The Ultimate STEM Challenge: turning crazy ideas into technical experiments

Students from Toot Hill School in Birmingham tell us about their experience of taking on the Ultimate STEM Challenge and what they have learned from it.Jack Kellas

“I believe my Physics teacher Mr Lawrence was the person to inspire me with Physics, leading to my passion for STEM.  Before the Ultimate STEM Challenge I had a passion...

Quantum computing

Quantum Technology: Tomorrow's Frontier

The first quantum revolution

Einstein’s work on light and matter interacting led to him observing the “photoelectric effect”. This work ultimately led to the invention of semiconductors, atomic clocks, satellite navigation, lasers, MRI scanners and many other devices that use quantum mechanics – the first quantum revolution.

The...

Fermi problems: making maths a fun real-world tool

Problem solving and group work are two major skills we all hope to foster in our pupils. One way to help them develop these skills is to challenge them with Fermi problems.

Enrico Fermi (1901 to 1954) was a Nobel Prize winning physicist, who was also famous for giving his audience fun problems, using approximate...

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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...

Celebrating success: GCSE results announced

Today, hundreds of thousands of students across the UK are celebrating after receiving their GCSE results.Figures show there were more than five million entries in GCSEs in England this year, up 0.9% on last year, despite a decrease in the number of 16-year-olds in the population.Following on from the introduction of reformed maths and English...

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...

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...

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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