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Girls Can Code - so why aren't they?

Girls Can Code is a BBC Three programme where five girls, who confess to disliking technology, are challenged to create a successful app in five days, or more accurately, five grown women with different interests. All of these girls who like their tech, without understanding how it works, come up with a marketable idea for an app that is pitched to...

Radars, three times the speed of sound – this is the world of engineering!

When you shout across the playing field at school, your voice is travelling at around 343 metres per second. In miles per hour, that’s 767mph! Despite what a Year 9 once told me, it is definitely a lot faster than “that lad in Year 10 who’s got trials for county athletics”.So, why am I talking about the speed of sound? I read a news report ...

Teacher Industrial Partners’ Scheme: teacher experiences

Teacher Industrial Partners’ Scheme (TIPS) enables teachers of science, design and technology, computing and mathematics to attend a two week work placement with a local employer. This scheme connects companies and teachers together to help expand the knowledge of the potential careers available to pupils, with the main aim of educating and inspiring...

Why I love Chicks with Bricks

Today the wonderfully named ‘Chicks with Bricks’ – a group celebrating women in construction roles and industries – are having a celebration event.Unfortunately I can’t make it this time but I went to one not so long ago, meeting a vast range of women, and men, working on major and not so major projects, and all with great stories to tell. It was a...

What are you planning for ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers Week’?

Whilst some are counting down the days until the half term break, hundreds of teachers from across the country are busy preparing to start their first week back with a bang (and it’s got nothing to do with fireworks!).From 2 – 6 November it’s ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers Week‘, a brilliant opportunity to show your students what being an engineer is all about.Why...

Teaching A level chemistry: modern analytical techniques

Modern techniques of analysis have revolutionised the determination of the structures of organic molecules. Until relatively recently, the history of the Nobel Prize for chemistry is littered with prizes won for determining the structure of natural products (natural product synthesis). The only way to identify the structure of a molecule was to make an...

Getting more girls into engineering? It’s doesn’t have to be that difficult – just do the maths!

Whisper it quietly – I’m sure many in engineering circles won’t like me saying this – but I was delighted to spot an article in last week’s London’s Evening Standard highlighting the innovative approach taken by the Engineering Department at University College London in attracting girls to take up Civil Engineering degrees.The best thing is it doesn’t...

Apprentices are the new gold

As Christmas approaches, I offer two pieces of advice. One... sit down, relax and ‘binge watch’ the fantastic American cult TV show - Orange is the New Black and two... check out the emerging cult among young people throughout the UK - apprenticeships.I recently visited the magnificent Skill Show in Birmingham, a careers event that brings...

Citizen science benefits vocational science students

At MidKent College we run a thriving program of BTEC Applied Science on which I teach biochemistry and microbiology. Practicals sometimes end up as facsimiles of what occurs in research and industry but Citizen science projects can offer an opportunity to experience the real deal.Earlier last year we took part in The Microverse project run by the...

Tim Peake live chat

​On Thursday 14 April ESERO-UK are inviting primary teachers to join us at the National STEM Learning Centre in York for a live in-flight call (IFC) with British ESA astronaut Tim Peake. Tim has been living on the International Space Station (ISS) since December 2015 and has been working hard carrying out repairs and experiments, exercising,...

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