Results for "problem solving" (101)

Lovelace, leaves and learning: how Network Rail inspires the next generation

As we celebrate National Careers Week, STEM Ambassador Kirsty Ivanoski-Nichol tells us about how she and Network Rail are breaking down the barriers to inspire young people into STEM careers.Once upon a time, there was a girl named Ada who loved machines…One night, Ada went to a ball. There she met a grumpy old mathematician named Charles Babbage.  Ada...

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...

Using games to teach mathematics

Some of the most engaging learning in my classroom comes when playing mathematical games. Concepts fundamental to the lesson are explored while students find playing games both motivating and enjoyable. Often this creates a more relaxed manner, although that depends on how competitive the students in the class are!When introducing a game, I often play...

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...

Get creative and celebrate Den Day in your school

‘He was lying in a kind of shelter. Looking up he could see a roof, or a part of a roof, made of elder branches, a very rotten carpet, and rusty old sheets of iron.’Stig’s cave, though lacking somewhat in modern health and safety standards, was a place of wonder for Barney as he tumbled into it. After all, what could be more exciting than having your own...

Do your kids invent stuff?

You don’t need to spend long in a primary school classroom to know that kids are creative, have great imaginations and make fantastic problem solvers. It's something that should be celebrated, cultivated and is a vital part of any STEM career. As adults, we are often inclined to focus on the barriers to new ideas; why something can’t be done, or the...

Engineering for the primary classroom

I didn’t think that on this particular Monday morning I would be making a vacuum cleaner. In fact, other than the obvious cleaning of my house, I hadn’t given them much of a thought, let alone consider them to be something a class of primary school children could make!So, there we were a group of experienced teachers engaged making cardboard blades,...

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