Welcome to the latest STEM newsletter  for Secondary Schools and FE Colleges Schools from your local STEM Ambassador Hub. There are several new STEM engagement opportunities available for the forthcoming half term. Please contact us directly to discuss your individual needs.

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.





Local and National Events

FREE Workshops and ongoing support

Competitions, Resources and CPD from STEM Learning


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World Book Day - STEM Ambassadors star. Real Scientists share their favourite stories live

STEM Ambassadors participated in World Book day reading stories or extracts from books to over 100 schools who participated in the event online.

Hosted by See Science pupils listened to readings from a range of books including  Alice in Wonderland,  and also heard how these readings linked with the world of work and individual career paths of STEM Ambassadors 

The 2 hour workshop  was managed as a rotational workshop and each STEM Ambassador covered different aspects of STEM
Thank you to the following Ambassadors for taking part and supporting

  • Lil Martin Chemistry Specialist, UWTSD - Dragon’s Breath by E.D. Baker
  • Justin Baldwin - , Senior Laboratory Technician, Lasers, CSA Catapult Innovation Centre – Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky
  • JP Hadden -- Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Physics and Astronomy: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
  • Wendy Sadler – CEO Science Made Simple – Why do Golf Balls have Dimples by Wendy Sadler
  • Chris Squire – STEM Ambassador - The Little Prince by French author Antoine de Saint Exupéry
  • Darius Mc Phail  - PhD Researcher in Genetics and Cancer at Cardiff University : Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Steve Markham – Quality Engineer  sharing a poem
  • Frankie Hobro Director and Owner of  Anglesey Sea Zoo- Menai, a turtley unexpected visitor by Leah Green

Frankie is a Conservationist and Marine Biologist. She enjoys helping people to learn about the wonderful animals in our seas and how to protect them, and our amazing planet. Menai the turtle was rescued and rehabilitated at Anglesey Sea Zoo back in 2016. She was a record-breaking and world famous turtle! To celebrate the 5 year anniversary of Menai’s rescue, Leah Green created this beautiful children’s book packed full of information about Menai and marine conservation.

If you are interested in receiving a recording of any of these readings or more information about the books or the presenters then please contact llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk to request 
The STEM Ambassador Hub would be happy to support a similar event at your school - please contact for more details. More details about the speakers are available here:

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Aberystwyth University brings quirky science to pupils in annual event

Aberystwyth University has introduced almost 1,000 pupils to animal skulls, robotic rovers and strange foods in its annual outreach event held as part of British Science Week.The event ran from 15-17 March and hosted Years 5, 6, 7 and 8 pupils from schools across Ceredigion, Powys and Gwynedd

At more than 20 stands, pupils were asked to guess which animal certain skulls belonged to, shown how important vaccines are, how mathematical models can help protect against pandemics and how the Ceredigion landscape has changed over centuries.Academics and University outreach staff were on hand to show pupils how science is at the heart of some of life’s most spectacular phenomena and affects our everyday lives in positive ways. Interactive stands were built by the University’s departments of Biological, Environment and Rural Sciences, Computer Science, Geography and Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.In-person Science Week outreach events at the University have not happened since 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Professor Tim Woods, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, said: “We were delighted to host pupils for our British Science Week events again. It really is a vital part of our calendar, showcasing the quirkiness and fun of the world of science, from exploring grasslands to the importance of probability.“These events can be the spark of a child’s imagination that leads to a career in science. We want to inspire boys and girls of all backgrounds and demystify the university so we worked hard to put inclusivity at the heart of these events. Our staff was equally imaginative in coming up with ideas that have excited pupils.“I was delighted to see such high numbers from schools across west Wales and we are all looking forward to hosting more pupils next year.”

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Be part of a brighter energy future

To tackle the growing climate crisis, we need to move away from fossil fuels and embrace electrification. A crucial part of this journey is bigger and better batteries. We need them to be a sustainable storage solution to ease our energy transition.Taking part in our global battery experiment will allow your students to explore the science behind batteries – and why they are such an important part of our bright energy future.

