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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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Design and technology boosted by ENTHUSE Partnerships

ENTHUSE Partnerships create a real collaborative network between local schools and our partnership is evidence of this!ENTHUSE Partnerships happen where STEM Learning works with groups of 6-8 schools and colleges to develop a bespoke two-year action plan with funding and access to CPD and support.Through ENTHUSE funding, we were provided with a...

Top that! Putting STEM into Pancake Day

Each February, Christians around the world traditionally celebrate with a feast day, where they eat pancakes the day before they enter a 40-day fasting period leading up to Easter.  The symbolism behind this celebration is well documented, but have you ever stopped to think about the STEM skills you could develop when making your next batch...

Rolls-Royce science and technology prize now open

From developing an outdoor education hive and an eco-friendly hanging garden to robotics and virtual reality, an incredible range of science-related projects have been recognised and rewarded through the Rolls-Royce science prize, claiming thousands of pounds in prizes.And you could join them as entries open for the now-renamed Rolls-Royce Schools...

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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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Off to a flying start: the benefits of taking part in STEM competitions

Neil Wright is a design and technology teacher at William Far School in Welton, Lincolnshire. For the first time last year, he offered Year 9 students the opportunity to take part in a hands-on STEM competition. We chatted to Neil about his experience of getting involved and the impact this has had on his students.In 2018 for the first time, we...

Why provide STEM opportunities?

Over the past three years, I have facilitated different STEM opportunities for students in the schools I have taught at, as part of the science faculty extracurricular activities. I had already been teaching science for four years before applying myself to these new challenges, but am so glad that I did and would urge any teachers interested in...

Smart materials, but not as we know it!

Did you know that products and materials that you can find on the high street were originally designed for use in space?The technology behind cordless handheld vacuum cleaners was inspired from the battery operated drills used to extract samples from the moon’s surface. If you’ve ever used an infrared ear thermometer, you have used technology...

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...

Kickstart the autumn term with design and technology support from STEM Learning

Never has a design and technology department been so diverse. One day you are teaching students how to design digitally for 3D printing, the next you might be solving a maths problem or explaining the science behind a technical textile. This can all feel like a bit of a whirlwind at the start of a new term, don’t panic – we’re here to help!Whether...

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