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National STEM Learning Network: regional programme - evaluation report 2015-2016

In 2015-16, the regional Network has been found to have sustained a strong upward trajectory in the amount of CPD that it is delivering, increasing its level of CPD delivery by 45% compared to 2014-15, and surpassing the levels of CPD delivery achieved in previous years.  

The Network has also forged new...

BBC micro:bit – bees and pollination

The BBC micro:bit is a great tool for carrying out surveys that involve quickly counting and recording one or two variables. Using the button inputs provides a simple interface to the device allowing, for instance, quick tallying of the numbers of two different types of bee around a plant. Other examples might...

CREST Awards: thirty inspirational ideas

30 inspirational ideas for science gathers some of the best STEM ideas from the last 30 years, some of which are CREST projects, some of which are just great ideas.  The main themes of the activities are:

• Interacting with researchers

• Mixing science and art

• Creating new media...

Challenging environments: keeping warm

This challenge was developed as part of the Ultimate STEM Challenge.  The students are asked to conduct an investigation to find out what type of clothing is the warmest –and most practical – to wear in freezing environments.

Land, water and bees - don't take us for granted

Students explore the issues surrounding our common but precious resources – land, water and bees. They will start by investigating their own ecological footprint via the food they eat.

Then grow plants hydroponically and discuss the pros and cons of this method of agriculture. They will look at local and...

The female face of civil engineering

This booklet illustrates ten case studies of civil engineers describing their career paths and options within civil engineering.  The publication is aimed at school students to inspire and interest them in engineering careers and to emphasise the value of STEM subjects.  

STEM Learning magazine: secondary and post-16 - autumn 2016

This edition of the magazine focuses on the new approach to GCSE food preparation and nutrition as well as the changes to A-level mathematics and computing. Paul Browning, Senior Project Consultant, is decoding the world of MOOCs and presenting the benefits of...

Java programming with Greenfoot: bouncy coloured balls

In this revision tutorial students create a new game that features bouncing balls.  They revisit class and field structures, modifying images and using constructors to add new balls as well as exploring using methods to change parameters.

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Divide and conquer

This activity provides a mathematical problem that is solved in a simple way. It relates to the way algorithms are used in search engines and links to problem solving in maths. The context is that of Santa trying to find his socks in one of 1024 boxes, which a...

Project ENTHUSE: why your business should go back to school: how you can inspire the next STEM generation

This guidance is aimed at businesses and other organisations looking to provide support and inspiration for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in schools.  It is based on consultation with teachers, further developed through debate between teachers, businesses and learned societies.  Teachers...

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