Science of learning

Why should teachers care about what happens in the brain?

How can a scientific understanding of how the brain works inform the way you teach?

On our free Science of Learning online course, teachers from all over the world have come together to work out their meaning to the big question ‘what is learning?’ Throughout the course, participants are exploring the science...

Colin Louden receiving an ENTHUSE Celebration Award

Meet the winners of 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: Colin Louden

Colin Louden is Head of Science at Lisneal College, Londonderry, Northern Ireland and the winner of the 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Award for Excellence in STEM teaching – Secondary. We asked him about his experience of winning the award and what it meant to him, the school and the pupils.

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Computing STEM Ambassador

Starting out as a STEM Ambassador: tell your story and inspire young people

I count myself to be extremely fortunate with the exposure I got to STEM careers as a kid. Even at a very young age I saw what a day to day work of an engineer involves as my father was a civil engineer.

I loved the experience I got when I went on site visits with him, looked at project designs and asked...

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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...

Welcome to our new website!

 The National STEM Centre - along with the National Science Learning Network, ESERO-UK and HEaTED – have all now moved to a brand new website: stem.org.uk. All our resources, CPD activities and blogs are now collected into one, easy-to-access place. The new site is mobile and tablet friendly, allowing you to access everything we have to...

Ten great experiments for ten great years

As part of the National Science Learning Centre’s ten year celebration, we have posted ten different experiments on the eLibrary suited for secondary school students to undertake.These practical experiments and demonstrations have been chosen by the National Science Learning Centre and key partners, and contain a combination of videos, activities...

November's free Physics CPD from the Stimulating Physics Network

The Institute of Physics and the National Science Learning Network work in partnership to run a support network for teachers and pupils of physics. We're known as the Stimulating Physics Network. As we’re funded by the Department of Education, our workshops are run at no cost to schools or participants. Find a workshop near you in...

School Biology Teacher of the Year Award

The School Biology Teacher of the Year Award is open to all teachers who are working with students aged 11-18 years old, teaching pre-university level biology programmes of study, currently employed in a UK based school or college. The 2015/16 award is now open for nominations. This year's winner will receive £500 for themselves and £500...

The Royal Institution has opened a mathematics grant scheme for UK schools

Grant scheme for enriching mathematics teaching now open!The Royal Institution and the Clothworkers’ Foundation are offering UK schools grants of up to £500 to host a show, talk, workshop, challenge or other mathematics activity to supplement their students' classroom activities. Grants of up to £500 are being offered to eligible state-funded...

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