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

We understand that these times are  difficult for each one of our learners, families and colleagues.  During this time, we know that teachers & parents are surfing the web looking for fun, interesting activities for their children whilst teachers are trying to prepare and deliver as many lessons as possible. Our priority is to support this mission so  we will be sourcing and sharing new home & school resources, competitions, videos, projects, ideas, awards and more! 
Please encourage colleagues to register with STEM Learning in order to receive the See Science newsletter in the future: 
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Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can support the teaching of STEM subjects 
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

Resources and funding opportunities

Competitions and Awards

CPD from STEM Learning

To support teachers to continue educating young people while they are at home, STEM Learning  have developed a range of materials, including free resources, tips from our subject experts and professional development opportunities.
The  Education Team have also recommended a selection of activities to support parents and carers with home learning.
If you need any help, subject experts are available weekdays from 8:30 am to 4.30 pm via webchat, which you can find on  all their web pages.

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.



Teachers are able  to arrange online activities with a STEM Ambassador here. 
Any activity created now has an ‘online’ checkbox as well a place to enter a link to a video conferencing call if required. This means teachers now have access to 30,000+ STEM Ambassadors from across the UK, so think big with your online activity requests, maybe one of them can help.
This is designed to support schools who are currently open for children of key workers. STEM Ambassadors are a great way to bring a STEM professional into the classroom, demonstrating the real-world application of a subject or giving your students insight into a career. 
Ambassador Offers
We have also asked our STEM Ambassadors to think about what they could offer to schools remotely. This could be a video version of an activity they have delivered previously such as a Q&A, a careers talk or practical session. Or it could be something brand new from an Ambassador’s area of expertise which students would love engaging with.

Teachers and STEM Ambassadors with an existing website account can sign in to your dashboard to start using these new online activities now or you can register today to start using the resources

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STEM Ambassadors Live 

On 7 May STEM Ambassadors presented a day of live streamed activities for schools and students at home. Future events will be planned.
A series of half hour sessions from STEM Ambassadors covering a range of subjects from building Chocolate Bridges, rockets, off grid homes and more.
3 Ambassadors from Wales took part. All sessions are available on https://www.youtube.com/user/MyScienceLearning
STEM Ambassadors are also presenting masterclasses each week - for a full list contact sian.ashton@see-science.co.uk
STEM Ambassador Masterclass Science and Art: The River Adventures of Jac

Wednesday 17 June 11am – 12.30pm
STEM Ambassadors Steph Januchowski-Hartley and Daphne Giannoulatou will share a short series of art-science activities aimed to engage young people (ages 7 and 8) about river geographies and ecologies. Ambassadors experience the River Tawe as experienced by Jac, descendent of Swansea Jack, and explore their local rivers! Ambassadors should bring an item that they relate to rivers with them to the Masterclass. We will read, draw, explore and feedback on the session to Steph and Daphne. A fun experience for all learners!

STEM Ambassadors are still keeping active in this lockdown! Though unable to make school visits in person they are making great progress with online and virtual support.Teachers can still connect with Ambassadors for a variety of opportunities.

STEM Ambassadors have been mentoring student projects through Microsoft Teams, Skype and similar secure platforms. One of these projects is the Longitude Explorer Prize challenge where 2 schools from Wales are in the finals.

STEM Ambassadors present regular ‘Masterclasses’ on a wide range of topics. More information and to book please contact sian.ashton@see-science.co.uk
Topics range from Electronics, Energy, Bioextraction and Geology to more advanced sessions on Computer Programming.
Teachers who can offer a secure platform are welcome to invite a STEM Ambassador to virtually visit a STEM Club or class session. This will be undertaken with the usual safeguarding measures that apply to all STEM Ambassador engagements.

