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Roald Dahl: the champion of the STEM world

Roald Dahl’s stories have inspired generations of children, filled with extraordinary ideas, whimsical worlds and unbelievable inventions.The characters we meet face challenges in which they need creativity, imagination and perseverance to solve – skills we’d love to nurture in the children we teach.Charlie, George, Matilda, James and Danny all...

Progression, recognition and reflection: how I became a National Expert

As a teacher and middle leader with only two years’ experience in the profession, I was delighted to receive the highest level of recognition from STEM Educators – National Expert.Having previously held the Effective and Leading STEM Teacher levels, it was a great honour to receive the National Expert recognition."As teachers, we very rarely stop...

The benefits of learning outside the classroom

There is much awareness of the benefits of taking students outside the classroom to learn. However, little is often made of the benefits of teachers developing their own expertise through experiencing continuing professional development outside the classroom environment.Research and studies show that different people learn in different ways, as...

ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: recognising everyday heroes

My ENTHUSE Celebration Award journey began with an email calling for teachers and technicians to nominate themselves. Skimming the criteria I saw that I did in fact meet the requirements, despite being an ‘ordinary’ teacher!I set about drafting an application form and collecting evidence, mainly based on implementing ‘Science through Stories’...

The road to success: how the A14 construction project is inspiring young people in STEM

Carrying around 85,000 vehicles per day across Cambridgeshire, the A14 trunk road, which is managed by Highways England, is a vital transport corridor between the West Midlands and East Anglia. However, it is frequently congested and traffic is often disrupted by breakdowns and accidents.A section of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon...

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From industry to award ceremony: my STEM Insight journey

The organisation I work for actively encourages staff to participate in various CPD as it directly benefits staff and learners by introducing new ideas and innovation.This is done both informally and formally using training days and departmental meetings. When I approached my line manger about the STEM Insight programme and the possibility of...

A day in the life of a Polar Ambassador

As I made my way up the path, laden with resources for my first set of activities at Neston Primary School, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Greeting me at the front door was a gigantic model of the Titanic; brightly painted and intricately made, it must have taken hours to construct. It was just the beginning of the most amazing day’s experience.The...

Reversing climate change with the HEDRA project: designing the future home occupants

Climate change is happening. Unless we educate people from a young age, we have little chances of reversing the current climatic trend and ensure resilience in the future. It is important to provide simple and easy-to-do actions for everyone to take, that can reduce the impact we have on the environment with an immediate effect.The HEDRA (Home...

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Building dens and inspiring a generation: how you can get involved with Den Day 2017

Save the Children’s Den Day is a great event for raising awareness of the issues surrounding global homelessness and child safety.Having run Den Day twice already, and now preparing for my third, I have seen the brilliant student successes that have come from the den engineering, the humanitarian learning and the personal growth of the...

Intensive ENTHUSE bursaries: Wilsden primary school share their experiences

When Wilsden Primary School in Bradford embarked on their Intensive ENTHUSE activities in November 2015, their aim was to raise the schools’ attainment across STEM subjects.In order to do so, they needed the tools to plan meaningful links between literacy, topic, mathematics and science, to ensure greater coverage of science skills in each year...

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