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

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.

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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

NEWS and Updates

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Gwyddonle - National Eisteddfod

Opportunity for pupils to investigate their classroom air quality!
Greenpower Goblin Regional Final Day
School visits to RSPB sites
I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here

National Events

Engineering Open House Week
Great Science Share for Schools
The Big Bang Fair



The Lamb Diaries - an Interactive Live Lesson from the NFU
Sniffly Sneezes - a STEM activity for the Foundation classroom
FREE STEM CPD for Teachers with The Royal Institution
Energy LIVE: Science Show
Darganfod//Discover 23 - Wrexham's Science Festival

Competitions, Grants & Opportunities

RSC Education Prizes 2023
DVLA Code Challenge
FIRST® LEGO® League 2023-24
Funding for School Climate & Biodiversity Projects
High-impact intensive science CPD from STEM Learning
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Latest STEM news and updates

Gwyddonle - Eisteddfod yr Urdd

Gwyddonle was once again the place to be in the National Urdd Eisteddfod in Llandovery. Swansea University’s through Academi Hywel Teifi organise a committee of Science specialists from the University to plan and deliver  interactive activities for young people of all ages from all over Wales. The Morgan Institute Challenge - Her Sefydliad Morgan which has been part of the GwyddonLe activities since 2016  will be part of the offer again this year - an opportunity for learners to demonstrate their reasoning and debating skills. This year  topic for debate is "The idea of habitat is unable to recognize the history of racism and diversity in Wales”. The judges were  Dr Angharad Closs Stephens, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Swansea University, and Cefin Campbell, Member of Senedd.. Congratulations to Mali Jones from Ysgol Gyfun @Gwent_Is_Coed on winning the Morgan Foundation Challenge 2023! A great competition on the GwyddonLe stage @EisteddfodUrdd between pupils @Gwent_Is_Coed and @YsgolYstalyfera . Special #science2023

Among the other attractions at the GwyddonLe were opportunities to code robots and simulate ecosystems with Technocamps, experience virtual reality, learn how to use a defibrillator and how to give CPR, make slime and much more. Other contributors such as Mad Science and The Big Science Project and as well as an opportunity to learn about the weather with some familiar faces from the BBC’s weather team also joined in during the week .
On Wednesday, a special ‘Ti a Dy Gorff’ quiz was held on the GwyddonLe stage hosted by  Eiry Miles from Rily Publications who were responsible for the Welsh adaptation of Adam Kay’s book, Kay’s Anatomy.

Did you take part in Gwyddonle in the Eisteddfod  - we would love to hear from you!

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Opportunity for pupils to investigate their classroom air quality!

SAMHE has launched! UK schools are invited to register as a SAMHE school. They will receive a free air quality monitor linked to an interactive Web App.
SAMHE (pronounced ‘Sammy’!) stands for Schools’ Air quality Monitoring for Health and Education. It is an exciting new citizen science project which brings together scientists, pupils and teachers across the UK. 
Poor air quality impacts pupils’ health and attention levels, so it is important it is monitored and understood.
The SAMHE monitor measures carbon dioxide (CO2), total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs), particulate matter (PM), temperature and relative humidity. Through the SAMHE Web App, teachers and pupils can view the data in a range of interactive charts and graphical formats, and see how air quality changes over the course of hours, days or weeks and months. The App also offers a range of curriculum-linked activities and experiments using the data, creating opportunities for pupils to be scientists and do hands-on experiments with their monitor.
SAMHE has been designed together with schools to ensure it meets schools’ needs and is fun and engaging for pupils. Teachers involved in its development found it “powerful to see the live feed of the data” and were pleased that the “range of options allows us to use this system across the STEM subjects”.
SAMHE enables pupils to interact with real world data about their immediate environment, gives them agency to take informed action and offers an opportunity to collaborate with scientists and contribute to important research.
“The SAMHE monitor and app have provided our Y4/5 science group with a wealth of data to interrogate and analyse. There is tangible excitement at being able to access the data in real time at home!” - Elangeni School, a SAMHE Pioneer School.
Find out more and register your school on the SAMHE website.

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Greenpower Goblin Regional Final Day

Saturday, 22nd April saw the regional Greenpower Goblins event at Renishaw, Miskin. Pupils built and designed a kit car to race on the day and designs ranged from an eco friendly Earth Day theme, to a dragon, save the bees, and even Mario!
It was an exciting start to the day with a drag race between 2 competitors followed by a trail of chicanes for the drivers to navigate through testing drivers judgement skills.
It was great to witness real team spirit with schools cheering each other on throughout the day. Congratulations to all who took part!

