STEM competitions and challenges

How to introduce STEM competitions into design and technology

STEM competitions provide a huge opportunity for teachers and technicians to engage and enthuse students. They are fun, help students to cement new friendships, develop their CV experience and their ability to problem solve real-life challenges.

The benefits are not just limited to students - as a teacher, you can trial...

Design and technology support

Kickstart the autumn term with design and technology support from STEM Learning

Never has a design and technology department been so diverse. One day you are teaching students how to design digitally for 3D printing, the next you might be solving a maths problem or explaining the science behind a technical textile. This can all feel like a bit of a whirlwind at the start of a new term, don’t panic – we’re...

Non-specialist teacher of computing

How to build your confidence as a non-specialist teacher of computing

New year, new timetable. Whether you’re picking up a few lessons of computing here and there, or you’ve fully taken on a subject teaching role for the first time, you probably feel a little shaky. As you work to raise your confidence, invest your energy wisely.

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STEM Learning magazines

Our insightful magazines contain interviews, features, news, and tips on teaching and learning in STEM-related subjects.

Future Talent LIVE: leadership and skills for the future

Future Talent LIVE, a free one-day event for headteachers and leaders in education, is designed to help you increase the impact of your leadership.The event will be taking place on 4 October 2018 at the Royal Geographic Society in London.Future Talent LIVE will be packed full of keynotes and panel discussions. Hear how you can increase the...

Capture your imagination with the Wellcome Photography Prize

Do you want to inspire others to think differently about health, medicine and science? Enter the Wellcome Photography Prize.Wellcome is inviting photographers and image makers from all disciplines to get involved, with the overall winner receiving a prize of £15,000.Whether you are a research scientist, a documentary or clinical photographer, an...

STEM Inspiration Awards: be rewarded with a trip to CERN

We’re excited to announce that the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is sponsoring our 2018 STEM Inspiration Awards and sending the winners to the world-renowned CERN in Switzerland!The STEM Inspiration Awards aim to celebrate people who go above and beyond to inspire and engage young people with STEM subjects. Whether you’re a STEM...

Acute high-tech skills shortage revealed

At a time of record employment rates, British businesses are struggling to recruit qualified workers in high-tech fields at a cost of more than £1.5 billion a year.The STEM Skills Indicator reveals there are 173,000 vacancies in roles that require training in science, technology, engineering or maths, with seven in 10 (73%) affected businesses...

Budding engineers get their chance to shine

If you were an engineer, what would you do? This is the challenge at the heart of the Leaders Award.A free, UK-wide competition, the Leaders’ Award, organised by Primary Engineer, has been designed to spark the interest of children from 3-18 years in engineering.As well as supporting the curriculum requirements of literacy, vocabulary and...

Inspiring the next generation on an international scale

In June, Ford Motor Company Material Planning and Logistics employees Darren Bull and Colin Foley travelled to Estonia to be main hosts for the Estonian International Open Championships 2018 for the First LEGO League.The First LEGO League challenges students to think like scientists and engineers. Guided by adult coaches, teams must research a...

The Big Bang Competition now open for entries

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition aims to recognise and reward young people’s achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).This competition invites young people aged 11-18 to showcase their STEM projects. Whether the project is brand new or has been completed as part of another competition...

Engineers: share your stories, passion and expertise with Ingenious

Do you run a project that engages the public with engineers and engineering? Apply for Ingenious.Run by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Ingenious awards programme aims to encourage engineers to share their stories, passion and expertise with audiences and raise awareness of the diversity, nature and impact of engineering among people of all...

Engineering your way through the summer holidays

Keep children’s minds active over the summer holidays with the Holiday Makers, a free programme created by the Year of Engineering.Looking for new ways of entertaining young people during the holidays? The Holiday Makers is a one-stop-shop for families looking for fun ways to keep children’s minds sharp this summer.From inspiring challenges to...

Future Talent LIVE: inspiring insights to help support you to deliver your careers strategy

The inaugural Future Talent LIVE conference, designed to bridge the gap between the worlds of education and employment, is taking place on Thursday 4 October 2018 in London.Providing invaluable CPD for head teachers, careers leaders, chairs of governors and education leaders, Future Talent LIVE brings insights from inspiring speakers including Sir...

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