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

We understand that these times are  difficult for each one of our learners, families and colleagues  As pupils return to the classroom we know that teachers will be working to deliver the Curriculum in schools. STEM Ambassadors are still keen to offer as many enrichment opportunities as possible to learners. Why not find out more in one of our popular "Meet the Hub sessions" highlighted below or be inspired to start a new STEM Club.
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

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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 


Competitions and Funding

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.





Team members, coaches, and volunteers all agree – FIRST® LEGO® League events are some of the most amazing, inspiring experiences they’ve ever had. Where else can you make new friends, share ideas, solve problems on the fly, and get pumped up over technology all while having the time of your life?

At FIRST LEGO League events, young people realise more than ever that FIRST is all about teamwork, sharing, helping others, and respect
now is the time to get  your team together and think about the ways we can engage a team of students with the  programme. All the resources have been adapted in order to adapt to the online competition and there are also video tutorials for pupils to follow along with during their session time.

Due to a variety of factors around COVID-19, the decision has been made that all regional tournaments will be held remotely (digitally). 
Funding is available  to all education groups, including schools. Further information, along with the application form, can be found here. The deadline is 12noon on 26th November 2020.
 See Science is hoping to host 3 competitions this year in 
SE Wales - 23 April 2021
Pembrokeshire - 16 April 2021
North West Wales  - Welsh medium  - 19 March 2021

If you are interested in attending any of the competitions or would like further information contact cerian.angharad@see-science.co.uk
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!  Details here.

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Swansea Science Festival Online

Swansea Science Festival is Wales’s largest science festival and for the past 3 years has attracted thousands of visitors to the National Waterfront Museum over October half term. COIVD-19 meant that all that had to change this year and Swansea University put together a fantastic online festival instead. There were over 30 different events in 5 different zones, ranging from the Main Stage to the Fringe Festival.
Impressively, there were many familiar names amongst those presenting sessions: from Steve Backshall who kicked off the festival with “Expedition: Voyages to undiscovered places”, to Konnie Huq’s session entitled “Science, Scribbles and Stories”, to “Grace’s Garage” with Grace Webb of CBeebies. However, the biggest draw of the festival was a session on Sunday evening with Brian Cox discussing “Into the future: The Universe and the next 100 years”, with CERN’s Lyn Evans – one of Swansea University’s most notable alumni. The session proved so popular that it sold out on Eventbrite and was livestreamed on Facebook to ensure everyone had a chance to watch. If you missed the festival last week, you can still watch some of the pre-recorded sessions here:


Start planning now for British Science Week 2021!

The British Science Association (BSA) have issued their popular 'sneak peek' packsfor 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 BSA say, “In developing this pack, we have looked for activities which break down the stereotypes surrounding science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and promote cross-curricular learning. We encourage you to use British Science Week as an opportunity to link STEM to other curriculum subjects and to your pupils’ own backgrounds, lives and interests.” Perfect for the Curriculum for Wales!

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 Awardduring 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!

It’s not too late to apply for a British Science Week Kick Start grant for schools in challenging circumstances. Closing date is November 9th

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Apply now to become a CyberFirst School or College

The National Cyber Security Centre is a part of GCHQ and is charged by the UK Government for making the UK the safest place to live and work online. In an increasingly digitised world, the
NCSC has recognised the 
importance of equipping our young people with the skills and knowledge to exploit technology safely and securely. As part of this, the NCSC runs the CyberFirst Programme on behalf of the UK Government, which offers a range of activities helping young people explore their passion for technology and computing by introducing them to the world of Cyber Security. It comprises of free courses, university bursaries, degree apprenticeships, exciting competitions, and a

school/college recognition scheme..

The CyberFirst Schools initiative is open to secondary schools and colleges in specific areas of the UK and it is open to schools in Wales until December 11th. It recognises schools and colleges who are taking the lead in encouraging their students to undertake Computer Science and computing related qualifications, providing learning on Cyber Security concepts and encouraging them to pursue career paths into the Cyber Security profession. Schools and Colleges apply for recognition and can be awarded by the NCSC either at Bronze, Silver or Gold level, depending upon their level of attainment.
The CyberFirst programme has a wide range of organisations drawn from industry,

academia and government that provide support to its activities. These organisations can
  • Support to school/college cyber clubs/talks/workshops - Companies and their staff inspire students by sharing real world IT/cyber problems and provide virtual or face-to-face support through activities and workshops
  • Student technology and cyber work placements - Companies and their staff provide GCSE, A-Level and BTEC students with work experience placements, showcasing their organisation’s field of work.
  • Mentoring for school/college students - Companies and their staff provide virtual or face-to-face mentoring to support students both with computer science questions and their personal development

