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


We hope that you have enjoyed a wonderful holiday and we are looking forward to working with you to enthuse and engage young poeple in STEM. during the new academic year. There are several new STEM engagement opportunities available for the forthcoming half term. Please contact us directly to discuss your individual needs.


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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

Local Events 

Other events and CPD

Competitions and Grants 


To support teachers to continue educating young people during these unprecedented times  STEM Learning  have developed a range of materials, including free resources, tips from our subject experts and professional development opportunities.

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.


Summer Fun at Swansea Libraries

See Science were approached by the Swansea Libraries events projects officer to provide some STEM workshops to accompany their themed Summer Reading Challenge, ‘Gadgeteer'.
Over the summer holidays, children in Swansea enjoyed learning about circuits and building their own Brush Bots in two hands-on workshops. Library staff were also provided with ‘STEM in a Bag’ kits, containing 10 different stand-alone short activities, suitable for a wide range of ages. All activities came with required equipment, full instructions and an explanation of the STEM involved.
Both the Brush Bots and the STEM in a Bag activities are suitable for Primary schools, as well as non-school groups. Get in touch with Llinos at llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk if you would like to know more.

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Greenpower Goblins Race Again!

At Renishaw Miskin site, schools enjoyed a welcome return to the Greenpower Racing competition. After a
two year postponement due to the pandemic, the event was organised as seamlessly and successfully as ever!
Greenpower Education Trust provides some of the most impactful STEM projects, pupils experience the
outcomes of learning Sustainable Engineering; Team work; manual dexterity; creativity in design engineering and of course the sheer fun of building and driving their own electric car!
First time entry from Woodlands Primary Cwmbran won an award for Greenest Bodywork, supported by their STEM Ambassador mentor Igor, who supervised and advised the completion of the project.Congratulations to every school entry
1. Horfield C of E Primary with Sunbeam
2. Cwmlai Primary Jurassic Kart
3. Woodlands Primary
4. Cwmlai Primary team 2 Usain Bolt

If your school would like to find out more please see https://www.greenpower.co.uk/start-team

Local and National events 

The Magic of Science - Saturday 8th October 2022 - Christ College Brecon 

IOP Wales presents a day of Science for all teachers, parents and their families. All Free of charge. 

Join the Institute of Physics, supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Association for Science Education, for a Festival of Science. 

The Magic of Science
 events will include: Harry Potter – Science or Magic?, Frozen! and the Devastatingly Dramatic Climate Show, where families and friends together with primary and secondary teachers will enjoy sharing and networking opportunities.

During the lunch break we will hold The Great Science Share: Earth, Wind and Fire. Our beautiful planet is a great place to live and a great place to learn! Join the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics and Badminton School’s Science Outreach Team to soar through the physics of the atmosphere. In this hands-on session we investigate fiery tornadoes and lightning and watch a cloud being made. Then enjoy a trip deep into the Earth to learn about magnetic fields and their role in proving that continents drift.

Bring your own science demonstrations to share with others. 
To find out more about the day and to book please click here

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The National Education Show 2022.  Friday 7 October Cardiff City Hall

The National Education Show is the leading education event in Wales providing opportunities and new ways to improve and raise standards, enhance learning experiences and support learners.

The National Education Show 2022 face-to-face show will be held at Cardiff City Hall on Friday 7th October.The day is designed to provide opportunities and new ways to improve and raise standards, enhance learning experiences and support learners. A must-attend event for everyone working in education including early years, primary, secondary, HE and FE. An ideal way to optimise your CPD training and explore products and services through an action packed day. 

Full details and booking here.

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Newtown Science Festival. Saturday 17 September. Newtown High School

We're bringing together a wide selection of science organisations to teach kids about the exciting science happening right now!

Join us for our one day event celebrating all the different exciting science research happening right now. Come and see for yourself just what's being discovered. From 3d printers to mars rovers to farming technology, there's something for everyone.

Tickets allow free entrance to the festival and any workshops or talks. The entire event is completely free and there are no hidden costs on the day. 

Details and registration here.


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ASE Teachmeet. Wednesday 28th September 4.30pm. Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cyncoed Road.

Come along for an action packed teachmeet and networking opportunity at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

The ASE Cymru Regional Committee , Royal Society of Chemistry and Institute of Physics invite you to an idea-packed science teachmeet in Cardiff Metropolitan University where there will also be an opportunuity to welcome new PGCE students as well as share ideas and experiences regarding the new Curriculum for Wales. 

Educators are welcome to come along and share their own ideas with a 5 minute sharing slot or just to gather ideas and learn from others.

Networking will begin at 4:30pm with the aim of starting at 5pm.

Registration here.

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Igniting passion for education: Teacher forum 
Tuesday 20th Sept 12.30 – 1.15pm
Online  - eventbrite link to follow - please check website

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

Awards,Competitions and Grants

Primary Science Teacher 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 that follow.

The awards are open to all current practising Primary Teachers (full or part-time, in schools in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).

Closing date for nominations is January 13th, 2023. Details here

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IMechE Vision of the Future Competition

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is celebrating its’ 175th anniversary this year and its Nuclear Power Committee has organised this competition to celebrate the benefits of engineering. Engineers have built our past but will also shape the future.The past history of the IMechE has seen flight progressfrom a short hop off the ground to flights to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Transport has evolved from the pace of the horse to driverless vehicles. Consider the key challenges and opportunities facing society today such as food and farming, transport, housing, energy and renewables, climate change, manufacturing, shopping habits, healthcare and medicine, communications, space exploration and social media.

What do you think the future world will look like? What exciting opportunities lie ahead for engineers to design and build? 

Choose one of the above themes or an alternative theme of your choice and provide us your vision by any of the following methods. Enter as an individual or as a group (maximum 5 team members).

  • A drawing or painting by hand and 1 page written description
  • A digital painting or poster and 1 page written description
  • A video (5 minutes maximum) and 1 page written description

Age categories from 5 to 24 years old.

Closing date for entries, Friday 28 October.

Details here.

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Apply now for FIRST LEGO League Funding 2022-23

FIRST LEGO League deliver hands-on STEM experiences for children aged 4-16 years through our three FIRST® LEGO® League divisions across the UK and Ireland.

The IET, in collaboration with our sponsors and donors, are excited to be able to offer a limited number of funded team registrations and class packs for the three FIRST® LEGO® League divisions. 

Schools, colleges, home school groups, uniformed or youth groups based in the UK and Ireland can apply.

The current phase of funding closes on September 11th.    All 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.


Incredible oceans: how to use the oceans as a science topic

26 Sep 22 Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff CF10 5BW 

A one day, face to face course looking at our incredible oceans and how to use the oceans as a science topic.

Practicals will include:

  • Ocean circulation (density)
  • Hagfish hydrogels (material science applications)
  • Bioluminescence (chemical reactions)
  • Seaweed chlorophyll chromatography (chemical reactions)
  • Salt water chemistry (electricity and electrolysis)
  • Oil spill clean-up (rates of reaction)
  • Marine machines (forces)
  • Plastic problems (chemical reactions)

Any queries, please email joss@techniquest.org

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