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...

Kids Invent Stuff - Custard Girl

Do your kids invent stuff?

You don’t need to spend long in a primary school classroom to know that kids are creative, have great imaginations and make fantastic problem solvers. It's something that should be celebrated, cultivated and is a vital part of any STEM career. 

As adults, we are often inclined to focus on the barriers to new ideas...

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Raising the profile of design and technology in your primary school

Raising the profile of design and technology in primary schools is a key priority for teachers around the UK. Helen Genney, a primary teacher and design and technology leader at Winterton Junior School, is no exception.

Helen recently attended two CPD activities run by STEM Learning – Leading an effective primary design...

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Are your students eco-innovators?

A national schools competition has been launched for students aged 7-19 to design a chargepoint for on-street electric vehicles of the future.The competition is part of a Government campaign, ‘Engineering: Take a closer look’, which is building on the success of the Year of Engineering in 2018, celebrating the world and wonder of engineering.The...

New partnership launched to drive uptake of STEM careers

A new partnership, the STEM Accord, has been established to provide coordinated actions to inspire more young people and particularly girls to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.The STEM Accord has been created by WISE, the ERA Foundation, STEM Learning, Design and Technology Association (DATA) and the...

Get on track this British Science Week with new resources from Network Rail

British Science Week 2019 is all about journeys. So, what better time to officially launch a brand new set of resources developed by STEM Learning and Network Rail?Themed around Network Rail and the UK rail system, students of all ages will be able to investigate and explore issues applying their science, design and technology and physics...

Royal Society announces new funding for schools and colleges

The Royal Society has announced that its 2019 round of Partnership Grants is now open.Since it started in November 2000, the Partnership Grants scheme has awarded over £1.3 million to over 800 schools and colleges, igniting enthusiasm for STEM in thousands of young people across the UK.Partnership Grants of up to £3,000 are available to schools...

ERA Foundation announces further support for UK teachers

ERA Foundation has announced a further £50,000 of funding for STEM support to UK schools. This will improve the lives of over 16,000 young people by building young people’s STEM knowledge, skills, confidence and career aspirations. The funding will pay for four new ENTHUSE Partnerships in West Sussex, London, Liverpool and Derbyshire, as well...

2019 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards open for nominations

The ENTHUSE Celebration Awards recognise teachers, technicians, support staff, ENTHUSE Partnerships and schools and colleges who have shown commitment to continuing professional development (CPD), which in turn, has improved young people’s achievements and progression in STEM.At STEM Learning, we believe in recognising those who are dedicated to...

Six exciting new STEM Clubs resources are here!

How can STEM help us survive and thrive? Have your students ever wondered about the earth’s wild and wonderful weather? How about the science involved in surviving an asteroid impact?These are just a few of the questions posed by an exciting new set of STEM Clubs resources.The six resources are free to download, and have been developed...

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...

Teacher David Hainsworth recognised at the Design and Technology Association Excellence Awards

STEM Learning was delighted to sponsor a category in the recent Design and Technology Association Excellence Awards: the STEM Learning Award for Development of STEM Learning Opportunities.The awards gave professional recognition to individuals nominated by their colleagues for their unique work in design and technology education across the...

Applications open for the Autodesk Design School!

Are your students ready for the future of design and making?Applications are now open for a newly developed teacher CPD with a world leader in 3D design and engineering software, Autodesk.We’re working together this summer term to run a unique, bursary funded training event that will explore how digital design and manufacturing tools can be used...

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