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

Thank you to all the teachers who attended the Networking event in Airbus - it was wonderful to see you all there  - please make sure you post any requests on the STEM Learning platform - more about the event below.

Don't forget that it's British Science Week in March - with plenty of resources and opportunities available 

There are several new STEM engagement opportunities available for the forthcoming half term. STEM Ambassadors are still keen to offer as many enrichment opportunities as possible to learners and we welcome requests for STEM Ambassadors to help with any enrichment opportunity - please contact us directly to discuss your individual need.

Please encourage new colleagues to register with STEM Learning in order to receive the See Science newsletter in the future using the link:  www.stem.org.uk/user/register and then opt to receive newsletters.

See Science  have a facebook page where we will also be sharing lots of new ideas regularly - please like or follow the page.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can support the teaching of STEM subjects 

With best wishes 
The See Science Team

Best wishes
The STEM Ambassador Partner Wales
@See Science 

News from your STEM Ambassador Partner in Wales

Networking event at ABRM and Airbus

Tuesday 6th February saw See Science, ASE and the apprentices at Airbus & AMRC work together to deliver a teachers CPD event at AMRC in Broughton. First to present to primary and secondary teachers in the Wrexham area was See Science who explained the benefits of teachers making use of the STEM Ambassador programme, and also listed some of the opportunities available to teachers. ASE delivered a presentation about “raising standards in the classroom” and how ASe can help support teachers in the delivery of the science curriculum. The last part of the CPD session was taken by some of the apprentices at Airbus and AMRC who explained how they are benefitting from completing an apprenticeship. The CPD session was finished by a tour of AMRC. The CPD session was enjoyed by all with positive feedback from teachers, including: ‘Hearing first hand from the apprentices was really inspiring’ and ‘Very informative and great to hear experiences of the students’

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IET Faraday Days

Register your school now to take part in the IET Faraday Challenge 2024-25!
This is an annual competition of STEM activity days with a real-world challenge for pupils aged 12-13 years. The days are completely FREE for all UK schools.
You can apply to take part in one of three ways:
Option A: host one of our Challenge Leader-led IET Faraday® Challenge Days at your school with the option to invite teams from up to five other local schools (or have all teams from your own school).
Option B: apply to be an invited school and take one team from your school along to another local event.
Option C: host one of our Challenge Leader-led IET Faraday® Challenge Days at your Organisation/University and invite teams from up to six local schools.
The days are for 6 teams of 6 pupils from year 8.
Find out more and register here.
We have a few spaces left for this year's competition so get in touch with llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk if you would like to host your own IET Faraday Challenge Day before the end of May!

Events in Wales 

British Science WeekMarch 8th - 17th
The theme for 2024’s activity packs and poster competition is ‘Time’.

Free activity packs for #BSW24 are available to download now!

The packs provide fun and engaging ways to introduce the theme to the children.

Each pack, created with the support of UK Research and Innovation and 3M, includes a wide range of fun, hands-on activities, and loads of useful information for planning your events for the Week.

There are separate packs for Early Years, Primary and Secondary. Find them here.

Organise your own event

Are you thinking about hosting an event at your school, community group or elsewhere? You can find tips on how to do this in our ‘How to’ guides and download British Science Week marketing materials to help promote it!

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The Royal Society of Chemistry Experimental extravaganza in partnership with the Institute of Physics 

South Wales. Tuesday 2 July, 9.30am–3.00pm, The College Merthyr Tydfil CF48 1AR

North Wales. Friday 5 July, 9.30am–3.00pm, Bangor University LL57 2PZ

We’re pleased to be joining forces once again to bring you our annual day conferences. Last year, you asked for more hands-on activities so this year RSC, IOP and a special guest will deliver three practical based workshops. 

You will have the opportunity to attend all the workshops, have time to network with colleagues from across the country and, of course, enjoy a lunch on us. 

To register for this event, sign in or register for an account on the RSC Education website here.

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Science Teacher CPD - Revealing the Hidden Universe. Monday 26th February  12:30 - 16:00. Techniquest, Cardiff Bay.

Join the team from Cardiff University, School of Physics and Astronomy who are excited to demonstrate a number of hands on classroom resources to assist you in your teaching across the sciences.

Held at Techniquest, Cardiff Bay, the afternoon will be spent looking at Infra Red cameras and their many uses, considering the scale of our Solar System and discovering Exoplanets. 

Due to generous funding, all of the resources we will look at are available for us to deliver to your school or for you to loan - at no cost. A subsidy is also available to help cover staff costs from state funded schools.  What's even more exciting, is that all attendees will leave with a 'gift' to use back in their own classroom (and lunch is provided). 

Aimed at primary and secondary teachers of science, the friendly outreach team are very excited to share these resources with you.

Please do join us !

Book here.

