Welcome to the latest STEM newsletter  for Secondary Schools and FE Colleges Schools from your local STEM Ambassador Hub. 

As pupils prepare for more online schooling we know that teachers will be working hard to deliver the Curriculum. STEM Ambassadors are still keen to offer as many enrichment opportunities as possible to learners.

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With best wishes 

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.


STEM news and Events

Local and National Events 


FREE Workshops and ongoing support

Competitions, Awards and CPD from STEM Learning


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 here. We’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.



CREST in the secondary curriculum – a new curriculum mapping resource for teachers 

As secondary students settle back into the classroom, there’s no better time to reconnect them with practical science – a vital and invigorating aspect of STEM learning. To help teachers across the UK to embed interactive STEM learning within lessons after an extended period away from the school lab, the British Science Association (BSA) is thrilled to launch a free new resource that maps practical CREST projects onto the science curriculum.

Entitled ‘Investigative Practical Science in the Curriculum: Making it Happen’, this mapping resource is an essential tool for any secondary science teacher looking to rejuvenate their lessons with open-ended, extended investigative STEM projects. 
The secondary curriculum mapping resource includes invaluable tips to help teachers embed investigative practical work into timetabled lessons. As reflected in the case studies, the pilot schools used CREST projects to successfully teach A-level, BTEC and KS3 lessons to students of all learning abilities across Biology, Chemistry and Physics, highlighting the sheer versatility of the CREST programme. They are also ideal as Individual Projects for the Welsh Baccalaureate at both KS4 and KS5.
Supporting this guidance are easy-to-use, free-to-download mapping workbooks, which match individual Bronze, Silver and Gold CREST Award projects with each area of the secondary science curricula for Wales - find the resource here.

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First Lego League Challenge - Online June / July

See Science still have funding available  to support schools to participate in an online competition for teams of young people, to encourage an interest in real-world themes and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers.
We welcome teachers to contact to discuss particpation in the competition. Get your team together and think about the ways we can get people moving is the theme this year. FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge is a global STEM programme for teams of young people, to encourage an interest in real world themes and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers. Young people work together to explore a given topic and to design, build and program an autonomous LEGO® robot to solve a series of missions. For more information click here. In Wales we are offering three online tournaments – Click here to register and here to contact for more information
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Neon – the new website for engineering inspiration

Neon draws together the UK’s best engineering experiences and inspiring careers resources to help teachers bring STEM to life.

Finding engaging activities to show where engineering is used in the real world can take time. Neon curates the most brilliant experiences so you know they are engaging for your students, are linked to up-to-date careers information and highlight real-world applications of engineering.

The choice of content available gives schools access to a wide range of digital and real-world experiences and resources to use now or help teachers plan their use over the academic year.

Neon is powered by the team behind Big Bang and Tomorrow’s Engineers, working in partnership with the engineering community to inspire the next generation.

To find out more, visit the Neon website here
FREE Workshops for pupils

Put students at the centre of the action with Energy Quest!

We’re calling on all students aged 11 to 14 to help us save the day. In this new workshop, they’ll embed learning about energy sources and energy transfer as they put themselves in the shoes of engineers to design a solution to power a mobile phone.

This free 2-hour Energy Quest workshop, funded by Shell, is a great way to revisit core curriculum content and bring relatable role-models into the classroom. 

See Science are looking forward to running a remote session with your students. We’re booking workshops for the summer term and beyond – get in touch today to reserve your spot! 

Book a session or find out more by contacting llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk.

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Available to book now – Chemistry of COVID workshop for years 5 to 8.

See Science, with funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry, have developed a brand new Chemistry workshop based on COVID-19. We aim to answer questions children everywhere are likely to have following a global pandemic


The full workshop will involve 3 different sessions, approximately 50 minutes each. The first will be delivered by See Science and will be an introduction to viruses, COVID-19, pandemics and vaccines. This will then be followed by a teacher-led session with hands-on activities for pupils to carry out with all materials/resources provided. Finally, there will be a third session, again delivered by us, which will include a debate activity and plenary.

We can deliver remotely, and the three sessions can be run in one day or spread out over a few days - to suit the school.

Please contact llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk to book or for more information. 

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Free Facilitated Chemistry at Work workshop

Over the past few years, we have been running Chemistry at Work days at Swansea University for Year 9 pupils but this year we are going virtual and creating videos. One benefit of this is that we can involve Chemists form other universities, as well as from a wide range of workplaces. However, even better, we can offer the workshop to schools across Wales! The focus will be on where Chemistry can take you in the future, with insights into studying Chemistry related subjects at University and the breadth of careers they can lead to.This will be a 2 hour workshop and we can be flexible in the delivery – either in one session or over two sessions on different days.To book and discuss further contact llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk

Local events

Renishaw education outreach team will be hosting a Software virtual webinar for GCSE, A level students or anyone who is interested in computer science or Information Technology and want to find out more about working in this field.
Would you like to attend or do you know someone who would?  Please share and register using this

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Introduction Session to CREST Machines of the Future Resource
Before the Easter holidays, teachers from 8 schools across Wales received training on how to run their own Machines of the Future CREST Discovery project with their pupils. The sessions, and in particular the resource, proved to be so popular that we have decided to offer similar sessions to all.

