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Courses available at The National STEM Centre

We are currently taking bookings for a number of mathematics courses taking place at National STEM Centre in the spring term.

Developing mathematical understanding through reasoning and problem solving

An intensive two part residential course in which participants will explore the importance of...


This week's hand-picked resources

This week I'm posting resource packages covering three A level topics from the new physics, chemistry and biology subject content.

A level chemistry:  amount of a substance

The section on amount of substance revises, builds upon and extends the work students will have done on the...


New Look IMA e16 plus magazine

The latest issue of the IMA e16 plus magazine is now available. Thoroughly recommended for sixth form students who may be considering a mathematics, or mathematics related, degree at university. This issue contains careers profiles, maths in the real world, maths in the news, puzzles and competitions and much...


The train track puzzle

One of the things I like about Christmas holidays is the chance to play some games and complete some puzzles. A few weeks ago I was sent the train track puzzle, attached to this post, which I have just had chance to complete. I like this puzzle as it is two stages: first to calculate how many tracks...


Computing Conference with CAS Regional Centre for Yorkshire and Humber

This year's STEM computing conference is set to be bigger and better than ever. By bringing together primary, secondary and post-16 computing educators we will create a melting pot of ideas and provide something for everyone.

Watch this space for confirmed sessions as we draw closer to the conference on...


Leadership and management skills for technical staff, University of Birmingham, 29 February – 1 March 2016

Places are running out fast for this popular course.  For further information and to be sure of reserving your place please follow the links below and remember that if you book before 31 January 2016 the price you pay will be discounted by 10%.

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Born clever? Neuroscientists identify networks of genes that influence intelligence.

The question of whether intelligence is a result of nature or nurture has been debated for decades. That genetics impacts on intelligence has never been disputed; around 40% of variation in intelligence is estimated to be explained by inheritance. However, scientists are yet to find a single gene that directly...


Nasa predict devastating El Niño.

Nasa have warned that the current El Niño could be the strongest on record and have a devastating global impact. Apparently the El Niño shows “a striking resemblance” to the El Niño of 1997, the biggest El Niño on record.

But what is El Niño? Why does it happen? And why should we be...


£3000 STEM grant funding available with The Royal Society

The Royal Society are accepting applications for their partnership grants (£3000) until the 1st of Feb 2016.

The partnership grants:

"fund up to £3000 for science, technology, engineering or mathematics projects supported by teachers and STEM professionals, in UK schools."



Grants to Enhance the Teaching of Mathematics (UK)

The London Mathematical Society has announced that Mathematics Teachers in the UK can apply for grants of up to £400 to attend specific one or two day conferences/events organised by professional mathematical organisations.

The aim of the grant is to facilitate...