Your guide to key STEM events in the region and throughout the UK.
The scheme offers up to £3000 to support teachers, scientists and engineers 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. For successful applicants, the grant is awarded directly to the school, enabling the school to pay for any specialist equipment needed for the investigation, travel expenses for the scientist/engineer and/or the school group and possibly teacher supply cover.
A dedicated team at The Royal Society supports all stages of the application process, including advising on investigations you may be considering and guidance in finding a suitable scientist/engineer partner. The Autumn round of Partnership Grants applications opens in September and the closing date is 5 November 2010.
Can you help to reduce the carbon footprint of spectators travelling to London 2012? BP - the official oil and gas partner of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games – is challenging Key Stage 3 (or equivalent) students to make proposals for sustainable travel options at Games time. The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games present London and the UK with a huge transport challenge: approximately 8 million tickets will be on sale during the Olympic Games, with a further 2 million available for the Paralympics. As part of making the Games sustainable, transport is an important consideration and much is being done to identify how CO2 emissions caused by transport can be greatly reduced. Spectators will be encouraged to use public transport, walk or cycle - in fact, London 2012 would like 100% of spectators and workforce to travel to London venues by the most sustainable modes.
The Challenge is to make sustainable travel plans for the journey from your school to two different Olympic and Paralympic venues. We suggest you take approximately four weeks to complete the Challenge, ideally this would be done as a Club activity. Your research should also be used to create a short presentation on sustainable travel. You will need to work in teams of four to six people, and think carefully about what your team can achieve in the available time – manage your time effectively, sharing out tasks and not taking on more than can be realistically completed.
Deadline for entries: Monday 1st November 2010. Judging dates: between 1st and 8th December 2010. Challenge Final: at ASE Conference, Reading, Thursday 06 January 2011
A team of engineers is jetting off to Singapore to take part in a model F1 Grand Prix.
The students from Lutterworth College are teaming up with youngsters from a Malaysian military academy.
Their aim as Team Fusion is to produce the fastest and best-engineered model F1 car using the latest computer-aided techniques.
Some 26 teams from 18 nations are taking part in the two-day event in the week before the Singapore Grand Prix on September 26.
The British Science Festival (formerly the BA Festival of Science) is one of Europe's largest science festivals, taking place each September. The Festival is in a different location in the UK each year, bringing you the latest in science, technology and engineering.
This is aimed at all teachers who deliver an Earth Science component of the curriculum, whether in Geology or through general science, Chemistry Biology, Physics and Geography. There will be INSET training sessions dedicated to all levels: Primary, KS3-4, Post-16 and HE - as well as lectures, workshops and activities, exhibitors, social events and fieldwork.
The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) is holding a free event entitled My Sparkling Career immediately after their AGM at Aston University on Saturday 18th September (11.30am to 1.00pm). Professor Julia King, CBE FREng, Vice Chancellor of Aston University, will be heading a panel of women working in engineering and technology who will share their sparkling careers with the audience and answer questions on careers, engineering and technology etc. The event is aimed at students, parents, engineers, technologists etc and is being held during the British Science Festival.
Saturday event for teachers of physics. This will include a lecture on the Large Hadron Collider, given by Prof. W J Stirling, as well as a choice of workshops.
Fee: £10 (including buffet lunch).