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

As pupils return to the classroom we know that teachers will be working to deliver the Curriculum in schools. STEM Ambassadors are still keen to offer as many enrichment opportunities as possible to learners.

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With best wishes 

The See Science Team


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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 in Wales.


STEM news and Events

Local Events and Competitions

To support teachers to continue educating young people during these unprecedented times  STEM Learning  have developed a range of materials, including free resources, tips from our subject experts and professional development opportunities.

STEM Ambassador's involvement can engage and enthuse both students and teachers. If you are interested in asking a STEM Ambassador to assist you can make your request hereWe’ve created brief guides to encourage both STEM Ambassadors and educators to use the self-service. 

If an Ambassador has engaged with you, 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.



First Lego League Challenge - Online June / July - Primary schools needed - to participate

Registration is now open for 2020-2021 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge season and we would welcome teachers to contact to discuss particpation in the competition. Get your team together and think about the ways we can get people moving is the theme this year. FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge is a global STEM programme for teams of young people, to encourage an interest in real world themes and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers. Young people work together to explore a given topic and to design, build and program an autonomous LEGO® robot to solve a series of missions. For more information click here. In Wales we are offering three online tournaments – Click here to register and here to contact for more information

See Science have funding to support schools to participate in an online  competition for teams of young people, to encourage an interest in real-world themes and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers.

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Inventors: STEM Ambassador Alun Armstrong helps Sennybridge Brownies achieve success

Brownie Leader Liz meets her group weekly on Zoom. As part of their Inventors Badge the brownies needed a challenge to complete.
Alun Armstrong has long been praised for his expertise with school activities and imaginative use of everyday items to teach engineering, maths and design.

Alun had gathered sets of pre-cut cards, bottle tops, used matchsticks and tapers, which were used to complete tangrams, build and design, puzzles and towers.
He joined the Brownie meeting on Zoom to assist Liz explain the challenge and judge the result. Visits to rural locations can prove difficult at this time of year, particularly with variable weather, this example proves that much can be accomplished in the virtual environment but with a live presenter and audience!

Alun - Thank you so much for last night, the girls really enjoyed the evening.  The milk bottle top pyramid was our family favourite.  
 Thank you for putting so much time and thought into the evening, we all greatly appreciated everything you prepared.

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The real benefit of entering STEM competitions

We know that teachers and students can benefit  from taking part in science competitions and that it is not all about the winning. Numerous competitions offers a wealth of benefits to students: practical  skills, planning and presentation skills as well as opportunity to develop writing skills, and confidence.

Experience is invaluable not forgetting that many of these opportunities can also contribute to their wellbeing. But it is also important to think that supporting pupils to enter competitions have a positive impact on  teachers: networking, raising the science department profile, and more. Click here to read  an article bAnnabel Jenner  to learn what exactly what teachers and pupils can gain from participating in STEM competitions beyond winning and find links to competitions you might be interested in entering in 2021.

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Cardiff Science Festival STEM Stars

The Science Festival takes place during February Half Term, a visible feature in Cardiff city centre: on shopping precincts, street science busking, talks and activities in popular locations.
The organisers were determined to sustain engagement with family audiences and the public during the pandemic. A full week of events was organised online including the popular ‘STEM Stars’ which was hosted by the STEM Ambassador Coordinator Wales.


4 STEM Ambassador starred in a stellar event takin the audience through lively presentations. Following themes of 
Science of the Covid 19
Astronomy and the search for Alien Life
Science of Nature

Joining us online were many families safeguarded by the well controlled protocol laid down by the Festival. 

It was a different experience to face to face engagement but there were outstanding benefits, such as the ‘dwell time’ for families, no queuing to see the activity and a close up look of what each Ambassador was demonstrating.

Joining the panel from his workplace abroad STEM Ambassador Chris commented how enjoyable it was to take part in an event at a distance.

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Start planning now for British Science Week 2021!

Its not too late to get your pupils involved in British Science Week 2021, happening 5 – 14 March.

Science is all around us every day and there are lots of ways we can still engage and celebrate the role that science plays in all our lives. And with the backdrop of a global pandemic, now it is more important than ever that we embrace and explore it.

The British Science Association have produced Activity packs with lots of ideas for activities that children can do at home, from practical ones such as splitting light and identifying different types of plastics to research-based ones such as producing a fact file on a STEM Person of the Week.

Teachers can also make use of the CREST Resource Library. At primary level there is a collection of one hour fun activities written in a parent-friendly way with ideas for outdoor challenges and many low-resource activities. One of our favourites is Crafty Rafts in the SuperStar collection.