The global battery experiment is suitable for students aged 9–14. Together you will discover that:
  • batteries are made of layers, and each layer is made of different materials
  • to create the most efficient battery, you need to find the right combination of materials 
  • we need to make a lot of batteries, so where we get those materials from really matters 
  • the best materials are those that are abundant and easy to source
To find out more click here

On the global experiment website you’ll find a choice of two different investigations. Both give you and your students the chance to explore battery science and make your own battery, but each has different levels of complexity and required equipment. You might also find that one investigation is better suited to the age range of your students. For each investigation, you’ll find detailed instructions, additional resources and teacher notes to make the whole process straightforward.

Join us on May 11th to find out more about the Global Experiement - see below for details
FREE Workshops for pupils

Energy Quest

It was a pleasure to deliver the Energy Quest workshops to KS3 pupils last term. The content was well received as young people explored different energy sources and investigated energy transfer as they designed a solution to power a mobile phone.

Energy Quest is funded by Shell and delivered by Engineering UK. All state schools can apply for at least 2 workshops. Get in touch to find out how many we could offer your KS3 classes.

This event can be delivered in the classroom or online and is a great way to revisit core curriculum content and to bring relatable role-models into the classroom.

We will be delivering the workshop FREE of charge throughout this academic year. Dates are already filling up so if you have a preferred date in mind, contact llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk to book or to find out more.

Local events

Girls into Electronics Course hosted by Cardiff University. Tuesday 5 July 9.00am - 4.00pm. Cardiff University

Other dates and venues available.

Girls into Electronics gives female Year 11’s and sixth formers the unique opportunity to develop their interest in Electronics through a one-day course at a leading UK university, with additional content delivered online by the UKESF. Participants will find out more about Electronics and studying the subject at university level, as well as hearing from female graduate engineers working in the Electronics sector.

During the in-person day, attendees will experience a sample lecture from a senior academic, input from current students, a department tour, a Q&A with a UKESF Scholar and an introduction to microcontrollers. Follow-up online sessions will guide participants through further practical activities with the microcontrollers.

Details here.

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Llanelli Wetland Centre: Supporting you and your school. Wednesday May 11th 4pm – 4.45pm. Online

Webinar for Ambassadors and Teachers from STEM Education with Welsh Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

STEM Ambassadors will gain insight into outdoor learning experience and resources for engagement.

Hear from the WWT learning team how a visit to Llanelli Wetland Centre can bring your science curriculum to life with hands-on learning sessions for all ages and abilities. 

You will also find out about Generation Wild, their new nature connection programme for schools in economically disadvantaged areas. This includes FREE school visits (including FREE transport), FREE visits for families and a specially designed website to encourage continued nature-connection activity at school, at home and in local greenspaces.

As an added incentive, they have kindly offered to provide a free family visit ticket for all teachers that attend the session.

Come and find out the range of visits and resources they have to offer.

Book here.

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IOP Physics Forum

Please join us at our IOP Wales Physics Forum on 28th April and May 12th  at  7pm. All are welcome e.g. Teachers (physics specialists and non-specialists).  Booking is essential and a link will be sent prior to the event. To book go to here. 

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Teachmeet: Take Charge - be part of a brighter future. Wednesday 11 May 4 - 5pm. Online

This month’s Welsh chemistry teachers network meeting is a joint session for primary and secondary science teachers. In collaboration with SeeScience and ASE it is all about getting involved with Take charge: a global battery experiment, Engineering UK’s Energy Quest and the Great Science Share campaign. Energy Quest is a programme that has been developed to unlock the learner’s inner engineer whilst exploring sustainable energy sources. The Great Science Share campaign promotes young people’s scientific curiosity and communication.

This event is an online session for KS2 and secondary teachers organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry as part of our secondary series.

Details and booking here.

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RSC Science and the Senedd. Tuesday 17 May 12.00 noon–7.30pm. Senedd, Cardiff Bay

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s 18th annual Science and the Senedd event will be held at the Senedd and the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay, on Tuesday 17 May 2022.

This year’s theme will be Building our Future: Research and Innovation in Wales. 

Designed to foster close relations with policymakers and key stakeholders, Science and the Senedd is organised on behalf of, and in cooperation with, the Welsh science and engineering community.