To find out more visit: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberfirst/cyberfirst-schools

Local events

How can STEM Ambassadors support CREST Awards in schools?
25th November 2020 at 4.30pm

Join us for an informal session to discuss how STEM Ambassadors can be involved with CREST Awards in schools across Wales. CREST Award projects and activities are STEM related and highly flexible. Teachers can run them as part of the curriculum or as STEM Club activities. Pupils can work on them individually or in teams and many of the activities are appropriate for children to do at home. There is a CREST Award to suit every age and every ability. 
For older pupils working towards Silver and Gold awards, it is usual to have the support of an industry mentor but younger pupils can also benefit from the input of an external STEM specialist.
This session is appropriate for Primary and Secondary teachers as well as STEM Ambassadors.Each school that books wil receive an early Christmas present!!
The link to book is https://stemandcrestawards.eventbrite.com

Spotlight on STEM

Spotlight on Airbus 12th November 3pm – 4pm
Airbus is an International High Profile organisation who have provided invaluable support for schools and community groups through their quality STEM outreach.
We are privileged to host this event where the Education Liaison at Airbus Broughton, Leighton Johnson, will showcase the Companies portfolio of career opportunities and the many ways in which Airbus engage with schools and community groups. Teachers will gain insight into existing and new opportunities available through online engagement across Wales.
STEM Ambassadors will be introduced into how Airbus has developed accredited STEM events for a wide range of audiences.  To book go  here 
Spotlight on Sustainable Energy Science 20th November 4pm – 5pm
STEM Ambassador Sarah-Jane Potts will introduce her new workshop sessions for KS2 / 3 pupils on Sustainable Energy. Sarah-Jane can deliver these sessions as a virtual class for pupils.
Using the materials from her work as a Mechanical Engineering Researcher, Sarah-Jane illustrates the importance of Sustainable Engineering in everyday life. This is a marvellous opportunity to explore the adaptation of working with schools online and gain insight into Sustainable Energy Science. To book click here 
Spotlight on Talking Tech with BCS South Wales Wednesday 2 December 3pm – 4pm
An introduction to a brand new workshop with STEM Ambassadors at the British Computer Society for Wales. For the past few years BCS Ambassadors have delivered very successful schools and community workshops using Lego Kits and Mindstorms robots.
Here they will showcase a new suit of activities with videos, live programming and discussion on the exciting world of Lego Robotics Design and Build. Using new interactive format, the group will show how these activities cross many curricular topics for KS2 and 3 pupils.. To book click here

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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.
The dates of the next meetings are 5th November, 26th November and 10th December. Please book here.


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ASE - Chartered Science Teacher Workshop. Monday 9 November 4.30 - 5.30pm Online

Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach) is a chartered mark recognising excellence in science teaching and learning. Gaining CSciTeach demonstrates your commitment to your profession and can help you to advance your career.

You will be taken through the specific criteria for becoming a CSciTeach and look at how those criteria can be met. To be eligible to apply you must have:

We will share examples of successful past applications and help you see how your own situation can relate to them. We also look at the CPD requirements of maintaining your status as a CSiTeach and the many flexible approaches to this.

To benefit from this workshop you should ideally be ready, or nearly ready to start applying.  Details and booking here.

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Saturday STEM Spectacular. Saturday 21 November 10am - 2pm Online

The Saturday STEM Spectacular (organised by the ASE and Wolverhampton University) is an event aimed at people of all ages. The event will showcase many exciting STEM based activities for the very young to older people. It runs from 10-2pm on Saturday 21st November 2020 and is an online event. A Zoom link will be sent out to you a couple of days before the event. The sessions will be streamed on You Tube.

The day will begin with activities aimed at the 5 year olds upwards but will include activities that will inspire pupils, students, teachers, parents, guardians and others.

There will be 5 of these sessions including, for example: foraging and finding out, awesome surfaces-the types of surfaces that you have never seen before. Each will offer a couple of hints and tips for teachers too.

Details and booking here.

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The Great Science Share. Wednesday 11 November 4.30 - 5.30pm Online

Join us to discuss forthcoming plans for the Great Science Share 2021 - 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 3-14 year olds to share their own scientific questions and investigations, to raise the profile of science in schools and communities, and inspire young people into science and engineering.

This meeting is the first meeting for those who are interested in the GSS in Wales.

