Willow Brook Primary School

Science Capital: a primary perspective

At Willow Brook Primary School, we have been on a mission to raise the Science Capital of our pupils.

The Science Capital concept was first developed in the ASPIRES project – a longitudinal study tracking how young people develop their science and career aspirations from the age of 10.

Many experts have talked...

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...

Virtual reality in the classroom

The challenges of bringing technology into the classroom

Since September 2016, I’ve visited over 200 primary schools across the country. I’ve had the opportunity to speak with thousands of teachers and a large proportion of these conversations were associated with technology for the classroom.

On the whole, schools and colleges are extremely positive about the impact that...

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STEM Ambassadors: working together to engage, inspire and impact

The UK is currently facing a huge STEM skills shortage. New findings from STEM Learning shows that 73% of businesses have found it more difficult to hire staff in the last 12 months.The STEM Ambassadors programme is working to close the UK’s skills gap by raising young people’s skills, aspirations and knowledge of STEM careers. We are calling on...

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...

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...

RRS Sir David Attenborough polar ship ready for launch

Britain's new polar research ship is ready to go in the water.The newly assembled hull of the RRS Sir David Attenborough is now standing on the slipway of the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead, awaiting launch day.Weather and tide permitting, she should slide into the River Mersey on Saturday.The £200m vessel will replace the James Clark Ross and...

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