Welcome to the latest STEM newsletter for Primary Schools from your local STEM Ambassador Hub. At the beginning of the year, we welcome our new Schools and Colleges Liaison Coordinator - Louise Thomas. She will be working with teachers across Wales to support you to work with STEM Ambassadors. 

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 needs.
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The See Science Team


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Welcome to our new Schools and Colleges Liaison Coordinator 

Hi Everyone,

My name is Louise Thomas and I’ve started working for See Science in Cardiff, as the new Schools and Colleges Liaison Coordinator. It’s great to be able to link my background in Science and Science Education together, and begin to work with Schools and Colleges across Wales.

I was a former STEM Ambassador when I worked as a Clinical Embryologist at UHW, Cardiff.  It is important that pupils in Wales realise what careers exist behind the ‘locked doors’ of the Science NHS system.  As time progressed I retrained 

as a secondary school Science teacher and taught both Biology and Physics in a Cardiff school. It was great to be able to see that many students enjoy Science, and it has been a privilege to witness many pupils become successful in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics(STEM).


Outside of work I have a busy family life and I particularly enjoy exercising, reading and trips to anywhere near the sea!

You can contact Louise directly at louise.thomas@see-science.co.uk


KLA Corporation STEM Ambassadors enjoy face to face engagement again

STEM Ambassadors at KLA Corporation have enjoyed getting back to face-to-face STEM outreach projects this year, both out in the community and at their factory in Newport (South Wales), where they manufacture semiconductor equipment. 

In September 2022, they ran one of many activities at an event celebrating the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, which was organised by Girl Guiding Gwent at Chepstow Racecourse.  One activity involved small groups of Guides and

Brownies manipulating the code of a BBC micro:bit-controlled robot car to navigate a maze marked out on the floor. 

The company also organised two “Bring Your Kids to Work” days for employees’ children aged from 5-11yrs, which included a guided tour of its cleanroom for the children by their STEM Ambassadors.

Local and National Events 

ASE Teach Meet - Assessment and the new Curriculum in Wales. Wednesday 18 January 4.30 - 6pm. Alun School, Mold

The purpose of assessment is to support each individual learner to progress at an appropriate pace, ensuring they are supported and challenged accordingly. As Curriculum for Wales rolls out in schools and settings across Wales, it marks a significant shift in the role of assessment within education - join us to share your concerns, ideas and experience.

Details and booking here.

Local and National events

Cardiff Science Festival 2023 18 - 22 February

Cardiff Science Festival takes over Wales’ capital to inspire and educate. We bring the festival to you, with exciting events popping up across Cardiff to allow you to uncover the science of everyday life.

Our aim is to celebrate science, technology, engineering and maths, and how they affect our every day lives. We bring science to you, with a range of events that are guaranteed to captivate and teach you something new.

Details here.

Local and National events

Mars Day 7th March

Mars (Day) will land on 7 March 2023. Flight plans are being drawn up for this exciting day of virtual talks and sessions from ESA, UK Space Agency and international guests.

This year, Mars Day will once again include a whole hour of activities in Mars Hour at 11am, as well as a week of exploration with Mars Week.
Get involved early on by volunteering to talk about all thing space and Mars in particular.

To find out more click here

Local and National events

British Science Week information webinar. Wednesday, February 8th, 4pm.

British Science Week 2023 runs between the 10th and 19th of March and this year's theme is Connections.

Get involved in whatever way suits you - run a science workshop, have a science day or even a whole science week! Why not run a CREST activity or invite a STEM Ambassador into your classroom?

There are lots of ideas on the BSW website here, including activity packs for all ages, and make sure you register for their monthly newsletters!

If you're not sure where to start, join us for some top tips and ideas at our British Science Week webinar on Wednesday, 8th of February at 4pm. Book here.

Local and National events

RSC Teacher Network - Outreach. Tuesday 7 February 4 - 5pm. Online.

