Welcome to the new academic year and 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

STEM Ambassadors are still keen to offer as many enrichment opportunities as possible to learners. 

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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.





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See Science launches new website

Head over to see-science.co.uk to explore our new website - same address but new look! Over the summer we have been working hard to make our website more user friendly and simpler to navigate. So now it’s even easier to find exactly what you need to support your STEM teaching.

From our Home page you can:

  • Find out how STEM Ambassadors can make an impact and benefit your classroom
  • Find out how you and your students can benefit from CREST – Britain’s largest national STEM Award scheme
  • Access our current and previous teacher newsletters
  • Discover the range of practical workshops that See Science offers schools
  • Browse our extensive online library of links to STEM Resources from the UK and beyond
  • Find out about the STEM Learning Teacher App
  • Browse STEM-related News, Events, Competitions and Grants relevant to teachers in Wales

We support teachers all over Wales in all kinds of settings so please help us spread the message and share our new website with your colleagues!

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The Merthyr Science Festival

The Merthyr Science Festival was led by the inspiring founder Dr Claire Price, a STEM Ambassador and award winning researcher at Swansea University.
The festival reaches across the Community areas of Merthyr Tydfil bringing a vast range of expertise and family friendly STEM events to areas where Science Capital is not always high.
Now in it’s 3rd year the community festival was presented online  from 16 – 18 July, including STEM Ambassadors as presenters, co-ordinators and in new roles as Festival moderators for the You Tube content and discussion platform. The Festival has an active Twitter page  and impressive You Tube channel . Some of the highlights included: 'Natural Nurture with  pharmacist Adam Turner as he uncovers the way nature has helped us develop new drugs and medicines. Plants and animals have long influenced drug discovery, but what does the future hold?'Counterfeit Drugs' - a session by Dr Amira Guirguis of Swansea University Medical School who described the harms of counterfeit drugs and the role of pharmacists in tackling this issue. Live sessions included STEM Ambassador  Dr Emma Yhnell on a tour through the blooming brilliant brain. An opportunity to  delve in through the skull and under the meninges to explore what's going on in our brains and what happens when brains get poorly and Fuelling the Future looking at how our energy consumption might change in the near future and discusses some possible future technologies and how they work. Recordings of demonstrations and talks are available after the live Festival has ended.

FREE Workshops for pupils

Energy Quest

Energy Quest 2021 is underwayfor KS3 students!  We have  started taking bookings for the forthcoming academic year for  this new version of the workshop which is funded by Shell and delivered by Engineering UK. This eventis delivered in the classroom or online and is FREE of charge.

This new version of Energy Quest puts students at the centre of the action. By putting themselves in the shoes of engineers, young people explore different energy sources and investigate energy transfer as they design a solution to power a mobile phone.

Delivery is interactive – the facilitator takes the lead, until an urgent request for help comes in from Carlotta who has a challenge for students who are then guided to unlock their engineering capabilities. To help join the dots, students have the opportunity to meet young people who were just like them a few years ago, to see how they progressed into an engineering career.

Book a workshop for your students. It’s a great way to revisit core curriculum content and to bring relatable role-models into the classroom. Contact llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk to book this workshop for your KS3 class.

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Book a Chemistry of COVID workshop for years 7 or 8

The Chemistry of COVID workshop discusses the spread of infectious diseases, what viruses are and covid-19 specifically, treatments and vaccines and how vaccines work. It includes 4 practical activities.To accompany the workshop

there are suggestions of other activities that a teacher could do with a class along the same themes.  Delivery is funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry and virtual delivery proved very popular with schools last term.
We are hoping to be able to deliver in person this term. The workshop is aimed at yrs 7 and 8 and can last up to 2 hours. Schools that wish to book an hour-long session can choose which aspects of the content they would prefer, to include 2 of the 4 practical activities.  All materials are provided. Please contact Llinos for more details: llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk

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We are busy putting together a Chemistry at Work package of careers resources suitable for year 9 pupils which will be available before the end of term. Featuring videos of Chemistry students, early career Chemistry graduates and Chemists involved in the fight against COVID-19. The aim of the resource is to encourage pupils to consider a future in Chemistry once they have left school. Get in touch with llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk to receive your copy as soon as it is available!

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Subsidised shows and workshops from Science Made Simple

Award-winning STEM outreach company Science Made Simple has secured funding from The Waterloo Foundation this year to support state-maintained schools and education centres in Wales. Shows and workshops are available to any Welsh state school/centre at a greatly subsidised rate, with centres paying only £100 +VAT for a full day of shows or workshops.
Our services are ideal for cross-curricular days, STEM club launches, PSE activities and assemblies.
All our shows and workshops are available through this fund: live and online delivery, shows suitable for whole year groups and workshops for smaller classroom groups. We have services covering a variety of curriculum-linked STEM topics for Key Stage 1 to 12, SEND and adaptable services for bespoke groups.
To find out more or book your day, take a look at our services on our new website here and get in touch at info@sciencemadesimple.co.uk (please add Waterloo in your subject line).

