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Preparing young people for the jobs of tomorrow

Prior to joining STEM Learning, I have always taken an interest in the developing the skills of young people for potential recruiters and making sure that they are equipped with the tools and knowledge to be able to adapt and remain employed. As a parent, it’s important to me to be able to guide my children on what skills and trades they...


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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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My STEM inspiration: building partnerships between education and industry

Stewart Harrison’s cyber club has recently been shortlisted for a 2018 STEM Inspiration Award. He shares how his club has grown over the last couple of years, and how humbled he is to be among those shortlisted.The starting up of a school cyber club was a rather serendipitous affair after receiving an email from a STEM mailing list. As an ordinary...


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How to build your confidence as a non-specialist teacher of computing

New year, new timetable. Whether you’re picking up a few lessons of computing here and there, or you’ve fully taken on a subject teaching role for the first time, you probably feel a little shaky. As you work to raise your confidence, invest your energy wisely.How you can get startedTry unplugged activitiesTry out some unplugged computing...


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The challenges of bringing technology into the classroom

Since September 2016, I’ve visited over 200 primary schools across the country. I’ve had the opportunity to speak with thousands of teachers and a large proportion of these conversations were associated with technology for the classroom.On the whole, schools and colleges are extremely positive about the impact that technology can have on student...


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What has engineering got to do with computing?

Engineering offers different ways of learning in computing, from problem-solving techniques to systems for managing code development. There are also many, many routes into engineering and technical careers open to students interested in computing.Britain needs engineers. With around 25% of GDP being generated in engineering, it is vital to the...


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Computing newbies: dive right in!

This September, lots of you will be diving into computing at the deep end. Don’t worry, there’s tonnes of help available to stay afloat.As computing continues to replace ICT in secondary schools across the country, some of you will be teaching computing for the first time in the new academic year. This varied group of newbies brings different...


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Getting started with Greenfoot

Greenfoot is visual programming environment in which you create and program 'actors' which live in 'worlds' to build games, simulations, and other graphical programs.It’s designed to make learning about object orientation concepts easy and fun, but you don’t need to look at these concepts in detail to make great programs.Who is Greenfoot for?It...


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From the micro:bit to robotics: getting students excited about STEM

Sam Reid is a design and technology teacher at a school in Hampshire. He has been busy developing a variety of projects designed to get students and staff excited about STEM subjects. We chatted to him about the work he is doing to inspire teachers and students alike.My goal is to develop projects, resource packs and teacher toolkits that any...


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Exploring the big issues in computing

Many Governments want to illegalise encryption to make it harder to communicate secretly, eroding our privacy further.Wealth accumulates in big tech companies, which squeeze out the existing media, and are much more loosely regulated leading to fake news.Artificial intelligence will displace more humans from their jobs than anyone thought possible...


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