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International Women's Day - 8th March 2024

The Army Regional Engagement Team from 160th (Welsh) Brigade will be

delivering a live virtual assembly for International Woman’s Day on 08 March 2024, at 0900 – 0930hrs. It is an opportunity for schools to dial into the event and hear about what it is like as a woman in the Army, the opportunities available and hear some stories about women in the Army and their achievements. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to ask questions via the chat function on Microsoft Teams.For more information and the Microsoft Teams log in link  please contact Hayley.P|incott@see-science.co.uk

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Teachmeet- Inclusive teaching in STEM - Adapting STEM teaching to engage and challenge. 20th March 4.15pm Howells School, Llandaff, Cardiff. CF5 2YD

Join a STEM Teachmeet to share ideas and resources - adapting STEM teaching to engage and challenge.

Breakout sessions for primary and secondary teachers. Some elements of this event will be “hybrid” with a live-stream for teachers from further away in Wales.

Tea and coffee will be provided  Book here.

National Events

National Careers Week 2024

(NCW) promotes careers guidance across the UK. It happens in early March each year, with this year's event running from 4-9 March 2024.
Join Bitesize Careers throughout the week to find out how we can help you find your next step.Bitesize qwill be launching lots of new resources

  • Videos
    • Job swap – watch Dr Ranj swaps jobs with Radio 1 DJ Charlie Tee – can they smash it in a totally different role?
    • From hobby to career – meet three young people who turned their passions and interests into jobs
  • Video podcast – join Radio 1 presenter Katie Thistleton for three special episodes of The Bitesize Careers Podcast. Hear from young workers and award-winning careers experts to get inspired about what your future career could look like
  • Quizzes – see if you can suss out which school subjects can lead to which careers with our Can you guess the job? quiz
  • Top 10 jobs list – find out which jobs teenagers want to do the most, and loads of interesting insights about motivations, ambitions and worries, as we reveal the results of our big Bitesize Careers survey.
Read more about NCW

International Pi Day

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th  around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Pi Day is an annual opportunity for maths enthusiasts to recite the infinite digits of Pi, talk to their friends about math, and eat pie.

However, the convention of representing it this way actually doesn’t come from Greece at all. It comes from  farmer’s son and largely self-taught mathematician from the small island of Anglesey. The Welsh Government has decided  to rename Pi Day (on March 14 or 3/14, which matches the first three digits of pi, 3.14) as “Pi Day Cymru”.

William Jones was born in 1674 in the parish of Llanfihangel Tre’r Beirdd. After attending a charity school, Jones became a merchant’s accountant and then a maths teacher on a warship, before publishing A New Compendium of the Whole Art of Navigation, his first book in 1702 on the mathematics of navigation

Shortly afterwards he published Synopsis palmariorum matheseos, a summary of the current state of the art developments in mathematics which reflected his own particular interests. 

Read more about Pi day Cymru


University of South Wales CES Outreach STEM Competition: Design a Mobile

Showcase your passion for STEM!

To celebrate the opening of the CES STEM Outreach Room we are inviting young people (Year 3 to Year 9) to design a STEM themed mobile that will be used to decorate the room.

Prizes for individuals and schools.

Closing date for submissions, Friday 8th March.

For more information and to register, contact CESSTEM@southwales.ac.uk

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If you were an Engineer what would you do?

A UK wide engineering competition for school pupils aged 3 to 19.

Are you looking for a way of bringing engineering into the classroom, but don’t know where to start? This competitions is one of our flagship STEM programmes that invites pupils of all ages in both primary and secondary schools to imagine if they were an engineer, what problem would they most like to solve? They do this by interviewing professionals from the engineering field to help inspire them to create their own design of a solution to a real-world problem through an annotated illustration detailing their invention. As well as annotation, they will put their formal English writing skills into practice by creating their own letters of purpose, detailing and explaining their ideas, using persuasive techniques to appeal to our engineer judges – a thoroughly engaging and immersive experience for pupils, teachers and engineers alike. 

Closing date March 22.

Details here.

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IOP Teachers of Physics Awards

Nominations are now open!

The Teachers of Physics Awards celebrate the success of secondary-level physics teachers who have raised the profile of physics and science in schools and colleges. We know that teachers contribute an immense amount to society, and we wish to accord them the recognition they deserve.

With these awards, we honour teachers alongside distinguished research scientists, technicians and industrialists.

In this way we recognise that without dedicated teachers there would be no physics research community or technological base in society.

The winners receive a prize of £1,000, an engraved glass paperweight and a certificate.

There is now a single application system for all teachers in England, Ireland and Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Closing date is Saturday 30 March.

Details here.


Funding for School Climate & Biodiversity Projects 

The Royal Society is inviting applications to their Tomorrow's Climate Scientists Programme to give students across the UK the opportunity to take action to address climate and biodiversity issues.

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to UK primary or secondary schools to run a STEM investigation project for students aged between 5 and 18. There needs to be two project partners to the scheme with the lead applicant being a school and the second partner being a STEM professional from academia or industry. Funding should predominantly be used to buy equipment. 

The next application round opens in February 2024. 

Details here.


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