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.

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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

Online Workshops and ongoing support

Competitions, Resources and CPD from STEM Learning


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Science and the Assembly 2022

Designed to foster close relations with the Welsh Parliament and the Welsh Government, Science and the Senedd is organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, on behalf of, and in cooperation with, the Welsh science and engineering community.

The theme for 2022 was Building our Future: Research and Innovation in Wales.

See Science hosted a stand at the event and it was a pleasure to listen to several of the speakers  who are also STEM Ambassadors including  Eleanor Furness and Nia Roberts.

Eleanor Furness is a microbiology PhD student at Aberystwyth University. Her project, funded by an AberDoc university scholarship, focuses on the cold-adaption strategies of microbes in cryospheric regions. She uses a combination of metagenomic and genomic sequencing with bioinformatic analysis and lab-based physiological investigation to examine the mechanisms behind cold-adaption. Eleanor is also an associate lecturer at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences in Aberystwyth University, where she completed both her MPhil and Bachelor's degrees. She is a Microbiology Society Champion and STEM ambassador and has previously worked as as a Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) panelist for the Office for Stu

Nia is an innovation consultant based in Llandudno, North Wales. A farmer's daughter from Anglesey, Nia graduated in Physics from the University of Manchester before becoming a Patent Examiner at the European Patent Office in the Netherlands. Returning to the UK, she joined the IP department of a science-based multinational, qualifying as a UK and European Patent Attorney and eventually managing the IP function.  She then returned with her family to North Wales, initially working as an IP consultant before joining the Innovation Team at the Welsh Government. Her most recent role was working for the former Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales, Professor Peter Halligan, as part of the Welsh Government Office for Science.

Nia is a European Patent Attorney, a Chartered Physicist and a Member of the Institute of Physics, sitting on the IoP Wales Committee. She is also a member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Network and a STEM Ambassador. Nia is bilingual in Welsh and English and fluent in several other European languages as well as having Level 1 British Sign Language.

Details of all the other speakers who took part in the day can be found at https://www.rsc.org/events/detail/73600/science-and-the-senedd-gwyddoniaeth-a-r-senedd-2022

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STEM Learning Awards 2022

The Regional STEM Learning Awards took place in Techniquest Cardiff Bay on Wednesday evening 25th May - congratulations all the teachers who were nominated. 

High quality teaching is key to developing the next generation of STEM professionals and STEM Learning is keen to recognise the educators that go above and beyond to support students pursuing STEM subjects. CPD is an important part of this development and teachers who have undertaken CPD at the National STEM Learning Centre in York or with  our partners in  Wales  are all eligible to apply for these awards. These winners will then be invited to a National Celebration Event in June for the STEM Learning Teaching Awards and in November for the STEM Inspiration Awards.

Excellence in Teaching – Primary – Highly Commended – Chloe Burdett
Chloe has been responsible for building areal STEM Hub at Rougemont School with pupils throughout the schools ENTHUSE< EXCITED and in AWE and WONDER of STEM subjects both in the curriculum and in the plethora of extended projects like F! in Schools, Engineering Clubs, 1st Lego League and many more!
Excellence in Teaching – Primary – Winner – Matthew Howells , Ysgol Y Graig Primary School
Matthew says that high quality CPD has made him the best teacher he can be. Post courses he has become more confident to try out new things in and outside the classroom and the courses have given him the drive and passion to create a learning environment that si inspiring, enthusiastic and creates memories. As a result his pupils have been involved in space projects with Cardiff Uni, environmental Projects with Keep Wales Tidy, The Woodland Trust and the River rust. Throughout the year he organises activities in schools as part of special STEM events – Earth Hour, Fair Trade Fortnight, RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch, Safer Internet Day, World health Day and of course Science Week
Excellence in Teaching – secondary – Dr Daniel Jones Monmouth School for boys
Dan is Head of Physics at the school. He is passionate about Physics and is an active IOP member . He uses Twitter to promote Physics and has 6,000 followers. During lockdown he set up a site with online resources to support teachers that has been used by 1,000 physics teachers worldwide,
He runs the Monmouthshire Science Initiative – a sector leading programme that takes students well beyond the Ab level curriculum. Runs an Astronomy Club at school to which he invites the local community and pupils  from local schools.
Excellence in School Leadership – Highly Commended – Claire Coombes- All Saint VA Primary School
Claire says she has really enjoyed the CPD she has done that has been organised by Techniquest as part of its CPD contract with STEM Learning. The courses have developed not only her classroom teaching but also in her role as subject leader. Claire has taken her learning and has set up training sessions with fellow teachers and she also encourages others to book on to courses- it is rare to have a course without a teacher from this school attending. The CPD gave her confidence to apply for the school to have the Science Quality Award and this was achieved earlier this year.
Excellence in School Leadership- Paula Vaughan , Pendoylan Primary School
Paula is passionate about ensuring the teachers in her school are the best they can be and to this end it is very unusual not to have a teacher from Pendoylan booked on to courses Techniquest organises. Paula set up whole cluster STEM CPD and so her influence has had an impact on CPD not only in her school but the other 5 in the cluster. This has meant that teachers from these schools also feature on most courses Techniquest organises. The courses have helped to prepare the teachers for the introduction of the new Curriculum for Wales.

