Welcome to the latest STEM newsletter  for  Primary  Schools from your local STEM Ambassador Hub. We welcome our new STEM Ambassador Programme Coordinator, Hayley Pincott, who is working with us full time from November 1st. 


There are several new STEM engagement opportunities available for the forthcoming half term. 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

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.



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Welcome to our new  STEM Ambassador Programme Coordinator 

Hi everyone, my name is Hayley Pincott and I’m the new STEM Ambassador  Programme Coordinator for the Welsh hub. I’m really excited about joining the team and can’t wait to help and support you in your roles as STEM Ambassadors.

I have been a STEM Ambassador for nearly 6 years as I really wanted to highlight the role of healthcare

scientists within the NHS, I felt these careers were often overlooked and therefore students were unaware of them as a viable career choice. I have previously worked in Biomedical Science labs within Pathology Departments in the NHS for around 20 years, in this time I was very lucky to have the opportunity to rotate and work within various disciplines from Biochemistry, Haematology, Blood Bank, Histology and a small amount of time in Microbiology.

Outside of work I have a family so my life is quite full on and busy so when I can find time to relax I grab it. I love to draw & sketch, I’m no Da Vinci but I really find it a great way to take time out, I also really enjoy reading especially anything written by Patricia Cornwell.

First LEGO League Challenge for yrs 5, 6 7  and 8 - Open for Registrations

Teams work to build and program an autonomous robot, research real-world problems and develop crucial life skills.
An amazing competition - register your learners today

Regional events for Wales will be on the following dates:

  • March 10th in Rhumney SE Wales
  • March 18th  Pembrokeshire
  • March 24th  Cymraeg for Welsh medium schools (possibly online)

See the competition website here 

Contact cerian.angharad@see-science.co.uk for more information on the above heats.

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Newtown Science Festival - I started a Science Festival in my hometown

Jamie Dumayne is a PhD student, Associate Lecturer at the Department of Physics in  Lancaster University .When he was a child in in mid-Wales he  always wished there would be local science events, and now that he's  a PhD student he had the opportunity to make this kind of thing real (and 100% free).

The Newtown Science Festival took  place at Newtown High School, Powys, Wales, on Saturday September 17.

It was being supported by Lancaster Physics which also sent the  department’s own mobile planetarium, LUniverse, accompanied by Dr Julie Wardlow.

Jamie, who attended a nearby school in Wales, said he wanted to encourage children from rural backgrounds into science.

“There was always the sense that you have to move to a big city which may put off people from rural areas from pursing science as a career.

“I had a teacher who started teaching an astronomy GCSE in his own time and I was part of a group that got to try it. But he taught in a way that showed it was possible to do astronomy in rural Wales without having to be in the big city and without fancy equipment.

“That’s why I’m bringing together a diverse group of exhibitors, to show children from rural backgrounds that it is possible for them to pursue careers in science. I’ve also tried to make as many of the activities as possible available in Welsh.”

The festival included  an exhibition room, with activities including an exhibit from Lancaster Physics using a cloud chamber to teach about background cosmic radiation.

Children had the  opportunity to build a keyboard using an Arduino electronics platform plus a demonstration of cameras to be used by ExoMars, the next European Space Agency rover to go to Mars.

Dr Wardlow said: “It’s a privilege to support Jamie’s dream of bringing the excitement of cutting-edge science to the people of Newton in a fun and accessible way. The whole LUniverse team is looking forward to showcasing the wonders of the night sky at the event, and to exploring the other activities and exhibits that Jamie has planned for the science festival.”

Therewas also  support from other universities including Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Chester, Wrexham Glyndwr and Swansea plus sponsorship from local businesses.

The event was  funded by the Royal Astronomical Society and Lancaster Physics department.

More information

We are delighted to announce our theme for the 2023 British Science Week activity packs and poster competition – ‘Connections’!


As we celebrate togetherness, after a period where isolation was a sad but necessary reality, ‘Connections’ is an apt theme for British Science Week 2023.

Nearly all innovations in science, technology, engineering and maths are built on connections between people; two (or more) heads are better than one, after all! But as well as exploring the importance and joy in connections between individual scientists, research groups and institutions, you could discover the different ways connections appear across all areas of science. Evolution, for example, shows us

the ways that animals, including humans,as well as well, plants and bacteria are all connected in a family tree stretching back millennia.

Perhaps you could explore the science and technology behind the internet, or delve into the ways technology has changed the world by connecting people internationally at the click at a button.

‘Connections’ as a theme offers a huge range of topics to delve into as part of your British Science Week 2023 activities.

The connection between human actions and climate change could be a fantastic topic to explore in our poster competition. Or how about how atoms connect to form chemical bonds which make up everything around us. What is water if not a connection between hydrogen and oxygen?

