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.



STEM Ambassadors online in lockdown

STEM Ambassadors are still keeping active! Though unable to make school visits in person they are making great progress with online and virtual support.
One hugely popular initiative has been the STEM Ambassador Masterclass series. These are informal online opportunities for STEM Ambassadors to learn from each other as one Ambassador per session explains how they engage with young people. Teachers are welcome to join any of the sessions and it’s an opportunity for Ambassadors and teachers to network. To date there have been over 20 sessions covering a wide range of topics and the series will continue through the Autumn term. Upcoming topics include ‘Listening to Data’ and ‘Sea-born – The Evolution of the Fish’. For details of all Masterclasses, see our Events page here.

Teachers can still connect with Ambassadors for a variety of opportunities.

  • Mentoring student projects through Microsoft Teams, Skype and similar secure platforms. 
Eg The Longitude Explorer Prize challenge where 2 schools from Wales are in the finals.
  • Invite a STEM Ambassador to virtually visit a STEM Club or class session. This will be undertaken with the usual safeguarding measures that apply to all STEM Ambassador engagements.
  • Video careers interviews and Mock Interviews 
  • Teacher webinars to ‘meet the STEM Ambassadors’
  • Assistance with developing practical activities 
  • Live video tours of a workplace with a STEM Ambassador

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Virtual CREST Awards at Ysgol Nantgwyn


When teacher Alicia Davies of Ysgol Nantgwyn - a 3 to 16 school in the Rhondda Valley - was faced with providing STEM provision for her pupils during Lockdown she turned to the CREST Awards for inspiration. Pupils from years 4 to 8 worked on a CREST Discovery project related to COVID-19. Alicia was interviewed about her experience of running the project by the British Science Association for a blog post.

Here are some quotes from the interview and you can find it in full here. “... it was really important to me to use this time as a way to do something meaningful, relevant and engaging, alongside allowing the children to work towards a tangible achievement that they could look back upon and feel proud about - CREST provided that! ... I really enjoyed organising it. I started off by looking at the resources available on the CREST website to see what the end goal should be, and I ended up adapting the ‘Stop the Spread’ package to be about airborne diseases instead of waterborne diseases (for obvious reasons!)... CREST provided a framework for me to work from
when adapting my practice to remote teaching. By having a skills focus with an open ended challenge, it meant that all pupils were able to adapt their work in whichever ways they had available to them at home. This was really important as access to resources is obviously a huge potential limitation for kids who are at home... The children really engaged with it as a goal to work towards, and the feedback from them and parents has been so positive. Lots of children have stated that it was their favourite part of the lockdown resources provided by the school, so I think that is definitely a good sign!... I would absolutely recommend the CREST Awards. It is engaging, relevant and flexible - very straightforward and overall a very positive experience!”

Stop the Spread is one of many CREST Discovery resources, all of which can be found in the CREST Resource Library. If you have any questions about running a CREST activity, virtually or at school, contact Llinos

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Online STEM resources

If you're looking for useful online resources to enrich your STEM teaching then take a look at our new and improved Resources pages. We have done the hard work for you and listed over 100 different links to great educational online material.

We have listed them - with brief descriptions - under topic headings to make it even easier to find something that will suit your needs. We have a page of Online Science Resources; ranging from General Science, which covers a broad range, to specific resources on Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Space, Energy and more. On our Other Online Resources page we have listed Careers, Maths, Technology & Engineering and Coding & Computing resources. They are all labelled as suitable for Primary, Secondary or both. If you know of a great resource that we haven't included, please let us know by contacting Llinos.

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Inspiring Skills project with Coleg Sir Gar

What is ‘Have A Go’?’ The Have A Go initiative is a branch of the Inspiring Skills In Excellence in Wales project.

Our aim - To encourage greater engagement from young people in schools and to increase participation in vocational pathways with a focus on apprenticeships.

How do we do this? Through working with our partners, organising events in schools and encouraging learners to think about their future. We have equipment that will support and provide learners with opportunities to try out new skills.

