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

We understand that the start of this term will once again be  difficult for each one of our learners, families and colleagues  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. 
Please encourage colleagues to register with STEM Learning in order to receive the See Science newsletter in the future: https://www.stem.org.uk/user/register

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


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 


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 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.




STEM Ambassador Professor Anthony Campbell founder of a Pembrokeshire charity- The Darwin Centre, which has brought the magic of science to thousands of young people, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours list 2021.

Professor Anthony Campbell, founded the Darwin Centre for Biology and Medicine, has received  his award for services to biochemistry.
The Darwin Centre was set up in 1993 and is based in  Pembrokeshire. It has since raised over £1 million of funding and influenced about 40,000 children by offering hands-on field trips and workshops to every school in Pembrokeshire on themes such as forces, and renewable energy, rocky shores and  climate change.

"The Darwin Centre are absolutely thrilled for Tony, as he has always been such an inspiration to everyone who has been fortunate enough to work with him."
Professor Campbell, is a Honarary Research Professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Cardiff University. He is an international authority in cell signalling - which lies at the heart of how hormones, neurotransmitters and drugs affect the human body - and is also a world authority on bioluminescence.
One of his inventions, using chemiluminescence, is now used in several hundred million clinical tests per year worldwide and has been hailed as one of the top 100 inventions from UK universities in the past 50 years.
For the past 15 years his research focus has been lactose and food intolerance, which has led to a new hypothesis on the cause of irritable bowel syndrome
His natural curiosity and  need for helping people understand science has also led him to create the scientific journal with his wife, called The Young Darwinian, where students can publish their projects,
 “I feel very strongly that scientists have a responsibly to explain why they do what they do to the general public, particularly if you’re in the public sector,” said Anthony. 
“It is also a lot of fun. When you’re passionate about something you never give it up…”

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Lemmiout Activities  Offer STEM activities to schools, specifically designed to be undertaken outdoors.
They are hands on active sessions that are designed around the new welsh curriculum.

We have a number of things you may be interested in from our full term Boxcar project or a cut down version. To single day workshops. custom built workshops to fit your school requirements and staff training workshops.
Our current themes are Go-kart designing. Rocket propulsion. Energy transfer (yr 6 or staff training)   but we have many more options available just get in touch and we can explain more.
We have experience delivering outdoor activities and STEM based projects to students from year 3 upwards and are keen and enthusiastic to encourage and enthuse students with active STEM education.
Below are some pictures of our box car project. More information can be found on our website www.lemmiout.co.uk
Or feel free to contact us on info@lemmiout.co.uk or 07834162647 for more details

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Dr Claire Price - winner of the Royal Society of Biology Outreach and Engagement Award for an Established Researcher.

Claire works at the Centre for Cytochrome P450 Biodiversity at Swansea University and is also a STEM Ambassador and a Researcher.

Project managing the first Bitesize Science Festival in her home town of Merthyr Tydfil, Summer of 2019 – Claire created the first science festival of its kind in the town, and one of the first few to be held outside a university city. Several Ambassadors supported the inaugural Festival.
Photo ©wales247.co.uk 

National events

ASE Conference 2021
The ASE 2021 Annual Conference will boast the usual blend of expertise, support and inspiration from the comfort of your own home! Each day will have up to 6 simultaneous sessions per time slot, with an additional 2 channels bringing the exhibition experience that you know and love to the online space.

As always, Thursday, Friday and Saturday provide a wealth of sessions for our primary, secondary and further education communities, including sessions from Dr Jasper Green HMI Subject Lead for Science, Ofsted and a fantastic selection of Frontier Science sessions, with leading experts across scientific research such as Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Professor Robin Lovell-Badge of the Crick Institute, Professor Andrew Pollard of the Oxford Vaccine Group and more. 
Tickets (from £35+VAT for ASE members and £60+VAT for non-members) are now bookable. Zoom Links to virtual rooms will be circulated on the evening prior to each day, to the emails of those registered on Eventbrite. For queries please email conferences@ase.org.uk. The live online timetable Sched is available for viewing at https://ase2021annualconferenceonline.sched.com/

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Start planning now for British Science Week 2021!

