Inspiring teenagers to pursue maths further

‘What’s the point of Pythagoras Miss?  He’s been dead for more than 2000 years!’ It’s the sort of question that every teacher dreads, though teenagers have every right to ask it. 

The answer: ‘Because it will help you get a good grade in GCSE’ might be true, but it’s not a response likely...

Jane Winter, course facilitator

Introduction to assessment for learning: process over product

Jane Winter and Yeasmin Mortuza are our experienced mentors for our free online courses on Assessment for Learning. Here, they share a highlight from the course discussions, captured as part of their course video diary.

Yeasmin and I have been enjoying working with participants on STEM Learning's...

Students from Wimbledon High at the BP STEM festival

The Engineering Education Scheme: the benefits of volunteering as a mentor

Brogan MacDonald is a Graduate Structural Engineer at Ramboll who has recently completed a six-month-long STEM Ambassador activity. She discusses the benefits of long-term STEM engagement and how mentoring has developed her personally and professionally.  

As a STEM Ambassador, it is certainly...

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BP investigate the STEM skills gap with a new research and development project

BP have partnered with the Science Museum and King’s College London in a five year research and development project called Enterprising Science. Enterprising Science researched why there is a skills gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and what can be done to close it. The research coined a new term: science capital. Science...

Education Minister promotes TIPS and TAPS placements!

Nick Gibb, Minister of Education, stated the value of our Teacher Industrial Partners' Scheme (TIPS) and Teacher Academic Placement Scheme (TAPS) as he answered a question prompted by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in their Engineered in Britain report. IMechE are ENTHUSE partners and part funders of our...

Celebration of everything space

Around 250 volunteers and members of the public came together at the National STEM Learning Centre’s space megajam to spend a Saturday learning about comet tails, space travel, living in space and creating Raspberry Pi code for space!Visitors created LEGO robots to work on Mars, tried astronaut mathematics...

Royal Institution Secondary Mathematics Masterclasses

The Royal Institution Secondary Masterclasses are designed to encourage, inspire and engage young people in the art and practice of mathematics. The highly interactive sessions introduce students to aspects or applications of maths which are not usually covered in the school curriculum.Topics cover a huge range of mathematical ideas, including...

Pioneering female scientist to appear on Scottish bank note

Scientist Mary Somerville has been announced as the next face to appear on the Scottish £10 note. She was shortlisted along with Thomas Telford and James Clerk Maxwell to appear on the new polymer bank note in Scotland. The final decision was made via a vote on Facebook, with the public deciding which of the three would appear on the new style of...

News from the Royal Society of Biology

 The Royal Society of ​Biology have a number of exciting events and activities taking place in the upcoming months. Biology challengeThe Royal Society of Biology’s Biology Challenge competition is taking place online from Monday 7 March to Tuesday 22 March. This competition is suitable for Year 9 and 10 students and registration is...

Hands-on STEM projects increase GCSE science results

This week, the British Science Association (BSA) have published a report revealing that GCSE students achieve half a grade higher on their best science result when they have taken a CREST Silver Award.CREST Awards are hands-on, practical projects that can be undertaken by 11-19 year olds. These allow students to explore STEM (science, technology,...

Get ‘appy’ in the first of our mathematics TeachMeet sessions

On 15 March 2015, the first mathematics TeachMeet session is taking place at the National STEM Learning Centre.Join us and discuss ‘Apps for the classroom’, where you can discover new apps and share the ones you use in your classroom.Our second meeting, taking place on 21 April 2015, will be focusing on ‘Resources to develop reasoning and problem...

News roundup from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network I Spring 2016

Spring term brings with it with many exciting new starts, and it’s the same for the Centre and its Network. We can look back on a busy and productive Autumn term with a range of great events and activities to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics teaching and learning.Here is our news roundup of recent happenings: STEM...

School awarded gold mark for its science teaching

County Upper School in Bury St Edmunds is one of two schools to receive a gold mark for its science teaching. This comes as a result of the new quality standard, Science Mark.Science Mark recognises good, excellent and outstanding practice in secondary science departments across the UK.This school was one of the 13 who were asked to pilot the new...

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