Workshops - We are currently working towards creating workshops to enhance the learner experience and
compliment the use of the HAG kit. Our vision is to tailor these experiences to individual learners and partners' needs.

ISEiW Ambassador Programme - We are currently working on introducing an Ambassador programme to provide role models for learners. Ambassadors will be instrumental in encouraging young people to consider different future pathways. They will support ‘Have A Go’ events and workshops with both employers and in education.

Local events

IOP Wales Welsh Physics Teachers Conference Brecon 2020 ONLINE Monday 5th to Saturday 10th October

For all teachers of Physics... 

A fabulous free week of presentations and workshops for teachers, technicians and PGCE students with opportunities to network with colleagues online.

We will offer workshops between 16:00 and 20:00 each evening Monday – Friday, as well as a full programme on Wednesday (09:00 – 20:00) and Saturday morning (09:00 – 13:00) with a choice of workshops, shows and presentations.

Please join us for a full week of workshops and inspiring lectures which include ‘Movement, Measurement and the Laws of Motion‘ – Prof Huw Summers (Swansea University); ‘New Worlds‘ – Prof Mike Edmunds (Cardiff University) and ‘The Planet of Pollution‘ – Prof Averil MacDonald OBE (Southampton University).

Workshops will include Earth in Space; Lego Physics; Sunglasses, Violins and Electrons; Physics with Balloons – and the Annual (virtual) Quiz from Zeera‘s!

Technicians are also welcome to attend a full day of workshops on Wednesday 7th October as well as engage with other events during the week

The full programme can be viewed here  or on Talk Physics (www.talkphysics.org)  and registration is 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.
Please book here.

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Making the most of your STEM Club. 24 September, 4 - 5pm online

Join us for top tips for STEM Clubs at school or online

STEM Clubs are a great way to provide young people with the chance to explore aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) in less formal settings. They aim to enrich, rather than deliver, the curriculum. Clubs are an important outlet to ignite new interest or raise attainment in STEM subjects through more imaginative and inventive teaching methods.

Join us to discuss how this can be done during this challenging time. If you have some tried and tested ideas that you would like to share with others then you will be welcome to do so!

Please register here. The first 16 schools that register will receive 12 ThermoFisher STEM Credible Kits. (16 kits available)

Thermo Fisher Scientific is committed to inspiring a new generation of innovators to continue our Mission of enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We believe that any opportunity to work with students is an opportunity to ignite that spark in the next great scientists, engineers, thinkers and leaders. Through educational programming and partnerships, we provide opportunities for our colleagues to engage with the communities in which they live and work and share their knowledge and experience. 
Our global signature STEM education programs connect students and colleagues through internally developed hands-on and team-based activities that highlight our technologies, make connections to careers in STEM, and demonstrate how our company impacts the world. 
The Newport Thermo Fisher Scientific is part of the Laboratory Products Division (LCD) and the site is located near Blackwood, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with approximately 250 employees manufacturing plastic consumable products. We supply the NHS, amongst other customers, and have been intrinsic ensuring the supply of essential products throughout COVID-19. The products manufactured and delivered by us and LCD are being used every day in the direct response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This is from Collecting samples from Patients to Developing Vaccines (examples of Products supplied by the Newport Site can be seen below)

We have secured 200 STEM Credible Kit’s that consist of the items above and would like to calibrate with our local schools are involved in STEM programs. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions we would like to donate the STEM credible kits to local schools who are starting to set up STEM groups or completing STEM activities to support our local schools and your students.
If you are interested in receiving some STEM Credible kits from the Newport Site, then register to attend the STEM Clubs workshop above or contact enquiries@see-science.co.uk  

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ASE Secondary TeachMeet. Tuesday 22 September 6.30pm - I’ve tried this and ..

Bring ideas that have been tried or tested or ideas that you are thinking of using in the classroom to this informal teachmeet.

ASE TeachMeets are an informal, fun and inspiring way for teachers to share ideas with one another. People come to share or just to listen. Those who want to share a resource, a teaching approach or any great idea to help teachers and their students do a short presentation. Five minutes is a typical length and using a PowerPoint and providing materials are entirely optional.