The British Science Association (BSA) have issued their popular 'sneak peek' packs for British Science Week 2021 - from the 5thto the 14thof March - with the full versions due in January. There are 3 separate packs with one each for Early Years, Primary and Secondary. The theme for the British Science Week 2021 activity packs and poster competition is ‘Innovating for the future’ and they are full of tips to help you organise events and activities for British Science Week.

The packs also give suggestions on how to engage remotely with STEM Ambassadors and other volunteers who can really bring your Science Week to life. 

Many of the activities are CREST accredited, so why not think about running a CREST Award during British Science Week? CREST Awards give students real-life experience of being a scientist while getting introduced to STEM project work. They are nationally accredited and are a fun, yet educational way to get your children involved in STEM subjects. And Discovery, Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards are all free in Wales!

Don't forget the Poster Competition 
The theme for the 2021 poster competition is Innovating for the future. Entrants can be teams or individuals. Each school/youth group can enter a maximum of five entries. We encourage you to run the competition with larger groups, but to select the top five to enter from your school. Entries must be one page of A4 or A3 paper only and you will need to take a photo or scan of it to send electronically. You can also get inspired by looking at last year’s competition winners here.


Local events

Cardiff Science Festival online - Feb 18-21

Cardiff Science Festival takes over Wales’ capital to inspire and educate between February 18th-21st. The Festival will showcase science, technology, engineering and maths, integrating them into the capital city of Wales. The four-day festival usually spreads throughout Cardiff’s libraries, cafes, bars and streets, with hidden events for your to discover - this year the online provision will be even better!

Our aim is to celebrate science, technology, engineering and maths, and how they affect our every day lives. We bring science to you, with a range of events that are guaranteed to captivate and teach you something new.

Cardiff is a hub for science research and world-renowned science communicators. By following our map around the city, you can learn something new from the best researchers and communicators, right on your doorstep.

To find out more about the Festival visit https://www.cardiffsciencefestival.co.uk


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 TeenTech Live, hosted by Cardiff University will aim to deliver virtual science and technology to schools and homes. The four week event will take place throughout March 2021 and is suitable for pupils aged 8-19. The event, hosted by well-known science and technology reporters, delivers interactive sessions which are fun, engaging and provide real-life context to learning. It will help young people understand more about careers and the way exciting emerging technology is shaping all aspects of our lives. The virtual sessions last an hour and pupils will have the option to work on short challenges or projects and participate in a follow-up feedback session with industry experts. The four week programme will end with a showcase event celebrating the hard work of pupils through their projects!  For more information about the activity, please visit our website. A teacher briefing and Q&A will be held at the end of January 2021 - see website for further details.

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IOP Physics Forum

Join teachers of Physics from across Wales and beyond to share ideas and resources as well as discuss the teaching and learning of Physics online.
Booking is essential and a link will be sent 24hrs prior to the event.

Thursday 7 January 2021 at 7pm: To book click here  
Thursday 21 January 2021 at 7pm: To book click here  
Thursday 4 February 2021 at 7pm: To book click here  

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Focus group (online): Chemistry and the new Curriculum for Wales 

Have your say on how the Royal Society of Chemistry can help you with the curriculum change.

When: Monday 25 January 2021, between 3pm and 6pm (1 hour, time TBC – do let us know your preference).What it involves: Provide feedback on the RSC’s new support for the curriculum change. You would receive the draft documents this month. The documents elaborate on the descriptions of learning and show what good progression in chemistry could look like in the new curriculum.Register your interest with Helen Dearns

More information

The Royal Society Chemistry is committed to supporting teachers of chemistry in Wales during the planning and development of their new school curriculum. The new curriculum presents an exciting opportunity to improve the outcomes of students in Wales but equally poses many questions and challenges for teachers. 

