Dear Teachers,


Welcome to the  latest STEM newsletter  for Primary Schools  from your local STEM Ambassador Delivery Partner. 

We are looking forward to another busy term - and will be highlighting resources for National Numeracy Day  on May 22nd and sharing more details of local STEM events in your area

There are several new STEM engagement opportunities available for the forthcoming half term. STEM Ambassadors are still keen to offer as many enrichment opportunities as possible to learners and we welcome requests for STEM Ambassadors to help with any enrichment opportunity - please contact us directly to discuss your individual need.

There are also several new STEM engagement opportunities available for the forthcoming half term. STEM Ambassadors are still keen to offer as many enrichment opportunities as possible to learners and we welcome requests for STEM Ambassadors to help with any enrichment opportunity - please contact us directly to discuss your individual need.

Please encourage new colleagues to register with STEM Learning in order to receive the See Science newsletter in the future using the link and then opt to receive newsletters.

See Science have a facebook page where we will also be sharing lots of new ideas regularly - please like or follow the page.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can support the teaching of STEM subjects .


With best wishes, 
The See Science Team

Latest STEM news and updates

First LEGO League Challenge Regional Finals

First® Lego® League Challenge is a global competition for young people aged 9 to 16, run in the UK by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
See Science were once again delighted to support this season’s First® Lego® League Challenge, thereby inspiring young people to understand the basics of STEM by applying their skills in an exciting competition while building habits of learning, confidence, and teamwork skills along the way.

This year See Science delivered four regional tournaments at Ysgol Harri Tudur, Willowtown Primary School, Coleg Merthyr and the University of South Wales. Across all four events, forty teams of students from primary and secondary schools across South Wales took up the challenge on the infamous ‘Challenge Mat’ with their bespoke Lego® programmable SPIKE Prime or EV3 robots. All teams did an amazing job and congratulations to the winners who will be going onto the UK finals in Harrogate.

See Science were delighted and grateful to be supported throughout all 4 events by STEM Ambassadors who acted as referees and judges.  

Here’s what some of them had to say:

Karl Gilmore, Transport for Wales: “An absolute pleasure to support Cerian Angharad and other See Science colleagues this week at Merthyr College, along with other STEM Ambassadors to help with the First Lego League Challenge.

An impressive collection of talented young people from various Valleys schools, displaying their teamwork and coding skills.”

Lewis Davies, BDO Eaton Square: “I was blown away by the hard work and clever ideas from the ten teams who took part. They showed amazing teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Events like this are so important because they show students that STEM can be exciting and fun. They also help them learn to work together and think in new ways. Thanks to all the students, teachers, and organisers who made this day awesome!”

If you would like to consider taking part next year, you can find more information here.

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Last chance to get a free SAMHE air quality monitor and education resources!
Have you been wondering whether to sign up your school for the SAMHE project? 

Well now’s the time to act as registration closes on the 1st June!. Participation is free. UK schools can self-register to receive an indoor air quality monitor linked to an interactive Web App, enabling teachers and pupils to view and investigate data on classroom air quality. SAMHE (pronounced ‘Sammy’!) stands for Schools’ Air quality Monitoring for Health and Education. It is a DfE supported research project which brings together scientists, pupils and teachers to help us understand indoor air quality in UK schools. 1000+ schools are already benefiting. Teachers testify that it’s “powerful to see the live feed”, has "provided our science group with a wealth of data to interrogate and analyse" and the “range of options allows us to use this system across the STEM subjects”. Details here.

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New CREST website page for Wales

Teachers in Wales can now find all they need to know about how to claim FREE CREST Awards for their pupils on a new page on the CREST website.

Included on the page are case studies showing how teachers in Wales have successfully used CREST Awards in their schools.

There is a CREST Award activity for every age and every ability. They can be used as part of your school's curriculum or as STEM Club activities.

Find the new Wales-specific page here.

Events in Wales 

Primary Science Practical - Making Toothpaste. Monday 20 May, 3.45pm. Online

Bring a chemistry experiment into your primary classroom with this fun, simple practical activity.

We will demonstrate how easy it is to make your own toothpaste and will suggest how your pupils can investigate the product by testing whether or not the toothpaste works!

Making toothpaste can be a stand alone activity or we'll show you how it can be the beginning of your pupils' CREST Awards journey.

If you can't join on the day, register beforehand and receive a recording of the online session along with a great video from a dental STEM Ambassador giving ideas on how you can link the activity to learning about oral health.

Register here.


National Events

National Numeracy Day. Wednesday 22 May

Join our community of schools and organisations in time for the big day on Wednesday 22nd May 2024 to celebrate the numbers we use in our everyday lives!

Whether you’re promoting numeracy in a school, at home, workplace or other organisation, when you sign up you will receive a toolkit with all the free materials you need to get involved and help the nation get on with numbers.

More information here

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Great Science Share for Schools. June 11.

The award-winning campaign continuing to inspire 5-14 year olds to take the lead in asking, investigating and sharing scientific questions they care about with new audiences.

An inclusive, non-competitive and collaborative experience for all.

  • Use the Great Science Skills Starters to upskill teachers and pupils to ask-investigate and share scientific questions 
  • Be inspired by Great Science Ideas to inspire your pupils to start asking-investigating-sharing! 
  • Use science days or special weeks, e.g. British Science Week in March 2024 to involve pupils deciding what questions they want to ask-investigate-share.

Registration is open all year which gives access to a wide array of resources to inspire your pupils into science and engineering. Details here.


'Brilliant Poetry'!

This is a FREE global poetry competition where anyone is eligible to enter.

Write a poem that is 40 lines or less and related to science.

Prizes:  First - £1,000,    Second - £500.   Third - £250. Closing date, 21 June 2024.     Details here



Partnership Grants for students with special educational needs and disabilities

Schools can apply for funding to support investigative research projects that are specifically tailored for students with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).

The grant enables schools to purchase equipment to carry out investigative STEM research projects in science, mathematics, engineering or computing. By taking part in these projects, students will have the opportunity to develop essential skills, such as problem solving and data handling skills, readying them for the future world of work. 

There needs to be two project partners to the scheme with the lead applicant being a school and the second partner being a STEM professional from academia or industry. Funding should predominantly be used to buy equipment. As the project involves SEND students, there are a few key areas of added flexibility in the eligibility and judging criteria.

There are three submission deadlines at the end of April, June and November.

Details here.

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Calling all Primary schools in Denbighshire, Newport, Torfaen

Have you applied for your grant yet?


Edina TrustThe Edina Trust offers £700 primary school science grants and £500 early years science grants. Grants are available in a local authority area for three years, after which we move on to new areas.

It’s quick and easy to access as the grants are non-competitive, meaning you are guaranteed to get funding if you are in one of the current areas. 

Schools can use their grants for: 

  • Science resources 
  • Science weeks 
  • Scientific visits (in or out of school)
  • Improving the school's grounds for science
  • Gardening equipment
  • Science subscriptions

Details of the simple application process are here