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An insight into Trailblazer Apprenticeships

Trailblazer Apprenticeships are the new standards which are designed in collaboration with groups of employers; they are all about on-the-job training which really meets the needs of the particular occupation.David Swinscoe, the Director of the Centre for Applied Sciences at City and Islington College, sheds some light on the new Trailblazer...


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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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Engineering success: cycling the way to Olympic Gold

When starting my mechanical engineering degree at Bristol, I would never have guessed three years down the line I would be working with Team GB helping to develop Olympic bicycle technology for the Rio 2016 Olympics.Engineering at university has allowed me to have a real world impact in a sport I am so passionate about. I always very much enjoyed...


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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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STEM Ambassadors: engaging students with careers in design and technology

STEM Ambassadors are an important and exciting free-of-charge resource for teachers and others engaging with young people in and outside of the classroom. They offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate their value in life and careers.A teacher's viewWe asked Tessa Samuel, design and technology teacher at...


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Taking learning outside: how you can celebrate Fascination of Plants Day

Sometimes people find it difficult to get themselves enthused about plants, let alone their students. To tie in with Fascination of Plants Day and Outdoor Classroom Day on 18 May 2017, I decided to see if I could think of anything fascinating about a notoriously dull plant, celery.Apart from wondering if eating celery makes you use up more...


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A day of celebrations: playing a part in inspiring the next generation

Even from a young age, it’s essential that students are aware of the career paths and opportunities available to them. It is especially important for girls to feel empowered and able to pursue their dream career, and I was honoured to play a small part in that. A Sheffield primary school, Hatfield Academy, recently organised an event called...


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Real female role models – STEM Ambassadors 1950s and 60s style!

No Sunday morning lie-in for me as I set off with our 15 year old son (I fancied a challenge) to see an early morning showing of the movie Hidden Figures at the cinema. The film tells the incredible story of a team of African-American women mathematicians - Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - who served a vital role in...


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Top tips for making students' job applications stand out from the crowd

Supporting students with applying for jobs can be a challenge. To help, Kayleigh Rivett, support worker at The University of Portsmouth (and former science teacher), shares her experiences and gives some top tips to ensure that students’ applications stand out from the crowd.There are so many aspects to writing job applications, CVs and covering...


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Practical work: helping students enjoy science

WRITTEN BY: HILARY LEEVERS, WELLCOME TRUSTAs a teenager with a growing passion for physics, seeing the trails of sub-atomic particles falling through a cloud chamber - that I’d actually helped to make in our classroom - was mind blowing. Likewise, dissecting a sheep’s eyeball helped me see the world in a different way. I hope that...


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