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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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What would you do with the darkest material ever made?

If you are looking to hide those dents in your surface finish, Vantablack makes three dimensional objects look two dimensional – the ultimate way to hide those surface imperfections!What is Vantablack?Described as the “closest thing to a black hole we'll ever see”, Vantablack is a surface finish developed by Surrey...


How do you choose the perfect 3D printer for your classroom?

Image credit: https://zortrax.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Zortrax_M200_workshop.jpg3D printers can be used as a revolutionary teaching tool to engage pupils, and they can help students to understand design and manufacturing and learn hands-on. However, with so many different types of machine, filament and software packages to choose from,...


Robin and Lucienne Day, British designers who changed the landscape of furniture and furnishings

This month, we take a look at two designers who shaped post war Britain with mass manufactured designs that brought innovative and affordable design to the British public.   Working on back to back drawing boards, but working independently, Robin Day OBE and his wife Lucienne Day shared the spirit of optimism that ran through...


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Top tips for 3D printing

The countless capabilities of 3D printing seem to grow by the day. Whether it’s improving production processes for manufacturing - such as replacing CNC and milling as is achievable with a Markforged Mark Two 3D printer, or encouraging children to take an active interest in additive manufacturing - as is achievable with a BEEINSCHOOL 3D...


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