Greenpower Education Trust is a UK based charity which gets young people enthusiastic about science and engineering by challenging them to design, build and race an electric car.They supply age appropriate Kit Cars, which can be built in school, college or elsewhere and raced at motorsport venues at Greenpower organised events. The Greenpower challenge uses the excitement of motorsport to inspire young people to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
Discover more here.


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School visits to RSPB sites

With a range of interactive workshops, guided nature walks, and hands-on experiments, our program at Newport Wetlands aims to ignite curiosity and foster a love for learning. Students can witness the incredible biodiversity of the.

observe migratory birds in their natural habitat, and discover the intricate ecosystems that make up this stunning reserve. Our experienced educators will lead sessions that integrate STEM principles, encouraging students to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. By linking classroom knowledge with real-world applications, we aim to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and environmental stewards.

To learn more about our program and how to book a visit, please visit our website: here. Join us at Newport Wetlands and let your students experience the wonders of STEM beyond the classroom!

Thank you to Emma from Newport Wetlands for this article. There is also a similar program for schools at RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve. Details here.

Latest STEM news and updates

Live Chats with scientists: student-led online enrichment!

This summer, give your students direct access to people using STEM in their careers -
including world-leading researchers from top institutions.I'm a Scientist logo
I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is highly effective, student-led, online enrichment. Students develop their science capital by exploring scientists' CVs; taking part in live Chats with scientists; asking follow-up questions; and voting for a winner.
Students see the relevance of their learning to their future career paths. And teachers report that their students get a confidence boost in their STEM subjects!
The activity is online, free to Welsh state schools, and facilitated by DBS-checked moderators. With activities about careers, celebrating the NHS’s 75th birthday, psychology, scientific literacy, reducing carbon emissions, and cancer research in June and July 2023, there's something for everyone.
Find out more and take part here

National Events

Engineering Open House Week 12 - 18 June 2023

We’re passionate about engineering a better world now and in the future and showing young people the role technology and engineers play in creating this. We want to share our passion far and wide by giving you the opportunity to join us for our Engineering Open House Week!

This fun and educational experience for all ages takes place between 12-18 June 2023 and provides exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to venues and STEM organisations across the UK, so young people and their families can explore, discover and experience first-hand the latest advancements in engineering and technology and the breath of exciting career options available.

Details of how to get involved, either as a venue, organisation, school or family, here.

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Great Science Share for Schools. Tuesday 13 June

The Great Science Share for Schools, GSSfS, is an award-winning, annual campaign to inspire 5-14 year olds to ask, investigate and share their scientific questions with new audiences.

GSSfS raises the profile of science in schools and their communities, encouraging young people to be inspired into science and engineering.

The SHARE is at the heart of the GSSfS campaign and there are many different creative ways for your children to share, giving them the opportunity to see themselves as scientists and talk about their scientific investigations.

Not sure on your share - there is still time to seek inspiration! All you need to know can be found here.

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The Big Bang Fair. 21 to 23 June. Birmingham

The Big Bang Fair is returning for another year of exciting, interactive activities and STEM inspiration. The Fair is free to attend, and will take place at The NEC in Birmingham on 21 to 23 June 2023.

  • The Big Bang Fair will be open to schools in half-day sessions. Schools will be able to register for morning (9am to 12pm) or afternoon (1pm to 4pm) sessions. 
  • Schools will be able to book one group per session
  • Groups are limited to 75 in size (including adults)
The Fair will be open to groups from state-funded schools for young people in:
  • England and Wales: year 6 to year

See Science will be at the Big Bang Fair for three days - don't forget to come adn see us at the 'Engineering UK' stand. Registration for The Big Bang Fair is open! Don't miss out -  book today.Details here.

Wales-wide events

The Lamb Diaries - an Interactive Live Lesson from the NFU. June 21st 11am in English and 2pm in Welsh

Free, interactive live lessons for Key Stage 2. /Progression Step 3

NFU Cymru and NFU Education are delighted to announce that our first ever bilingual live lesson is coming this June to celebrate Welsh Farming Week 2023!

Tailored to the new Curriculum for Wales, and providing learning in a local context, the live lessons will follow the journey of a lamb from the very moment they are born, all the way through their lifecycle.

Register for the live lessons to:

  • Take part in an adventure across the Welsh hills.
  • Discover how sheep are cared for throughout their lives.
  • Meet champion dog handler, Erin, and her dog, Theo.
  • Provide curriculum-linked learning in a local context for pupils.
  • Broaden pupils’ horizons and introduce them to new experiences.
  • Help pupils understand the link between classroom learning and careers.

Register here.