To assist you through this transition, the RSC has a dedicated Teacher Fellow, Helen Dearns, working on a support package. Helen is currently finalising a document that elaborates on the descriptions of learning that are relevant to chemistry for progression step 4, showing what good progression could look like. In addition to this, she aims to produce resources to assist you to make cross-curricular links and to help deepen students’ knowledge in line with the ‘four purposes’. 

FREE Workshops for pupils
FREE Facilitated Chemistry Workshops (Funded by the RSC)

From early March through to the end of the summer term, See Science will be offering a variety of FREE workshops to schools across Wales. We will be flexible in how we deliver these workshops, depending on COVID restrictions - delivering face to face in schools or virtually via live links on platforms to suit the schools.

Chemistry at Work Workshop (Yr 9)

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.

Chemistry in a Pandemic Workshop (Yrs 5 to 9)

This will be a brand new workshop looking at Chemistry and the role of Chemists in fighting a global pandemic.

For more information or to register your interest, contact Llinos at See Science 

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FREE Facilitated CREST Discovery Workshops -
Machines of the Future  for yrs 7 to 9

From mid February through to the end of the summer term, See Science will be offering a variety of FREE workshops to schools across Wales. We will be flexible in how we deliver these workshops, depending on COVID restrictions - delivering face to face in schools or virtually via live links on platforms to suit the schools. The newest suite of CREST project activities is centred around Machines of the Future and the Discovery Award activity is based on Machine Learning.
In the 5 hour project, pupils work in teams to find out about machine learning and come up with an idea for using it in a home environment. The project can be run as a whole day activity or over 5 separate 1 hour sessions to suit the teacher and school. More information available by contacting Llinos  here

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FREE Facilitated Energy Quest Workshops for KS3

From early March through to the end of the summer term, See Science will be offering a variety of FREE Energy Quest workshops to schools across Wales

We will be flexible in how we deliver these workshops, depending on COVID restrictions - delivering face to face in schools or virtually via live links on platforms to suit the schools. This engaging programme from Engineering UK, funded by Shell, aims to increase the number of young people from underrepresented audiences choosing Engineering as a career. For more information or to register your interest, contact Llinos here

Ongoing Support

The Institute of Physics in Wales  we are hosting workshops that will cover the teaching of the WJEC  Physics GCSE Curriculum.  
Together we are hosting workshops that will cover the teaching of Domains and the WJEC Curriculum

We will be holding WJEC curriculum based CPD sessions covering different units of the curriculum. For example, Physics Unit 2.4 Further motion concepts- This session will look at ways to teach Momentum and how it can be related to Newton’s Second Law. WJEC GCSE Physics unit 1.5 and Double Award Science unit 3.5 Features of Waves- The wonders of the electromagnetic spectrum. WJEC GCSE Physics unit 2.5 and Double Award Science unit 6.4 Stars and Planets - This presents a really engaging way to look first at the solar system and then beyond to other stars.
Booking is essential and a link will be sent prior to the event. 

Monday 11 January 2021 at 6pm WJEC GCSE Physics unit 2.4 Further motion concepts. To book click here

Monday 25 January 2021 at 6pm WJEC GCSE Physics unit 1.5 and Double Award Science unit 3.5 Features of Waves. To book click here 

Monday 8 February 2021 at 6pm WJEC GCSE Physics unit 2.5 and Double Award Science unit 6.4 Stars and Planets. To book click here

IOP Wales Domains
IOP’s DOMAINS is our integrated CPD programme for all those involved in teaching physics. This programme consists of newly created CPD videos that complement live, interactive, online CPD sessions for each domain. DOMAINS CPD videos on electricity are now available to watch covering aspects of teaching electricity. Booking is essential and a link will be sent prior to the event. These will be followed by live online CPD sessions in January and February 2021. 

