Welcome to the latest STEM newsletter  for Secondary Schools and FE Colleges from your local STEM Ambassador Hub. At the beginning of the year, we welcome our new Schools and Colleges Liaison Coordinator - Louise Thomas. She will be working with teachers across Wales to support you to work with STEM Ambassadors. 

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.
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With best wishes 
The See Science Team


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Local and National Events


Workshops, webinars and ongoing support


Competitions, Resources and CPD from STEM Learning


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Welcome to our new Schools and Colleges Liaison Coordinator 

Hi Everyone,

My name is Louise Thomas and I’ve started working for See Science in Cardiff, as the new Schools and Colleges Liaison Coordinator. It’s great to be able to link my background in Science and Science Education together, and begin to work with Schools and Colleges across Wales.

I was a former STEM Ambassador when I worked as a Clinical Embryologist at UHW, Cardiff.  It is important that pupils in Wales realise what careers exist behind

as a secondary school Science teacher and taught both Biology and Physics in a Cardiff school. It was great to be able to see that many students enjoy Science, and it has been a privilege to witness many pupils become successful in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics(STEM).


Outside of work I have a busy family life and I particularly enjoy exercising, reading and trips to anywhere near the sea!

You can contact Louise directly at louise.thomas@see-science.co.uk

the ‘locked doors’ of the Science NHS system.  As time progressed I retrained 


KLA Corporation STEM Ambassadors enjoy face to face engagement again

STEM Ambassadors at KLA Corporation have enjoyed getting back to face-to-face STEM outreach projects this year, both out in the community and at their factory in Newport (South Wales), where they manufacture semiconductor equipment. 

In September 2022, they ran one of many activities at an event celebrating the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, which was organised by Girl Guiding Gwent at Chepstow Racecourse.  One activity involved small groups of Guides and

Brownies manipulating the code of a BBC micro:bit-controlled robot car to navigate a maze marked out on the floor. 

The company also organised two “Bring Your Kids to Work” days for employees’ children aged from 5-11yrs, which included a guided tour of its cleanroom for the children by their STEM Ambassadors.


STEM visits to Swansea University by Gower College and Atlantic College (Yamni Nigam – love a maggot.com)

Gower College
On the 1st of December a group of approximately 20 students from Gower College, with an interest in healthcare, arrived to visit Swansea University. Their morning was taken up by a maggot workshop and maggot lecture explaining the role of medicinal maggots in chronic wound care. Students then had the opportunity to explore the life cycle of maggot therapy and the clinical application of this therapy. Students enjoyed the many models and living specimens.

Atlantic College
On December the 8th, a group of young 6th form students from Atlantic College visited Swansea University. They wanted to understand and learn a little bit more about the science maggot therapy, and the research undertaken at Swansea University to understand further and the role of maggots in modern medicine. These students were particularly interested in pursuing STEM subjects and research after sixth form. Students were given an hour-long seminar on maggots and maggot therapy - the session was very interactive with interested students asking many brilliant questions! They also enjoyed playing a maggot game, trying to knock out a bacterial infection from a chronic
wound, using maggots! Prizes (maggot mugs) were awarded for students who managed to knock out all 5 species of bacteria! All participants received liquorice maggots! Students were then taken on a tour of the research labs in the Institute of Life Science, to get an insight into the medical research currently being undertaken at Swansea

“That’s why I’m bringing together a diverse group of exhibitors, to show children from rural backgrounds that it is possible for them to pursue careers in science. I’ve also tried to make as many of the activities as possible available in Welsh.”

The festival included  an exhibition room, with activities including an exhibit from Lancaster Physics using a cloud chamber to teach about background cosmic radiation.

Children had the  opportunity to build a keyboard using an Arduino electronics platform plus a demonstration of cameras to be used by ExoMars, the next European Space Agency rover to go to Mars.

Dr Wardlow said: “It’s a privilege to support Jamie’s dream of bringing the excitement of cutting-edge science to the people of Newton in a fun and accessible way. The whole LUniverse team is looking forward to showcasing the wonders of the night sky at the event, and to exploring the other activities and exhibits that Jamie has planned for the science festival.”

Therewas also  support from other universities including Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Chester, Wrexham Glyndwr and Swansea plus sponsorship from local businesses.

The event was  funded by the Royal Astronomical Society and Lancaster Physics department.


ASE Teach Meet - Assessment and the new Curriculum in Wales. Wednesday 18 January 4.30 - 6pm. Alun School, Mold

The purpose of assessment is to support each individual learner to progress at an appropriate pace, ensuring they are supported and challenged accordingly. As Curriculum for Wales rolls out in schools and settings across Wales, it marks a significant shift in the role of assessment within education - join us to share your concerns, ideas and experience.

Details and booking here.

More local and national events
Cardiff Science Festival 2023 18 - 22 February

Cardiff Science Festival takes over Wales’ capital to inspire and educate. We bring the festival to you, with exciting events popping up across Cardiff to allow you to uncover the science of everyday life.

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.

Details here.

More local and national events
National Careers Week 6-13 March and Mars Day 7th March 
2023 marks the return of many exciting initiatives to support young people thinking about their future, including the annual National Careers Week (6 to 11 March).

The week will include a Space Day and Green Careers Hour, and will help develop young people’s awareness and excitement about their future pathways. to find out mre click here.

Mars (Day) will land on 7 March 2023. Flight plans are being drawn up for this exciting day of virtual talks and sessions from ESA, UK Space Agency and international guests. This year, Mars Day will once again include a whole hour of activities in Mars Hour at 11am, as well as a week of exploration with Mars Week.

