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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

Local events 


Competitions and Funding opportunities



Ask a STEM Ambassador to visit your school

STEM Ambassador's involvement can engage and enthuse both students and teachers. If you are interested in asking a STEM Ambassador to visit your school you can make your request hereWe’ve created brief guides to encourage both STEM Ambassadors and educators to use the self-service. 

The  video guide outlines how to use the web platform  and  helps teachers and group leaders find the right STEM Ambassador for their activity.

Give us your Ambassador feedback

If an Ambassador has visited your school, 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.




Me - an Engineer?’ Celebration Days

Following on from our ‘Me - an Engineer?’ primary workshops delivered around Easter, we were proud to be involved in 3 very successful Celebration Days during the latter half of the summer term. Primary schools from the Idris Davies cluster in Caerphilly, the Coedcae cluster in Llanelli and the Dyffryn Nantlle cluster in Gwynedd had been set the task of designing and building models of iconic new bridges for their local area to bring to the Celebration events. The events were held at the secondary schools, acting as a great transition event where pupils shared their learning and their enthusiasm for Engineering!
The variety and standard of the bridges at all 3 events was outstanding and it was clear that teachers and pupils had made the most of the project which fits well with the requirements of the new curriculum with pupils encouraged to be creative and to work independently.
The ‘Me – an Engineer?’ Workshops will be available to download from the See Science website in September.


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Chemistry at Work

On July 4th, Professor Simon Bott and his team hosted the 4th Chemistry at Work Day for Year 9 pupils at Swansea University Chemistry Department. The aim of Chemistry at Work days, funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry, is to provide pupils with a better understanding and awareness of the importance of chemistry in our everyday lives and to highlight the varied chemical science careers available.

Following feedback from previous events, the format was changed slightly in July with pupils taking part in 3 not 4 workshops. This ensured that schools from further afield could travel to Swansea without missing out on part of the day as well as making the lab sessions less rushed. As with previous Chemistry at Work events, the day started with an inspiring introduction focusing on chemistry in the work place: careers and jobs that require chemists, highlighting the wide range of opportunities that are available to pupils who study chemistry after they leave school.

The lab sessions were all based on Analgesics – a familiar and accessible topic for all – and pupils thoroughly enjoyed using state of the art lab equipment to carry out their practical activities. Teachers appreciated the opportunity their pupils had to learn lab techniques and to experience practical Chemistry in a University setting.

The schools involved were Pentrehafod School in Swansea, Ysgol Bro Morgannwg in Barry, St Richard Gwyn School in Barry and Risca Comprehensive.

Over the 4 Chemistry at Work Days we have organised, it’s great to see teachers returning with new cohorts of pupils. We have already booked another day in Swansea 24th January 2020 so get in touch with Llinos at llinos.misra@see-sciene.co.uk if you would like to bring a group or if you have any questions.

Swansea University offer huge outreach opportunities for schools in the South Wales area - click here to see some of the available courses on offer in their state of the art University Labs.
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Chemistry of the High Street

During the summer term See Science travelled across south Wales running our brand new workshop, Chemistry of the High Street, with all types of community groups, thanks to funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Rainbows, Cubs, Urdd, Home Education, Youth groups and many more all enjoyed a carousel of 4 practical chemistry activities based on products commonly found on the High Street.

Activities range from using smelly cabbage water to test the pH of kitchen liquids such as lemon juice and Milk of Magnesia to creating slimy pink worms with Gaviscon. Each of the activities are differentiated for all ages from 6 to 14 years old.

The workshop was well received at all the groups and hopefully inspired some group leaders to try some more chemistry activities with children in the future. A couple of Cubs groups used the workshop for their members to earn their Science Badges.

All resources will be available, free to download, on the See Science website in September, along with a set of 10 chemistry based Busking activities, developed with funding from the same Community Chemistry project.


Local events

Institute of Physics Welsh Physics Teachers Conference 

9th October 2019. Christ College, Brecon

This FREE day of presentations and workshops is a wonderful opportunity for teachers and technicians to take part in a wide variety of physics CPD activities. It is open to all teachers, technicians, newly qualified and trainee teachers

Prof Andrew Evans Aberystwyth University
will present the keynote talk "The  production
and characteristics of X rays" whilst Prof Averil Mc Donald will discuss  "Are we ready for electric
cars". There will be a variety of workshops
including Improving Gender Balance,
The New Curriculum in Wales , Real Graphs
form Real Data, The Physics behind
Climate Change provided by experienced
teachers and IOP staff. Helen Francis from 
WJEC will also provide an update on the
GCSE and GCE examinations. Lunch is
provided free of charge and there will be
plenty of opportunities to network. Places
are limited- please book using the link www.iopwelshphysicsteachersconference2019.
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The UK Space Conference 2019 is three full days of information, inspiration and innovation. Get the latest updates from the space sector, learn from industry specialists, policy makers and thought leaders and take part in thought-provoking sessions and discussions. 

The ESERO-UK Teacher Conference will once again run in parallel with the UK Space Conference. ESERO-UK, also known as the UK space education office, provides free resources, support and information for teachers to enhance the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) using space as a context. 

DISCOVER SPACE is the unmissable, free-to-attend event for schools. Held alongside the UK Space Conference 2019, DISCOVER SPACE will host a series of fun and educational activites, hands-on interactive exhibits, talks and shows to capture the imagination and inspire young people to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology.