Local events

ASE Cymru - Outdoor Science Event at the National Botanic Garden of Wales Saturday 11 September 10.30am - 1.00pm

Join ASE Cymru and colleagues for the first event of the academic calendar at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthne.

Choose from a range of workshops suitable for primary and secondary teachers:

  • Bee Miles
  • What lives in the stream and the pond
  • The best of botany
  • CREST activities outdoors

Lunch included and there is the option of a guided tour around the garden after the event.  Details and booking here.

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Welsh Physics Teachers Conference Brecon 2021. 8 - 15 October 

The Institute of Physics Welsh Physics Teachers Conference Brecon 2021 which will have a blended approach. A fabulous free week of presentations and workshops for teachers, technicians and PGCE students with opportunities to network with colleagues.

Teachers will have an opportunity to meet in the Brecon Beacons on Saturday 9th October where we will be offering workshops at an Alpaca Farm. There will be an opportunity to participate in an Alpaca trek as well as network in peaceful surroundings.

On Sunday we will host a series of workshops on “Physics and Religion” which will provide opportunities for discussion and debate.

We will offer a varied programme of workshops, shows and presentations between 1.30pm and 8pm each evening Monday- Friday which will culminate in a virtual whiskey tasting live from the Penderyn Distillery in the Brecon Beacons on Friday evening. For more details and a full e - programme please visit here.

Booking here

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ASE Cymru - Chemistry in the Curriculum for Wales. Monday 20 September 4.30 - 5.30pm. Online

This session will explore the Royal Society of Chemistry's Chemistry in Curriculum for Wales: curriculum planning support (progression step 4), including how to best use it. We will look at how different progression statements are linked and how chemistry skills and knowledge can be taught in a local, relevant context. There will be an opportunity to discuss and share possible contexts with other teachers.

This session is best suited to science teachers who are seeking ideas and support with how to include chemistry in their new curriculum.

Details and booking here.

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Xplore! Ingenious Wales. Saturday 11 September 5.30pm. Xplore! Science Discovery Centre, Wrexham

Shining a light on Wales' amazing contributions to Science and Technology yesterday, today and tomorrow, and what that means for you.

Ingenious Wales is a set of talks and activities and stalls highlighting different aspects of Wales' contribution to Science and technology. 

What technologies and techniques were used by people in Wales to make and eat good food in often challenging environments and circumstances? And what can we learn today from these varied strategies and traditions - cider-making, shellfish-harvesting, grain-growing, sheep-herding and more?  Details here.

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IOP Physics Forum

Please join us at our IOP Wales Physics Forum on 23 June  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

Unique opportunity for North Wales schools: Girls Who Code Saturday Club at Bangor University

Making Coding a fun and easy to learn experience is being offered to girls at schools across North Wales.

Through informal learning, supported by expertise from a leading department in Computer Science, this Club will
  • Support the Digital Competency curriculum areas
  • Enhance girls approach to the subject
  • Introduce girls to Computer Science role models

A brand new initiative led by Dr Cameron Gray, Lecturer in Cyber Security and Computer Science lead Bangor University. As this is a Saturday Club, parents of interested pupils are asked to express their interest here.

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Get your students solving SDG2 – alleviating hunger

Looking for real-life contexts to inspire your pupils in STEM subjects and connect with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals? Science Made Simple and STEM Matters have teamed up to produce resources for schools which can be used by teachers to deliver parts of the national curriculum and/or to support learning in Science/STEM clubs and curriculum enrichment days.

The Road to Zero Hunger is the first in a series of exciting NEW STEM resources for pupils aged 8-14 years, enabling teachers to engage their pupils in Action Against Stunting, a real-life research project that is tackling the causes of stunted development in children in India, Indonesia, and Senegal.

FREE to download the Teacher’s guide, Power Point and Pupil activity sheets include:

  • a role play activity simulating a meeting between farmers, parents and researchers across the countries involved in the project
  • science and design and making activities that help farmers get their produce along the road to local markets
  • an opportunity for students to gain a British Science Association CREST Discovery Award.
To download the resources, go to actionagainststuntingday.org/resources/schools/


CityZen Digital Civil Engineering Competition

This brand-new digital competition for students aged 16-18 years offers valuable insight into the world of civil engineering, formal recognition from a globally respected institution and the chance to win great prizes.The competition is a free, easy to run, structured activity which is supported throughout by an ICE engineer STEM Ambassador. It takes place over the first half of the Autumn 2021 term and makes an ideal STEM club or extra-curricular activity.

The CityZen experience gives students:

  • Recognition for their participation, plus great prizes including £2,000 for the top team and a wave tank for your school to use for one year 
  • Skills for work such as teamwork, critical thinking, innovation and creative problem-solving
  • Insight into a respected, exciting and globally growing career
  • Supports national curriculums for Geography, Maths and Design Technology    Details here.

Funding opportunities 

Microbiology Society Education and Outreach Grants

Open to Society members only.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support relevant science teaching or promotion initiatives, or to support developments likely to lead to an improvement in the teaching of any aspect of microbiology.

In 2020, 56% of applicants received funding to support their microbiology teaching initiatives.
Maximum award: £1000
Deadline : 3 October 2021. 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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