Happy New Year and 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. 

Please encourage 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

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.





Local and National Events

FREE Workshops and ongoing support

Competitions, Resources and CPD from STEM Learning


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Lewis Girls School Hengoed. – Runners up in the Rees Jefferys Road Fund Competition

The Trustees of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund are celebrating 150 years since the birth of their benefactor William Rees Jeffreys with a major UK-wide Competition. This major UK-wide Competition is offering up to £150,000 for solutions that best respond to a fundamental question: What’s your vision of the way in which our roads (motorways, highways, or streets and footways) could best work for us all as we square up to the challenges of the next 50 years?​ ? 
For William Rees Jeffreys, safe and appealing roads and streets were the key to a better quality of life for all. The Judges were pleased with the range, number and quality of entries, and that many entries showed a ‘strong alignment’ to the views of William Rees Jeffreys.
Visit the Competition website at www.rjrf.uk to find out about the shortlisted entries,
The key requirement of the Competition was for innovative ideas, creatively presented, and the Trustees noted how well many entrants responded, sending in entries that included songs, poems, videos, paintings and models.
‘It was refreshing to hear from some new voices to the sector and be presented with some very well-thought out ideas,’ said Ginny Clarke, Trustee and Chair of the Judging Panel.
‘I am delighted with the breadth of ideas, the quality of thinking and creativity, and especially pleased to get 142 entries,’ added Trustee Andy Graham.

Says Ginny Clarke, Trustee and Chair of the Judging panel: ‘On behalf of the Trustees, I’d like to thank each and every person who contributed to these 142 entries. The standard was consistently high, and we were thrilled to receive so many entries in the Competition’s first year.

Congratulations to Lewis Girls' School, Hengoed  who were runners-up: in the Secondary school catergory and received  £2,000 in prizes

Their project was entitled :Power generating recycled speed bumps + roads project 

This idea is for roads and speed bumps that are made from recycled plastic, but with the speed bumps having lots and lots of Piezoelectric plates built into them. When a vehicle drives over the bump, the weight of the car acts on the Piezoelectric plates and generates a small electrical pulse.. This pulse of energy can then be stored in batteries and used to power street lights or even to plug electric cars into to charge them back up.

The Trustees also commented ‘We were also really pleased to see that so many entrants responded to our “be creative and innovative” brief, sending in entries that included songs, poems, videos, paintings and fly-thru models.
‘As Trustees, we will be reaching out to many new individuals and organisations in future, several of who came to our notice through this Competition.’
The competition was managed on behalf of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund by Landor LINKS.

More information

The Great Give Away’ – a £20k Christmas special from the DVLA STEM team

The DVLA Code challenge is now an annual feature of STEM events for schools in Wales. From early success with primary schools competition the.

challenge has now expanded to include primary, secondary and FE College categoriesIn 2021 ‘The Great Give Away’ offered a total of £20,000 in prizes for schools in a prize draw and lucky dip.

The DVLA STEM Ambassador team transitioned the event finals online in 2021 as the event could not be run at the RDLC centre in Swansea due to current Covid regulations.

90 schools joined the live streamed event on 7th December. Hosted by BBC news presenter Sian Lloyd, the audience were treated to a lively overview of past entries, video interviews with past winners and the brilliant themed coding programmes that pupils created over the years.

Congratulations to Blaen Baglan; Montgomery; Blaenrhondda; Narberth; Llanishen; Oakleigh; Alun High; Elfed; Glyncoed; Rhosddu; Clase– some of the many primary and secondary schools who received from £750 up to £2000 in prize monies to purchase IT resources for their schools.

Over the past 7 years the DVLA have donated >£200,00 to schools in Wales.


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

Maths Inspiration. Tuesday 1 February 10am - 12.30pm. Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Please note that the first 5 pupils from each school go free, then there is a charge of £9 per pupil. 

Maths Inspiration is a national programme of interactive maths lecture shows for teenagers. We give 14-17 year olds a chance to experience the UK's most inspiring maths speakers presenting mathematics live in the context of exciting, real-world applications.

The show is primarily aimed at:

  • Year 11s who you think have the potential to get Grade 6 or above at GCSE (that's roughly a high B grade in the old system)
  • All Year 12s and FE College students who are studying maths to at least Core Maths or AS Level.

An important element of our shows is demonstrating how topics that feature in the curriculum (such as Pythagoras, vectors and conditional probability) are used in important real world applications. Every show will contain ideas that should enrich regular study in the classroom. However the main message of our shows is "There is more to maths than taking exams". Our shows also feature maths ideas that are important but outside the curriculum, and Year 11s in particular will experience some maths concepts that they may not have studied yet. 

Details and booking here.

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ASE RSciTech online session to find out more. Wednesday 12 January 1.30 - 2.30pm. Online

This session will enable participants to find out more about RSciTech - Registered Science Technician -  and to go through the form to understand what is required.

We will go through all the sections of the form and look at examples of what you could use as evidence.

Register here.

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IOP Physics Forum

Please join us at our IOP Wales Physics Forum on 13th January 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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RSC: Chemistry at Work for Teachers. Tuesday 1 February 4 - 5pm. Online

This an online event for secondary teachers organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry as part of our Curriculum for Wales support.

Do you need inspiration to link chemistry to local industries? Our Chemistry at work for teachers event aims to connect you with several STEM Ambassadors who will talk about their industry and how it links to the new Curriculum for Wales. This event will be an excellent way to learn more about career implementation in your teaching.

This is a fully funded event aimed at secondary science teachers, technicians and subject leads. 

By the end of the session, you will:

  • have a number of local, relevant contacts who will be happy to talk to your students about their chemistry careers in Wales
  • have learnt about careers across Wales
  • have examples of chemistry used across Wales

More information and registration here.

