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QTC - Making the Most of a Novel Material

A Catalyst article about Quantum Tunnelling Composite, a material discovered in 1997 and whose resistance decreases dramatically under pressure. How does it work and what uses will it have? The material has been carefully characterised (to understand its composition and how it works), and its first applications have...
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2000 - 2009

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Using shape memory alloys

A Catalyst article describing the use of smart materials to help people with disabilities. Many more people with physical and mental disabilities are leading independent lives at home, thanks in part to recent technological developments. The article focuses on one project which makes use of smart materials to help...
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2000 - 2009

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African Drumming Workshops - Maths & Music

Using maths to identify patterns is not easy to understand for children and adults alike.  I have discovered the perfect way to teach pattern recognition.  I work with the well-known and internationally recognised team of Ghanaian drummers (www.one-drum.org) who run national school workshops to teach...
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13 February 2019

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Fireworks: an Explosive Business

This Catalyst article looks at fireworks and their history, how they are made and set off, and what gives them their colours and effects. The basic chemistry used in fireworks is looked at and how they work once the fuse is ignited.This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2002, Volume 13, Issue 2.Catalyst...
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ENTHUSE partnership impact report 2017

ENTHUSE Partnership funding enables groups of four to eight schools and colleges to work together, with support from STEM Learning on a two-year intensive programme to raise aspiration and achievement in STEM subjects. Each Partnership can access up to £20,000 worth of support, including face-to-face CPD, in-school...
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2010 to date

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Thinking like an engineer: report

This report, commissioned by the Royal Academy of Engineering, offers fresh insights into the ways engineers think. It goes on to suggest ways in which the education system might be redesigned to develop engineers more effectively. The report also makes suggestions as to how the wider public might become engaged with...
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2010 to date

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Learning to be an engineer: report

This report, commissioned by the Royal Academy of Engineering (the Academy), explores the ways schools can create better and more engaging learning opportunities for would-be engineers.This report identifies four principles that underpin the kinds of teaching that are most likely to encourage young people to develop a...
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Professional registration for higher education technicians

Becoming professionally registered is an important milestone for any technician. It proves your knowledge, understanding and competence as a technicians and looks great on your CV. We’ve put together this resource to support higher education technicians with funding bodies who can offer them professional registration...
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Employer engagement in education report

This report represents the culmination of a year’s worth of work through a literature review, workshops and surveys looking at employer engagement in schools. It aims to draw out current best practice and make recommendations on next steps to share that more widely. It forms part of a strategic direction taken by STEM...
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Young people's employabilty skills: impact of STEMnet's programmes

This report, completed by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES), was commissioned by STEMnet (the Science, Engineering, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network). It investigates the impact of the STEM Ambassador and STEM Clubs programmes on young people’s employability skills.
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