Recommended for uniformed groups and schools. 

For further information, please contact info@ukspace2019.co.uk

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Theatr na nÓg, Eye of the Storm. Swansea 24 - 28 Sep; Newport 15 -19 Oct; Bangor 21 - 23 Oct; Aberystwyth 24 - 26 Oct

In partnership with Technocamps

Best Show for Children and Young People - Wales Theatre Awards 2018

Meet Emmie Price.

For the last 5 years her life has been a whirlwind. It’s a world torn between caring for her bipolar mum, pursuing a passion for tornados, and proving she’s got what it takes at school. But Emmie knows one day that’s all going to change. One day she’s going to become a storm chaser… in America.

When an opportunity to get a bursary to study in the USA comes up can she keep her place on the course and win the STEM competition with her invention for renewable energy?

This theatrical event of courage, determination and compassion is guaranteed to inspire adults of all ages and families with children aged 8+.

Details here.

Association for Science Education  - Pre theatre Panel Discussion at 5.45pm
Swansea 25 September; Newport 18 October; Bangor 22 October

A panel discussion entitled "Let's Talk about Girls in STEM" will take place before performances of the show Eye of the Storm (details for the show above).

Bookings for the discussion are separate from bookings for the show. 

Details and booking here

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Climate Change Education to Support the Curriculum for Wales, Swansea, 22 October

The purpose of this event is to explore ways to link the new Curriculum for Wales and climate change education by bringing together secondary school teachers, university researchers and the third sector to spark ideas for lessons around climate change.

The researchers will bring established STEM outreach activities for teachers to try and we’ll also hear presentations from teachers who have already delivered successful lessons on climate change.

There is no charge we will be providing lunch for delegates.

Details and booking here.

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FIRST® LEGO® League 2019/20 CITY SHAPER season for 9 to 16 yr olds

FIRST LEGO League is a global STEM challenge for teams of young people, to encourage an interest in real world themes and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers. Young people work together to explore the season’s architecture theme and design, build and program an autonomous LEGO robot to solve a series of missions.

FIRST LEGO League is for young people aged 9 to 16 years, working in teams of up to 10 students with a supporting adult coach. The challenge involves a robot game and a research project, and students will need to demonstrate the FIRST LEGO League Core Values throughout all their work. Teams usually have 12 to 16 weeks to work on the challenge before they compete in their chosen regional tournament.

Details here.

First Tech Challenge:

To make STEM less intimidating, more accessible and diverse 
- using robots and inspirational role models from industry to fuel a talent pipeline of future innovators.

Take part in a galactic robotics competition for ages 12-18 powered by Star Wars: Force for Change. In teams, students design, build and programme a robot to take on the global FIRST® Tech Challenge.
Adopt real-world roles with support from an industry mentor and develop the skills to become
tomorrow's STEM innovators. Rise to the challenge. Learn more at morethanrobots.uk


It's more than robots. Working in teams, students embark on a 6-month challenge to build a metropolis that's out of this world. Adopting real-world roles and an industry mentor, teams design, build and programme a robot to compete in tournaments.

Funding opportunities and feedback

Funding to Mark the International Year of the Periodic Table

Royal Society of ChemistryThe Royal Society for Chemistry is making grants of up to £1,000 available to its Network Members to run a project for the International Year of the Periodic Table in 2019.

To be eligible, applicants should demonstrate that the project supports the celebration of the International Year of Periodic Table; that the project has a significant aspect which is related to the chemical sciences; and that the project has a clearly identified target audience.

Funding is open all year round and will considered at three checkpoints in the year.  The next deadline is Monday the 14 October 2019.

Details here.

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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 is December 1st, Details here.

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How can CREST support the new Curriculum in Wales?

CREST helps young people become independent and reflective learners through enquiry-based project work. 

CREST Awards are flexible and FREE for all students in Wales. They can be run in schools, clubs or at home. With no set timetable, projects can start whenever you want, and take as long as you need

Real world results

Students who participate in CREST Silver achieve higher grades and are more likely to study STEM subjects at AS level.The benefits are magnified for disadvantaged students.

½ Half a grade improvement from students who successfully complete a Silver CREST Award or higher.

2/3 Two thirds of a grade improvement from Free School Meal (FSM) eligible students who successfully complete a Silver CREST Award or higher.
21% average increase in likelihood of studying STEM subjects at AS level for students who successfully complete  Silver CREST Award.

38% average increase in likelihood of studying STEM subjects at AS level for Free School Meal (FSM) eligible students who successfully complete  Silver CREST Award.

Free resource
We provide a range of activities and ideas to help inspire young people, as well as useful guides for those facilitating the challenges. Visit our online library to see the full range of resources.

Sign up now
It’s easy: choose an award level and start running CREST today! 
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The Open University's Young People's Programme - register your students NOW!

Get a taster of what it’s like to study at university with The Open University’s Young People’s Programme of online short courses. It will give you strong skills you can use in your UCAS applications and it's completely free.

How will it help you?

Studying an Open University short course alongside your AS and A2 studies will help you:

  • Achieve greater exam success
  • Prove you have great skills and strengths you can include on UCAS applications
  • Stand out from the crowd on competitive university courses
  • Make more informed decisions about your learning and career choices
Deadline for registration is September 12th. Details here.

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