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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...

Fast Tracking Innovation in STEM Inspiration

Winning the Innovation in STEM Inspiration award, the Fast Trackers programme was praised for its engaging and comprehensive mix of activities. James Richards, Engineering Capability Manager at Network Rail, tells us more about how the programme was put together.The Fast Trackers programme has defined a new benchmark in award-winning...

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STEM skills in any career

Does studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) at school, college or university mean you can only do STEM for the rest of your life? Can you only do that bit of STEM that you’ve been taught for the rest of your life? The answer to that is a huge, fat no!I am an engineer that works in education. And I know a physicist who is a...

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How I became a civil engineer

Mimi-Isabella Nwosu, describes herself as a 'concrete enthusiast' but it hasn't always been that way, almost dropping out of university because she had so little interest in the science course she was studying. Now an assistant materials engineer and STEM Ambassador, Mimi explains her journey to finding the area within STEM she really...

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What does an engineer look like?

As part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, we asked engineers in our STEM Ambassador community to demonstrate the incredible diversity of people and roles that exist in the sector.A big thank you to everyone who sent in descriptions of their jobs, along with photos. It was truly inspiring to read through your contributions. Here are a selection of your...

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Full STEAM ahead: bringing engineering to life

In June, ten intrepid Network Rail volunteers, ranging from IT Apprentice to Transformation Director, put on their STEM t-shirts and ventured into a local primary school to support their STEAM week.We kicked off the event by running the whole-school assembly and it was lovely to see some familiar faces from when we attended the school last...

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Why provide STEM opportunities?

Over the past three years, I have facilitated different STEM opportunities for students in the schools I have taught at, as part of the science faculty extracurricular activities. I had already been teaching science for four years before applying myself to these new challenges, but am so glad that I did and would urge any teachers interested in...

Why outreach completes your degree

Before starting university I had never heard of outreach, and I definitely didn’t know how rewarding it could be to share my love of science with the local community. That changed when I joined the Women in Science and Engineering Society (WISE), became a STEM Ambassador and started running local afterschool science clubs.Based at the...

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The building blocks to my career as an engineer

Silvia Re, a Senior Systems Engineer at Transport for London, has been a STEM Ambassador for the last two years. Silvia shares why she decided to become a STEM Ambassador and what this experience has given her so far.I became a STEM Ambassador because my manager at the time mentioned he was doing it and I got intrigued by the idea. I immediately...

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Powering imaginations through engineering

Engineering in the spotlight: we're celebrating the wonder of the world of engineering, and the inspiring individuals who inhabit it. Dinale Karunaratne, a bioengineer at DePuy Synthes, shares her experiences of working in the engineering sector and gives advice to those who are considering becoming bioengineers.What does your...

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