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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Cisco Little Big Futures celebration events

We are holding two celebration events on Monday 23 April 2018 at the National STEM Learning Centre in York and Tuesday 1 May 2018 at Cisco Headquarters in London.Cisco Little Big Futures is aimed at students aged 11-14 and has a collection of resources to use across the STEM subjects and for your STEM Clubs. The resources introduce upcoming...

Bring your badge to work is back!

We are excited to announce that our STEM Ambassadors community initiative “bring your badge to work” will return this April.Designed to celebrate and inspire our volunteer network, last year’s campaign received so many fantastic responses that we have decided to run it again.Throughout the course of the month, we are looking for STEM...

Improving post-16 maths education in England’s colleges

The Mathematics in Further Education Colleges project will produce evidence-based advice on how to improve post-16 mathematics education in England’s colleges.The project explores the complex issues that affect students’ mathematics progression in further education, focusing in particular on the pathways of low-attaining 16-18 year olds.Given...

Polar Explorer programme: get involved and boost attainment in STEM subjects

Join our exciting free programme, the Polar Explorer programme.State-funded primary schools across the UK who are keen to raise aspirations and attainment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in their school, are invited to apply for the Polar Explorer programme – a £1m government-funded project, aiming to inspire the next...

Walton Priory School wins BP Ultimate STEM Challenge

Young scientists from Walton Priory School in Staffordshire have been announced as this year’s winners of the Ultimate STEM Challenge.Four students from Walton Priory School in Staffordshire have won the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge at an event held at the Science Museum in London. Aimee, Eve, Jenny and Megan were praised by the judges for their...

The Royal Institution national debate: should our smartphones always be listening?

The Royal Institution is asking young people in schools throughout the UK and Ireland to debate one simple question: ‘Should our smartphones always be listening?’ The answers will explore the concept of privacy through the eyes of the next generation. As they make the transition from childhood to adulthood, they offer the unique perspective...

Let Teachers SHINE: £15,000 grants available to help your students

SHINE’s Let Teachers SHINE competition is offering up to £15,000 to teachers who have brilliant ideas to help disadvantaged children succeed in English, maths or science.If you’re a creative, passionate teacher who has an exciting new idea that will really make a difference, then the Let Teachers SHINE competition for you.Open to any qualified,...

New CBeebies series launched to engage pre-schoolers with STEAM

Bitz & Bob is a new CBeebies series for pre-schoolers. It follows the adventures of eight-year-old Bitz, her younger brother Bob and their toy friends as they use everything they find to create magical worlds where their toys and creations come to life.The show combines amazing adventures with key principles of STEAM (science, technology,...

Ultimate STEM Challenge finalists announced

Twelve teams of students from UK schools have been announced as finalists of the BP Ultimate Challenge, set to be held at the Science Museum in London on Monday 12 March 2018.The national competition, launched in partnership with STEM Learning in June 2017, challenges UK students aged 11-14 to put their science, technology, engineering and maths (...

Join the UK’s biggest celebration of science

British Science Week takes place from 9-18 March 2018 and is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.Whether you’re planning an activity of your own, or participating in pre-existing events, anyone can get involved with British Science Week.Find out how we can support youThere are plenty of ways that STEM Learning...

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