Local events

Aberystwyth Robotics Week. 18 - 24 June. Aberystwyth Bandstand

We are returning to our original seaside location of Aberystwyth Bandstand this year!

This event is a public showcasing of robots from, but not limited to, research, outreach, student and staff hobbyists, and educators.

We will also have guest exhibits from local companies and groups.

There's so much to do and see:

  • Beachlab
  • Workshops
  • Activities
  • Crafts.                         Details here.
FREE Workshops for pupils
Great Science Share for Schools. Celebration Day 14 June

An annual campaign to inspire young people to share their scientific questions with new audiences.

The Great Science Share for Schools is the award-winning campaign that invites 5-14 year olds to share their own scientific questions and investigations, to raise the profile of science in schools and communities, and to be inspired into science and engineering. 

Themed activities and lessons are brought to teachers and educators, to inspire you to ask, investigate and share scientific questions you’re curious about. 

This year’s campaign theme is Climate Action and links to the issues discussed in the world global COP26 conference in November 2021, leading up to the campaign celebration on 14th June 2022.

Register any time for access to resources and news!  Registration and details here.

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Girls into Electronics Course hosted by Cardiff University. Tuesday 5 July 9.00am - 4.00pm. Cardiff University

Other dates and venues available.

Girls into Electronics gives female Year 11’s and sixth formers the unique opportunity to develop their interest in Electronics through a one-day course at a leading UK university, with additional content delivered online by the UKESF. Participants will find out more about Electronics and studying the subject at university level, as well as hearing from female graduate engineers working in the Electronics sector.

During the in-person day, attendees will experience a sample lecture from a senior academic, input from current students, a department tour, a Q&A with a UKESF Scholar and an introduction to microcontrollers. Follow-up online sessions will guide participants through further practical activities with the microcontrollers.

Details here.

 Events for teachers 
Science in the Curriculum for Wales (CfW) Friday 24 June 9.30am – 3.00pm, Bangor University, Normal Site

The Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry, See Science and the Association for Science Education are working together to deliver a day of workshops for teachers of science.

Join us to explore contexts related to chemistry, physics and biology and to have a go at critical thinking and problem solving across the sciences.

This fully funded event is aimed at secondary science teachers, technicians, newly qualified teachers, trainee teachers, and would be of most benefit to those developing a new curriculum and/or working with classes in CfW Progression Step 4 (approx. KS3

Teachers in State-Funded schools in Wales will be able to claim a £165 bursary to help defray supply teacher cost

Details and booking here.

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IOPWales Teachers' Summer Conference, Workshops / Copper Mine tour. Saturday 25 June 9.45am -- 3pm. Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Held at Venue Cymru, registration and refreshments 0945 onwards.

A day of CPD with a mix of Physics and Archaeology for all Science teachers or PGCE students.

Join the Institute of Physics Wales coaches where we will offer :

  • A practical 'make and take' workshop with a geophysics slant, led by teacher and IOP consultant Anthony Clowser.
  • Dr Mark Whalley will be supporting teachers of physics throughout their careers. In this workshop he will help colleagues to devise ways for helping students around any 'maths' issues.
  • Gary Williams, chief editor of 'Physics Education' will lead a session 'Stories'

After lunch there is a group visit to the Great Orme Copper Mine (the visit is self-guided and takes just less than an hour).           Book here.

