss Primary School won the 2018 Rolls-Royce Science Prize for its use of Makerspaces. Teacher Tracey Ellicott talks us through their journeyThe Makerspace seed was sown after visiting Northrop Grumman’s FabLab in Los Angeles. I set out to create our own scaled-down version in the old public library building in the school grounds.My...

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Inspiring STEM Technicians in schools and communities

Catching up with the winners of the 2018 STEM Inspiration Awards, we talked to Sophie Finch, our Outstanding STEM Technician. I had just returned to work after a fantastic A level physics course at the National STEM Learning Centre, and had received an email from the course leader saying “I think this would be great for you Sophie.” ...

Ten ways to drive science in primary schools

How do you support science teaching and learning in your primary school? Whether you are a new science leader or a seasoned hand, below are ten tips to ensure that all of your children receive a first-class science education. 1. AuditAudit your school to see how much science is being done. Include questions such as:How many hours a week...

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Giving aviation a boost

At the 2018 STEM Inspiration Awards Kate McWilliams won the award for Outstanding New STEM Ambassador.Kate is an airline pilot flying Airbus A320 aircraft for EasyJet. She became a STEM Ambassador in January 2017 and has undertaken numerous activities to support learning in STEM subjects and careers. A year on from winning her award, we catch up...

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Building the future STEM workforce

Esh Group won a 2018 STEM Inspiration Award for an Inspirational STEM Engagement Project, showcasing their interactive workshops and vibrant construction-themed resource kit. Clare Davison, their Social Value Coordinator, reflects on the impact these kits have had.Construction is often wrongly perceived as a male-dominated and physical working...

Celebrating STEM Clubs: One year on from the STEM Inspiration Awards

Lynn Nickerson, STEM Coordinator at Didcot Girls’ School, was part of the winning STEM Club at last year's STEM Inspiration Awards. Lynn told us how much winning meant to her and the club.About this time last year, I was sitting in the sunshine idly checking my emails when one suddenly caught my eye. The words “Inspiration Awards” and “STEM...

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Helping STEM Ambassadors get the most from practical activities

STEM Ambassador, Natalie Cheung, writes about the STEM Learning free online course on Planning STEM Activities, available on FutureLearn.Many of those who work in STEM sectors were inspired by interactive STEM activities as a child. This may have been a classroom experiment, a STEM-related project at home, a demonstration on TV or something else....

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