Come along and meet like-minded colleagues and be inspired! Book here.

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Meet the STEM Ambassador Hub for Secondary Teachers. 16 September 4-5pm and  30 September, 12.15 - 1.15pm online

An opportunity for Secondary teachers to learn more about the STEM Ambassador programme in Wales and how we can support schools at this time.

The STEM Ambassador Hub supports the teaching of STEM in schools across Wales. This is an opportunity to meet the Hub staff and to hear directly from STEM Ambassadors how they engage with schools both face to face and, more recently, virtually. 
Please register here. for Sept 16 and  register here for Sept 30th.

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CREST Awards in Wales Teacher Surgery. 6 October, 3.45 - 4.45pm online

A chance for Primary and Secondary teachers in Wales to ask questions on any aspect of the CREST Awards.

CREST is a scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers through project work. There is a vast choice of CREST projects and activities for all ages and abilities.

Maybe you're interested in running CREST activities but not sure where to start, or maybe you have done the activities but are not sure how to submit for the Awards? Join this session and we'll inspire and guide you through the process.

The CREST Awards are FREE in Wales so don't miss out!

Please register here.

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Technician Events in Wales

IOP - Welsh Physics Teachers Conference 
Technicians are also welcome to attend a full day of workshops on Wednesday 7th October as well as engage with other events during the week.

The full programme can be downloaded here: (https://www.see-science.co.uk/downloads/IoP-Physics-Teacher-Conference-2020_en.pdf) or viewed on Talk Physics (www.talkphysics.org) and registration is here

ASE TechMeet. Friday 25 September 1.30pm - Looking forward to Autumn 2020

Bring ideas that have been tried or tested, ideas that you are thinking of using in the lab or ask questions at this informal techmeet

ASE TechMeets are an informal, fun and inspiring way for technicians to share ideas with one another. People come to share or just to listen. Those who want to share a resource, a teaching approach or any great idea to help teachers and their students do a short presentation. Five minutes is a typical length and using a PowerPoint and providing materials are entirely optional.

Come along to this online event and meet like-minded colleagues and be inspired!

Please book here.


BAE Systems : Tempest Competition - Year 7: Looking for some home learning activities?

There’s still time to help us design the air system of the future…

Earlier this summer, BAE Systems launched a special Tempest-themed STEM competition online, aiming to fire the imagination of the next generation around our ambitious future combat air system project.
From drawing a brand new aircraft to imagining what a flight suit or cockpit could look like in the coming decades, we’re calling for youngsters aged between 5 and 18 - the scientists, technologists and engineers of the future - to think outside the box to help us design the next generation of air system.

The deadline for entries isy – Friday, September 18. For more details, log on to our Home Learning Page>> and click on the Tempest competition to learn more.

The best entries will be featured across our Communications channels later in September – and there are prizes up for grabs for the winners in each age category.
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The FIRST LEGO League Explore and FIRST LEGO League Discover programmes have both been adapted as home editions so that parents can deliver the programmes with their children at home.

We’ve also enabled over 150 schools that remain open for key worker children to deliver both programmes with free class packs and sets. Both of these initiatives have been very popular, so to support parents with home learning and schools running the programme we have created session video tutorials to follow along with during their session time.

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.

Funding opportunities and Awards

Royal Society of Chemistry Funding for Chemistry Clubs

Royal Society of ChemistryThe funds are targeted at activities run at schools/ colleges outside the normal science timetable which may be focused on generating interest in chemistry in all ability levels or which may provide opportunities to stretch and challenge the already able and motivated.  

Applications from existing chemistry clubs looking to expand/ enhance activities would be welcome as would those from colleagues interested in starting a club.  

An application would need to indicate how the longevity of the proposal was ensured and how best practice and experience from it might be shared within and between other (perhaps feeder) schools.  

The application will be made by a teacher at a primary or secondary school for sums up to £1000. 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

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

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