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Ignition* Celebration Day: 12th September 2011

by benjharrold 22. August 2011 18:12
To celebrate four years of creative, innovative STEM work through out the schools in the East Midlands, we are holding a Celebration Day; a chance to come and see some of the amazing experiments, inventions and ideas that have come from the young people of the region. Representatives from some of the schools Ignition* has worked with will be presenting their individual contributions, and explaining how their involvement with the Ignition* program  has helped shift their perception of STEM subjects. There will be drop-in workshops led by creative practitioners who have been involved with the Ignition* program over the four years, and hands on activities available for all. Come along to find out more about the work of Igniton*, and see the impact it has made. A buffet lunch will be provided, which is included in your ticket.  For any queries about these events, please contact the Ignition* team on 0844 879 2110 or alternatively drop us an email at .

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Ignition* Celebration Day: 12th September 2011

by benjharrold 22. August 2011 18:12
To celebrate four years of creative, innovative STEM work through out the schools in the East Midlands, we are holding a Celebration Day; a chance to come and see some of the amazing experiments, inventions and ideas that have come from the young people of the region. Representatives from some of the schools Ignition* has worked with will be presenting their individual contributions, and explaining how their involvement with the Ignition* programme has helped shift their perception of STEM subjects. There will be drop-in workshops led by creative practitioners who have been involved with the Ignition* programme over the four years, and hands on activities available for all. Come along to find out more about the work of Igniton*, and see the impact it has made. A buffet lunch will be provided, which is included in your ticket.  For any queries about these events, please contact the Ignition* team on 0844 879 2110 or alternatively drop us an email at .

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Ignition* Celebration Day: 12th September 2011

by benjharrold 22. August 2011 18:10
To celebrate four years of creative, innovative STEM work through out the schools in the East Midlands, we are holding a Celebration Day; a chance to come and see some of the amazing experiments, inventions and ideas that have come from the young people of the region. Representatives from some of the schools Ignition* has worked with will be presenting their individual contributions, and explaining how their involvement with the Ignition* programme has helped shift their perception of STEM subjects. There will be drop-in workshops led by creative practitioners who have been involved with the Ignition* programme over the four years, and hands on activities available for all. Come along to find out more about the work of Igniton*, and see the impact it has made. A buffet lunch will be provided, which is included in your ticket.  For any queries about these events, please contact the Ignition* team on 0844 879 2110 or alternatively drop us an email at .

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Lab_13 Showcase: 13th September 2011

by benjharrold 22. August 2011 18:09
Ignition* now has 6 Lab_13's across the region, in both primary and secondary schools. Lab_13 has been based on the model of Room 13 in Scotland (http://www.room13scotland.com/), a room that is for students, and managed by the students, giving them a sense of ownership, responsibility and inventiveness. This showcase event will offer the opportunity to speak to the Management Teams of the Labs (all students), and see what makes a Lab_13 so exciting. We are looking forward to some crazy experiements, student led demonstrations, and fantastic ideas for the future, and would encourage you to sign up to come along to see this revolutionary development within East Midlands schools. The Management Teams will be able to answer any questions you may have about Lab_13, and explain their input into their Lab. 

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EM STEM Partnership Forum:

by benjharrold 22. August 2011 18:04

The next EM STEM Partnership Forum will be taking place in Leicester at Embrace Arts for directions and to book tickets please vist. http://ignitioncelebration.eventbrite.com/.  

EM STEM Partnership Forum: Taking place on the 13th September 2011 will explore STEM Careers – Employer Engagement with Young People  STEM skills are crucial for the UK’s economic future and its workforce will need strong partnerships between business and education in order to ensure these demands are met. Kirsten Bodley, STEMNET Chief Executive says:"It's clear that the big growth areas in the coming decades are going to be those that require proficiency in STEM skills," says Bodley. "Whether that's building giant wind turbines or microscopic electronic components, we will need a highly-qualified and STEM-literate workforce. However, unless STEM-reliant industries play their part we will struggle to reach the required level."http://www.engineeringapprentice.co.uk/article/33064/Employer-must-be-proactive-in-STEM-debate-says-STEMNET.aspx

13/04/2011 Engineering Apprentices website This year’s STEM Forum will focus on working relationships between the business and education by presenting practical advice from a Head Teacher and Business Leader perspective. There will also be an Employer Panel discussion on the lessons learned from working with education partners, followed by an open floor Q&A session.Simon Collins, Human Resources Manager from Caterpillar UK Ltd, will be speaking at the event, with other speakers to be confirmed.  Register now for your opportunity to gain insight into how to operate strong business and education partnerships in the East Midlands. Also happening is the Ignition* Celebration event, taking place in the same venue.

