Fermi problems: making maths a fun real-world tool

Problem solving and group work are two major skills we all hope to foster in our pupils. One way to help them develop these skills is to challenge them with Fermi problems.

Enrico Fermi (1901 to 1954) was a Nobel Prize winning physicist, who was also famous for giving his audience fun problems, using approximate...

Kate McWilliams, STEM Ambassador at EasyJet

My STEM inspiration: flying the flag for the aviation industry

Kate McWilliams is a finalist in the Outstanding New STEM Ambassador category at the 2018 STEM Inspiration Awards.

Kate has become a STEM Ambassador in the past year and has undertaken numerous activities to support learning in STEM subjects and careers. In the lead up to the awards ceremony on 1 November 2018, she...

Cyber club

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...

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Opportunities for teachers of A level mathematics

“If you’re new to the chalkface, the challenge of teaching A level maths can be a tough one.”This is what Michael Anderson explains in his latest article in SecEd.In this article, Michael, the mathematics specialist for the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, explains the challenges of teaching A level mathematics, providing a number of...

Congratulations to the BBC micro:bit, winner of the 2016 BIMA Awards!

We supported the launch of the BBC micro:bit in March this year, and we’re delighted to hear that it has become an Education category winner at the 2016 BIMA Awards.Winners were announced at the Awards ceremony in London on Thursday 15 September.This spring, BBC Learning provided a programmable piece of hardware – called a BBC micro:bit  to 1...

Make scientific research history by taking part in the Big Food Survey

Written by: Cerys Griffiths, Executive producer at BBC LearningAlmost 800,000 BBC micro:bits have now been delivered to secondary schools across the UK and we know that already students are using them for some really exciting projects. And early research we’ve commissioned shows that when students start to use them it can have a really big impact...

Free trees for eligible primary schools

Eligible primary schools in England can apply for free tree packs from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Woodland Trust.These free trees and accompanying teaching resources will help pupils engage with nature and allow teachers to deliver the curriculum with confidence.Free trees will enhance the local community...

STEM education embedded in communities across the UK

A new network of STEM Ambassador Hubs has been established to ensure that teachers and schools, as well as non-school group leaders, such as Scout and Guide groups, are able to access the renowned STEM Ambassador programme no matter where they live or work.This network has been established, to provide a seamless connection between STEM Ambassadors...

Baroness Brown appointed as the new Chair of STEM Learning board

Baroness Brown of Cambridge, DBE FREng (Julia King), has been appointed Chair of the STEM Learning board. This role will draw on her extensive experience in STEM education and industry.Speaking about her appointment, Baroness Brown said:“STEM Learning believes that all young people across the UK should receive a world-leading STEM education – and...

Last chance to get your Gopher Science Lab grant

Gopher Science Lab supports students’ transition from primary to secondary school with peer to peer learning across age groups.Developed by the Royal Society of Biology and the Biochemical Society, this project allows primary and secondary schools to arrange their own hands-on science days, with support from a Gopher Science Lab grant.During this...

Could you be the next winner of the School Biology Teacher of the Year Award?

Are you or do you know an amazing teacher of biology who deserves recognition? Why not nominate them for an award to recognise their talent and skill?The Royal Society of Biology have opened up nominations for their School Biology Teacher of the Year Award.If you know a teacher who is currently working with students aged 11-18 years old; teaching...

Grant scheme for enriching mathematics teaching now open

The Royal Institution is offering UK state schools grants of up to £500 to host a mathematics enrichment and enhancement activity for their teachers and students.Funded by the Clothworkers’ Foundation, the scheme is designed to integrate mathematics activities (such as shows, talks and workshops) into school practice and to support teachers’...

EngineeringUK needs your help

EngineeringUK is conducting a survey for teachers and students to better understand their needs with regards to Engineering outreach (and STEM outreach more broadly).EngineeringUK is a not for profit organisation, which works in partnership with the engineering community to promote the vital role of engineers and engineering to society. They are...

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