Gemma Taylor's public profile

UsernameGemma Taylor
OrganisationNational STEM Learning Centre
Current RoleTeacher educator

I'm the Design and Technology, Engineering and Careers programme lead for STEM Learning, based at the National STEM Learning Centre in York.
Before working for STEM Learning I taught D&T, Engineering (and a little bit of Computing) in secondary schools.

Prior to training as a teacher, I worked as a design engineer in the power industry - designing high and low voltage networks in the east and west midlands.

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Smart materials, but not as we know it!

Did you know that products and materials that you can find on the high street were originally designed for use in space?The technology behind cordless handheld vacuum cleaners was inspired from the battery operated drills used to extract samples from the moon’s surface. If you’ve ever used an infrared ear thermometer, you have used technology...

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...


Kickstart the autumn term with design and technology support from STEM Learning

Never has a design and technology department been so diverse. One day you are teaching students how to design digitally for 3D printing, the next you might be solving a maths problem or explaining the science behind a technical textile. This can all feel like a bit of a whirlwind at the start of a new term, don’t panic – we’re here to help!Whether...


Celebrating British Science Week in design and technology

British Science Week is taking place from 10-19 March 2017, is your design and technology department joining in the celebrations?This year’s theme is change and aims to encourage young people to think about and investigate the changes happening around the globe.From seasons and climate, to materials and energy, this annual celebration is a...


Mathematics: an important ingredient in the new design and technology qualifications

For those teaching the new design and technology and engineering specifications from September 2017, one of the most interesting changes to the examined content is the increased focus on mathematics knowledge. How would you or your students fare with the following question?A water feature is made from three buckets A, B and C. Each bucket...


STEM Insight: experiencing the world of STEM careers

A fantastic way to improve STEM-related careers knowledge, STEM Insight immerses you in either an industry or university setting to gain a better understanding of STEM organisations and careers.We’ve had some great feedback from teachers about their experience on the STEM Insight programme. Why not take a look?Science in action at BPDr Adrian...


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A career in electronics, making sci-fi a reality

The UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) has launched a campaign to show students why a career in electronics is worth studying for.'Put simply, a career in electronics is a career that will help create our future. The world that we live in is constantly evolving and technology is at the heart of this change. Only a generation ago you...

What would you do with the darkest material ever made?

If you are looking to hide those dents in your surface finish, Vantablack makes three dimensional objects look two dimensional – the ultimate way to hide those surface imperfections!What is Vantablack?Described as the “closest thing to a black hole we'll ever see”, Vantablack is a surface finish developed by Surrey...


Don’t miss your chance to work with BP

Fancy spending time this October working with BP?Our STEM Insight programme has some last minute places available for teachers looking for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, with BP, one of the UK’s largest science and engineering employers.A placement with BP will open your eyes to the world of STEM in the workplace and provide you with in-depth...


To infinity and beyond – moonshots that are changing the world

When John F Kennedy declared in 1962 that America would go to the moon, he created the first ‘moonshot’.50 years on, the term moonshot is now a metaphor, describing projects that endeavour to solve the monumental problems of the world. Famine, climate change, extreme poverty, illness and disease – these are huge problems that affect millions of...

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