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Anglesey and Gwynedd Schools Webinar: NRW environment projects
Exclusive to Primary and Secondary School teachers Anglesey and Gwynedd
Wednesday 26th January 12.30pm or Wednesday 26th January 3.30pm

Attendance at either time. Please book here

Meet Jim Langley of Natures Work introducing teachers from Anglesey and Gwynedd to an opportunity engaging your pupils with environment projects linked to your local area.

‘Wild Landfill – Rewilding the post industrial landscape’ is a Natural Resources Wales multi agency project to regenerate local brownfield waste sites into multiple benefit nature areas.
You will be offered a combination of school visits, resources, school site visits and onsite workshops all linked to the new Curriculum for Wales.
The project has a core focus on educational outcomes and aims to connect with schools in Gwynedd and Anglesey.

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Uniformed Groups STEM information session
Mon, 31 January 2022.  17:30 – 18:30

This information session provides an opportunity for leaders of uniformed youth groups (e.g. Scouts and Guides) to share what kind of support you could use to enhance and enrich activities, work towards badges and develop young people's knowledge and understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) by inviting volunteers with STEM skills to help support your young people. To book a place click here 

Resources and opportunities

STEM Learning are launching their second national online mentoring scheme. Designed to help young people explore their future career options in STEM, a six-week mentoring programme is open to 14 – 16 year olds with a 10-week programme for 16 – 18 year olds.

For those across Years 10 & 11 (or equivalent S3/S4, Year 11/12 NI), young people will have the opportunity to focus on career insights and chat to trained STEM Ambassadors via a secure and moderated online messaging system. Those in Years 12 & 13 (or equivalent S5/S6, Year 13/14 NI) will be mentored on ‘life after school’ - whether that's Higher Education, Apprenticeships or preparing for employment.

Those taking part will receive:

  • One to one support and inspiration from a DBS or PVG checked STEM Ambassador
  • Training on how to use the secure and moderated messaging system
  • Support and resources to help them make informed decisions about their future.

All young people from across the UK are invited to apply, and there is no limit on the number of mentees being able to access the programme from any one school or college. Cohort start and end dates are outlined below with more details here.

  • Cohort 2: Years 10 & 11, to run 24th Jan – 4th Mar (6 weeks) - OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

  • Cohort 3: Years 12 & 13, to run 24th Jan – 1st April (10 weeks) - OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

  • Cohort 4: Years 12 & 13, to run 4th April – 10th June.

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RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch. January to February

Like so many things, Big Schools’ Birdwatch was a bit different in 2021. But in 2022, we’re really looking forward to things being more normal, with teachers and pupils once again coming together to count the birds they see at school.

Taking part is as easy as 1,2,3 

1. Register today, and we’ll send you a fantastic pack with everything that you and your class need to take part in Big Schools’ Birdwatch. All our resources are differentiated to support curriculum learning and are available in Welsh. 

2. Get counting in your school grounds! Your free pack includes helpful ID resources, handy survey sheets plus everything you need to know to get your Wild Challenge award. 

3. Submit your results online. It’s easy to do with your class interactively on the whiteboard. We really want to know what you see, even if you see nothing at all.

Register here.

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Get involved in British Science Week 2022

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths that will take place between 11-20 March 2022. This year’s theme is Growth.

Getting involved in British Science Week is really easy, and you can take part in lots of different ways:
Download the BSW Activity Packs – these are full of ideas on how you and your pupils can get involved in school and at home, including many activity ideas, all based on Growth. There are separate packs for Early Years, Primary and Secondary.
BSW Poster Competition – There are age categories from 3 to 14 years old.
Smashing Stereotypes - Celebrate the diverse people and careers in science & engineering! Have a look at the wealth of resources on the BSW website.
CREST Awards – Everyone from FP to KS3 could earn a CREST Award during BSW! See the website or contact llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk for more information.
STEM Ambassador visits – Invite a STEM Ambassador to get involved with your school - in person or virtually - during BSW. Contact ambassadors@see-science.couk for more information.

Join us on Thursday February 10th, 4 – 5pm for a walk-through on some of these resources and an opportunity to ask questions. Book here

Don’t forget to follow @ScienceWeekUK.    #BSW22!


Planet Super League: Schools vs Climate Change

The competition will run Monday 10th January 2022 - Sunday 20th February 2022 (6 weeks)

Schools vs. Climate Change is a national schools competition ran by Planet Super League to raise awareness of climate action, whilst having fun and scoring green goals. The aim of the competition is to educate pupils and their families to reduce their carbon footprint, as they represent their school and compete to be the Schools vs. Climate Change champions. Planet Super League work with more than 50 professional football clubs to promote climate action in a fun, competitive way.

There are over 100 activities to choose from on the Planet Super League website, that can be completed as an individual, as a class or at home, these include:

  • Youth Voice - encouraging pupils to have their say on climate action.
  • Meat free meals - Visit the PSL kitchen for recipe ideas.
  • Leg Power - Encouraging active travel to school.

Every activity completed will score green goals and help your school climb the league table.

Details here.

Awards and funding opportunities 

School Biology Teacher of the Year Award

The 2022 award is now open for applications.

The School Biology Teacher of the Year Award seeks to identify the UK’s leading secondary education teachers, recognising the invaluable role they play in educating and inspiring the next generation of biologists

The award rewards teachers who:

  • Demonstrate outstanding and inspirational teaching of biology at secondary school or college
  • Contribute to the development of science throughout the school
  • Influence the teaching and learning of biology beyond their own institution in other schools or educational settings

The award is open to all teachers who are working with students aged 11-18 years old, teaching pre-university level biology programmes of study, and currently employed in a UK based school or college.

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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