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...

Directed numbers - example using number four

A guide to adding and subtracting directed numbers

The Adding and subtracting directed numbers resource is a concept development lesson from the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service. The resource has a strong focus on developing conceptual understanding.

The lesson develops a model for addition and subtraction of directed numbers by using positive and negative ‘...

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Royal Society Partnership Grants open for applications

Do you have a great idea for bringing research alive in school?Grants of up to £3,000 are available to enable students aged 5-18 to carry out projects in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing and data science.Open to any primary or secondary school in the UK, successful projects will:deliver a better understanding of the latest...

Latest edition of Catalyst magazine published

With articles on dark matter, manta rays and terra forming, this term’s edition is bound to make you and your students say ‘wow!’Aimed at 14-19 year olds, Catalyst magazine is packed with engaging, issue-led articles written by leading academics. It comes with a handy set of teacher’s notes, so that you can bring the articles alive in the...

Royal Academy of Engineering launches new campaign to tackle engineering shortage

The Royal Academy of Engineering has launched This is Engineering, an unparalleled multi-year perception change campaign that seeks to rebrand engineering for young people, and their influencers, to encourage them to take up careers in engineering.Engineering is at the cutting edge: from robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, to...

Final call for secondary schools: apply for the Polar Explorer grant award

Deadline for applications extended: 5pm on 14 February 2018Open to all state-funded secondary schools, the Polar Explorer grant award is for those wishing to improve the transition in STEM subjects from primary to secondary. The award of £2,500, focuses on the following four areas:science leadershipquality of collaboration between science...

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...

Engineering the future: MACH 2018

MACH 2018 will be showcasing the technologies of over 600 exhibitors 09th – 13th April and the NEC Birmingham. If you and your students work with machinery MACH is a great place to get a feel for what manufacturing is all about.The show has an Education & Development Zone specifically designed for students aged 11–19, featuring companies and...

Welcome to your new dashboard!

You may have noticed some changes to your dashboard when you sign in to your account. We have developed a fantastic new platform to give you better access to all your activities, CPD and resources.This new dashboard now also makes accessing a STEM Ambassador even easier. It is focussed around self-service, meaning you can get STEM Ambassador...

Classroom displays competition: get creative and inspire others

Our ever-popular classroom displays competition has returned!Taking place termly, our classroom displays competition allows you to share photos of the classroom displays you are most proud of. Six winners are chosen each term, who will each receive £50 worth of vouchers.Not only does this competition let you share your own classroom displays, it...

Extended Little Big Futures resources launched

We have recently launched our Little Big Futures programme in collaboration with Cisco.The aim of the programme is to get students thinking about the Internet of Things and how to improve our lives by connecting everyday objects.You may have already used our free, one-hour lesson plans – well get ready to take it to the next level!We have now...

Sumaze! wins three stars at Tech for Teachers Awards 2018

MEI’s free problem-solving app, Sumaze!, has been awarded three stars at the Tech for Teachers Awards 2018.Tech for Teachers is an annual awards scheme, launched in 2017 by the publishers of Technology and Innovation and Teach Secondary magazines, aimed at identifying the very best classroom innovations in seven, curriculum-linked categories.Only...

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