Events

Last updated: 15 October 2021

October

Inspiring the Next Generation: training on STEM activities. Tuesday October 19th 4pm – 5pm. Online

Balloon buggies, Cartesian divers and Vibrating brush monsters.

This virtual workshop is aimed at those who wish to inspire and enthuse the next generation through these fun, engaging design and build experiences.

Participants will be guided through how to make working models of a balloon buggy, Cartesian diver and a vibrating brush monster. These tie in with primary curriculum learning objectives in forces, materials, electricity and D&T.

The workshop will be led by professional engineer and STEM Ambassador Caroline Alliston who has 12 years’ experience in STEM education. It will include insights into STEM engagement at primary schools, instructions on how to build the models and explanations of the science involved. There will be opportunities to ask questions after each make and at the end.

Hints will be given about how to conduct the activities in class and a lesson plan, PowerPoint and pupil worksheet for each activity will be made available.

Details and booking here.

Young People's Virtual Genomics Café Wednesday 20 October 2021 6:00 – 7:30pm Online 

Are you a young person interested in finding out more about genomics and health, or affected by a rare or genetic condition? Join us!

These events are aimed at those aged 16 to 25. 

October's café will feature relaxed talks including: 

“Eat to fit your genes” - Dr Maninder Ahluwalia, Cardiff Metropolitan University

“ADHD and depression – investigating genetic and social factors”  - Dr Victoria Powell, Cardiff University 

“Bertha's Army: living with cystic fibrosis” -  Beth Morgan

Book here.

ASE Teachmeet: New Urban Nature Project with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum. Thursday 21 October 4 - 5pm. Online

Do you have an Outdoor space that you would like to incorporate more into your science teaching?

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales is inviting schools in Wales to get involved with Explore: Urban Nature, part of the Natural History Museum’s Urban Nature Project which aims to inspire and empower teachers and students, aged 9-14, to investigate the nature on their doorsteps.

Come along to this online event to find out more about the programme, book a free workshop, and get a taster of the resources.

Our Urban Nature Project includes:

  • bilingual lesson plans and background notes, fact checked by Museum scientists
  • hands-on outdoor Museum and free school-based workshops where students can investigate challenges facing nature in urban areas
  • An Online teacher training programme on outdoor STEM investigations

Details and booking here.

Swansea Science Festival. October 22 - 30. In person and online

Swansea Science Festival, the largest festival of its kind in Wales!

We are back with some special guests and a wide range of shows, talks, workshops and tours - live in person and online, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Book your place and join us as we take your minds on a journey of discovery. We’ve got big bangs from Brainiacs Live and The Royal Institution, as well as ridiculous and shocking demonstrations, hacks and myth busting from Stefan Gates.

We'll also be discovering a world of bio-materials and exploring what it would be like to have coffee cups made of coffee, chairs made of mushrooms, or even to be able to eat your water bottle! Join us for these and lots, lots more!

Over 30 events, both in person and online.

Details here.

November

Primary Climate Science Symposium. 1 - 12 November. Online

The Primary Climate Science Symposium (PCSS) is a free online event for primary teachers and pupils running from 1st - 12th November in parallel with COP26 in Glasgow.

The PCSS is an online forum for children, educators, academics and science organisations to come together to discuss what makes effective climate science education in primary schools.

What to expect:

  • Live classroom sessions - at 11 am we will host live interactive sessions designed for use in the classroom. 
  • Twilight teacher CPD events - from 4-5pm each evening (except Fridays) we will host twilight teacher CPD events.

Details here.

STEM into Christmas! Every Tuesday in November at 12.45pm and 3.45pm. Online

November 2/9/16/23/30

Get ready for the magic of Christmas with some inspirational STEM ideas to share with your learners.

STEM Ambassadors will introduce practical fun activities based on a Christmas theme which can be easily repeated in the classroom. Join us for a 15 min STEM workshop at either 12.45pm or 3.45pm on any Tuesday in November 2nd/9th/16th/23rd/30th or, if you can't make it, book onto the event then receive a link to the recorded session.

Book here.

Technocamps Education Conference 2021: In Touch with Digital. Thursday 4 November 1 - 6pm Swansea and Online

We’re hosting our 2021 Education Conference on Thursday 4th November! The aim is to bring Wales’s digital educators together to share best practice, inform on the newest curriculum changes and promote the available support to them.

The FREE event will be held in-person in the Swansea.com Stadium (previously Liberty Stadium) and live streamed for those who are unable to attend. Talks will be relevant to both primary and secondary school educators.

The event will begin with a buffet lunch at 1.30pm, followed by talks until 5pm. There will then be a networking opportunity for those who wish to stay until 6pm.

Details and booking here.

ASE: Superhero Science. Saturday 6 November 9.30 - 12.30. Online

Our everyday lives are affected by science. It is important for us all to have enough scientific knowledge so that we can make key life decisions.

