Nicola Connor receiving an ENTHUSE Celebration Award in 2018

Meet the winners of the 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: Nicola Connor

Nicola Connor is Class Teacher at the Peel Primary School, Livingston, West Lothian and the winner of the 2018 ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM teaching – Primary. We chatted to her about her experience of winning the award and the difference it has made to her, the school and the pupils.

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Using Geoboards to develop mathematical thinking

I’m always on the lookout for more unusual questions about run-of-the-mill mathematics topics.

When finding the area of a rectangle for example, students very often automatically look for the numbers to put into the formula. I was therefore intrigued by the area maze problems created by Japanese mathematician Naoki Inaba, as...

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10 ways to use dominoes in your mathematics classroom

Recent years have seen a rise in popularity of certain manipulatives, including Cuisenaire rods and algebra tiles, while other manipulatives have a tendency to gather dust in the maths department store cupboard. Dominoes, for example, are often over looked.

We think it’s time to dust off the dominoes and dive in with these...

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The Little BIG Awards aim to close the engineering and digital skills gaps within the United Kingdom to attract more engineering and digital talent.This is to ensure the UK maintains its competitive edge and continues to foster innovation, which will ultimately drive economic growth.This is a rewarding and exciting opportunity for students to...

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Located at the heart of the National STEM Learning Centre in York, our resource centre houses the UK's largest collection of physical resources to support the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.With thousands of resources to browse through, from books and gadgets to DVDs and a one-of-a-kind archive collection, the...

Discuss ideas and share experiences in our Ultimate STEM Challenge community group

The BP Ultimate STEM Challenge is back for the third year running and the challenges are bigger and better than before.This year, students aged 11-14 across the UK are being challenged to use their STEM skills creatively to design either a rocket, remote controlled aircraft or robot arm that enables a safer and easier working environment in some...

Teaching sentence structure? Try making your own grammar video!

Whether you are a budding Steven Spielberg, or a complete beginner with the camera, sentence filming is a great way of using film for teaching grammar in an engaging way.The concept?Choose which aspect of grammar you are going to work on, for example relative clauses, create your sentence and draw its meaning in two frames (I.e. create a...

Improving careers provision in schools – what, why and how?

Careers awareness is an essential part of a young person’s education, yet a recent report has found that more needs to be done by the Government to improve their careers strategy and provision.This warning comes after the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants said that eight out of ten British school leavers “lacked essential business...

ESA Astronaut Tim Peake becomes first honorary STEM Ambassador

In recognition of Tim Peake’s outstanding contribution to raising the profile of STEM subjects amongst young people in the United Kingdom, the STEM Ambassadors Programme is making him the UK’s first honorary STEM Ambassador.Yvonne Baker, Chief Executive of STEM Learning, which delivers the UK-wide STEM Ambassadors programme on behalf of the...

Achieving the eSafety Mark at your school

eSafety, also referred to as internet safety, aims to ensure that everyone who uses technology does so in a safe and responsible way. Now that the online world is becoming increasingly inhabited by children, appropriate eSafety is a requirement for all schools.With organisations such as Ofsted and the Department for Education (DfE) publishing...

Would you like to be in the next BBC series about teachers and their students?

Do you have experience of working with highly-able students from low-income backgrounds?If so, Blast! is looking for teachers to share their own experiences for a new BBC series exploring social mobility in the UK.The series will explore the reasons why a significant proportion of promising pupils from low-income backgrounds underperform at GCSE,...

Getting involved in British Science Week just got easier

British Science Week is a ten day celebration of all things science, technology, engineering and mathematics.Taking place on 10-19 March 2017, it is a great way to engage young people of all ages with STEM through a variety of activities and events taking place all around the UK.Getting involved in British Science Week just got easier, as the...

STEM across Europe: making it real

On 15 November 2016, the MARCH (MAking science Real in sCHools) project is hosting a one day international conference, bringing together educators and institutions from across Europe to look at the future of education.Taking place at the Geological Society in London, the daytime conference will include discussion sessions on best...

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