The human body is another topic that offers a plethora of opportunities to think about connections. Why not use how our organs are connected and work together as a brilliant topic for a school assembly, or create a poster which explores the human skeleton?

We can find examples of connections within all subjects and all around us, making it an excellent starting point for a celeb ration of science!

We’d love to find out what ‘Connections’ means to you and how you’d like to see that reflected in our events and activities, so please do get in touch and let us know what you think!

To find out more go to https://www.britishscienceweek.org/

Local events

This is Me  - I'm a STEM Ambassador  

Join See Science on 14th December  between 3.45pm and 4.15pm  to find out:
Who are the STEM Ambassadors? How can we access them in school? How can I really easily see how they can fit into the curriculum? How can they link to careers and the Gatsby Benchmarks?

As a STEM Ambassador Hub, all the time teachers ask us, who are the STEM Ambassadors? What types of people do you have? How can we use them easily?

This short session will show you how! Come online with the team from See Science for a short session on how to utilise our STEM ambassador offers of short, 3 minute presentations and how they can contribute to the new Curriculum for Wales.To book a place go to here

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Igniting a passion for Education in STEM. Friday 18 November 11am - 12pm. Online

STEM Ambassador Jenny Haigh will present an introduction to free workshops supporting Areas of Learning in the new curriculum for Wales.

With her background as a Medical Anthropologist; Human Physiologist and in Healthcare vocations, Jenny delivers a wide range of engaging sessions.

Sessions also cover activties from her roles as a Civilian RAF instructor and musician.  Register here.

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RSC Tis the season for primary science. Monday 28 November to Thursday 1 December 4.00–4.30pm each day. Online

Give your experiments a festive twist this December. Come along and join the Royal Society of Chemistry online (via Teams) for our series of interactive festive fun practical demonstrations.

In each session we will go through an experiment and show where it fits in to the curriculum.  

If you attend two or more we will send you the information about all four of the experiments.  Book here.

Online events - National


An inspiring, new, live streamed event for Primary and Secondary schools.

POP22 will feature live link-ups, talks full of inspiration and activities from innovators and experts working to tackle climate change.

When the programme is announced, you’ll be able to book for a session or two or join in for the whole day. Take part with your class or your whole school.

Running in parallel with COP27 events, join POP22 and be a part of the climate change programmes taking place around the planet.  Details here

Competitions and Awards


Nominate a teacher you know for a Primary 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. We look forward to receiving nominations, annually, for teachers who meet the criteria.

The awards are open to all current practising Primary Teachers (full or part-time, in schools in the UK,Closing date for nominations is January 13th, 2023. Details here

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BioArtAttack Competition

Get creative and submit an entry for our BioArtAttack competition!

Your entry can be anything from drawings and sculptures to models and collages of any scale. The piece of art created can be entered by an individual or as a group, including classes, lab groups or any group of biology enthusiasts.

Anything and everything creative is eligible for submission, just send us photos of your masterpieces.

Closing date is Friday 25 November. Details here.

Funding opportunities 

Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science and Technology
Rolls-Royce recognises that teachers play a hugely influential role in inspiring the next generation, that’s why in 2004 we established our Schools Prize (formerly Science Prize) and we have continued to invest in our flagship programme ever since.
The Rolls-Royce Schools Prize is open to all schools in the UK and helps teachers increase science, mathematics and technology engagement in their schools and colleges. Our Schools Prize supports teacher CPD through our partnership with STEM Learning and Project ENTHUSE.
As a world leading global power group, we are committed to sustainable power solutions and our technology will play a fundamental role in enabling the transition to a low carbon global economy. All our finalist schools are supported by a Rolls-Royce mentor who provide an insight into the real life applications of STEM in our business. Since 2004, we have awarded over £1.6m of prize funds to over 600 schools who have taken part in our Schools Prize, helping to boost our strategic education outreach ambition to reach 25 million young people by 2030.
To enter you are invited to submit a Stage 1 application outlining an idea for a sustainable science, mathematics or technology project for development during the next academic year.  The proposed project could be a new idea or the progression of something you are already working on but should demonstrate innovation, creativity and ambition in STEM education. 
Closing date for Stage 1 applications is February 2023.  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.

Explorify in your Classroom 
13 Dec 22   Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff CF10 5BW 
 A half day course to introduce primary teachers (FP & KS2) the different resources on the Explorify website, a free digital resource for teaching primary science.  Explorify promotes scientific talk, vocabulary and reasoning skills in your classroom. 

Whether you are new to Explorify, or a more experienced user, the session will: 

  • Give you tips on how to get the best out of the activities, introducing some of the new activities and strands. 
  • Demonstrate how they can be used to support classroom investigations. 
  • Introduce you to all the other resources on the site designed to support planning, subject knowledge and leadership.

This will be a hands-on session with lots of practical activities to take back to your classroom. 

Any enquiries, please email: joss@techniquest.org

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

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