STEM Ambassador Hub Wales Newsletter February 2017

STEM Newsletter for primary schools in Wales                                              February 2017

The newsletter that's an essential source of information and inspiration for teachers – and anyone with an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) engagement – across Wales.

Winners of Pride and Place
Bryntirion Feeder Day
Women in STEM
ASE Teachmeet
How to hack your home
Changing Futures at CAT
Enthuse Celebration Awards
Artic Live
Go Bananas


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Latest STEM news
Winners of Pride and Place

At Fochriw Primary School we have received not one but two 'Pride in Your Place' awards recognising the wider impact of our science work!
The Eco-Committee led a whole school environmental science project called, 'The Salmon Story.' Pupils worked with a number of partners including, Keep Wales Tidy, Groundworks Healthy Rivers and two other Eco-Committees.  The Eco-Committee timetabled Key Stage 2 pupils to look after the salmon eggs in a hatchery at the school. This involved a lot of dedication by all involved. Pupils took daily scientific readings and observations for months to ensure optimum conditions and development of the salmon through their life cycle. Scientific studies of the salmon took place with expert input from the Rivers Officer. Furthermore, the pupils showed respect and pride in their community taking part in a clean-up of the local river and surrounding area. Culmination of the project took place with the whole school bidding farewell to the salmon on their journey through the Welsh waterways!
The impact of the project has been far reaching. Pupils were engaged and motivated throughout by nurturing the salmon. This contributed to excellent outcomes in scientific knowledge, understanding and skills. Pupils exhibit an excellent understanding of the interdependence of organisms, environmental and human factors that affect the environment. Pupils experienced opportunities to apply their skills of decision making, problem solving and working with others in a real-life context. The Eco-Committee leading this project ensured pupils took responsibility with their ideas and views put into action. 
We've shared our work with the local secondary school from the outset. Our practice is illustrated at Key Stage 3 as an example of local ESDGC in action. In addition to this the Eco-Committee shared the ‘Salmon Story’ with the primary school we link with to carry out environmental action. It has provided excellent opportunities for pupils to discuss their scientific knowledge and understanding to a wider audience.
Winning first place in the 'Pride in Your Place' awards gives access to all schools in the Local Authority to share our practice. We're delighted our ‘Salmon Story' will now be heard and enjoyed even further!
An integrated and broad based approach to 'Healthy Living' at Fochriw Primary School is award winning.....
Being a school in a disadvantaged area we play a major role in providing experiences and opportunities for healthy living.  We have worked successfully with a number of partners including: Healthy Schools officers, Gwent Association for Voluntary Organisations (GAVO), The Parent Network, a local female football team and local businesses to further develop our provision in this area.
The Sports Council and Eco-Committee worked with the Healthy Schools leader in a whole school drive to promote healthy living. The project focused upon healthy eating and healthy drinking in conjunction with physical exercise. The Sports Council launched a hugely successful ‘Smile Around the MUGA,’ whereby the whole school take part in a daily mile. In addition to this a number of healthy eating and drinking initiatives have taken place. There has been an exercise and hydration initiative with business sponsorship secured for water bottles for the whole school. The Eco-Committee carry out surveys and feedback on healthy lunchboxes. Pupils also studied the diets of athletes through linking with a local ladies football team. Fitness and health themed weeks are also implemented throughout the school year.
The promotion of healthy living has a positive impact on pupils’ wellbeing at Fochriw Primary School. The ‘joined up’ approach has contributed to excellent outcomes in pupils’ scientific knowledge and understanding of the need for a variety of foods and exercise for human good health.  The real-life healthy living experiences provide excellent opportunities for practical science and investigation work. The context of the learning is motivational and enjoyable for all pupils. This approach has also had wider impacts with improved attendance and increased participation at extra-curricular sporting clubs also.
We value and respect our partnerships at Fochriw Primary School. They clearly improve our provision which has in turn led to improved standards and wellbeing. The healthy living project exemplifies the science underpinning the work carried out with its wide-ranging effects.  Once again, winning first place in the 'Pride in Your Place' awards allows practice to be shared even further and to partners beyond our school!.
Bryntirion Feeder Primary Day.
Each year Bryntirion School hosts their feeder Primary Schools introducing pupils to the school through a variety of round robin practical activities. STEM Ambassadors deliver the Science and Engineering workshops Each session is 30 minutes, this year the ‘STEM’ activities included: STEM Ambassadors from:  Tenovus with a game on genetics and cancer research; Jon Laver with demonstrations on Electronics and Sian Ashton with a session on Diabetes and testing mock urine samples for glucose. Teachers were very enthused by the impact of the science modules on the pupils – many pupils keen to develop their interest in practical science when attaining secondary school.
6 Sessions were delivered to 250 Year 6 pupils, pictured are Trelales School and Maes Yr Haul at the Diabetes testing session and Tenovus at their Healthy Cell workshop.
Teacher comments were glowing: “Year 6 enjoyed a science taster day as part of their transition to comprehensive school.”

