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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...

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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Simple STEM activities at home for young children

Like most parents, I am new to home learning. Having two young children under the age of five, I really struggled to see how I could entertain them both and work at home at the same time. At STEM Learning, I work in communications, so I’m adept at juggling projects, new challenges and being creative, but this is another level.As most parents...

Simple STEM activities to do at home: Fantastic fruit

I was surprised by how many questions can be asked about a simple activity from ‘Starters for STEM’ using fruit that you already have in the house.For this activity Freya picked a selection of fruits and drew a picture for each one. Together we sounded out the phonemes to help her practice the spellings, names of the fruits and their colours.We...

Simple STEM activities to do at home: NHS rainbow

It has been heart-warming to see so many “thank you NHS” rainbows placed in the windows of our neighbour’s houses with “stay safe” and “be kind” messages to show support for our local community and lift spirits.Freya and I decided to not only create a rainbow but to jazz it up with some sparkly jewels. We sang the old rhyme “Richard of York Gave...

Simple STEM activities to do at home: Helicopter Spinner

Like most parents the last couple of days has forced me to juggle both childcare and work commitments. I’m lucky that I have a teaching background but my two daughters, Rosie aged 7 and Beth aged 12, are much younger than the sixth form students that I used to teach. Their age difference makes setting a task which satisfies and challenges both...

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,...

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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