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Science Capital: making science relevant

Many young people see science as irrelevant to them, as the academic nature of much of the science taught in secondary schools appears to be geared towards those who are going to end up wearing white coats in labs or being doctors. Or at least that’s how it can be perceived, not just by young people, but their families as well.Much has been tried...


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Moving smoothly from primary to secondary science

Moving from primary school to secondary school is a very exciting but sometimes daunting experience for many students. When the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is right, we see students get it right; we see students in Year 7 who are engaged, interested and enthusiastic about science; students who are keen to learn and at the same time continue...


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Meet Jen: Trainee Clinical Scientist

My name is Jen and I’m a trainee Medical Physicist in the Radiotherapy Department at St. James’ Hospital in Leeds. I’m currently training to become a qualified Clinical Scientist in Radiotherapy Physics as part of the national Scientist Training Programme.Before I go into too much detail about my current role, I’ll just give you a bit of...


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Meet the winners of 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: Richard Spencer

Dr Richard Spencer, Head of Science at Middlesbrough College, and the winner of the 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Award for Excellence in STEM teaching –  Further Education category shares his experience about the difference the award has made to him, his school and pupils.Many teachers go ‘above and beyond’ their day-to-day commitments....


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Why should teachers care about what happens in the brain?

How can a scientific understanding of how the brain works inform the way you teach?On our free Science of Learning online course, teachers from all over the world have come together to work out their meaning to the big question ‘what is learning?’ Throughout the course, participants are exploring the science behind how students engage with...


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Meet the winners of 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: Colin Louden

Colin Louden is Head of Science at Lisneal College, Londonderry, Northern Ireland and the winner of the 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Award for Excellence in STEM teaching – Secondary. We asked him about his experience of winning the award and what it meant to him, the school and the pupils.Winning the award in the category of secondary school STEM...


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Meet the winners of 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: Amanda Watts

Amanda Watts is Director of Science Support at Aldridge School, Walsall, West Midlands and the winner of the 2018 ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM teaching – Technicians. She tells us about her career, the experience of winning the award and what it meant for her personally, the school and the pupils.Last year I turned 50 and after 33 years of...


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Thinking Science: provoking thought and generating discussion

Thinking Science is a stimulating set of philosophical questions that provoke critical thought about physics, chemistry, biology and working scientifically.Below is an example of the kind of question created by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bristol, where I first came across Thinking Science as a PGCE student. I use this...


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Inspiring the next generation with the world and wonder of science

Bethan Cornell MPhys (Hons) is a PhD Student in Physics at King's College London and a STEM Ambassador. Over the last year, she has delivered career talks for young people and supported their development of employability skills.She is motivated to volunteer due to her frustrations about the stereotypes that exist in society about scientists....


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Quantum Technology: Tomorrow's Frontier

The first quantum revolutionEinstein’s work on light and matter interacting led to him observing the “photoelectric effect”. This work ultimately led to the invention of semiconductors, atomic clocks, satellite navigation, lasers, MRI scanners and many other devices that use quantum mechanics – the first quantum revolution.The work currently being...


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