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

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.

STEM Ambassadors are keen to offer as many enrichment opportunities as possible to learners. Please encourage new 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 and then opt to receive newsletters.

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


NEWS and Updates

Cardiff Science Festival 
Minerals and Mining

Free Energy Quest Workshops
Events in you local Area

The Merthyr Meet
Cardiff Careers Fair

National Events
British Science Week
Mars Day 2023

CPD from STEM Learning
Competitions Grants & Opportunities

Free virtual workshops from AstraZeneca
British Science Week Poster Competition
Gopher Science Laboratory Grant
IET Faraday Events 2023-2024
Rolls Royce Prize for Science and Technology
Digital Learning Practitioner Diploma
Request a STEM Ambassador

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 here. We’ve created brief guides to encourage both STEM Ambassadors and educators to use the self-service. 

​​​​​​​Any teacher can request a STEM Ambassador for their school so please encourage colleagues to register with STEM Learning in order to receive the See Science newsletter in the future and learn about the programme.  

Latest STEM news and updates

Cardiff Science Festival

Saturday 18th February saw the return of Cardiff Science Festival and this year's aim was to expand the festival out into various community hubs. The organisers said this year they wanted the festival to be based on STEAMM, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths & Medicine and we saw new STEM Ambassadors take part running newly developed activities through to experienced STEM Ambassadors delivery some favourite activities to get the communities of Cardiff engaged and enthused about STEAMM. However, the hubs attracted visitors from further afield than the local community with some families from Cwmbran attending a local hub in Riverside, Cardiff. See Science were there as the local STEM Ambassador hub which saw us deliver some science busking activities. The magnets were a very popular activity to see if all metals were magnetic, we also had a hand boiler which helped us to explain heat and air pressure, the magic bunnies had people feeling dizzy but a great way to explain how some optical illusions work and lastly we used an energy ball to see if we could make a human circuit with our visitors. To those STEM Ambassadors that gave their time as either a volunteer or if you ran an event as part of the festival then please don’t forget to log the activity and remember to include all your preparation time.

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Minerals and Mining: The Briefcase Game 


There is a chasm in knowledge on the link between everyday items, their constituent raw materials and the processes needed to create them; SRK has developed a Briefcase Game of Mineral Applications to help bridge this gap. The concept was first developed by the Geomining Museum in Madrid (Spain), then expanded on as part of an EU-funded project by the EIT Raw Materials group (The Briefcase of mineral applications (thebriefcasegame.eu)). SRK’s Briefcase contains a wide variety of minerals and rocks to highlight the diversity of raw materials used in everyday items.

As a STEM Ambassador, I take this Briefcase into schools and other educational settings as a focal point and visual aid to engage students and teachers alike. This often sparks fascinating discussions on the place for mining in society along with the negative impacts often associated with mines.

Ben Lepley – Geoscientist and ESG Consultant - SRK Consulting (UK) Ltd


Events in your local area

The Merthyr Meet. Saturday 11 March 10.00 - 13.00. Merthyr College

Discovering, Deconstructing and Decolonising the New Curriculum for Wales 

Suitable for both primary and secondary teachers as well as PGCE students. Free event - tea/coffee provided 

Keynote speaker : Lilian Martin UWTSD and Chwarae Teg.

Workshops from Rebecca Laye - RSC; Gary Williams and Anthony Reeves - IOP; Kulvinder Johal - PSTT; Jodie Lockett Llanwern High School; Stephanie Bevan -  God and the Big Bang; Karen Newby Jones. - ESTYN.

More information and  booking link here.

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Cardiff Careers Fair

The Cardiff Careers Fair takes place on Friday 24th March, at Principality Stadium from 10am-2pm. You can meet local and national employers face-to-face, and apply directly for hundreds of vacancies.
The Cardiff Careers Fair is open to anyone and everyone - there is always such a wide variety of employers exhibiting, meaning that there are opportunities for individuals of all ages and all levels of experience.

Typically, you can expect exhibitors at the Cardiff Careers Fair to be from various sectors such as: Finance, Education, Sales and Marketing, Motoring, Human Resources, IT, Healthcare, Tourism, Commercial Real Estate, Biochemistry, Electronics, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Social Work, Events Management, Retail, Job Boards, Supermarkets, Banking and Pharmaceutical.

You can expect a wide variety of roles  such as Entry Level Roles, Management Roles, Apprenticeships, Graduate Roles, Franchise Opportunities, Part-Time Roles, Full-Time Roles, Flexible Working Roles, WFH Roles, CV-Advice, Career Advice, National Job Boards, and many, many more.
Find out more here.

National Events

British Science Week 2023 10 - 19 March

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths run by the British Science Association (who also run CREST Awards). The Week takes places this year on 10-19 March.

This year's theme is 'Connections' and there are downloadable activity packs provided by the British Science Association, full of activities based around this theme, designed to be run in nurseries, schools and at home. 

There are three packs, each catering for different age groups, so there’s something for everyone! The Early Years pack has activities for the littlest learners – under 5s. The Primary pack is for ages 5-11, and the Secondary pack is designed for young people aged up to 14. These age groups are of course just guidelines, and the activities can be adapted depending on the age group you’re working with. 

Activity packs and all details here.

