As Greta Thunberg inspires children across the globe to wonder about the natural world around them, TEDx speaker and founder of science subscription company, The Curiosity Box, Renée Watson, predicts that the ‘Greta Effect’ has the potential to drive more UK children towards STEM subjects.
Twelve young people recently enjoyed a day at Leicester’s award-winning National Space Centre, celebrating their STEM achievements as part of educational outreach project Inspiration Rover.
The project, which was led by mature student Henry Bennett from the University of Derby with support from fellow undergraduates, academics and alumni, saw the young people involved help develop a scale model of the Mars Science Laboratory Rover using a design from NASA Jet Propulsion Labs.
45 teams from around the world advance to BIEA 2019 International STEM Competition
Born Free, in association with the British International Education Association (BIEA), has announced the shortlist for the 2019 BIEA International STEM Youth Innovation Competition.
Since its launch in January 2019, the competition has received huge interest from schools and teachers from around the world - reaching 30,000 schools globally and drawing applications from 34 countries and regions.
After an intensive and rigorous marking process, 45 teams are through to the next round based on their qualification scores, representing 18 countries and regions including UK, China, USA, Australia, Canada, India, Kenya and many others.
Getting students interested in and excited about STEM subjects is imperative in today’s modern climate. The demand for a highly-skilled workforce is ever-increasing, but the reality is that too few graduates are entering into science, maths and engineering careers. In fact, research from 2018 showed that the skills shortage is costing the sector an estimated £1.5 billion a year. So, what can be done to bridge the gap?
To truly inspire a young generation, we need to look beyond the textbooks and use real life examples to demonstrate their capabilities and prove that they can make a difference. After all, STEM is everywhere - you just have to look close enough.
More than 400 awestruck pupils looked to the sky as the RAF swooped on Ellesmere Primary School’s playing field on Monday.
Flight Lieutenants Tom Knapp and PJ Howard landed a Juno helicopter within the school’s Elson Road grounds as part of an unforgettable surprise for the children.
A parent at the school had arranged for the crew, based at RAF Shawbury’s training facility, to make the flying visit as part of British Science Week.
Headteacher Stuart Roberts revealed the spectacular event had been kept secret from pupils, who squealed with excitement as the chopper came into view.
He said: “They had absolutely no idea why I was taking them onto the field.
It’s unsurprising that children who have confidence in their abilities tend to be more successful in their studies - and that confidence isn’t just built within the school gates. Teaching kids about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) early on helps lay the foundations for deeper learning, and parents can play a big role in supporting this.
Leading chemistry specialists Radleys share their top tips for getting kids excited about STEM subjects.
Look outside the classroom
School children recognised for award-winning projects at event marking LEGO Education support for the Year of Engineering
Forty-four budding young engineers were the guests of honour at a special reception at the House of Commons on Wednesday 12 December, where they showcased their award-winning engineering projects – all inspired by LEGO play.
The students are part of five winning teams in the Engineers of the Future competition, a robotics and coding challenge which inspired children aged 7-16 across the UK to get hands-on and creative with real engineering projects – like developing ideas for renewable energy or sustainable water systems.
Book a trip now to KidZania’s December STEM Fair and receive a special Christmas gift for your school! Plus get in early for Careers Fair this January 19!
KidZania London – the indoor city run by kids at Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush – is excited to announce its action packed winter line up, boasting a series of special events, new partners and bonus gifts for schools who visit during the festive season and beyond, helping to bring the school curriculum to life.
On Wednesday 12th September, Shaw Education Trust held a CREST Awards Ceremony to celebrate students’ achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Over the past academic year, students across the Trust have participated in a variety of British Science Association’s flagship programmes, helping to improve their understanding of, and develop a passion for, STEM subjects.
Organiser of the event and Director of Science for the Trust, Dawn Platt, said: “We believe that learning through investigation and exploring is a key way in which all our students can enjoy, achieve and learn through science.
“As a result we are here to celebrate the unique talents of all our students across all our schools with equal importance.”
This week, Yorkshire kitchen specialists Wren Kitchens have launched their first children’s design competition on their website and social media channels named WrensLittleBuild
With links to STEM, PSCHE, art and DT, the WrensLittleBuilds competition aims to captivate children’s creativity and challenge their imaginations by letting them take full control of their kitchens – designing dream spaces and inspiring them to create wild and wacky kitchens to concoct their favourite meals in.