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Ask a STEM Ambassador to visit your school

STEM Ambassador's involvement can engage and enthuse both students and teachers. If you are interested in asking a STEM Ambassador to visit your school you can make your request here or contact See Science directly at

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If an Ambassador has visited your school, or if you have met an Ambassador at an enrichment activity, we would be very grateful if you could fill in our teacher feedback form. Please encourage colleagues to respond.




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"



Chemistry at Work Swansea University

At the end of last term Professor Simon Bott and his students from the brand new Chemistry
Department at Swansea University hosted a very successful Chemistry at Work Day for nearly 120
yr9 students from 4 different schools from the Swansea area.

The aim of Chemistry at Work was to provide pupils with a better understanding and awareness of the importance of chemistry in our everyday lives and to highlight the varied chemical science careers available.
The day began with an introduction focusing on chemistry in the work place: careers and jobs that require chemists, highlighting the wide range of opportunities that are available to pupils who study chemistry after they leave school.
For the remainder of the day, the pupils participated in 4 separate workshops all presented by Chemistry Department staff with practical help provided by STEM Ambassador students of the department.The 4 workshops were linked around the common theme of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen. The activities were: making aspirin; using pH meters and titration to identify differences between aspirin and ibuprofen; learning about distinguishing between paracetamol and ibuprofen spectroscopically; an online scavenger hunt to answer a quiz based on paracetamol and ibuprofen.
During the lunch break, pupils were taken on a tour of the University campus.
The pupils and staff all thoroughly enjoyed the day with 70% of pupils saying they are more likely to study or work in chemistry in the future because of this event. The plan is to run a similar event during this academic year, so keep a lookout in our newsletters! Schools involved were: Penterhafod School, Swansea; Cynffig High School, Bridgend; Ysgol Bryn Tawe, Swansea; Bryngwyn School, Llanelli

Public Health Wales: Bacteriology masterclass at Pentrehafod School

Professor Edward Guy Senior Clinical Scientist at Public Health Wales visited Pentrehafod School in Swansea last July. Teacher Rebecca Cassells had requested sessions on applications of Biology and Chemistry.

Public Health Wales are keen to promote the wide career paths that they offer pupils who are usually only aware of  medical careers in Healthcare Science. Ed successfully combined Bacteriology and Microbiology and even included historical links on the impact of Spanish flu on world history! Some of the sessions delivered were  Environmental sampling and testing, Where are the bugs and Pandemics


Tim Peake's Spacecraft is coming to Wales! 


National Museum Cardiff is hosting Tim Peake's Soyuz spacecraft this autumn.
We watched as he broadcast live experiments, spacewalked and ran a Marathon on theInternational 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 module and the spacesuit Tim wore on the Principia mission will be on display from November 2018 until February 2019. Entry to the exhibition is FREE, but booking is essential. Online teaching resources will support visits at KS3 and KS4.

Teachers of students aged 13+ could also book for Space Descent VR with Tim Peake. Using Samsung Gear VR technology, it offers a 360° experience inside a Soyuz capsule from the pilot's seat, following Tim'™s journey back to Earth from the ISS. There is a cost per pupil.
For more information please see or contact

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.

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.


Oxford Scientist Science
Writing Competition

Are you fascinated by science and want to communicate it to those around you?

The Oxford Scientist is running our second science writing competition for UK school students who will be entering Years 11-13 for the academic year 2018-2019. There are lots of prizes to be won, and the winning entry will be published in our magazine!

The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2018.

 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

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

Welsh Physics Teachers Conference 2018

17th Annual Welsh Physics Teachers Conference Brecon. 3 October. Christ College, Brecon

This FREE day of presentations and workshops is a wonderful opportunity for teachers and technicians to take part in a wide variety of physics CPD activities. It is open to all teachers, technicians, newly qualified and trainee teachers

Talks include:
Dr Paul Hardaker CEO Institute of Physics London
Ben Ryan -  Founder and CEO Ambionic, Anglesey, North Wales -“ Bionic boy

Choice of 8 workshops including Curriculum workshop, Gender Balance, Maths for Physics, Flipped Learning, Games and Puzzles and Fun Physics

More information and booking here.


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 professionals
Hands-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:

For further info, please contact or 07870 351212


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 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 

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



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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