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Improving Young People's Engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

This paper, published to coincide with Science and Engineering Week 2013, presents evidence from research carried out by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to explore how to encourage further engagement in, and take-up of, STEM subjects. It discusses why STEM education is important and looks at...

Physics in Sport: Fencing

This resource uses the context of fencing to make a simple electric circuit. Students make an epee sword out of a smarties tube and incorporate a buzzer that should sound when the button on the end of the smarties tube is pressed. Students are encouraged investigate how they could change the volume of the buzzer or...

PrintLab’s 3D Printing Guide for Teachers

A comprehensive, 60-page PDF guide detailing everything you need to know about 3D printing in the classroom. The chapters included in this guide are:

  • An Introduction to 3D Printing
  • Getting 3D Printable Files
  • Preparing Files for 3D Printing
  • 3D Printing Tips for the Classroom...

John Gray

This STEMNET resource introduces John Gray who is a specialist engineer for the BBC. His role is crucial in ensuring that the programme production system used by local radio stations across England works properly.

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Ros Brain

Ros Brain, Deputy Head Teacher in a primary school, recruited four STEM Ambassadors from STEMNET to bring alive the topic of poor sanitation for an activity day in her school.

The children got involved in a range of practical and fun experiments which were relevant not only to the themes of problem solving,...

Activity Case Study 6: Andrew Keen

In this STEMNET activity case study, Graduate Engineer Andrew Keen describes a 'real life' project that he designed for sixth formers which involved developing an engine component. The Fuel Systems Team of his company was so impressed with the project that it is now working on a prototype component.

Andrew...

Activity Case Study 7: Caron Malone

This STEMNET activity case study describes the many activities that STEM Ambassador Caron Malone has been involved with. These include designing and making 'intelligent clothing' with primary school children, a Smart Energy workshop and careers day talks. Caron is particularly keen to involve more girls in STEM...

Activity Case Study 8: Chris Robbins

In this STEMNET activity case study, STEM Ambassador Chris Robbins describes how he works with children and teachers on projects such as building a musical dinosaur crest out of plumbing materials. This gave pupils hands-on engineering experience and an understanding of acoustics.

"You have to learn to...

Activity Case Study 4: Danny Finn

In this STEMNET activity case study, STEM Ambassador Danny Finn describes how valuable engineering role models can be for students.

Danny describes a careers event called 'What's my line?' which gave pupils a chance to speak to professionals about their work. For this event, he brought pictures and models...

Activity Case Study 15: Colin Glen

This STEMNET activity case study describes how Colin Glen, a project manager for a construction company, is motivating future engineers through his work as a STEM Ambassador.

Along with a variety of other Ambassadors, Colin took part in a Business in Maths day at his old secondary school, talking to students...

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