Details here.

Resources and opportunities

Become a National Numeracy Day Champion

Together we can help everyone feel good about numbers. It's National Numeracy Day's 5th birthday on 18 May and you're invited to the party!

Whether you're a primary school, secondary school, homeschooling, nursery or community group, sign up to get your free digital pack.

Your digital pack will include:

  • Ideas and printable materials to support activity planning

  • School Number Heroes competition to win a mega-bucks bundle of numeracy prizes for your school (for pre-school to Y8 children)

  • Celebrity lesson starter video with activities and games (for primary schools)

  • Number confidence resources to help all age groups, from 0-18, feel good about maths

  • Resources to support staff and parents

  • Opportunities for volunteer visits, STEM ambassador talks and more!

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Great Science Share for Schools. Celebration Day 14 June

An annual campaign to inspire young people to share their scientific questions with new audiences.

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 to be inspired into science and engineering. 

Themed activities and lessons are brought to teachers and educators, to inspire you to ask, investigate and share scientific questions you’re curious about. 

This year’s campaign theme is Climate Action and links to the issues discussed in the world global COP26 conference in November 2021, leading up to the campaign celebration on 14th June 2022.

Register any time for access to resources and news!

Registration and details here.


The Young Coders Competition

The Young Coders competition is back again for 2022 bringing to you an amazing opportunity for you and your students to gain hands-on experience in coding with Scratch.

Originally just for primary schools years 4-6 we listened to last year’s feedback and have opened up the entry criteria to now include secondary years 7 & 8.

This year's theme is ‘My World, Our Planet’. We are looking for participants to create a reactive game which encourages children to take care of natural resources and improve the environment. The opportunities are endless and you are in charge of creativity!

Closing date 27 May.

All details here.

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UKBC Biology Challenge 2 - 20 May 2022.

Biology Challenge stimulates curiosity for the natural world and encourages students to take an interest in biology outside of school.

Biology Challenge is open to 13 to 15 year-old students.

The competition consists of two, twenty-five-minute multiple choice papers to be taken online under staff supervised exam conditions.

Questions will be set on the school curriculum, but the competition will also reward those students whose knowledge of the subject has been increased by reading books and magazines, watching natural history programmes, taking notice of the news media for items of biological interest, and are generally aware of our natural flora and fauna.

Schools will be able to conduct Biology Challenge in whatever way best suits their pupils, ensuring that they enjoy participating and have a reasonable expectation of recognition for their achievements. As well as being able to submit their pupils’ scores to the national competition, schools will be encouraged to award their own prizes and to make use of certificates provided for them. Details here.

Awards and funding opportunities 

Nominations are open now for Royal Society of Chemistry Education prizes 2022

Would you like to recognise a science educator who is doing amazing work in inspiring the next generation of scientists or supporting colleagues with their development?

There are two main categories:

Excellence in Education Prizes celebrate educators in primary, secondary, further education and higher education – including, teachers, technicians and more. These prizes recognise a wide range of skills – from curriculum design to effective teaching, and from personal development to working culture. 

Horizon Prizes for Education highlight recent initiatives that are set to make a real impact within the field of education, and are open to teams and collaborations as well as individuals. These initiatives could include teaching programmes or techniques, research breakthroughs, innovative technologies and more. 

Closing date for nominations is 22 June. 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

Supporting learner progression through assessment - for teachers in Wales only 

Course Leader : Andrea Mapplebeck
16 Jun 22 Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff CF10 5BW 
How can you find out and respond to what pupils do and do not know so that all pupils are challenged, engaged, motivated, active and move forward in their learning?
This course will draw on best formative practices from research. Explore a range of classroom activities that can be taken away and used immediately to help you develop your responsiveness with your pupils.
You will explore ways you can:

  • help all pupils be successful learners in science

  • elicit and respond to pupils’ ideas to deepen and challenge their thinking

  • engage pupils so they are active agents in their learning, supporting each other and themselves

  • provide feedback that will make pupils think and be responsible for moving forward their learning

  • build pupils self-esteem and motivation to persevere and enjoy learning in science

Any enquiries, please email Wales Administrator: joss@techniquest.org

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

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