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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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Creepy classroom: five fun activities to engage children this Halloween

It’s that time of year again – the days are getting shorter and all thoughts are turning to pumpkin-carving, trick-or-treating and seeing who can come up with the best costume ideas.As excitement rises and Halloween creeps ever closer, we’ve put together a selection of fang-tastic activities that are sure to put the spook factor into your lessons...

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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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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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The importance of coding for the future

The digital jobs market continues to develop at a rapid rate, with each year more skilled coders in demand.An increasingly sought after aptitude, computer programming skills have become the responsibility of the educator, and not only in higher education. Primary schools and nurseries are key to influencing the next generation of professionals by...

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Harnessing the power of data

In the information age, data is powerful. Data science is one of the fastest growing – and best paid – STEM careers. Many young people have little idea about their data, including how it is collected, analysed and used by governments and powerful corporations.In schools, data is central to both computing and maths but is sometimes taught in silos...

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National Coding Week: what are your go-to resources when teaching programming for the first time?

Welcome to the second in our series of #NationalCodingWeek blogs offering tips for teaching programming. Before launching into the ‘how’ of computer programming, it might be worth taking some time to explain ‘why’.Children are massive consumers of technology, rather than producers. This means they might miss the fact that everything a computer...

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What’s happening at UK Robotics Week 2017?

UK Robotics Week takes place between 24-30 June 2017 and is a week-long celebration of all things robotics.Now in its second year of running, the nationwide series of events demonstrates the latest technologies and research, and offers some fantastic competitions for schools to engage with robotics.We’ve been keeping an eye out for all the...

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Five top games to make coding easier

By Steve Dale, Innovation Consultant, The Innovation Centre BradfordCoding or programming is the big new topic of the computing curriculum. Getting pupils to design and build computer games is a cool way to get pupils interested in programming!There are several free programs that can support your teaching and help to engage your pupils in coding.1...

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Hands-on programming with robots

In this, the first of a series on educational robot technologies, Computing and Technology Specialist Dave Gibbs discusses Lego systems for primary and secondary school learners.I have yet to find a child who doesn’t get excited upon hearing the word ‘Lego’, although I am told they do exist. For an educator, bringing out Lego often results in...

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