- Enabling young people to make informed decisions about future career paths in and from STEM
- Supporting industry in reducing the STEM skills gap
- Supporting teachers in delivery of the STEM curricula
- Raising the profile of science and engineering
National Science + Engineering Competition (NSEC)
Registrations are now open for the South East regional heats of the National Science + Engineering Competition (NSEC), which takes place on Tuesday 1st July at the Big Bang Fair South East at the South of England Showground near Haywards Heath.
Bring along a project you've been working on in a STEM Club or in class, or as part of any other scheme (like CREST or EES). You can show off what you've been doing to other students, as well as judges from industry and academia. There are loads of cash prizes, as well as the chance to represent the South East in the national finals next March in Birmingham.
The competition is open to 11-18 year olds in full-time education, split into science/maths and engineering/technology, and by age group (roughly key stage 3, 4 and 5).
As an added bonus, you'll get to enjoy the 100s of interactive activities and shows that are at the Big Bang Fair South East - the largest science and engineering fair in the South East.
Register here to bring your project (or projects - maximum of seven per school).
For more information, please contact Jo McKinney.
Free one-day Primary Teacher CPD session
Friday 13 June 2014 @ Beacon Community College, Crowborough Includes £100 box of equipment for your school!
"A fantastic session which provided ‘ready-made' activities which can be taken directly into a classroom."
"Really excellent - hands on and inspiring. Full of practical lessons rather than theory"
Beacon Community College, Crowborough, is hosting a free CPD session for primary school teachers run by Science Oxford. This is part of an exciting EU-funded project, ENGINEER, where museums and primary schools have developed 10 practical design challenges that enable upper KS2 pupils to apply their scientific skills and knowledge. Topics include gliders, mini-vacuum cleaners and floating platforms.
The CPD course will enable teachers to try out some of the activities for themselves and to explore ways of using and adapting the resources in their schools. All participants who intend to run activities in school will get a box of kit worth £100 including comprehensive teacher guides for each of the 10 design challenges. Refreshments and lunch will be provided as well as reasonable travel costs.
Places strictly limited - to book please visit: http://primaryengineeringcpd.eventbrite.co.uk
or for more information visit www.scienceoxford.com/engineer
Dates for your diary
National Women in Engineering Day
23 June 2014.
The first NWED takes place in June, and is dedicated to raising the profile and celebrating the achievements of women in engineering. There are numerous ways you can get involved - such as inviting a local engineering STEM ambassador into the school, organising an activity day (such as http://practicalaction.org/beattheflood ), or doing a CREST project to show girls that they can do engineering too! You could also encourage your school to review Science/D&T teaching and careers advice, or organise some training for staff on engineering careers for girls AND boys.
For project ideas, information and a free resource pack visit http://www.wes.org.uk/nwed
What are you doing for NWED? We'd love to know! Email us or tweet @STEMSussex #NWED
The British Science Association CREST Awards are a nationally recognised accreditation scheme for project work in the fields of STEM. The aim of the awards is to motivate and build confidence in students, encouraging them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
STEMNetworking can provide you with many new ways to promote the STEM subjects and related careers.