And don’t forget the Poster Competition! This year’s theme is Innovating for the Future. Schools can enter up to 5 posters and the closing date is April 30th. You can find all the details here.

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Podcasts and Webinars for science educators at home or school, from our fabulous GSSfS Regional Champions!

The Great Science Share for Schools is the award-winning campaign that invites 5-14 year olds to share theirown scientific questions and investigations, to raise the profile of science in schools and communities, and inspire young people into science and engineering. 

So much preparation is already underway to make 2021 even more successful. Keep up to date with what’s on whenby registering your interest. They’ll be monthly announcements and activities culminating on the 15th June 2021

Starting 25 February, we're bringing you a series of expert-led webcasts from our Great Science Share Regional Champions.Packed with practical insights, resources and inspiration - dip in or catch them all!
See what's on offer with sessions from supporting inclusivity, cross-curricula approaches, to eliciting questions and taking learning outside. Visit this page to explore.

Local events 


Does you Clasroom help children learn? 
9th March 16.30-17.45

The classroom environment affects student performance. Discover the environmental factors influencing learning in your classroom, find out how to monitor and control them to improve outcomes. 

Make simple changes to improve student’s performance.Explore scientific enquiries to engage your students and facilitate greater awareness and ownership of their learning environment
Ground-breaking research by Professor Stephen Heppell and his team is shining a light on the impact of environmental factors on student performance. These factors are often over looked when attempts are made to improve outcomes for students. We will explore seven factors that influence learning and provide simple remedies for your learning spaces that can be implemented immediately, including innovative classroom greening approaches.
This research is particularly important in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, where factors such as airflow, temperature and humidity all play a part in disease transmission, and more generally under every school’s responsibility to provide a safe and effective learning environment.
Curriculum-based practical science enquiries and activities that can be carried out by pupils in the classroom will be shared. Book here 

FREE facilitated workshops

FREE Facilitated Chemistry Workshops (Funded by the RSC)

From early March through to the end of the summer term, See Science will be offering a variety of FREE workshops to schools across Wales. We will be flexible in how we deliver these workshops, depending on COVID restrictions - delivering face to face in schools or virtually via live links on platforms to suit the schools.

Chemistry in a Pandemic Workshop (Yrs 5 to 9)

This will be a brand new workshop looking at Chemistry and the role of Chemists in fighting a global pandemic.

For more information or to register your interest, contact Llinos at See Science 


Science Farm Live

We know the past 12 months have been really tough for teachers so we’ve taken one task off your hands and planned your school’s Science Week for this year. During British Science Week 2021 (5th – 12th March), we are offering a fantastic full-week programme of award-winning Science activities and enriching content to inspire your pupils.

The whole of this programme is completely free of charge and designed to give your learners an enthralling, experiential week that they will remember. With new Lockdown restrictions in place, we’re planning for learners both in school and at home so that you can be confident your Science week can go ahead. You can do as little or as much of the programme as you like and all equipment can normally be found at school/home or bought at a supermarket.Schools that sign up for the programme will gain access to:

  • 4 live lessons hosted by Encounter Edu and presented by real-life farming role models from across England and Wales. Think live lambing, discovering future farming tech and exploring cow poo with a farm vet

  • A farming-themed climate science show created by Welsh Science Museum Techniquest

  • Our award-winning Farming STEMterprise resources featuring a differentiated STEM project for every year group from 1 – 6

  • The Farmvention: Climate Superheroes competition featuring interactive 3D tours of farms across England and Wales, climate themed investigations for both KS1 and KS2 and the chance to win £1000 for your school.

All you need to do is sign up on the form below and we’ll send you around one email per week between now and Science week to help you get prepared! Go to https://education.nfuonline.com/NFUScienceWeek

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Tallest Paper Tower - 2021 Fluor Engineering Challenge!

Reach for the Sky with the Tallest Paper Tower Challenge

With only paper and tape, the 2021 Fluor Engineering Challenge asks students to build a tower, as tall as possible, that can successfully support a can of food at the top for a full sixty seconds.

This challenge is fun for all ages and can be done in the classroom or with students at home. The materials are deliberately simple. We want as many students as possible to build a paper tower and enter the challenge!

Submissions for the Fluor Challenge will be accepted February 14-March 12, 2021, but you and your students can start planning, designing, and building now! Details here.


Latest CPD from your Science Learning Partnership

Online courses for teachers

A range of free-to-access online courses for teachers at every stage of their career. You will have the opportunity to learn from leading experts and share ideas with thousands of other educators across the world. Download the calendar to see what courses are on offer and when they are available to join.


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

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