Book your tickets for the the Lab 13 showcase (taking place following the next forum eveny and the Ignition* Celebration day on http://ignitioncelebration.eventbrite.com/.

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The Big Bang East Midlands- Venue Change

by benjharrold 5. June 2011 12:46

Coming soon..... The Biggest Bang Nottingham Has Ever Seen!

On Tuesday the 28th of June, students from the whole of the East Midlands will come to Nottingham University's East Midlands Conference Centre in the greatest festival of regional science talent yet experienced! Come and marvel at the inside of the earth in 3D, join in the fight for cleaner energy, and experience the magic of the Act Out Theatre Company as they celebrate female engineers throughout the centuries!

Most importantly of all, however, is the competition judging the very best young scientists, engineers and STEM clubs the region has to offer. Those brining projects and clubs can win cash prizes and go forward to the national final in March 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/eastmidlands or phone 01827 316297.

28/06/11- The Big Bang East Midlands- East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham.

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Nottingham team are national 'Top of the Bench' runners-up

by Guest Blogger: CathyB 28. April 2011 16:37

Many congratulations to Nottingham High School for being crowned national runners-up in the national final of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Top of the Bench Competition.The Nottingham High School team won the East Midlands’ final in January and went on to compete in the national final on Saturday 2nd April at Imperial College London.A very strong field of 28 teams were present, each having won their respective regional finals. They took part in an intensive day of written papers and practical work in the university labs.  The team did really well in all sections, only narrowly missing out on first place. They were presented with a silver salver and some tokens. Congratulations to the Nottingham High School team for representing the East Midlands so well!

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University of Northampton wins NSEW Award

by benjharrold 22. April 2011 16:52

Congratulations to the University of Northampton for winning the Best Engineering Event Award for National Science and Engineering Week 2011. This British Science Association award was for the event on 16thFebruary for Year 8 girls: ‘Girls Achieving in Engineering and Science - Anyway, Anyhow, Anyplace, Anytime, Girls can do it too!’

The event was organised by Tricia Goodchild of the University’s School of Science and Technology. It featured a highly engaging talk from Julie Greensmith, Senior Computer Science Lecturer at the University of Nottingham, a drama production taking the pupils on a journey through engineering, a taster of the University’s NVision experience and lots of interactive workshops.

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Derbyshire School wins STEM Challenge 5

by Guest Blogger: CathyB 20. March 2011 13:29

Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School from Ashbourne which has won the most recent STEM Challenge! The competition asked students from across the UK to work in teams to design a wetsuit for Jimmy Goddard, one of Great Britain’s leading paratriathletes. The team competed against seven other finalist teams from around the country in a Dragon’s Den-style interview on Saturday 12th March at the Big Bang Fair in London. The team impressed Head Judge Jimmy Goddard with their talent and enthusiasm for the Challenge: “It was fantastic to see such a young group of people, aged only 11 to 12, use their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to produce such an outstanding design for the competition.” Full story here.

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Castle College celebrates National Science & Engineering Week by announcing new courses

by Guest Blogger 20. March 2011 13:01
 

Castle College has announced significant new provision in Science and Engineering which will start in September 2011. The School of Science and Academic Progression will be introducing HNC and HND in Applied Science with routes in Biology and Chemistry.  It will also continue to develop its provision in Applied Science at levels 1 to 3 with specialist routes in Medical and Forensic Science as well as Access programmes in Science and Nursing.  GCE ‘A’ Level provision will focus on the College’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) expertise with programmes including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths.

Engineering will also be extending its range of courses with the introduction of an HNC in Automotive Engineering which will allow people already employed in the motor industry or students progressing from Level 3 to study part-time for two years and will incorporate the latest technologies involved in 21st century automotive engineering including hybrid and renewable technology.

From September 2011 students will also be able to enrol on one of two full-time Motorcycle Maintenance courses based at the Highfields Centre.  The Level 1 course will cover all the basic principles of motorcycle design, construction and operation of main components whilst the Level 2 option will explore the technical needs for today’s motorcycle industry and provide essential knowledge for service technicians working on motorcycles in all types of garages and dealerships. 

 Finally, the College will be entering the automotive heavyweight division with the introduction of Level 2 and Level 3 Heavy Goods Vehicle Repair courses.

 For more details about the new provision in Science and Engineering call 0845 845 0500 now.

 

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