“I would just like to thank everyone who took part yesterday. It was a big success and we’ve had a lot of positive verbal feedback.
Without your kindness, giving up your own time, none of this would have been possible.” Helen Workman Science Coordinator Bryntirion School

“I had a great time with pupils @BryntirionComp Science Taster Day - talking about keeping our cells healthy” STEM Ambassador Lisa Whittaker

Teacher and pupil opportunites


9am - 3pm, Monday 13 March             The Senedd, Cardiff
Secure places for your school now !  
Contact Evelyn Forsyth-Barnett on 07885864839 or

On the day...
  • Visit Techniquest, the Welsh science and discovery centre and The Senedd, National Assembly for Wales.
  • Meet the Royal Patron of WISE, HRH The Princess Royal and hear her speak.
  • Be inspired by the personal story of Swansea-born Chair of WISE, Trudy Norris-Grey, who is Microsoft’s managing director of worldwide business development for the public sector.
  • Take part in a People Like Me workshop and get to know young female role models from sponsor companies including Network Rail, Welsh Water and GE Aviation: find out what they actually do and why they love their jobs!

ASE Teachmeet                                
March 2017 5pm

St David's Catholic College , Ty Gwyn Road, Cardiff CF23 5QD

Teachmeet Wiki :

to book on Eventbrite go to

What is a TeachMeet?

A TeachMeet is an informal gathering for those of us who are enthusiastic about learning and teaching and who are keen to share ideas. Everyone is invited to share approaches they have trialed in their classrooms on a theme of data .

Our Keynote Speaker!

Mr Meilyr Rowlands, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales (HMCI). ESTYN.

Engage on Twitter: Before, during and after the event make sure you use the Twitter hash tag #TMASE to engage with us.

What can you do? Let's Talk Data You can turn up and learn something new, or share something you think others would benefit from. You can chat informally over a cup of tea, get up and present a five-minute presentation, or lead a round table discussion.

There is no obligation to present anything, but if you are interested in attending, either as a speaker or a listener, please book on line  or to discuss further contact Cerian Angharad (

How to hack your home

Reardon Smith Theatre, National Museum Cardiff, CF10 3NP

13 March 2017
  • School groups: 1.30 – 2.30pm. Free but places must be booked in advance
  • Families: 6.30 – 7.30pm. Price: £10.00 – £12.00

In this interactive family show inspired by the Royal Institution’s world-famous Christmas Lectures electrical engineer Danielle George will show you how to use your imagination to take control of the devices we use every day. With live experiments, find out how to take control of the devices you use every day and achieve extraordinary things. This is tinkering for the 21st century!

For more information, and to book tickets, click here.


Changing futures at CAT during British Science Week 2017
With British Science Week 2017 fast approaching the education department at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) are very excited to announce their three day programme of talks, tours and activities based on “Changing Futures”.
Tailored to suit individual visiting school/college groups, the interactive programme will encourage discussion and critical thinking that respond to issues relating to climate change. Pupils will come away with a solutions focused approach having engaged with the impacts and issues around local and global climate change. They will also explore what the UK could do to reduce carbon emissions, the potential of reducing energy use, renewable energy, changes in consumption, the various impacts of food choices, building design and materials and many other topics related to individual and society choices.
These interactive workshops will be delivered at an appropriate level depending on age and background understanding.
Event date: 14 March 10:00-14:00
Event date: 15 March 10:00-14:00
Event date: 16 March 10:00-14:00
Please contact Gabrielle Ashton at CAT for more info, prices and booking.
Gabrielle Ashton
Education Administrator / Gweinyddwres Addysg
01654 705983

ENTHUSE Celebration Awards

The ENTHUSE Celebration Awards recognise the impact of CPD across all STEM subjects, and across the entire STEM Learning network.

The awards are presented each year to celebrate the impact that teachers, technicians and support staff have on students, colleagues, schools, colleges and peers.

This year we are recognising the impact of all CPD across our network, whether at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, through partners in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, or through our network of Science Learning Partnerships; and whether it took place in your school, at another venue, or online. Your own internal CPD counts too.

We have also made it just as easy to nominate a colleague as to apply yourself, for department or school leaders that wish to recognise the quality of their staff.

In April 2017 there will be a series of local awards events in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England. The winners at each of these regional events will then be invited to a national celebration at the Houses of Parliament in July 2017.

Applications are now open until 5 March 2017. Please be advised that applications should be made online.

Join Arctic Live, the annual event that will connect you and your classroom with members of an expedition based at the UK Arctic Research Station on Svalbard, in Ny-Ålesund, the most northerly permanent settlement in the world.

Along with the award-winning Frozen Oceans resources, the event is a unique and engaging experience that can ignite students’ passion for science and the environment globally.

  • You can book a free one-to-one Skype live session with a scientist from the British Antarctic Survey or a polar researcher in the UK.
  • You can also register for a Youtube Live lesson with a member of an Arctic expedition based on Svalbard.
  • A digital pack with guidance on how to best enjoy this experience will be ready for download shortly.

Visit the Arctic Live 2017 page and register for this event taking place between 7-10 March and 13-16 March

T    Updated with new facts, photographs and stories, Go Bananas will help learners aged 7-11 to discover where their food comes from.

Learners can gain a vivid insight into the banana supply chain and research the countries where bananas are grown. They will get to grips with Fairtrade and think critically about the enormous impact it can have on the lives of smallholder farmers.
Could your learners make it as a banana farmer?    

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