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Last updated: 7 January 2021

Free Online Course for teenagers: An Introduction to Coronavirus

This free course, aimed at teenagers and young adults, will explore the science behind the current global COVID-19 pandemic. We'll hear from scientists and experts at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as they explain the research that's going on to understand the virus and guide the global response to coronavirus.

At the end of this course learners should be able to:

  • Describe the aspects of coronavirus biology that have led to the current global response
  • Explain the factors affecting transmission, and how we measure them
  • Understand the research on drugs, tests and vaccines for the disease
  • Debate the medical and social interventions which will be used in continuing disease control

Details and registration here.

CREST Home Learning Projects

There is a new collection of CREST challenges and project ideas that have been selected from the CREST Resource Library to be used at home with parental support or set as teacher facilitated distance learning projects.

There are projects to suit every age and level, from Foundation to A level, on a wide range of STEM topics.

Primary activities have been written for non-science specialists so are suitable for use by teachers and parents alike.

At secondary level, each project brief has an overall challenge, ideas for getting started and resources you might need. Read the health and safety section carefully before you begin. Young people should create a plan for their project and a risk assessment before they begin any practical activity. You can use the CLEAPSS student safety sheets to help them.

Find a host of ideas here.

 BBC Terrific Scientific

BBC Terrific ScientificThe campaign consists of 10 nationwide investigations and hopes to encourage one million children to take part. Terrific Scientific will also enable children to undertake genuine research using their science enquiry skills to inform the work of leading universities. The investigations are designed to be accessible and use everyday items.

Science and Wildlife Presenter, Liz Bonnin is an ambassador for Terrific Scientific and feature in this introductory film  which explains what the campaign is all about. Schools can sign up here to take part.

Details here.

Renishaw workshops for schools

For students at primary (yrs 5 and 6) and secondary schools throughout South Wales, Renishaw's education outreach workshops provide an exciting hands-on experience of real-world engineering. For teachers, they offer an ideal opportunity to pro-actively engage classes in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

Held at our state-of-the-art Fabrication Development Centre (FDC) in Miskin, our half-day and full-day workshops are completely FREE and can even be tailored to meet the needs of individual school curricula.

With strong core curriculum links, the workshops offer a range of different engineering STEM oriented activities including: Considering a career in engineering; 3D printing and Computer Aided Design (CAD); Electronics; Engineering; Coding and software; Science - Superstar CREST awards

More details here

FREE Schools Outreach Visits by the RSPB in Cardiff & FREE RESOURCES for all schools

Our trained educators will facilitate interactive, enquiry-based discovery of the natural world in your outdoor space.

We have a selection of fantastically engaging, age-appropriate, curriculum-linked sessions, all contributing towards RSPB’s Wild Challenge Award, Eco-Schools Programme and John Muir Awards. Our trained educators bring resources and specialist equipment, adding value to the workshops.

All details here.

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is an international non-profit organisation working to close the gender gap in technology by teaching girls computer science, bravery, and sisterhood. Our free programming is now available in the UK.

Women make up 50% of the UK workforce but less than 15% of STEM jobs.

Computing is where the jobs are — and where they will be in the future — but women and girls are being left behind. While interest in computer science declines over time, the biggest drop-off happens during a girl’s teenage years. By university, women account for less than a third of STEM undergraduates in the UK.

Girls Who Code is changing that. Since launching in the United States in 2012, Girls Who Code has reached 185,000 girls through its programmes, and 100 million people through campaigns, advocacy work, and 13-book New York Times best-selling series.

Girls Who Code Clubs are free programmes that get girls ages 11-18 excited about coding and computer science. Clubs can run before, during or after-school, on weekends or over the summer. In Clubs, girls engage in fun and simple online coding tutorials, build community through interactive activities, learn about inspiring role models in tech, and work together to design solutions to real-world problems facing their communities.

More details here.

Free Marine Science Workshops for Schools

The Sea Cadets with Seafarers UK are offering marine science workshops to KS3 students across the UK, completely free of charge.

This fun and informative two-hour workshop session focuses upon buoyancy, exploring some of the scientific principles behind buoyancy and displacement and ends with a team challenge to float a vessel to support the most cargo.

More information here