Machines of the Future is the latest group of CREST resources and they have been developed jointly with the Royal Society. Based on Machine Learning, they are topical and relevant for all pupils, whether they have a particular interest in computing or not. There is a Machines of the Future project resource for all ages from year 5 to post-16 and the opportunity to earn a CREST Discovery, Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. All CREST activities are open-ended, student-led and enquiry-based with a real-world context – making them a great fit for the Curriculum for Wales.

These sessions will concentrate on the Discovery Machines of the Future resource, appropriate for upper KS2 and KS3. The activity should last 5 hours and can be done in one day or as five individual lessons. Join us to learn how easy it is to run a Discovery project and for a virtual walk-through of the resource.
Find the resource here or watch this video, introduced by Professor Brian Cox, for a flavour of the activity.
Wednesday, 28 April 4 - 5pm
Tuesday, 11 May 4 - 5pm
Wednesday 19 May - (Welsh Medium)  4-5pm.   
To book go here

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ASE Workshop: Chemistry and the new Curriculum in Wales. Monday 26 April 4pm- 5pm Online

This session will be delivered by RSC teacher fellow Wales, Helen Dearns and is suited for teachers of chemistry in Wales

Aim of session: To briefly look at what good progression might look like in chemistry and possible contexts that can be used to help deepen your students’ knowledge of chemistry. This session will predominantly focus on progression step 4. We will share the curriculum planning support documents that we have recently produced and discuss how these could be used in planning your chemistry curriculum. There will be an opportunity to find out about contexts that can be used and discuss these with other teachers

Details and booking here.

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The Magic of Maths in Numeracy  Wednesday 5th May 4pm – 5pm

Meet STEM Ambassador Alan Jackson who has worked with the Welsh Government as a Statistician.  to discover a new approach to delivering interactive maths sessions for pupils, overcoming familiar fears approaching this topic. Alan is also a member of the Magic Circle Alan has used Maths in his shows as a Magician
The session makes use of Numbers 1 – 10 demonstrating curricular links to ‘What Matters in Mathematics and Numeracy’  and it will cover areas of the new Curriculum for Wales but applicable to all teachers and Ambassadors
To book click here

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IOP Physics Forum

Please join us at our IOP Wales Physics Forum on 22 April 2021 at 7pm.All are welcome e.g. Teachers (physics specialists and non-specialists), and it is a good opportunity to see what other teachers are doing with regard to assessments and preparation for the forthcoming . Booking is essential and a link will be sent prior to the event. To book go to here
More details of workshops and Forum dates will appear on IOP Spark and See Science website soon 

National events

Explore the Webcast series for 2021.
Professional CPD for science educators, from our Regional Champions, with a focus on the
Great Science Share for Schools.

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An annual campaign to inspire young people between the ages of 5-14 to share their scientific questions with new audiences.

Register your school here to take part 

The Great Science Share for Schools is the award-winning campaign that invites 5-14 year olds to share their own scientific questions and investigations, to raise the profile of science in schools and communities, and inspire young people into science and engineering. 

The Great Science Share for Schools also invites leading scientists to answer questions about what attracted them to a career in science, engineering and other STEM disciplines and the questions that inspire them. This year, Professor Brian Cox, Royal Society Professor of Public Engagement, The University of Manchester will host a special event on 15 June 2021 which will answer pupils’ questions about climate change and the natural world.

How can you and your pupils get involved?

  • Register to receive our newsletter and find out how to get involved first

  • Find out what questions your pupils wish to ask about climate change

  • Submit the questions using the form, a link to this which will be shared in our newsletter on April 22nd.

Details here.

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GPW Genomics Showcase 14th May 2021 Online: Opportunity for involvement

The Genomics Showcase will take place virtually on 14th May 2021 and we want to offer charitable organisations the chance to be part of it.

What is the Genomics Showcase?

The Genomics Showcase is an event designed to showcase the field of genomics, and its potential to improve healthcare to the people of Wales.

Throughout the day, we will be hosting talks from a wide range of speakers. There will be general genomics talks; sessions dedicated to specific topics like diagnostics and treatments; and disease specific talks. If you have a topic that you’d like to present, get in touch. We can discuss what topic you have in mind and see if it is possible for us to accommodate.

Details here.


Net Zero Superheroes

N-Z0 is on a quest to save the planet. Using his carbon neutralising sneakers, he's transforming pollution in to clean energy with every step, walking a steady path towards net zero. But he needs your help.

Your mission, as a school or individual (aged 10-14), is to propose and present an idea on how you can contribute to achieving Net Zero. This could relate to energy, recycling, sustainability, reducing emissions, or any other topic which contributes to the government target of Net Zero by 2050.

Along with an experienced mentor, N-Z0 will provide you with the information you need to understand the challenges of achieving Net Zero. This will help to inform your solution.

Closing date 14 June.   All details here.

Funding opportunities 

The Royal Society Partnership Grants - deadline extended until end of May

Do you have a great idea for bringing research alive in school? Ask a STEM Ambassador to help. 

Partnership Grants of up to £3,000 are available to schools to enable students, aged 5 – 18, to carry out science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing or data science projects. Additionally in 2020 there is a new extension to the scheme called Tomorrow's climate scientists. This extension will fund schools to research specifically into climate change and biodiversity issues. The application process for Tomorrow's climate scientists is the same as for the main scheme.     Details here.

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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

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

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