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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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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...

Do your kids invent stuff?

You don’t need to spend long in a primary school classroom to know that kids are creative, have great imaginations and make fantastic problem solvers. It's something that should be celebrated, cultivated and is a vital part of any STEM career. As adults, we are often inclined to focus on the barriers to new ideas; why something can’t be done...

Raising the profile of design and technology in your primary school

Raising the profile of design and technology in primary schools is a key priority for teachers around the UK. Helen Genney, a primary teacher and design and technology leader at Winterton Junior School, is no exception.Helen recently attended two CPD activities run by STEM Learning – Leading an effective primary design and technology curriculum...

Celebrating British Science Week in design and technology

British Science Week is taking place from 10-19 March 2017, is your design and technology department joining in the celebrations?This year’s theme is change and aims to encourage young people to think about and investigate the changes happening around the globe.From seasons and climate, to materials and energy, this annual celebration is a...

Top six resources for primary teachers over Christmas

It’s that time of year again and as we hurtle towards the end of term, I have put together a few ideas to support learning in primary mathematics, science and design and technology in the run-up to Christmas:1. Plan a class partyIn this problem solving activity, children choose and carry out a range of calculations in order to plan a...

A career in electronics, making sci-fi a reality

The UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) has launched a campaign to show students why a career in electronics is worth studying for.'Put simply, a career in electronics is a career that will help create our future. The world that we live in is constantly evolving and technology is at the heart of this change. Only a generation ago you...

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How lessons in 3D printing can help creative pupils shine

Wriiten by Chris Elsworthy, CEO of CEL and creator of the Robox 3D printerIt feels like we’ve all been excited about 3D printing for a long time. For years it’s been the hot new thing on the horizon - a technology which will turn us into a world of makers designing and creating our own creations.While the...

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