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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Celebration of everything space

Around 250 volunteers and members of the public came together at the National STEM Learning Centre’s space megajam to spend a Saturday learning about comet tails, space travel, living in space and creating Raspberry Pi code for space!Visitors created LEGO robots to work on Mars, tried astronaut mathematics...

Royal Institution Secondary Mathematics Masterclasses

The Royal Institution Secondary Masterclasses are designed to encourage, inspire and engage young people in the art and practice of mathematics. The highly interactive sessions introduce students to aspects or applications of maths which are not usually covered in the school curriculum.Topics cover a huge range of mathematical ideas, including...

Pioneering female scientist to appear on Scottish bank note

Scientist Mary Somerville has been announced as the next face to appear on the Scottish £10 note. She was shortlisted along with Thomas Telford and James Clerk Maxwell to appear on the new polymer bank note in Scotland. The final decision was made via a vote on Facebook, with the public deciding which of the three would appear on the new style of...

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...

When is British Science Week 2016?

11-20 March 2016Get involved with this year’s British Science Week this March! Organised by the British Science Association, this ten day programme of events celebrates science, engineering, technology and mathematics. British Science Week is designed to inspire all ages, and this year has a special space focus.With a huge range of events, there...

Space MEGA Jam promises to be out of this world

On Saturday 6 February 2016, the National STEM Learning Centre is hosting a space themed MEGA Jam. Taking place between 10:00-17:00, this day promises to be fun for all the family.There are a number of hands-on workshops and lectures that you can attend, all based around the topic of space. With the opportunity to learn about space science,...

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...

Scientix report praises the National STEM Learning Centre and Network

Scientix promotes and supports a Europe-wide collaboration among STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers, education researchers, policy makers and other STEM education professionals. The latest report looks into the national efforts to increase students’ interest in pursuing STEM studies and careers. A survey...

The Wellcome Trust launch a new initiative The Crunch

The Wellcome Trust have launched a new initiative called The Crunch, which allows teachers and pupils to examine our relationship with food, exploring cutting edge research, and think about how we can eat in ways that can keep the planet and ourselves healthy.This Spring, all primary and secondary schools and colleges in the UK will automatically...

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