Your guide to key STEM events in the region and throughout the UK.
STEMNET and the Paralympic Torch Relay Team are challenging 11-14 year olds to create a spark to light the Paralympic Flame by the energy of human endeavour.
The top 8 teams from across the UK will be selected to compete in the National Final on Saturday 17th March 2012 at The Big Bang: UK Science and Engineering Fair at the NEC in Birmingham.
Maybe you're a teacher with a great idea for a science project? Or perhaps a scientist or an engineer who would like to be more involved with your local school? The Royal Society's Partnership Grants scheme could be just what you're looking for.
The scheme offers up to £3000 to support teachers, scientists and engineers like you in working together to inspire young people. Fantastic projects can be created by partnerships like these, allowing teachers to increase their scientific knowledge and giving scientists and engineers the chance to develop their communication skills and engage with enquiring young minds. Perhaps most importantly, these projects give school students a taste of science and engineering today, and their relevance for society.
Spring round open 3rd January to 24th February 2012
Teams of 3 to 6 young people working together are challenged to design and build a radio controlled 4-wheel-drive (4x4) vehicle, to set specifications, that can successfully negotiate a series of obstacles and tasks. The vehicles will be tested on a specially designed test track that emulates real life and what a full scale 4x4 vehicle can do. Teams entering the challenge will spend a number of weeks designing, researching, building and project managing their 4x4 vehicle to enter it into a regional heat to compete against other schools from their area. Regional winners will be selected through a judging process to go through to the national final in March 2012.
The Year in Industry scheme is the UK’s leading supplier of students for 1 year paid work placements. Annually we provide over 250 UK companies with highly motivated young people looking to gain industrial work experience either before or during their degree. We provide UK businesses with access to highly motivated future graduates and managers. We have links with schools and universities nationally and have access to young people interested in pursuing careers in: Engineering, IT, marketing, Finance, Law, Logistics and Scientific research from the Midlands and across the whole of the UK.
We are running a recruitment event on the 27th of February 2012 at Derby Pride Park Stadium. We are currently taking applications to attend from both companies and students for work placements commencing in the summer / autumn of 2012.
This conference is aimed at all post 16 teachers, trainers and managers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects.
This event is organised by the LSIS Regional STEM Centre. Please book your place by emailing Emma Griffin on
The ASE is delighted to announce that Stuart Naylor well known for “Concept Cartoons “and “Active Assessment “ will be delivering a morning session on Scientific Enquiry titled: “It’s not fair-or is it?”
The session is about the different types of enquiry, how they help develop pupils understanding, and how pupils’ enquiry skills develop. It will enable teachers to broaden their range of enquiries and be more purposeful, and it will help subject leaders to be more effective in the school.
Stuart’s reputation precedes him and subject leaders will be able to tell you about his work. As he is much in demand, nationally and internationally, we are delighted to have booked him for this session.
The session will run from about 9am to 1pm.
For more details of the event, contact Field Officer Tanya Dempster [email protected]
To book, contact Region Secretary Sue Banner at [email protected]
Each March the National Science & Engineering Week shines the spotlight on how the sciences and engineering relate to our everyday lives and it helps to inspire the next generation of scientists with fun and participative activities.
As a part of this event, the Nottinghamshire branch of the British Science Association takes great pleasure in organising ‘Science in the Park’ on Saturday, 10th March 2012, between 11 am and 4 pm in Wollaton Hall.
I’m an Engineer, Get me out of Here! is an award-winning engineering enrichment and engagement activity, funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering. It takes place online over a two week period and is a competition for engineers, where students are the judges. The 13-to 18-year-olds ask the engineers questions, chat about them, their research and engineering and then vote for the engineer who they think deserves the prize. For more information and to sign up go to www.imanengineer.org.uk