Come and join our supportive network which provides an opportunity to talk to other teachers about what is happening in Wales, whether its curriculum change or sharing ideas and resources.

At this meeting we are going to be chatting about Outreach. Joining us will be Outreach providers from across Wales and they will tell us what they offer and how we can get involved.

This is a fully funded event aimed at secondary science teachers, technicians and subject leads. Please share it with anyone who would find it useful. 

See our events page to book.

Local and National events

FREE CREST Awards in Wales – Online event to find out more! 

For PRIMARY schools on Wednesday 1 February

We’d love to see you at one of our free online events, run in partnership with the British Science Association (BSA), to learn more about the CREST Awards scheme in Wales, including how you can claim your FREE CREST Awards and use the activities to enrich your school's new curriculum.

The CREST Awards is a STEM enrichment scheme run by the BSA that inspires young people of all ages to think and behave like scientists and engineers using investigative project work.

We will share everything you need to know to start running the CREST Awards scheme at your school and will showcase the CREST Discovery Day resource, ‘Machines of the Future’, which is appropriate for Years 5 to 9.

Did you know?

  • CREST Award fees for all students in Wales are paid in full by the Welsh government until at least 31 March 2025.
  • All CREST activities are enquiry-based and student-led with strong, real-world content, making them a great fit for the Curriculum for Wales.
  • CREST Awards can be an integral part of your curriculum or it can provide activities for a STEM Club.
  • Many of the activities are low cost and easy to run, without the need for specialist equipment, making them appropriate for a range of settings in and outside of schools.

Book here.


If you were and Engineer what would you do?

This exciting competition mapped to the curriculum, asks pupils from primary schools, secondary schools and nurseries to identify a problem in the world and design a solution to it. Inspired through engagement with engineering professionals, pupils are encouraged to ‘find the engineer they could be’ by designing the future of engineering.As pupils interview engineers and research engineering in general they are encouraged to look at the world around them to find problems an engineered solution could solve. Alongside their annotated drawings an accompanying letter is required to persuade engineers to choose their design to build. Links to universities across the UK, annually see a selection of winning pupils' designs brought to life. As each entry requires engagement with an engineering professional, the competition hosts a number of online interviews and school visits from engineers.

Every entry is graded by engineering professionals and educationalists and all entries receive a named certificate. Shortlisted entries are judged by high profile judges from the world of engineering and exhibited at a public or online event. Winners are announced from each region and awarded with a medal and prize.

By registering teachers can register their school and access lesson plans and resources and build a school of Engineers in the Making®. Parents/carers can register their children to participate and access our home learning resources to develop their Engineer in the Making®.

Closing date Wednesday 22 March.

Details here.

Resources and CPD

Are you using Explorify resources in your classroom?

Explorify is a completely free digital resource for teaching primary science.

Explorify offers a range of activities to develop curiosity, discussion and reasoning skills through ready-to-go, high-quality videos, images and thought-provoking questions to get your pupils thinking like scientists! 

All you need to use it is a screen - ideally a large one - with an internet connection.  And some children, of course, either as a group or a whole class.  They can sit at tables or on the carpet, so long as they can see the images on the screen, and they’ll need a talk partner so they can share ideas and develop confidence before discussing them with everyone else taking part.

Find the Explorify website here.

Find information for teachers new to Explorify in this blog.

Resources and CPD

High-impact intensive science CPD from STEM Learning

STEM Learning is dedicated to delivering quality face-to-face professional development in authentic classroom environments at their National STEM Learning Centre in York. Work with like-minded teachers, network, and develop your teaching in interactive and impactful ways.

Subsidies are available to contribute towards the costs of travel and cover to help teachers participate in CPD. They provide funding to support the teacher to embed their learning in terms of their own professional practice and disseminate learnings with their colleagues aligned to school and departmental priorities.

All courses include accommodation and catering for the duration of your stay so you can fully concentrate on your learning.

Find this year's course schedule 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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