Thursday IOP Wales Domains Electricity 14 January 2021 at 6pm. : To book click here
Thursday IOP Wales Domains 28 January 2021 at 6pm
Thursday IOP Wales Domains 11 February 2021 at 6pm
To book go to Talk Physics – details should appear soon 

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Ongoing support for teachers in Wales

We are here to help.

Although no one can come out to see you and your colleagues at the moment, the RSC have a range online support that you can access. Whether you want to join a live online course, or discover more about a particular topic, their online events are designed to support your teaching right now and into the future. Check out current events here:
During the spring term of 2021, Helen will be running a session on ‘Chemistry and the new Curriculum for Wales’, so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, here are some useful links to the bilingual starters for ten and an article on how to teach chemistry bilingually:

If you have any questions, comments or want to reach out to connect with the RSC in Wales then please do not hesitate to contact Helen Dearns, Education Coordinators Delwen McCallum and Ross Christodoulou, or Dayna Mason.

Competitions and Work Experience

First Lego League Challenge

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.

 Registration is now open for 2020-2021 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge season. Get your team together and think about the ways we can get people moving. 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 – March 19(Welsh Medium) , April 16 – West Wales. April 23- SE Wales. Click here to register and here to contact for more information

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 Virtual Work experience weeks with Renishaw - Applications now open

This opportunity is suitable for students in years 10 to 13 or the equivalent and preference will be given to students applying from schools local to our Gloucestershire New Mills site and our Miskin site in South Wales. We may be able to run a face to face follow up half-day event for students that successfully complete the work experience with us when COVID restrictions lift.

What will students gain from their week at Renishaw?
  • The opportunity to work on and complete a project
  • Develop your problem-solving skills
  • Learn how to work more effectively in a team
  • Develop your presentation skills
  • Learn more about an innovative engineering company and the career opportunities we have for young people
The work experience will last 3.5 days and majority of the sessions will take place during school holidays:
February Half Term - Monday 15th - Thursday 18th Feb
Easter Week 1 - Tuesday 6th - Friday 9th April (GIRLS ONLY)
Easter Week 2 - Monday 12th - Thursday 15th April
May Half Term - Tuesday 1st - Friday 4th June
Last Week of Summer Term - Monday 19th - Friday 21st July - as this is during term time, please seek prior approval from your school or college if you are in year 10 or 12

Click here for an application form 

Funding opportunities 

Lost Learning in Chemistry project

Support (and funding) available to help you to get your young scientists back on track.

How could Lost Learning in Chemistry help your school?

2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, and in particular for students who have missed hours of face-to-face teaching during lockdown and beyond. Lost Learning in Chemistry from the Royal Society of Chemistry aims to support schools and colleges to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 measures on students’ learning in chemistry.Through the project the RSC will support up to ten schools with funding of up to £2000 along with additional support in implementing projects during 2021.The impact of lost learning is even greater in communities where schools and families are less likely to be well resourced in terms of access to technology and other learning support, which is why Lost Learning in Chemistry is targeted at secondary schools and colleges that have at least 25% students receiving free school meals. 

The Royal Society of Chemistry are inviting you to put forward your ideas for how your students can best be supported to: Catch up with work they have missed or keep on top of their studies during the continued disruption caused by the pandemic. You can find out more about Lost Learning in Chemistry and see examples of project ideas on the education website.

How to apply

The application process is simple and straightforward, and we will support you throughout to make the best of your ideas. Any member of a science department can submit an application, but please make sure you have the consent of your head of department and include their contact details so that we can copy them into any correspondence. 

To begin with, you will be asked to complete a short expression of interest form, outlining your idea and what support you need to implement it.

If your school fulfils the eligibility criteria, the team will schedule a call to discuss your idea. The questions will be shared in advance, so you have a chance to prepare. After the call the team will form a proposal based on your discussion which will be shared with you for approval before finalising it.

If you would like Lost Learning in Chemistry to support your school or have any questions, please get in touch to discuss your application.

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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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