Local events and resources

Careers in Chemistry Virtual Sessions

See Science, in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry, have recently developed a Careers in Chemistry workshop for STEM Ambassadors to present in schools. Unfortunately, under the current circumstances this is unlikely to happen for quite some time. We are, therefore, keen to offer teachers the opportunity of virtually inviting STEM Ambassadors to speak to their pupils on careers in Chemistry. We realise that all schools aren’t following the same online or virtual teaching methods so we are open to suggestions from teachers as to how this would work in their particular situations. We can arrange up to 3 STEM Ambassadors to speak in any one session. If this would be of interest to you, please contact Llinos at llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk

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STEM Clubs week  22-26 June

Exciting news! STEM Learning have confirmed that STEM Clubs Week will take place this year from the 22nd to the 26th of June.
 See Science will be sharing an activity every day on their facebook page during STEM Clubs week  -

There will be a different daily theme throughout STEM Clubs Week with activities, challenges and prizes to be won!
The focus of this year’s STEM Clubs Week is UKRI’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and STEM Learning will be covering four target areas throughout the week; clean air, water and sanitation, sustainable energy, sustainable communities and, sustainable production and consumptio

STEM Clubs are out-of-timetable sessions that provide young people with the chance to explore aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) in less formal settings. They aim to enrich, rather than deliver, the curriculum. Clubs are an important outlet to ignite new interest or raise attainment in STEM subjects through more imaginative and inventive teaching methods.


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ASE events in Wales -

find out on the ASE website about all the webinars available during the Summer half termASE Cymru have arranged a series of events online during June and July which include:
12 June : Teacher Consultation  - Rivers and Islands - an opportunity to look at the resources available on Flatholm Island and a n introductionto Jac's River Adventure

17 June : Techmeet online This one hour, informal online event is a get together for  science technicians to share ideas, projects and good practice during the Coronavirus Lockdown as well as discuss what they think practical work will look like  when pupils are back in the school.T
24 June : Time for Tea :Pour yourself a cup of tea, grab a slice of cake or a biscuit and join us for an informal chat to discuss the highlights and the problems that have unfolded in your science departments during the last 15 weeks - we will be splitting the discussion into rooms  so there will be opportunities to chat with colleagues, network and meet  the ASE Committee in Wales
26 June - STEM Clubs workshop - Practical ideas to inspire learners
Join this popular and inspirational workshop where delegates will have an  opportunity to learn how to design and make  fun working models as well as  look at resources that are available on line as well as opportunities to share ideas. 
8 July: ASE Cymru at the The Stay Inn - Put your knowledge to the test with this fun end of year get-together where the science lot go head to head over the much coveted ASE Quiz Trophy.
Opportunity to network with ASE members and non members


Here's a helping hand from the Eden Project Schools Team 

We’re full of admiration for the unprecedented work that you and your schools are doing to support your children and young people’s health and education during this most difficult of times. Thank you.

To support you we’ve gathered all of our resources for learners at home, and for teachers supporting learners at home, in one place – in our new Eden at home section.

Details here.

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Practical Action

Their  STEM challenges make ideal home learning and/or school-based activities for primary and secondary aged children. Each challenge is easy to navigate as includes a Teacher’s and separate Parent’s/Carer’s guide to running the challenge, activity sheets, a PowerPoint, a poster and certificates.
They have updated the popular Wind power challenge. Set in a mountainous region of Peru, pupils' explore how a community living without mains electricity can generate their own power from the wind before making a simple wind turbine.
With so many new and unfamiliar words being used to discuss the Coronavirus pandemic they have also added a Coronavirus word search and a crossword  which will help you and your pupils to discuss key words and terms.  
Whether your children are developing a floating garden, designing a hand-washing station or reusing plastic for enterprise, we assure you they will love developing their own ingenious solution to a real world problem.

FREE STEM, science, design and technology resources  engage children in real world issues including climate change, renewable energy, food security and disaster preparedness.

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The Great Science Share 2020  is about children communicating something that they have been investigating which starts with a question that they are interested in. Already having reached over 100,000 young people since its launch in 2016, we are excited to invite you to be part of the collaborative 2020 campaign. 

From w/o 4th May, there will be a weekly theme launched to inspire your children and you. It’ll be a great way for children to share their scientific questions with each other. These a new webpage in creation just for you! Watch this space
A brand new Great Science Groove-along- for release w/o 4th May. Read all about it and take part in a mass science share this year. 
16th June 2020 Great Science Share – the great day for young people to share science they love– it can be something they’ve done before in school or at home, something they’ve watched or something new they do on the day!
It’s simple! Everyone can do it! No fees or charges. 
Parents/carers, teachers, STEM organisations and others. If you want to take part… Register to:
  • receive relevant information and news, including free resources
  • be awarded a bespoke 2020 Great Science Share Certificatefor your child/children
  • enter into a free prize draw for resources to go to your child’s school as soon as they’re back!