If the theme doesn't fit in with your school's current topic, then you are free to create your own BSW activities and do it your own way! Why not use the week as a springboard to run CREST Awards at your school? Get in touch with llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk if you would like more information.

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Mars Day. Tuesday 7 March

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.

Join thousands for this exciting free virtual event adventure for everyone, presented by the UK Space Education Office (ESERO-UK) at STEM Learning and in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the UK Space Agency.

The last mission to Mars (Day) flew with an audience crew of over 100,000 as schools and everyone zoomed in for an array of live link-ups, talks and careers discussions from national and international space VIPs.

Register for your place on the next Mars Day mission and prepare to land on Mars on Tuesday 7 March. When registering you will be able to book your sessions,  get updates of new Mars Hour activities to download, and what to visit in Mars Week.  Details here.


Free virtual workshops from AstraZeneca

Please find below an exciting opportunity for students to engage with AstraZeneca.  This free competition will be run virtually by James Dathan(james.dathan@astrazeneca.com), who is a STEM Wales Ambassador.  It would be great if some of our High schools in Wales could take part.

These activities align well with the new Curriculum for Wales, especially Science and Technology, Mathematics and Numeracy plus Languages, Literacy and Communication areas of Learning.  In addition, there is the obvious link to the Careers and Work- related experience(CWRE) strand.

Please contact James to register your interest.

Here's details of the AstraZeneca project:

We hope that the AstraZeneca Global Medical Publications Challenge is something that could be of interest? The day will be hosted by the AstraZeneca Global Medical Publications team via Microsoft Teams. School teams will have the opportunity to chat to members of the team for guidance, input and direction through the day. The team have varied scientific, project management and mathematical backgrounds. The teams will have the chance to talk to the STEM Ambassadors who are fantastic role models.

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The British Science Week 2023 poster competition is now open! 

The theme this year is ‘Connections’, so there are loads of STEM topics that could be explored! How about exploring how our body parts are all connected and work together, the connection between our actions and the impact on our environment, or even how internet connection has changed the world. Find the form to submit your posters here.

The closing date for entries is at 6pm on Friday 31 March 2023. Picture:Senior winner 2022 – Aesia, Jameah Girls Academy

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Gopher Science Lab grants

The Royal Society of Biology is offering state-funded secondary schools in the UK an opportunity for two teachers to host a Gopher Science Lab, lab day with invited primary schools, in their school or held as a hybrid event, and supported by a small grant of £500.

This includes access to RSB’s Gopher Science Lab online training course to enable the school to train some of its students to deliver the lab day teaching with support from the two lead science teachers. Secondary school teachers working in UK based, state-funded, secondary schools can email Amanda Hardy to apply on behalf of their school for a small grant, which is intended to support schools and their students who  for financial reasons would not otherwise have the opportunity to run their own lab day.

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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.

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Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science and Technology

Rolls-Royce recognises that teachers play a hugely influential role in inspiring the next generation, that’s why in 2004 we established our Schools Prize (formerly Science Prize) and we have continued to invest in our flagship programme ever since.

The Rolls-Royce Schools Prize is open to all schools in the UK and helps teachers increase science, mathematics and technology engagement in their schools and colleges. Our Schools Prize supports teacher CPD through our partnership with STEM Learning and Project ENTHUSE.

As a world leading global power group, we are committed to sustainable power solutions and our technology will play a fundamental role in enabling the transition to a low carbon global economy. All our finalist schools are supported by a Rolls-Royce mentor who provide an insight into the real life applications of STEM in our business. Since 2004, we have awarded over £1.6m of prize funds to over 600 schools who have taken part in our Schools Prize, helping to boost our strategic education outreach ambition to reach 25 million young people by 2030.


To enter you are invited to submit a Stage 1 application outlining an idea for a sustainable science, mathematics or technology project for development during the next academic year.  The proposed project could be a new idea or the progression of something you are already working on but should demonstrate innovation, creativity and ambition in STEM education. 

Closing date for Stage 1 applications is April 19th 2023. Details here.

CPD opportunity

Digital Learning Practitioner Diploma

Big Learning Company are delighted to be delivering the fully funded apprenticeship qualification,  L3 Digital Learning Practitioner Diploma. It is more essential than ever that those responsible for education in their organisations integrate digital technology into their respective learning environments, establishing a digital culture across the workforce.

What is the aim of this apprenticeship?

The aim of the Digital Learning Practitioners apprenticeship is to provide the knowledge and skills to allow the learner to create effective and inclusive digital content for learning and development. We are currently delivering an education pathway and a L&D pathway, although units can be chosen specifically in relation to the learner and their organisation/developmental needs. 

Who is this apprenticeship for?

This Apprenticeship is aimed at professionals in the education sector who have an interest in digital learning and wish to develop their knowledge and skills in this area. Their job role may be in learning or development, such as teachers, lecturers, development managers, assessors, trainers, teaching assistants looking to improve their digital learning skills.

How is this apprenticeship delivered?

This Apprenticeship is delivered remotely, making use of e-portfolio software and varied assessment methods to gather evidence. Learners will be assigned an assessor who will be responsible for supporting them in achieving the qualification. Learners and assessors will work in partnership with a designated Employer Manager from your organisation who will oversee learning and development activities approximately every six weeks. Regular 1:1 review sessions, webinars and digital resources will also be provided as support and guidance.
More information 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.


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