So much preparation is already underway to make 2021 even more successful. Keep up to date with what’s on when.  Register here.

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The Institute of Physics in Wales  we are hosting workshops that will cover the teaching of the WJEC  Physics GCSE Curriculum.  During the Autumn term:

WJEC GCSE Physics Unit 1.3 Session - Making Use of Energy
 9thNovember at 7pm

Ideas for teaching, useful resources and more. We’ll cover points such as: 
What is the difference between heat and temperature?        
 How does heat flow through materials? Density misconceptions.     Using molecules and electrons to explain *stuff*.
Home insulation; saving energy, saving ca$£; Getting the info to be able to compare the numbers of energy use. To book click here
WJEC 2.3 Work and Energy  
16thNovember 7pm

This session will look at Energy and Energy Transfer from a mainly mechanical perspective. This will include energy as a result of objects moving, being within the Earth’s gravitational field and being deformed (squashed or stretched), along with their associated equations and many everyday contexts. The relationship between Energy transferred and work done will be considered, allowing for how we also account for thermal transfer. Hooke’s Law and efficiency of useful energy transfer can then be related to vehicle safety and vehicle efficiency.
To book click here

WJEC GCSE Physics Unit 1.4 Session - Domestic Electricity 
30thNovember  at 6pm

Join the IOP Wales team on Monday 30 November 6pm to 7pm when we look at the WJEC GCSE Physics/Double Award unit “Domestic Electricity”. Ideas for teaching, useful resources and more. We’ll cover points such as: 
• What’s a Watt? Calculating the cost of our electricity; The A to G of Power ratings; Learning to love a.c./d.c.;Don’t let household circuits run rings round you! Is it worth it? – the cost effectiveness of domestic energy
generation;  Energy transfers- where physics meets maths.To book click here


Farmvention Competition - NFU Education


Farmvention (when farming meets invention) is a national STEM competition run by NFU Education and aimed at children aged 5 – 14 (school years 1 -9) in England and Wales.

This year, the challenge is all about the problems that climate change creates for British farmers and how they are fighting it to become Climate Superheroes.

There are four themed inspiration hubs to get you thinking and each one is full of investigations to complete at home or school, alongside some exciting tours of our climate superheroes’ farms to inspire you.

You can enter the competition individually or as part of a team or class and there is a host of amazing prizes for the winning schools. Winners will present their ideas at a prestigious event at the Houses of Parliament and win £1000 for their school to spend on STEM or Outdoor Learning equipment! All entrants will become certified ‘farmventors’ and receive a reward pack including a certificate and mini prize. 

Entries close on 31 May 2021.  Details here.

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The UK Junior Water Prize

The UK Junior Water Prize is aimed at solving environmental challenges with a link to water, which we know is super important for our future! For the competition, you need to identify an issue and undertake some research and experiments to find a practical and innovative solution.

You are eligible to take part if:

    • You are going to be between 15 and 20 years of age for World Water Week in August 2021
    • You haven’t started University yet
    • You started your project whilst you were in a full-time education
    • Your school or college (including home schooling) is in the UK

You can take part on your own or in a pair, as long as both partners meet the eligibility criteria above. School assignments qualify for entry, but you need to specify your role in the project.

The winning entry will qualify for an all-expenses paid trip to represent the UK and their school at the Stockholm Junior Water Prize in Sweden with a chance to win the cash award of $15,000 USD! 

Competition is open until February 2021.   Details here.

Funding opportunities and Awards

BSA Kick Start scheme for British Science Week 2021

British Science Week is an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering, and maths that is coordinated by the British Science Association (BSA) and funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).  

Our purpose is to distribute grants of £150-£700 to schools in challenging circumstances to run events and activities during British Science Week 2021 (05 - 14 March).  

The fund is open to schools in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (including special schools, Early Years education providers and pupil referral units).  

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 9 November 2020.

Details here.

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BSA Community Grants for British Science Week 2021

The mission of the British Science Week Community Grant Scheme is to expand the audiences that engage with science and self-identify as having an interest in science by empowering and supporting community groups to run their own science activities during British Science Week (5-14 March 2021).

The scheme offers £500-£2,000 grants for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity.

Our definition of groups that are underrepresented in science includes:

  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people with low socio-economic status, including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income
  • people with a physical or mental condition or impairment
  • people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people
  • girls and women.

Community grants cannot be used for events or activities with school groups unless they are a special education needs (SEN) school. If you represent a school and meet the eligibility criteria, please apply for our Kick Start Grants instead (see above).

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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

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