Get involved early on by volunteering to talk about all thing space and Mars in particular
To find out more click here

British Science Week information webinar. Wednesday, February 8th, 4pm. 

British Science Week 2023 runs between the 10th and 19th of March and this year's theme is Connections.

Get involved in whatever way suits you - run a science workshop, have a science day or even a whole science week! Why not run a CREST activity or invite a STEM Ambassador into your classroom?

There are lots of ideas on the BSW website here and make sure you register for their monthly newsletters!

If you're not sure where to start, join us for some top tips and ideas at our British Science Week webinar on Wednesday, 8th of February at 4pm. Book here.

More workshops, webinars and ongoing support
RSC Teacher Network - Outreach. Tuesday 7 February 4 - 5pm. Online.

Come and join our supportive network which provides an opportunity to talk to other teachers about what is happening in Wales, whether its curriculum change or sharing ideas and resources.

At this meeting we are going to be chatting about Outreach. Joining us will be Outreach providers from across Wales and they will tell us what they offer and how we can get involved.

This is a fully funded event aimed at secondary science teachers, technicians and subject leads. Please share it with anyone who would find it useful. 

See our events page to book.

More workshops, webinars and ongoing support
FREE CREST Awards in Wales – Online event to find out more!

For SECONDARY schools on Tuesday 24 January. Online

We’d love to see you at one of our free online events, run in partnership with the British Science Association (BSA), to learn more about the CREST Awards scheme in Wales, including how you can claim your FREE CREST Awards and use the activities to enrich your school's new curriculum.

The CREST Awards is a STEM enrichment scheme run by the BSA that inspires young people of all ages to think and behave like scientists and engineers using investigative project work.

We will share everything you need to know to start running the CREST Awards scheme at your school and will showcase the CREST Discovery Day resource, ‘Machines of the Future’, which is appropriate for Years 5 to 9.

Did you know?

  • CREST Award fees for all students in Wales are paid in full by the Welsh government until at least 31 March 2025.
  • All CREST activities are enquiry-based and student-led with strong, real-world content, making them a great fit for the Curriculum for Wales.
  • CREST Awards can be an integral part of your curriculum or it can provide activities for a STEM Club.
  • Many of the activities are low cost and easy to run, without the need for specialist equipment, making them appropriate for a range of settings in and outside of schools.

Book here.

More workshops, webinars and ongoing support

IOP Teachers Forum January 12th and February 2nd 

The IOP Wales Physics Teachers' Online Forum at 7pm is a fantastic opportunity to join up with other teachers of physics from across Wales and beyond to share ideas and resources. All teachers or school technicians (in fact anybody) with an interest in Physics teaching are welcome. Register here..

FREE KS3 workshop

Free Energy Quest Workshops with input from local engineers

Have you booked the Energy Quest workshop for your school yet? All state funded schools in the UK are eligible to receive at least 1 Energy Quest workshop and eligible schools can receive as many as 8! Funded by Shell, over the last six years EngineeringUK has developed Energy Quest into a well-received programme, reaching 215,000 young people through 3,150 sessions in 1,460 UK schools

Energy Quest is a free two-hour workshop aimed at KS3 pupils. During the challenge, students encounter a range of engineers as they uncover the skills engineers possess and the way energy plays an important role in all our lives. Where possible we bring a local engineer with us to tell pupils about their career path.

More information here or get in touch with Llinos at llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk to book your sessions.

Competitions, Resources and CPD

IOP Teachers of Physics Awards

The Teachers of Physics awards celebrate the success of secondary school physics teachers who have raised the profile of physics and science in schools.
Nominations for the 2023 IOP Awards are now open.
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 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 a common application system for all teachers in England, Ireland and Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales but judging of the awards will take place using separate national panels.
Details here.


IET Faraday Challenge Days 2023-24

The IET Faraday® Challenge Days are cross-curricular STEM activity days designed for Year 8 students.

IET Faraday® Challenge Days are held at Schools, Organisations and Universities around the UK and give teams of students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to real-world engineering challenges. 

The winners of each IET Faraday® Challenge Day will win a trophy for their school and gain a place on the national league table. The top teams from across the UK will be invited to the National Final at the end of the season to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school to spend on STEM activities. 

Through its charitable arm, as well as external supporters, the IET provides the IET Faraday® Challenge Days at no charge to UK schools.

Applications are now open for the 2023-24 season and close on April 28th 2023.

Details here.

Awards and funding opportunities 

Engineering Education Grant Scheme

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme (EEGS) supports UK-based educational projects which increase engineering knowledge, improve wider engineering literacy and bring about a better understanding of the role of the engineer, and the contribution engineering makes to society, among young people aged 4-19. Any UK project aiming to promote a better understanding of engineering, inspire young people to study STEM subjects or raise awareness of engineering and technology-based careers could be funded.

Any organisation or individuals delivering UK-based educational activities, including schools, youth groups, IET or IMechE members and STEM organisations can apply. 

The next round round of grants will be open from 24 January to 15 April.

Details here.

CPD from STEM Learning

High-impact intensive science CPD from STEM Learning

STEM Learning is dedicated to delivering quality face-to-face professional development in authentic classroom environments at their National STEM Learning Centre in York. Work with like-minded teachers, network, and develop your teaching in interactive and impactful ways.

Subsidies are available to contribute towards the costs of travel and cover to help teachers participate in CPD. They provide funding to support the teacher to embed their learning in terms of their own professional practice and disseminate learnings with their colleagues aligned to school and departmental priorities.

All courses include accommodation and catering for the duration of your stay so you can fully concentrate on your learning.

Find this year's course schedule here.

Latest CPD from your Science Learning Partnership

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.

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

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