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The professional development needs of early-career teachers in Scotland

This paper, published in 2013,  draws on a research project commissioned by Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS), the curriculum and inspection body for school education in Scotland. The project sought to identify the specific professional learning needs of teachers in years two to six of their careers, that is, in...

Luke - mechanical CNC technician

Luke initially intended to become a carpenter before realising his interest in Mechanical Engineering. An application to the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory led to a mechanical apprenticeship. He now has expertise in manufacturing millimeter wave devices...

Joe - mechanical/ vibration technician

Joe studied engineering at college and started working as a mechanic for a manufacturer of batteries for satellites and spacecraft.  An opening at the Science and Technology Facility Council's RAL Space allowed him to harvest his interest in space and his role as mechanical technician allows him to...

Stage engineer - Tommy

Tommy gained an interest in engineering while helping out in his grandfather’s workshop. After studying at college he did an apprenticeship at the Royal Opera House’s production park in Purfleet. To gain broader experience he applied to work in the Opera...

Head of engineering

This video presents James, head of engineering for a radio company. James discusses how after finishing school he didn't know what to study at university. After discovering a passion for sound engineering he went on to study it further, and how he was offered the role of junior engineer....

Project engineer

Chris is a project engineer with E.ON. In this video Chris explains how his physics teachers at school were the inspiration for him to go into his current role, following a school trip to a nuclear power station. He discusses his experiences after completing a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and how he went on...

Head of device and sim technology

Eddie is the head of device and sim technology at Vodafone UK, his discusses his role in this video. Eddie and his team make sure customers’ handsets works with Vodafone's network. He aims to provide a good customer experience as well as working with the latest technology. He did well at school and studied maths,...

Powerful practicals toolkit

This toolkit has been produced to help STEM Ambassadors to plan and deliver practical activities for students. It includes guidance, links to useful websites and resources for teachers to use. The toolkit is for both new and experienced STEM Ambassadors and it answers questions they might have about using practical...

Thinking like an engineer: implications for the education system

This report, from the Royal Academy of Engineering, offers fresh insights into the ways engineers think. It suggests ways in which the education system might be redesigned to develop engineers more effectively and makes suggestions as to how the wider public might become engaged with these issues. The report...

STEM Learning Magazine: Secondary - autumn 2015

This edition of the STEM Learning Magazine includes articles on:

Professional development for science technicians
An interview with a design and technology teacher
Study visits to CERN
High quality staff training days
Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station
Bringing...

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