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Choclate Heaven  at Rhondda Heritage Park Mining Museum , Coedcae Rd , South Wales Cf37 2NP - 7th July 4.15pm -5.30pm

Still thinking of topic ideas for the Curriculum  - Choclate Heaven - Join us for an informatiove introduction to the chocolate manufacturing process from bean to bar at the Chocolate house with Elizabeth Jenkins

Join us at the Chocolate House to celebrate the end of a school year and to find out more about chocolate making. - an ideal end of term topic to include in the new curriculum. We will hear about how the Elizabeth set up the Chocolate House and developed the business and  look at how truffles are made and decorated. Elizabeth will also share details of the workshops htat are availabel for pupils and how this could be incorporated into your teaching in the classroom. An ideal opportunity to network in Chocolate heaven!    To book click here 

Online events for teachers 
'Natural History: supporting Areas of Learning in the GCSE curriculum'. Tuesday 7 June 4pm - 4.45pm. Online

Join Dr Richard Birch a Senior Ecologist at Eco-scope.At this webinar Richard will demonstrate the impact of practical applications of Natural History to enhance your GCSE Science Curriculum.

“The world around us is full of living things which depend on each other for survival.”

Natural History is a core criterion for ecology and environment topics.   Register here.

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ESA Teach with Space Online Conference 2022. Tuesday to Thursday 5-7 July. Online

Register now for ESA Online Space Teacher Conference.  

Appropriate for both Primary and Secondary teachers, the conference will offer a very rich programme: you will get inspired by space experts, go through educational activities that make use of space science and technology as a context and powerful enabler for your teaching, meet your national ESEROs, and network with your peers. This will be also an opportunity for you to learn more about planetary exploration, the recently launched James Webb Space Telescope, Artificial Intelligence, and investigate how to monitor Earth from above, among other amazing activities.  

Applications are open until 15 June 2022 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Details here.

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IOP Physics Forum

Please join us at our IOP Wales Physics Forum on 16th June and  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. 


IMechE Vision of the Future Competition

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is celebrating its’ 175th anniversary this year and its Nuclear Power Committee has organised this competition to celebrate the benefits of engineering. Engineers have built our past but will also shape the future.The past history of the IMechE has seen flight progressfrom a short hop off the ground to flights to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Transport has evolved from the pace of the horse to driverless vehicles. Consider the key challenges and opportunities facing society today such as food and farming, transport, housing, energy and renewables, climate change, manufacturing, shopping habits, healthcare and medicine, communications, space exploration and social media.

What do you think the future world will look like? What exciting opportunities lie ahead for engineers to design and build? 

Choose one of the above themes or an alternative theme of your choice and provide us your vision by any of the following methods. Enter as an individual or as a group (maximum 5 team members).

  • A drawing or painting by hand and 1 page written description
  • A digital painting or poster and 1 page written description
  • A video (5 minutes maximum) and 1 page written description

Age categories from 5 to 24 years old.

Closing date for entries, Friday 28 October.

Details here.

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TechFest’s STEM Next Essay Competition

STEM Next is an individual essay competition for 16 to 18 year olds where students based in the UK pick a question from one of six categories, which can be found on TechFest’s website. Students must then research their chosen question, including interviewing an industry expert, before writing their essays. Submissions must be a minimum of 1000 and a maximum of 3000 words and can be used as part of a CREST Award.There are prizes available for first, second and third place in each category, with Amazon vouchers of £150, £100 and £50 awarded respectively. Registration is now open, with further information and the categories to choose from available at STEM Next.

Deadline to register interest – 10/06/22

Project launch - 13/06/22 (students to receive starter pack)

Deadline for essay submission – 16/09/22

Details here.

Awards and funding opportunities 

The Ironmongers' Company STEM Grants

In response to the much publicised skills gap in the British engineering industry, the Ironmongers’ Foundation wishes to support initiatives that encourage talented young people to study science subjects at school and go on to pursue engineering-related further education or vocational training. The Foundation works in partnership with other organisations to deliver specific projects, which must meet the following criteria:

  • Grants are made to registered or exempt charities only. Projects involving corporate partners must have charitable purposes and be for public benefit, not private gain.
  • Activities must be within the UK, with a preference for urban areas outside London and particularly areas in the north and midlands with a manufacturing presence.
  • Preference will be given to projects engaging young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Participants must be under the age of 25.
  • Activities must be additional to those funded by government or other sources e.g. covered by school budgets. The Foundation prefers to support smaller projects where its contribution can make a real difference.
  • Projects should have clear objectives and measurable outcomes.

Deadlines are August 1st.    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

STEM partners supporting the science curriculum in Wales


21 Jun 22 Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff CF10 5BW 

The Royal Society of Chemistry in partnership with the Association for Science Education, Institute of Physics and STEM Learning Ltd are offering a day of workshops and discussions for teachers of science. This fully funded event is aimed at secondary science teachers, technicians, newly qualified teachers, trainee teachers, and would be of most benefit to those developing new curriculums and/or working with classes in progression step 4 (approx. KS3). To book go here Any enquiries, please email Wales  Administrator: joss@techniquest.org

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

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