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Summer of STEM launches

STEM Learning’s Enrichment Lead Tom Lyons introduces our Summer of STEM activities to engage, entertain and educate young people over the summer holidays.As I write this, my two daughters are finishing their last week of school…at home, in their bedrooms. They’ve worked hard with their home learning, and so have their teachers, and I know that we...

Confidence in communication

When first stepping into a classroom, one of the biggest worries for STEM Ambassadors is “Will these young people enjoy the activity or just switch off? Will they understand what I’m telling them?” Nabih Asif, from our London STEM Ambassador Hub reflects on how you can improve your confidence in communication.STEM Learning offers a fantastic...

Smoothing secondary school transition in STEM

All Year 7 teachers know that new cohorts arrive from primary school with varying levels of knowledge, skills and confidence. These variations are compounded by multiple feeder schools all having different approaches. How can this be managed at the point of transition, so all students make progress, not just those who have the most catching-...

Trainee teacher? We are here to help

We recognise that it is a very challenging time for trainee teachers. You should be consolidating your skills and knowledge this term in a school environment, but instead you may be feeling under-equipped to start teaching in September.At STEM Learning, we are determined to support you to develop your subject knowledge, subject-specific pedagogy,...

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Educators and employers promote careers

Catrin Williams, STEM Coordinator for Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, was one of our winners of an ENTHUSE Celebration Award, specifically for Excellence in STEM teaching: post 16. She was commended for her work embedding real-world STEM careers into the curriculum. She tells us about the challenges and successes of working with...

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Differentiation: empowering learners

Jane Winter and Yeasmin Mortuza are our experience mentors for our free Differentiation for Learning online course. Here, they share an element of their roles they particularly enjoy recording our video diaries, as it is an opportunity to highlight what course participants have written. Ross, one of the teachers participating on the course,...

Meet the 2020 bp Ultimate STEM Challenge Judges

The deadline for entries for the 2020 Ultimate STEM Challenge has now closed. This year’s theme focused on ‘wearable tech’ inviting pupils across the UK to come up with amazing ideas for new wearable tech that will improve our lives in the future. For the first time this year, the challenge was opened to 9-11-year-olds across the UK. With entries...

International Volunteer Day 2019

Did you know for 2018-2019 STEM Ambassadors contributed an astonishing 531,149 volunteer hours? For ​International Volunteer Day (taking place on 5 December) we wanted to celebrate our wonderful community of STEM Ambassadors, each of whom give their time to inspire young people into studying STEM subjects and ...

The Attenborough effect: get young people interested in STEM

Rachel Hall from educational resource provider Busy Things shares her top tips for getting your pupils interested in STEM subjectsMore people are developing a passion for sustainability, finding environmentally friendly options for their food, clothes and many other aspects of their lifestyle. This is, in part, thanks to Sir David Attenborough’s...

Create a positive cycle of behaviour

Making small shifts in your own behaviour can lead to more positive interactions in your classroom. Yeasmin Mortuza and I are lead educators on the online course Managing behaviour for learning. We recently recorded the first of our video diaries for this course and one of the stand out comments from our discussions was: “We cannot...

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