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Inspiring tomorrow's engineers today

Who are tomorrow's engineers? I'd argue that every single student in your classroom could be an engineer.Typically, if you ask someone what an 'engineer' is they will reply with one or more of the following descriptors: introverted, nerdy, clever, fixes things, problem solver, dirty, mechanic, overalls, hard hat. And they work on cars, planes,...

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My STEM Inspiration: helping young people realise their potential

Kev Stannard has recently been shortlisted for the Outstanding STEM Ambassador award as part of the STEM Inspiration Awards 2018. He tells us about his experience of working with young people and how much being nominated means to him.I have been a member of the Royal Air Force for over 20 years, working all over the world. My job involves...

STEM Ambassadors: keeping Rail Week on track

With a huge shortage of young people seeing engineering as a career choice for them, Network Rail is passionate about promoting it as something that will open a world of possibility for them in the future.In my role as Project Leader at Network Rail, I am fortunate enough to be involved in the Government-led ‘Year of Engineering’ campaign.This has...

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Raising the profile of primary STEM education

Sarah Eames of Sandfield Close Primary School in Leicester, which received the 2017 ENTHUSE Award for STEM Primary School of the Year, talks about what they’re doing to inspire pupils, teachers and other schools to excel in STEM subjects.Congratulations on the award – what impact did it have?Thank you! I’ve had lots more meetings after school –...

Science Capital: a primary perspective

At Willow Brook Primary School, we have been on a mission to raise the Science Capital of our pupils.The Science Capital concept was first developed in the ASPIRES project – a longitudinal study tracking how young people develop their science and career aspirations from the age of 10.Many experts have talked about the “secondary slump” and the...

How to introduce STEM competitions into design and technology

STEM competitions provide a huge opportunity for teachers and technicians to engage and enthuse students. They are fun, help students to cement new friendships, develop their CV experience and their ability to problem solve real-life challenges.The benefits are not just limited to students - as a teacher, you can trial new content with smaller...

The challenges of bringing technology into the classroom

Since September 2016, I’ve visited over 200 primary schools across the country. I’ve had the opportunity to speak with thousands of teachers and a large proportion of these conversations were associated with technology for the classroom.On the whole, schools and colleges are extremely positive about the impact that technology can have on student...

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Volunteering for change: why I became a STEM Ambassador

The opportunity came up for me to introduce the STEM Ambassador programme into my organisation and I really wanted to get involved.Having spent the large majority of my career working in engineering and IT, I knew only too well the challenges the sectors faced to encourage the next generation of engineers and IT professionals. However, not coming...

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Clubbing together to inspire the next generation

Growing up, my father and brother were both engineers, so we were always having fun designing, building and fixing things. When I came to choosing a career, I wanted one that I would enjoy and be good at, that would be useful to society, something practical and creative but also challenging. Engineering was really my only option!I studied...

Creature comforts: a day in the life of a wildlife educator

I’m a Wildlife Educator from Swansea, Wales. I’ve always had a huge passion for wildlife since a very young age – I have a very supportive family who appreciated and helped my love for wildlife grow. It has since blossomed into a business and a huge part of my life.As a Wildlife Educator, my work is based solely on wildlife. I love weird creatures...

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