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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

Local events


Funding opportunities

Biochemical Society scientific outreach grants (UK)

Teacher Awards


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Welsh school named a winner of NFU’s Farmvention competition

A North Wales primary school has been announced as one of the winners of the NFU’s national STEM competition, Farmvention.
Dosbarth y Gleision – Ysgol Bro Idris were announced as one of nine primary schools to
have won a range of incredible Farmvention prizes including a fully-funded farm visit and a
chef to visit the school and help the children develop their ideas.
Pupils from the winning Dolgellau school will now be making plans to showcase their
designs at an exhibition at the House of Commons during British Science Week, where the overall champion will be decided.
The Farmvention competition, launched in September, asked children at primary schools to submit entries that solved  farming-related issues using Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths e.g.
• Design a tractor of the future
• Design an environment for a flock of 100 laying hens

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Digital Day of success at Orbotech!


Aiming to raise their profile with local schools STEM Ambassadors from SPTS Orbotech have been offering a  variety of events from workshops  in Primary Schools, a Country Park family day and  a new site visit experience for local schools.
SPTS Technologies designs manufactures sells and supports advanced wafer-processing technologies for the semi conductor industries. These products are used by manufacturers of ‘Micro Electro Mechanical systems used in smart phones, tablets and game consoles. The site has ultra strict control of access due to contamination of their products so any site visit must be carefully managed.
St Julian’s Primary School  and Glasllwch Primary School pupils were treated to a fantastic experience and the pupils from  St Julian’s then made a blog video of the day, which speaks for itself!
Following Health and Safety training the 60 visitors were taken on a tour of the manufacturing areas – a very relevant product introduction given the popularity of gaming and mobile technology.
Mini Clean Room suits were available for the pupils, STEM Ambassadors Nick Simmons, Andrew Evans, Anthony Roberts and Carolyn Short also demonstrated vacuum chamber experiments with marshmallows – fun and
effective. Pupils had the chance to use ultra powerful microscopes to look at a fly, a
screw and pennies.

The event was a major success with all pupils and teachers enjoying the experience and taking part in activities’ Dr Carolyn Short
We’re now going to tell everyone in our school about the visit and hopefully encourage pupils to learn more about science and technology. Who knows, some of our pupils may end up working at STPS when they’re older! A big, gigantic thank you to the staff at SPTS who showed us around and gave up their time to talk to us.’
Pupils from St Julian’s Primary School

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Cardiff Science Festival 

Cardiff Science Festival took over Wales' capital to inspire and  educate both the young and old  with exciting and innovative events running between February 28 and March 3. An opportunity to find out how Science ,Technology, Engineering and Maths affect every day lives.

Insightful events took place in shops, cafes, bars, shopping streets and community centres across Cardiff - providing opportunities to uncover the science behind everyday life. 
Will a robot take my job?, Science busking,,Wildlife Walks, Stardust Hunters, Discovering DNA  and Food from the Oceans, Virtual Bee Hive, Inside the Petri Dish, and Sull Space plus much more.

On Saturday 2nd March STEM Ambassador Rhys Phillips presented a talk - Thunderbolts and Lightning: Are they really frightening? hosted by IOPWales  in AJ's Coffee House, City Road
The Capitol Shopping Centre hosted the Physics of Hooping on March 1st- where two performers demonstrate the concepts of momentum, friction and centripetal force with hula hoops, poi and juggling with an opportunity to participate.

"What a fun,interesting,exciting and informative festival that the whole family can get involved in-brilliant, go look it up now and book onto one of the events, this is an absolute must do" - Tracy Robinson
"Great range of events -  and really well organsied" Lauren Sourbutts
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Employability Forum  Cardiff and Cwmbran

Techniquest Cardiff was the  venue for the first Employability Event in South East Wales during February where STEM Ambassadors were provided with an opportunity to network  with teachers. The evening was very important to the Hub offer, we are keen to raise new requests in the area  and ensure that STEM Ambassadors in the area have a strong profile. The following week a further session was held at the Parkway Hotel Cwmbran where STEM Ambassadors and teachers had an opportunity to discuss local needs. If you are interested in hosting an event in your school or workplace then contact the team at See Science  

The evening network meeting on February 11th welcomed teachers from local schools together with STEM Ambassadors and Big Ideas Wales who are based in Cardiff.

STEM Ambassador Emma Yhnell - Cardiff School of Neurosciences delivered a short session on  her role as as an ambassador and selection of activities on how she presents her career to public and school audiences  and the STEM Ambassador Hub  demonstrated practical activities  and resources which could be used in a  STEM Club. The session focussed on a discussion of local employment skills, specific needs in the area and how to access ideas for engagement and resources. The second event focused on the Torfaen and Newport area  where Alan Reid - Project Manager Specialist and Project Bloodhound and Andy Hudson IBM UK demonstrated how to present cyber security to a varied audience. Feedback from the event was excellent with both teachers and Ambassadors commenting how much they had benefited from the session particularly  the networking with other attendees.

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Rhiwbina Beavers earn their Badges with STEM Ambassadors!

