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STEM Learning primary magazine - autumn 2016

This issue of the magazine focuses on assessment in primary education, how to drive science education in the primary classroom,  demonstrates the effects of using a pulley and even how to open a museum in a school! Karen Brunyee,Primary Professional National Lead, describes how to incorporate STEM...

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...

HEaTED magazine - Autumn 2016

Building a technicians' network is the leading article of the Autumn issue of the HEaTED magazine. Other articles outline the benefits of professional registration, describe the highlights of the 'Technicians make it happen' campaign and include an interview with the Aerospace Technical Project Manager in the...

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...

It's the small things in life

Students explore chicken and human health in relation to microorganisms. To do this, they will learn and use microbiological techniques to examine the microbial load of chicken meat. Then they will carry out a survey into chicken consumption, look at alternative protein sources and explore chicken husbandry at home...

Feeding a growing world

Students examine the sugar content of potatoes in relation to emerging interest in the carcinogen acrylamide produced when potatoes are cooked at high temperatures. Employing cutting-edge techniques to genetically modify E. coli bacteria, they will insert the jellyfish gfp gene to make the...

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...

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