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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...


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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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An out of this world astronomy club

When I was growing up, I always had an interest in space. It started when my uncle showed me Saturn when I was about 7 and from then on I was hooked.To cut a long story short, I craved to learn more about astronomy. As I moved through school, I was never encouraged to take a ‘different’ career path. I wasn’t a great academic so I slipped into what...


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Engage, build, consolidate: bringing learning to life

Gavin Simpson is the Head of Economics at Dame Alice Owen’s School in Potters Bar. With over 20 years’ teaching experience, he has recently completed the Science of Learning online CPD. We chatted to him about his experiences.I signed up to The Science of Learning on FutureLearn because I’ve always been impressed with the work of Paul Howard-Jones...


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STEM Ambassadors: championing inclusivity in the classroom

In 2016, I joined a team of fellow engineers at Xaar as a STEM Ambassador. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience to date; my colleagues are very supportive and I now feel very much part of the group.Our team has been running for five years and supports a local school by delivering STEM activities as part of an after-school Imagineering club. I...


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Scaling new heights: taking polar exploration to the next level

Having the opportunity to engage with and positively influence young people’s life choices as a STEM Ambassador is one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done – shaping young minds is a privilege and has become a real passion.I enjoy drawing on my own life experiences as a Chartered Accountant, aid worker, mountaineer and polar enthusiast to...


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Enriching mathematics with the wonder of engineering

A career in engineering is exciting, rewarding and highly creative. Yet there is a big shortage of young people that think it could be a job for them.The Year of Engineering aims to celebrate the world and wonder of engineering. It forms an important part of the UK Industrial Strategy, which is committed to boosting engineering across the country...


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Innovation and inspiration: my experience of CERN

Henry Rae, one of the winners of our STEM Inspiration Awards, got the chance to go to CERN as part of his prize - he tells us all about his experience.I was truly overwhelmed by the scale of everything at CERN - the machines, budgets, number of staff and the variety of roles were all equally impressive. I particularly liked seeing how people...


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Shining a light on STEM careers

Jaz Rabadia MBE, a Chartered Energy Manager, reflects on why it’s more important than ever to encourage more young people, particularly women, into STEM careers.As a mechanical engineering graduate and the only female on my course, I left university with a passion to encourage more women to consider careers in STEM. Often students assume careers...


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My STEM story: five years on

I first stepped foot in the National STEM Learning Centre in December 2012, and I haven’t looked back since.Back in 2012, I travelled from Germany with a colleague to undertake the 'Extending the Role of the Science Subject Leader' CPD. At the time, I had been involved in a bullying investigation in which a colleague was found guilty of bullying...


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