Beaver Leader Stephen James made a request for Ambassadors, to add some value to their Science Badge activities – the Beavers were not disappointed! 
Alun Armstrong describes his session below:

On Wednesday this week I was with the Rhiwbina Beavers.  20 young people aged 6 - 8 who  wanted help to earn their Science Badges.   I did a session on the properties of the atmosphere on planet earth  (air!).  We  covered the following properties :
Chemical composition ( mainly 4 parts nitrogen and 1 part oxygen) - tea light on a small platform floating in a bowl of water and covered by a one litre clear plastic bottle with the bottom cut off.   When the oxygen had all been used up the candle went out and the water had risen in the bottle .
Thermal properties :   paper spiral suspended above a tea light by a cotton thread rotating in the convection current .   Dash of hot water in plastic milk bottle  - shake bottle and the expansion of the air inflated  the bottle - then a dash of cold water and a shake and the air contracts sucking the walls of the bottle in etc.
Air pressure :  covering glass of water with card and then inverting
Resistance of air: running with umbrella down and then with umbrella up, parachutes, spinning tops (made from a milk bottle top and a pencil stub) and then again with little pieces of post its stuck on .  
Aerodynamics: Paper planes and  helicopters, cardboard  boomerangs, little
throwing arrow with and without flights
‘Alun What a great night it was tonight with lots of happy Beaver Scouts.  It was such a fun and beneficial experience - lots of excited chats in the foyer at the end to their parents.
Dr Rachael Moses and Edward Gait Carr of CITER (Cardiff institute of Tissue
and Repair)
followed with 2 fantastic sessions again achieving a superb
‘Just to let you know that both sessions were superb and we were very lucky to have them.  8 experiments in 2 weeks and they were all about different areas so a great mix.  Dr Moses and team presented the science experiment
badges too last week.  I have sent thank you messages for both weeks and all were presented with a gift by one of the Beaver Scouts on the night.
Thank you too for helping to organise - a fantastic experience for all.’
Stephen James
- Lion and Riverkings Leader

Local events

Chemistry in the Community - free Chemistry workshop

See Science  will be offering Community Groups such as Brownies, Guides, Scouts, Urdd, and Youth Clubs the opportunity to take part in a free Chemistry workshop  between 1 March and 30 June.

The workshop will offer a carousel of 4 different activities which will focus on the Chemistry of the High Street and will also provide an opportunity for leaders to encourage young people to participate in a CREST Award if they wish. All materials  will be provided free of charge. 

For more  information about booking a Chemistry in the Community workshop please contact Llinos at llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk

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ASE Teachmeets

ASE Teachmeet - The New Curriculum Thursday, 21 March 2019, Techniquest Glyndŵr, Wrexham. 16:30 – 18:30 

Come and share some ideas about how the new Welsh curriculum can be implemented in an informal setting - an opportunity to ask questions and discuss with colleagues

Pioneer Schools will be invited to share ideas that are being piloted during this academic year and we will also look at the white paper :https://beta.gov.wales/our-national-mission-transformational-curriculumwhich is open for consultation until 25 March.

There will be time to discuss and ask questions.

Please let us know if you have anything you feel you could contribute or specific questions you wish addressing.

Refreshments will be provided free of charge.

To book a place click here

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British Science Association Poster Competition

Get creative and enter the British Science Association’s annual poster competition, on the theme of journeys.

This year’s competition is being kindly supported by Guinness World Records.  Your students can make their poster about anything involving journeys.

The five best posters from your school can be entered into our UK-wide competition with the chance for students to win an array of prizes including a special Guinness World Records prize 

Closing date for 2019 entries: Friday 5 April 2019 at 6pm. 

Details here.

British Science Week 8-17 March 

Promoted by the British Science Association, the annual British Science Week aims to celebrate all sciences and their importance in our everyday lives. It provides an opportunity for people of all ages across the UK to take part in science, engineering and technology events and activities.

A resource pack has been created for teachers

This collection contains:
*a range of guides which will help with generating ideas for British Science Week events, with guidance to help you get started and run an event;

* several activity packs from British Science Week;

More guides, case studies and resources for organisers are available at the British Science Association web site

Funding opportunities

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Biochemical Society scientific outreach grants (UK)

The Biochemical Society outreach grants programme is now open for applications. Grants of up to £1,000 are available to increase participation in the molecular biosciences at school level and beyond through engagement activities.

Applications for funding are invited to assist with the direct costs associated with an event and expenses incurred. The type of events funded could include:

  • Activities for a science club
  • Workshops for students or teachers
  • Lectures from research scientists

More here.


STEM Learning 2019 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards open for nominations

The ENTHUSE Celebration Awards recognise teachers, technicians, support staff, ENTHUSE Partnerships and schools and colleges who have shown commitment to continuing professional development (CPD), which in turn, has improved young people’s achievements and progression in STEM.

The ENTHUSE Celebration Awards consist of four regional celebrations with the winners of the regional awards going on to a national celebration on 20 June 2019. Attended by inspiring educators from across the UK, the national celebration will take place at the Royal Society in London, the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

You can nominate yourself or someone you know.

Details here.

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PSTT logoPrimary Science Teacher Award

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 the award  will automatically be inducted into the Primary Science Teacher College as a College Fellow where they have access to many benefits including funding in excess of £500,000 to help shape primary science for the better. 

 Nominate a teacher here


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