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Ask a STEM Ambassador to visit your school

A STEM Ambassador's involvement can engage and enthuse both students and teachers. If you are interested in asking a STEM Ambassador to visit your school you can make your request here or contact See Science directly here

Give us your Ambassador feedback

If an Ambassador has visited your school, 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.





Wales Coding Challenge hosted by DVLA Swansea

Over the last months Primary and Secondary Schools across Wales have worked on building a computer game based on a theme set by the DVLA and associate partners. Teams could select from:
  • Preventing Fire Hazards in the home

  • Identifying and avoiding Cyber Crime

  • Life on Planet Gaia

  • Air Ambulance transfer

  • Plastic pollution

  • Earthquake response

The final was a high energy event with over 250 pupils attending from as far away as Conwy and Llanidloes to Usk and Caerleon.

All school finalists were awarded prizes and a new initiative this year was the category for 11 to  14 yrs pupils.

The final was hosted by Lucy Owen of BBC Wales - each team accompanied by a DVLA STEM Ambassador was interviewed before a live vote and judging panel (X-Factor style!)
STEM AmbassadorsKaren Pitt and Mark Jones are to be congratulated for their diligent work on this successful project.

Congratulations to

  • The Cathedral School Cardiff winning the Secondary School category for Identifying Cyber Crime Game

  • Blaenbaglan  Port Talbot winning the Primary category with the theme Life on Planet Gaia

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Your Green Future. Powys

North Powys pupils were welcomed to Cefn Lea Park near Newtown to experience the second Your Green Futures event. Students from five local secondary schools engaged in workshops, talks and a career pathways exhibition, all designed to ignite their interest in sustainability, green energy and STEM-related skills.

The event formed part of the Severn Wye's Our Future's People project, which encourages pupils to help reduce their schools' energy use. Pupils from Newtown, Llanidloes, John Beddoes and Llanfyllin, all spent the day working with local businesses including Oil4Wales, Swansea University, Siemens and Welsh Water. STEM Ambassadors presented workshops, worked with pupils and provided advice and support to the pupils and their teachers.

STEM Ambassador Cara Bennett commented: "I have really enjoyed meeting the pupils, they are so keen to find out more about STEM careers. This kind of event is very useful, as it gives pupils a real insight into the possibilities available in Powys".
The students attending were encouraged to think about what careers are available locally, they were guided to ask each employer a range of questions about what interested them most about their job and what they wanted to be when they were young. Conversely, the businesses were encouraged to pick students to employ based on their questions and interest in the company.
For more information about the Your Green Future events go to this link

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Swansea Science Festival

Held at the Waterfront Museum over the weekend of 3rd and  4th  November Wales' largest Science Festival brings in over 2000 family visitors. During the week, a record number of 9000 people visit the University events.
But far more important is the quality of engagement on offer and especially for us by some amazing STEM Ambassador activities.

Regular features are all manned by STEM Ambassadors including: The IOP Dark Experience Tent with STEM Ambassador Abbie Ashton, DVLA Coding tables, Love a Maggot with Dr Yamni Nigram, Cardiff School of Chemistry, Swansea Department of Respiratory Physiology; Dr Claire Price Swansea University, Saraj Jane Potts and Tom Dunlop Department of Engineering, the Energy Safety Research Institute team Swansea University and Martin Thompson with Diamond Dust Robot Katt and K9!

Some choice comments are evidence of impact:

Just spent the afternoon at the @SwanseaUni #SwanseaSciFest with my 6yo. She loved it! It's clear a lot of effort has been put in by very many volunteers. All enthusiastic STEM communicators who deserve the biggest applause. I have heard nothing but +ve feedback.

Huge thanks to everyone who attended #SwanseaSciFest this week. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We'll see you again next year!
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STEM Networking Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire College kindly offered their venue for a network evening with teachers. The evening was very important to the Hub offer, we are keen to raise new requests In the County and ensure that STEM Ambassadors in the area have a strong profile.

The evening network on the 5thDecember welcomed teachers from Ysgol Dewi Sant, Henry Tudor School, Milford Haven School together with 14 STEM Ambassadors.

Ambassador Peter Philips delivered a short session on how he presents his career in the Oil Industry to Secondary Pupils, teacher Edward Male (Henry Tudor School) demonstrated practical activities which he uses at his STEM Clubs. The session focussed on a discussion of local employment skills, specific needs in the area and how to access ideas for engagement and resources.
Based on the success of the Pembrokeshire event STEM Networking events will be held at Techniquest, Cardiff  and  The Parkway Hotel Cwmbran  in February. For more information please go here 

Local events

Chemistry at Work 

Chemistry at Work Day, Swansea University January 30th
Following a very successful event last June, Professor Simon Bott and his staff and students at the Swansea University Department of Chemistry will once again be hosting year 9 pupils for a Chemistry at Work Day on Wednesday, January 30th.
The free Chemistry at Work Day is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry and its aim is to provide pupils with a better understanding and awareness of the importance of chemistry in our everyday lives and to highlight the varied chemical science careers available.
Pupils take part in 4 different hands-on workshops throughout the day where they have the opportunity to carry out practical chemistry activities in the department’s state of the art labs.
There are a limited number of places still available so if you would like to bring a group of up to 30 year 9 pupils along or for  more  information about the day please contact Llinos at

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Chemistry in the Community 

See Science  will be offering Community Groups such as Brownies, Guides, Scouts, Urdd, and Youth Clubs the opportunity to take part in a free Chemistry workshop  between 1 March and 30 June. The workshop will offer a carousel of 4 different activities which will focus on the Chemistry of the High Street and will also provide an opportunity for leaders to encourage young people to participate in a CREST Award if they wish. All materials  will be provided free of charge. 