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Sniffly Sneezes - a STEM activity for the Foundation classroom. Monday 19th June at 4pm. Online

Poor Gem has a cold and her hankie isn’t working very well! Which material would make the best hankie?

Join us to see how this simple scenario can lead to a STEM activity on materials for the Foundation classroom. Let your pupils be little scientists as they experiment with a range of materials to find the best one for the job!  Get them thinking about dirty hankies and why they should be in the bin. Learn how you can expand on the activity by introducing some scientific terms and equipment. 

We will also show you how this activity could be the beginning of your pupils’ CREST Awards journey. A perfect fit for the new Curriculum for Wales! 

English language session, Monday 19th June at 4pm. Book here

Welsh language session, Monday 26th June at 4pm. Book here.

Local events

FREE STEM CPD for Teachers with The Royal Institution. Wednesday 14 June 4 - 5pm. Pembrokeshire College.

ENERGY LIVE: A CPD session with a professional presenter can help build skills and confidence to inspire children with practical science in engaging and simple ways.

  • CPD for PS3 and PS4 Teachers
  • Only 15 places available
  • PS3 curriculum links: Forces and Energy - Energy and Electricity
  • PS4 curriculum links: Planet Earth - Energy. Forces and Energy - Electricity

Please email darwin@darwincentre.com to book your place.

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Energy LIVE: Science Show. Wednesday 14 June 18:30 - 19:30pm. Merlin Theatre at Pembrokeshire College 

Join the Darwin Centre, See Science and the Association of Science Education in the Merlin Theatre for an evening of amazing science with the Royal Institution and their Energy LIVE science show.

Suitable for audiences aged 7 and above, Energy LIVE is an exciting audience led show, which will investigate energy, forces and the different properties of materials. It will also feature fire based demonstrations!

Doors will open at 6pm with the show starting at 6:30pm. Each person attending will need their own ticket, and tickets will need to be purchased in advance via EventBrite at £3 per person.

The bar area in the Merlin Theatre will be open from 6pm for refreshments.

Book here.

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Darganfod//Discover 23 - Wrexham's Science Festival. 5-6 August

Get Ready to Unleash Your Inner Scientist at DARGANFOD//DISCOVER Festival in Chester Street!

Mark your calendars, science enthusiasts! DARGANFOD//DISCOVER is back, and it's bigger and better than ever before. On the 5th and 6th of August 2023, Xplore! Science Discovery Centre, Wrexham and Ty Pawb are joining forces for the third year in a row to bring you an unforgettable festival of science and art right in the heart of Chester Street.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of science, unleash your inner scientist, and join us for an unforgettable adventure at the festival!

Book here.


RSC Education Prizes 2023

The Royal Society of Chemistry Education prizes are part of a prestigious portfolio of annual awards for the chemical sciences community. Our Education prizes recognise individuals and teams doing great things in their classrooms and labs. They are leading by example in all sorts of ways, including:

  • designing innovative and effective chemistry curricula 
  • making a step-change in chemistry education through new initiatives, programmes or technologies 
  • engaging pupils through practical chemistry 
  • championing inclusion and diversity in chemistry education 
  • supporting the development of colleagues

... to name a few. 

As an education professional, we encourage you to nominate an individual or team you would like recognised for their contribution to chemistry education. Open to Primary, Secondary and Further Education.

Closing date for nominations 21 June.

Details here.

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DVLA Code Challenge

The Code Challenge enables students of all ages to develop their problem solving, teamworking skills and improve their knowledge of computer programming in a fun and innovative way and also to win thousands of pounds of IT Equipment for their schools or Groups.

All schools, clubs and groups working with children aged 16 years or under based in Wales are eligible to enter the Competition.

Each school, group or club can enter as many teams as desired. Each team must consist of a minimum of two and a maximum of six children. 

There is a wide choice of themes and teams can select one or more themes but can only submit one entry per theme.  

Closing date Friday 6 October.

All details here.

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FIRST® LEGO® League 2023-24
The theme for next year's FIRST® LEGO® League competition has been announced:

Masterpiece - STEM in the Arts - themed sets designed to inspire curiosity around #STEM in creative fields of work!

Schools can register now for early registration which will give them access to the platform in July. Get a head start on other schools!

Register here.


Funding for School Climate & Biodiversity Projects 

The Royal Society is inviting applications to their Tomorrow's Climate Scientists Programme to give students across the UK the opportunity to take action to address climate and biodiversity issues.

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to UK primary or secondary schools to run a STEM investigation project for students aged between 5 and 18. 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. 

The next closing date for applications is the 30th June 2023.  Details here.

CPD from STEM Learning

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.

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