The Great Bug Hunt 2020
Run every year by the ASE in partnership with the Royal Entomological Society, the ever popular Great Bug Hunt competition takes science learning out of the Primary classroom and brings it to life in the outdoors. 

Our challenge is pretty simple - take your class outside, equip them with magnifying glasses and notepads, and point them at the nearest hedges, flower beds, trees, long grass, logs, stones, rocks (well, you get the picture)... and let them explore and report back what they find.

Your entries might be a wall poster, a report, a video or even a podcast or poem! Our ambition is simply to empower primary teachers to enthuse their pupils about the potential of exploring the natural world on their doorstep.

The closing date for entries is 12th June 2020.

Details here.

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This competition is targeted at 7-14 year olds. The whole project is designed to last for the whole summer term, culminating with an entry for the great exhibition. There are 7weeks worth of activities in the project and even a Facebook group to support entrants. 
Entrants are required submit a 1 minute video presenting their Great Exhibition at Home, which tackles the question:

How can engineering help protect the planet?

Take part in The Great Exhibition at Home Challenge to be in with a chance of winning fantastic prizes including: £500 worth of equipment to supersize STEM subjects in your school, the opportunity to video chat one with one of our inspiring engineers and more! The deadline for entries is 10thSeptember. 
To register, download resources and find out more visit the website here.


On the CREST website you can access STEM activities that have been specially selected as ideal for home learning. All primary CREST activity resources have been written with non-science specialists in mind and are appropriate for use by teachers, community group leaders and parents. 

Star resources are aimed at 5 to 7 year olds and there are 9 to choose from. Each activity resource includes an Organiser’s Card, giving instructions on running the activity as well as listing questions that can be asked to enhance the children’s learning, and an Activity Card for children, setting out the activity as a challenge based on a story about the characters Cosmic and Gem, as well as a Getting Started section and more. Our favourite is Slippery Slidey Shoes (page 24) – Cosmic and Gem both slipped and fell when they entered the school hall. The challenge is for children to find the best non-slip shoe. All they need is a selection of shoes, a wide ramp (this could be as basic as a tray) and, if they have them, different materials to cover the ramp with. 

SuperStar resources are aimed at 7 to 11 year olds and there are 11 to choose from. Again, there are Organiser and an Activity Cards for each one. A very simple one to do at home is Crafty Rafts (page 18) – the Startown Brownies and Cubs had a raft race but all the rafts sank. Can the children decide on the best design for a raft? They are only allowed to use 1 sheet of A4 paper per raft. Which design will hold the most objects without sinking? 

If you have any questions about CREST please get in touch with Llinos at llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk
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Primary Science Teacher Awards 2020 are now open!
Teachers that are doing incredible work, raising standards, excelling in tough conditions and going above and beyond deserve to be celebrated. The Primary Science Teacher Awards do just that - we celebrate, reward and provide a plethora of opportunity for these deserving teachers.

The awards are open to all current practising Primary Teachers (full or part-time) who:

  • are innovative and creative in teaching science;
  • inspire colleagues and contribute to developing science in their school and beyond;
  • engage pupils in the excitement and fascination of science.

Teachers who win a Primary Science Teacher Award support colleagues in their own and other schools, either locally, regionally or nationally, to raise the profile of science and the quality of primary school science provision. Closing date for nominations is 12 June.  Details here.

Funding opportunities

The Tree Council Branching Out Fund – a grants fund to get communities and young people up to the age of 21 involved in tree and hedge planting and care.

  • Free tree packs for schools supported by the Tree Angel Orchards Fund. You can register to hear when applications open here.

  • Schools and Community groups within the UK can apply for grants of between £300 and £1,500 to get communities and young people up to the age of 21 involved in tree and hedge planting and care during National Tree Week – 28 November to 6 December 2020.

The funding is being made available through the Tree Council’s Branching Out Fund. Applications will be considered as they are received and applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within four weeks.
In addition, free tree packs are available for schools supported by the Tree Angel Orchards Fund. Schools can register to hear when applications open.

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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.


Latest CPD from your Science Learning Partnership

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