Results for "problem solving" (17)

Water: a calculated resource in mathematics

There are many water-based problems to be found in mathematics classrooms. How many times have you posed questions about filling up water containers, and then matching them with a depth-time graph?Then there is the well-known problem below:Two friends who have an eight-quart jug of water wish to share it evenly. They also have two empty jars, one...

Why improving gender diversity in STEM should be a priority

Currently, the UK has the lowest proportion of women in engineering of any European country, with females accounting for just 10% of roles and 14% of engineering university places.As part of this small cohort of female engineers, it seems as if thousands of skilled, innovative and talented women aren’t even considering engineering as a career. This should...

Inspiring tomorrow's engineers today

Who are tomorrow's engineers? I'd argue that every single student in your classroom could be an engineer.Typically, if you ask someone what an 'engineer' is they will reply with one or more of the following descriptors: introverted, nerdy, clever, fixes things, problem solver, dirty, mechanic, overalls, hard hat. And they work on cars, planes, trains and...

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...

How being an apprentice changed my life

Being a Trainee Laboratory Technician at STEM Learning is inspirational to say the least.Every day is an opportunity to learn, whether it be through asking questions, attending the many exciting courses on offer within the National STEM Learning Centre, or discovering and researching new ways to represent ideas around the STEM subjects.During my first year...

Shining a light on STEM careers

Jaz Rabadia MBE, a Chartered Energy Manager, reflects on why it’s more important than ever to encourage more young people, particularly women, into STEM careers.As a mechanical engineering graduate and the only female on my course, I left university with a passion to encourage more women to consider careers in STEM. Often students assume careers in STEM are...

STEM Ambassadors: engaging students with careers in design and technology

STEM Ambassadors are an important and exciting free-of-charge resource for teachers and others engaging with young people in and outside of the classroom. They offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate their value in life and careers.A teacher's viewWe asked Tessa Samuel, design and technology teacher at ...

Inspiring the next generation with the world and wonder of science

Bethan Cornell MPhys (Hons) is a PhD Student in Physics at King's College London and a STEM Ambassador. Over the last year, she has delivered career talks for young people and supported their development of employability skills.She is motivated to volunteer due to her frustrations about the stereotypes that exist in society about scientists. Bethan says, “...

The importance of coding for the future

The digital jobs market continues to develop at a rapid rate, with each year more skilled coders in demand.An increasingly sought after aptitude, computer programming skills have become the responsibility of the educator, and not only in higher education. Primary schools and nurseries are key to influencing the next generation of professionals by igniting...

How businesses can inspire young people and close the STEM skills gap

My first day of work was on my 22nd birthday. I remember taking the tube during rush hour and arriving at swanky offices, ready to be an engineer.Ever since that day, I have always loved what I do. The last 11 years of my career have involved working with people, solving problems creatively and seeing the real product of my designs.But sadly this is an...

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