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Local events
 

 

Funding opportunities
 

Competitions
 

 


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LATEST STEM NEWS

 

National Eisteddfod Science Pavilion - showcase STEM Ambassadors


The National Eisteddfod of Wales was hosted this year by Cardiff. Extensive and most impressive venues across Cardiff Bay were provided for the Programme of events. The Science Pavilion was a very popular place for family visitors, STEM Ambassadors making a huge contribution to it's success.

A range of activities from Bioluminescence to Modelling Molecules to Coding were presented  by STEM Ambassadors. Other STEM Ambassadors kindly offered their time to greet, assist and provide support for visitors. 
Some wonderful practical engagement was offered by STEM Ambassadors from:

  • Cardiff School of Pharmacy: Science of the Sea - led by Dr Arwyn Jones
  • Royal Society of Chemistry: Molecules, Fragrances and their Structures  led by Dr Dayna Mason
  • DVLA Code Challenge: Programming
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University: Robotics


STEM Ambassador Ian Treen (DVLA) dedicated his time every day during the week, providing lively interaction every day! 
 
"I enjoyed every minute - even the challenges - the week has flown by"

 

 
 

STEM Ambassadors go Supersonic at St Michael's Primary

STEM and Bloodhound SSC Ambassador Allan Reid together with fellow STEM Ambassadors Jeff Webb and Karl Jones spent a memorable day at St Michaels as part of their Science week 8th June.
Allan presented details of the design of the car and where the land speed record attempts will be made. The presentation included some dynamic animated videos showing what Bloodhound SSC will look like during the land speed record attempts in South Africa 2019.

The STEM Ambassador team helped Years 3 and 4 in designing and building their own model cars constructed from Knex kits provided by the Bloodhound SSC Educational team. Allan explained the design criteria that were required. Pupils eagerly set about their tasks producing unique and interesting designs. Teams assessed and modified designs if they were found not to be as robust prior to the final race demonstration in the afternoon.

The play ground was used to test and race their models. With propulsion some cars reached 15 metres distance.

A member of staff noted that the pupils are easy to inspire and motivate them to get the full benefit of this unique and enjoyable learning experience.
For most of the children this was the first time they had seen or used Knex Kits encouraging children to develop their design and dexterity skills.
Teachers Mrs Gates and Mrs Davies and all the children thanked Jeff, Karl and Allan for a very enjoyable, constructive, and interesting educational experience. Allan presented the school with a framed Bloodhound SSC School participation certificate for display.

If your school or organisation would like a Bloodhound SSC Ambassador to come along and give a talk on Bloodhound SSC, please register your interest on www.bloodhoundssc.com
 

The Appeal of Maggots with Professor Yamni Nigram 

Yamni is a well known feature of many STEM events - catch her team at the Swansea Science Festival this year!
Yamni set up the Swansea University Maggot Research Group looking into the medicinal properties of Maggots.

Her superbly successful outreach has included many Primary Schools in Swansea and beyond. 
Her Maggot workshop for Reaching Wider was also recently delivered for a group of Vulnerable children and their carers.


The workshop was also presented to Ebbw Fawr Alliance Primary cluster including:
 
Cwm Primary School
Willowtown Community School
Glyncoed Primary School
Ebbw Fawr Primary Phase
All Saints RC Primary School
Rhos y Fedwen Primary School

Exciting developments are being discussed on how  learning of Maggots and Maggot therapy can be incorporated into the new Curriculum.

 

National Museum Cardiff is hosting Tim Peake’s Soyuz spacecraft this autumn.

We watched as he broadcast live experiments, spacewalked and ran the London Marathon on the International Space Station. Now we can see the capsule that returned Tim Peake to Earth as part of its UK Tour, thanks to the Science Museum Group’s partnership with Samsung. 
The Soyuz TMA-19M descent moduleand the spacesuit Tim woreon the Principia mission will be on display from November 2018 until February 2019. Entry to the exhibition is FREE but booking is essential. There will be a Museum trail suitable for KS2 in the exhibition.
To book a visit please contact 02920-573240 https://museum.wales/cardiff/learning/booking_information/

 
 

Biology Week 6-14 October

Biology is an annual celebration of biology, with events for everyone.
There are many ways for schools and colleges to 
get involved including running quizzes and communicating science through art. There are downloadable guides to help secondary teachers plan, run and publicise their own events during the week.

BioArtAttack Competition


It's time to use your imagination for 2018's Bio ArtAttack.
What is a BioArtAttack? Your entry can be anything from drawings and sculptures to models and collages of any scale. The piece of art created can be entered by an individual or as a group (including schools, lab groups or other groups of biology enthusiasts). All we need is a collection of photographs of your entry.

How to enter

The BioArtAttack 2018 competition is now open for entries.

The competition will close for entries on Sunday 14th October 2018.

 

Farmvention Competition

Farmvention (when farming meets invention) is a national STEM competition run by the NFU aimed at primary school children launching this September.

