Results for "problem solving" (61)

Making estimates about space

Do astronauts cut their hair in space? Recently, I’ve been exploring space in my mathematics classroom. The new curriculum requires students to study mathematics in an unfamiliar context, and the setting of space can provide an engaging way of covering familiar mathematical ideas.Additionally, the new GCSEs in science and design and technology include an...

Why is learning fraction arithmetic so difficult?

I have recently attended two events, both concentrating upon the teaching of fractions in schools.As part of the Shanghai teacher exchange programme, I recently observed a teacher from Shanghai teach a mathematics lesson in a local secondary school. Much has been said for and against the merits of these exchanges, so I wanted to approach the observation...

What has engineering got to do with computing?

Engineering offers different ways of learning in computing, from problem-solving techniques to systems for managing code development. There are also many, many routes into engineering and technical careers open to students interested in computing.Britain needs engineers. With around 25% of GDP being generated in engineering, it is vital to the future of our...

‘STEM Insight was exactly what I hoped it would be’

Subashini Suganthakumaran, mathematics teacher at Hammersmith Academy, shares her experience during a recent STEM Insight placement at SNC-Lavalin's Atkins business.Earlier this year I was invited by Lauren, the DT teacher and STEM coordinator at Hammersmith Academy where I work, to take part in the Insight Program at SNC-Lavalin's Atkins business. We spent...

Powering imaginations through engineering

2018 is the Year of Engineering – a chance to celebrate the wonder of the world of engineering, and the inspiring individuals who inhabit it. We speak to Dinale Karunaratne, bioengineer at DePuy Synthes.What does your job as a bioengineer involve?I design and develop implants and instruments for joint replacements. As a bioengineer, patient safety...

Enriching mathematics with the wonder of engineering

A career in engineering is exciting, rewarding and highly creative. Yet there is a big shortage of young people that think it could be a job for them.The Year of Engineering aims to celebrate the world and wonder of engineering. It forms an important part of the UK Industrial Strategy, which is committed to boosting engineering across the country, ensuring...

Time saving ideas for making great secondary mathematics resources

A lot has been written about this year’s mathematics GCSE examination results- what will the grade boundaries be? What is a good pass? How might post-16 take up be affected? No matter how your students fared this year no doubt new efforts are being made to best prepare your future cohorts for the demands of the new GCSE examinations.September will be the...

The twelve resources of ChristMATHS

STEM Learning's Christmas present to you is a collection of the best Christmas-themed mathematics resources to get your students really thinking about mathematics in the festive period.  1. The 12 days of ChristmasHow many presents did ‘my true love’ give altogether in the song? How many French Hens? These, and other innovative questions, are...

How to introduce STEM competitions into design and technology

STEM competitions provide a huge opportunity for teachers and technicians to engage and enthuse students. They are fun, help students to cement new friendships, develop their CV experience and their ability to problem solve real-life challenges.The benefits are not just limited to students - as a teacher, you can trial new content with smaller groups, with...

Big futures from little projects

Question: What’s worth £8 trillion pounds a year*, brings all of STEM together and encourages entrepreneurship and creativity in the classroom?Answer: the Internet of ThingsThe fourth industrial revolution is happening fast, fusing the digital and physical world. By connecting the unconnected, astounding new things are possible. Sensors in cycle...

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