For more  information about booking a Chemistry in the Community workshop please contact Llinos at

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Crest Discovery Days

CREST Discovery Days are ideal activities for collapsed timetable days for KS3 pupils where every pupil can earn a CREST Award in a day. All resources are freely downloadable and are appropriate to be run by any teacher, not just STEM specialists.

We currently have funding from CREST to offer a limited number of workshops to schools in Wales to support teachers to run a Discovery Day with KS3 pupils. Details as follows:

·        We will lead teachers to run a CREST Discovery Day 

·        2 hour teacher CPD on running CREST Discovery Days in the future 

·        We must have at least 120 pupils on the day

·        Ideally the schools will have a high % FSM

·        Discovery Day must take place before the end of March

Schools will have a choice of theme for the day - some Discovery Days have a Welsh element while others focus on Global Citizenship.

For more details or to invite us to come to your school, please contact Llinos at


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ASE Teachmeets

Bangor  14 January 2019 4.30pm

St Gerard's School Trust. 3 Ffriddoedd Road Bangor
Join ASE for a Teachmeet in Bangor on Monday 14th January. This event is suitable for Primary and Secondary Teachers and will highlight Early Career Teaching focusing on KS2 and KS3 in particular. Contributions from RSC, ASE, IOP, CREST and IET.
Please encourage colleagues to attend.
Please book using the link

Newport 22 January 2019. 4.30pm

University of South Wales - Newport City Campus, Usk Way Newport. NP20 2BP
Join Primary and Secondary Teachers  for an Early Career Teachmeet  on 22nd January. An opportunity to share ideas and focus on KS2 and KS3 teaching in particular Keynote : Karen Mills - Collective Learning. Karen is an experienced teacher and her varied career includesPrimary Adviser for Science in Newport Advisory Service. She is  passionate about keeping the high standards reached in Science over the last 30 years! How to use the 4 layer approach to give the pupils an engaging, broad and balanced curriculum without losing standards. To book please use the link :

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STEM Clubs Week happens in the first week of February each year.

In 2019 it will be 1-5 February. More than 3,000 UK schools take part in STEM Clubs.

More details can be found here

If you are running an after-school or lunchtime club related to any sort of STEM activity - for example, Young Engineers and Science Club, Astronomy Club, Maths Club, Food Technology Club, Camera Club - you will be interested to know that STEM Learning Ltd has set up a STEM Clubs community group to share information. 

STEM Clubs offer a wealth of information to teachers who are involved in Clubs and give you guides on starting and running a club, ideas, resources information, challenge information etc online.

British Science Week 8-17 March 

Promoted by the British Science Association, the annual British Science Week aims to celebrate all sciences and their importance in our everyday lives. It provides an opportunity for people of all ages across the UK to take part in science, engineering and technology events and activities.

A resource pack has been created for teachers

This collection contains:
*a range of guides which will help with generating ideas for British Science Week events, with guidance to help you get started and run an event;
* several activity packs from British Science Week;

More guides, case studies and resources for organisers are available at the British Science Association web site

Funding opportunities

What will you investigate

You could receive up to £3,000 to run an investigative project in your classroom through the Royal Society's Partnership Grants scheme. Funding will open in February 2019.

 Applications have to be made in partnership with a STEM professional so now is the perfect time to find your partner and start thinking about ideas. The scheme is open to any primary or secondary school in the UK. More information about the scheme can be found on the Royal Society's website and if you have any questions, please contact


Youth Work Excellence Awards 2019 - nominations are open 

The Youth Work Excellence Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate outstanding youth work projects, youth workers and those involved with youth work across Wales.
There are nine categories: six for projects and three for individuals.  For more information or to nominate online visit the website.  Closing date for nominations is 28 February 2018  

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The David Clarke Prize

Do you know a teacher who is inspiring young engineers? The David Clarke Prize is awarded to an exceptional primary, secondary or FE teacher who has gone the extra mile in inspiring young people to consider engineering as a profession and career.

The main award will comprise a £2,000 personal award for the prize winner and a further £3000 for the school to be used to further promote engineering within the school. If you know a teacher who has gone above and beyond what is required in the teaching syllabus, with a track record of showcasing real-world engineering to students, take a look at the assessment criteria below.
To nominate teacher, download this form and send it to the subject title "David Clarke Prize".
The deadline for nominations is 5pm Friday 1 February 2019

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