There are three exciting problem based challenges that can be entered by individual children or in teams. Designed to make children think about the day to day issues faced by farmers and growers in England and Wales, each challenge is supported by curriculum linked resources created in partnership with the Association for Science Education (ASE).

 Institution of Mechanical Engineers Photographer of the Year Competition

Students of all ages are invited to enter the  2018 Photographer of the Year Competition. The judges will be looking for photographs that are creative, thoughtful and representative of the theme of “Engineering a Better World”.
The winner will receive £150, an instant camera, photo printed on canvas and will feature in Institution News..

Find out more here or alternatively email 
PhotoComp@imechenearyou.org.

Closing date is 30 September 2018.

The DVLA competition has now  launched across Wales! Fabulous prizes on offer for schools.

The website has all the information schools need to register for the competition, how to enter and the themes and a downloadable A5 flyer.

This year both primary and secondary schools are eligible: there will be two competitions running side by side – one for the 7-11 year olds and the other for the 11-14 year olds.

The closing date for entries is midnight on 12 October 2018

 

Local events

 

STEM and the new curriculum 

Saturday 13th October 2018

10am - 2.30 pm Doors open 9.45am for registration

St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff.
A one-day conference for primary and secondary teachers,
learning professionals and scientists exploring the opportunities that the new curriculum will bring.

Tom Crick, Chair of the Science & Technology Area of Learning and Experience (AoLE) & NNEST, will join us for a panel discussion about the proposed changes to the curriculum

Breakout sessions will give you an opportunity to discuss STEM in the new curriculum with other practitioners and learning professionalsHands-on workshops will cover a range of topics including habitats, planning a mission to space, coding and even marine science. All of which aim to provide practical ideas for supporting teaching STEM in light of a changing curriculum.

To book a FREE place and your workshop choices go to:
https://asecymruconference2018.eventbrite.co.uk

For further info, please contact cerianangharad@ase.org.uk or 07870 351212

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Free Workshop - Chemistry in the Classroom

Following the great success of our Chemistry at Work workshop last year we have spaces available for FREE visits to schools in Gwynedd and Conwy between now and October half term. The upper KS2 workshop consists of 4 practical activities that pupils undertake in groups, each linked to a real-world Chemist’s role. The activities include pH testing and identifying unknown white powders while the real-world Chemistry covered during the session ranges from Environmental Chemistry to Forensics and even polymer manufacture.
If you would like to request a visit to your school, please contact Llinos at llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk as soon as possible.
 
 
The National Education Show. November 16. Cardiff City Hall

NAtional Education ShowThe National Education Show, returning to Cardiff City Hall for the second year, is Wales' biggest education conference. It aims to raise standards of education in Wales and bring a host of teachers, school staff and educational specialists under one roof for an all-day showcase and exhibition.

With over 50 seminars, 100 exhibitors and 4,000 visitors, the event is ideal for INSET days and teacher training days covering a range of topics such as mental health, leadership, SEND and much more.

More seminar descriptions and speaker biogs here http://www.nationaleducationshow.com/seminars. For help or advice when booking, or to book a large group of people, call 02922 400382 or email here

Skills Cymru. Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 10-11 October /  Llandudno 17-18 October

The SkillsCymru FREE event will inspire and motivate young people to consider opportunities available across Wales. By attending, they will get the best possible start to their career, helping them to make informed decisions and enable them to visualise their career path.
Evening opening. Families and individuals are welcome to attend and can visit at any time for free. We recommend attending the special open evenings, when exhibitors will be ready to answer any individual questions and queries from families and individuals.More 
here.

Funding opportunities

Biochemical Society Scientific Outreach Grants
The Biochemical Society is offering grants to support scientific outreach activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community. Applications are invited for sums up to £1000 to assist with the direct costs associated with an event and expenses incurred. Submit an application for the current round before the deadline on 24 September.

The IoP small grants scheme provides schools with grants of up to £600 for projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics or engineering. The scheme is open to all UK educational institutions (schools and colleges) catering for pupils/students in the age range 5-19.

Run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (formerly PPARC and CCLRC), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics. Closing date 1 November 2018

 
 

Resources

Gatsby's Technicians Make it Happen Campaign 
The Gatsby Charitable Foundation has launched a multi-channel campaign to highlight the contribution technicians make to the UK  so that it is better understood by society at large. The Technicians Make it Happen (TMiH) campaign aims to change perceptions about STEM technicians and promote some of the outstanding apprenticeship opportunities that lead to technician careers.
 

The Association for Science Education (ASE) is the largest subject association in the UK. We are an active membership body that has been supporting all those involved in science education from pre-school to higher education for over 100 years; members include teachers, technicians, tutors and advisers.  Browse here to see over 2000 useful resources. Find more about membership here
 

 

Latest CPD from your Science Learning Partnership

To find out more about the latest CPD from your Science Learning  Partnership click here

Responsive teaching in STEM. Pontypridd. 9 &10 October
Responsive Teaching in STEM Llandudno 25 September 

 
 
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