Join ASE Cymru, Science Made Simple, Amgueddfa Cymru - Museum of Wales, University of Wales Trinity St David's and David Allen & Alex Sinclair, authors of Superhero Scientists for a series of workshops on how to help children to learn about the many scientific professions in the world and the discoveries that these incredible people have made and focus on inclusivity and diversity. 

Details of workshops and booking here.

Tomorrow's Engineers Week. 8 - 12 November

The role of engineers and engineering in tackling climate change and achieving net zero will be the main themes of #TEWeek21, taking place 8 to 12 November 2021.

See details of the School COP above, 13th October.

More details here.

IOP Wales Physics Forum. Thursday 11 November 7-8pm. Online

The Physics Forum is a chance to join other teachers of physics online from across Wales and beyond to share ideas and resources.

It is really good to listen in to these and you can take part as much or as little as you want.

All are welcome e.g. Teachers (physics specialists and non-specialists), NQT’s etc. and it is a good opportunity to see what other teachers are doing in these unusual times.

We hope to see you there.

Book here.

“Using space as a context for STEM”. FREE online primary CPD. Monday November 15 4 - 5pm. Online

The topic of Space is fascinating for all ages. But did you know that we can use “Space” as a context of delivery through which much of the primary science curriculum can be taught? This is a great way of engaging young students and inspiring them in those all-important STEM subjects.

This free online session will show you a fantastic range of quality assured resources developed by European Space Agency (ESA) and ESERO-UK (the European Space Educational Resource Office) which can be used free of charge to support your teaching. These ESERO-UK sessions are aiming to support teachers in Wales but are open to any UK primary school teacher. 

From material science to forces, plants to chemistry, there is something for everyone. Each resource is designed to link specifically to the National Curriculum and is laid out in a way that is easy to follow and implement. 

We will also help to support your school to reflect on your long-term planning for science and help colleagues to gain confidence in transforming either individual classrooms or indeed whole schools into “space rich” learning environments.

Book here.

IOP Wales - Teaching the Power and Limits of Science: A Challenge or an Opportunity? Tuesday 16 November 4 - 6pm Online

Why do we teach science? Most of us would likely answer along the lines that we want to help and inspire young people to explore the natural world with clarity, insight, excitement and understanding. Perhaps our goal is also to prepare them to tackle some of the world's most pressing issues and opportunities - from space exploration to finding practical solutions for climate change. With its focus on encouraging children to be curious and creative in their classroom exploration of science, the new Welsh curriculum, presents an especially exciting opportunity to help students to engage with the wonder and potential of science in this way.

In this workshop we will explore issues around teaching science and share practical ideas and resources for helping students learn about the nature of science, and its power and limitations in way that inspires and equips them for the future. 

Details and booking here.

Make you Look, Make you Think! , Make you "Talk". Wednesday 17 November 4-5pm. Online

A repeat of the event on October 7th

Looking for interesting ideas and activities for the new Curriculum? How do you encourage your learners to be curious and to find their own solutions. An opportunity for them to use their senses, develop good observational skills and learn how to communicate experiences effectively.

This workshop will be based on the book Make you Look, Make you Think!, Make you "Talk". Every school that attends the workshop will receive a free copy of Gaynor Weavers' book in Welsh. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about CREST, the STEM Ambassador Program and Explorify during the workshop.

Please note: The workshop will be conducted through the medium of Welsh.

Book here.

IOP Wales Physics Forum. Thursday 25 November 7-8pm. Online

The Physics Forum is a chance to join other teachers of physics online from across Wales and beyond to share ideas and resources.

It is really good to listen in to these and you can take part as much or as little as you want.

All are welcome e.g. Teachers (physics specialists and non-specialists), NQT’s etc. and it is a good opportunity to see what other teachers are doing in these unusual times.

We hope to see you there.

Book here.

December

Great Science Share for Schools - resource finder. Wednesday 1 December 4 - 5pm. Online

Get involved in the Great Science Share for Schools 2022

GSSfS is an annual, national campaign to inspire 5-14 year olds to ask, investigate and share their scientific questions.

The campaign is child-focused, inclusive, non-competitive and collaborative. It is free for any school or group across the UK or beyond to take part.

The main idea of GSSfS is for children to ask, investigate and share their scientific questions with new audiences. In 2022 there is a theme of Climate Action to inspire questions and to prompt children to take action towards improving their environment.

GSSfS2022 culminates on Tuesday June 14th 2022, when everyone is encouraged to share their findings with new audiences – online, in-school, at home, in their community – anywhere!

So ask a question – investigate – share!

Register now to ensure you are the first to hear news and gain access to the GSSfS2022 hub. Details here.

Book onto the GSSfS Wales information session here