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What’s the Internet of Things and what does it have to do with my classroom?

Internet of things, IoT, smart homes and cities, machine-to-machine communications… whatever you call it, it’s big and growing fast.It is estimated that by 2020, more than 30 billion devices will connect to the internet, integrating with the physical world and sharing data.If you have a smart TV or thermostat, use a fitness monitor, touch your phone to...

Start your own science club and see the benefits for yourself

Running a science club can be an extremely rewarding experience. They provide the chance to explore and investigate science, even topics not in the curriculum, and enrich learning.Think of those wow factor investigations such as: lava lamps, stomp rockets and volcanoes. However as they are hands-on sessions they do require planning ahead and resourcing....

What makes a good teaching assistant?

Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with a number of teaching assistants. Some were attached to the department and enjoyed the challenges of working alongside the mathematics team. Others were attached to students, getting to know the particular foibles of their charge as they worked alongside them in a variety of lessons.The most valued piece...

Schools rocket into spring with the Tim Peake Primary Project

We are only just in March, and yet primary schools up and down the country have launched themselves into the Tim Peake Primary Project.From Sunderland to the South West, pupils are getting to grips with designs for a new space station, extra-terrestrial eating and Alka-Seltzer rockets and models of the moon. Here’s a round-up of the year so...

Learn, earn and train: the benefits of being a STEM Ambassador and an apprentice

The opportunities and experience I’ve had whilst training as an apprentice have been fantastic - from working on real-life customer projects, to undertaking work that involved international travel, it was something I never thought would be involved with undertaking an apprenticeship.In September 2012 I began a technical engineering apprenticeship, and just...

Rising to the challenge: using CREST Awards in food lessons

The CREST Awards scheme provided the ideal opportunity for me to teach Year 9 students how to conduct a food science experiment and for them to learn key skills in writing up the experiment – excellent preparation for the GCSE Non-exam Assessment.We had just completed work on cereals, so the project title ‘Compare how well bread rises when made from...

The power of immersive STEM

Even though I’m already very enthusiastic about STEM, my STEM Insight placement with Crossrail was an amazing experience for me; it really broadened my horizons.I met so many different employees - project managers, programme managers, data handlers, for example, who had first degrees in engineering and other STEM subjects. They were living proof that...

Paving the way for females in engineering

In 2014, the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) launched National Women in Engineering Day, an annual day to highlight the huge gender imbalance within the engineering industry.They brought light to the fact that there was a massive lack of engineering skills on a global level, partly due to less STEM graduates and more importantly, the societal...

Project Steminist: tackling inequality on a global stage

Two students from the City of Glasgow College are the first in Scotland to present their work at a prestigious international educational conference.Bunmi Onanuga and Laura Phillips showcased their pioneering computer game, Eco City, at the International STEM Students’ Forum in Hong Kong.We chatted to Laura and Bunmi, who shared their experiences of the...

How can Virtual Reality be used in STEM subjects?

The shortage of students pursuing STEM subjects at university or through higher education has received a lot of attention over the past few years. According to consultancy firm AT Kearney, just one in eleven young people takes maths or physics at A-Level.This, in turn, is having an impact on the UK job market, with 43% of science, technology, engineering...

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