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Embedding employability skills and engaging students in STEM

How can we better integrate employability skills into science teaching? Sarah Longshaw, our Lead at the Cheshire & The Wirral Science Learning Partnership (SLP), looks at how one school in their area got Year 9 and 10 students enthusiastic to explore STEM careers.For Alsager, a Triple Science Intensive school, the inspiration to...

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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 to do at home: making Jelly

Making jelly is a fun and easy way of identifying solids and liquids and exploring how things dissolve.We separated the cubes of jelly and added them to a large bowl. Using a measuring jug we mixed one half warm water and the other half with cold water, we then waited for the jelly to dissolve.I explained to Freya why having a large surface area...

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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...

Simple STEM activities to do at home

I’m a teacher who has lots of experience teaching primary age children. Teaching at home should be easy, right? No, it most certainly isn’t!There is a distinct lack of enthusiasm from my nine-year-old, who is under the impression that he’s on holiday. With the constant interruptions, dive-bombing of online meetings and sloping off to play on...

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Engaging teens with science

If you’ve ever shown a young child a simple science experiment you will know that, in their eyes, you are now a wizard. With some nurturing, science engagement in children can be quite straightforward to grow and maintain. But then, they evolve into a terrifying sub-species… the teenager.Suddenly all the tips and tricks you once had down to a tee...

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Food: it’s not just cooking - it’s science

A graduate starting salary of around £24,000, opportunities for international travel, continuing professional development and hundreds of vacancies on offer – the chilled food sector has a lot to offer.However, careers in the industry are often perceived as focusing on cooking, or being a chef, meaning the STEM principles that underpin everything...

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The Great Science Share for Schools

The Great Science Share for Schools (GSSfS) is an annual campaign to inspire young people to share their scientific questions with new audiences.It’s a unique campaign that seeks to encourage children to take the lead in developing their own scientific questions and investigations, to raise the profile of science in schools and communities, and...

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Top that! Putting STEM into Pancake Day

Each February, Christians around the world traditionally celebrate with a feast day, where they eat pancakes the day before they enter a 40-day fasting period leading up to Easter.  The symbolism behind this celebration is well documented, but have you ever stopped to think about the STEM skills you could develop when making your next batch...

Early careers support for science teachers

Within the north-west of England, we became aware through feedback from the schools we work with of a need to support teachers in the early stages of their careers.This awareness was reinforced by a report from Wellcome, which showed that science teachers are more likely to leave the profession than their non-science peers. This is especially...

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