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Using Fireworks Safely!

by Guest Blogger: CathyB 12. December 2010 15:16

The STEM Clubs Network in partnership with the Science Learning Centre East Midlands invites STEM Clubs leaders and their technicians to attend this exciting new session at 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday 19th January 2011 at the University of Leicester. The session will provide a number of hands-on fireworks related activities suitable for use in an after-school club setting and will have a strong focus on safety. The session will be led by Matthew Tosh, STEM Clubs Network manager and professional pyrotechnician in his spare time. The session is FREE for STEM Clubs Network affiliated schools and places will be allocated on a first come-first served basis. Affiliation is easy and totally free at www.stemclubs.net.  To book your place call the Science Learning Centre East Midlands on 0116 252 3771. Details at STEM Clubs East Midlands events page.

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Report on STEM Careers published

by benjharrold 27. November 2010 15:08

Earlier this year the Gatsby Charitable Foundation funded a short review of STEM careers, led by Professor Sir John Holman. A report on the review has now been published, and is available to download from the left-hand side of this page.

The review covers provision of STEM careers education, information, advice and guidance in England, and focuses on secondary and further education, although one of the report’s recommendations is the need to commence careers related work from an early age.

The evidence base for the report comprises:
·         A literature review drawing on UK and international studies·         Nineteen interviews with key stakeholders in the careers guidance profession and STEM community·         Meetings with the Skills Minister John Hayes MP and senior officials in The Department for Education
(DfE) and The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
·         An online survey of the STEM and careers guidance communities, with 105 respondents representing
95 institutions
·         Two workshops, one for educators and careers professionals, and one for employers.The report makes 15 recommendations for improving access by students and their parents to high quality information and guidance on STEM careers. Some of the recommendations are to the Government and its agencies, some to the careers guidance profession, some to the STEM community and some to independent funders.


The National STEM Centre eLibrary is home to the
 STEM Subject Choice and Careers resources produced by the Department for Education as part of the STEM Programme.

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Shaping Nottingham's science future

by Guest Blogger 22. September 2010 21:13

 

This year Nottingham's young people get the chance to support their City in becoming a world class leader in science and innovation at the Science City Youth Parliament  events in November. As part of the European 2Way project, which aims to help citizens have their say about science related issues, The Youth Parliament events will enable the young people to create a formal resolution which will be taken to the special European Youth Science Conference in Brussels in December. The Youth Parliament will be made up of up to 60 young people aged 16-19 from across the city and county. Over two days the Youth Parliament will hear evidence from scientists and professionals about four of the life - science issues that currently affect the world we live in: stem cell research, use of genetic test results, genes and aggressive behaviour, personalised medicine. They will then plan their arguments, present their cases and debate all the issues before agreeing on a resolution. Two members of the Youth Parliament will then get the opportunity to represent Nottingham at the Brussels conference. 

In October the parliament delegates will also get a chance to visit a working laboratory, test their science skills and prepare for the discussions which will be held on the 4th and 5th November.

 

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Fourth STEM Challenge linked to London 2012

by Guest Blogger: CathyB 29. August 2010 20:12

‘The Travel Challenge’ is launched on 6th September as the fourth of the series of ten STEM Challenges brought to you by STEMNET. The challenge is: ‘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 deadline for team registration is Monday 1st November 2010 and then teams prepare entries for the judging which takes place in schools between 1st and 8th December 2010. The challenge final will be held at ASE Conference, Reading, Thursday 6th January 2011. Further information, resources and teacher guides can be found by visiting www.stemchallenges.net.

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East Midlands STEM Partnership Forum Event – STEM Careers – Shaping the Future: 12 October 2010

by Guest Blogger: CathyB 8. July 2010 16:53

 

The East Midlands STEM Partnership is pleased to announce that preparations for the 7th Forum Event, ‘STEM Careers – Shaping the Future’ are currently underway. The event will be taking place on 12 October 2010 (9.00am - 12.00pm) at East Midlands Development Agency, Nottingham.


This event explores STEM careers in the East Midlands. Guest speaker Andrew Bowyer of Magna Parva Ltd will talk about the importance of transferable skills in the workplace, and a panel of STEM speakers, including Ruth Amos, Young Engineer of Great Britain 2006, will discuss their reasons for choosing a career in STEM.


Places are limited to 80 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. For a full agenda and to register your FREE place please click here.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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National Science and Engineering Week STEM Student Journalist Competition Deadline...Friday 16 April

by HannahB 6. April 2010 14:19

 

The National Science and Engineering Week STEM Student Journalist Competition deadline is only 10 days away... Friday 16 April!

Student Journalists can submit reports relating to events and activities which took place during National Science and Engineering Week (12 -21 March 2010). With the opportunity to win an iPod Nano for winning reports!

Further details about the competition and terms and conditions can be found at https://emstempartnership.org.uk/nsew . Please submit all reports to Hannah Benson at or 0115 984 7021, or contact Hannah with any questions you have.

.... There's still time to submit your reports, so get writing!!

Competition winners will be annouced week commencing 26 April.

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STEM team takes 'sustainability' to the Gambia

by Guest Blogger: STEMPoint 29. March 2010 15:17

 

The Derbyshire Education Business Partnership’s STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – team, together with staff from Kniveton CE Primary School, have been on a trip of a lifetime to offer some much needed educational support to the Janet International School in Gambia. 

Mangrove swamps, dusty dirt tracks, oyster farms, blistering heat and the sound of baboons, awaited the team who spent a week over the February half term sharing a programme of work with students and teachers in the underprivileged area of Bakoteh. The programme focused on local environments and incorporated work on climate change, the carbon footprint and sustainable energy. The team settled in straight away after a warm welcome and were able to deliver a series of fun and engaging activities - including K’Nex solar panels, LEGO NXT robotic cars, wind turbines and solar ovens – to the beaming students, who had never in their life seen such technology. 

STEM manager, Lawrie Peck said, “It was an incredible privilege to be part of this project – to see the students growing in confidence as they embraced the new ideas, particularly in a region so in need of cost-cutting sustainable energy technology like these. It just demonstrates what an important role science, technology, engineering and maths can play in our world, and how important it is to build this into education from a young age.” 

Guest Blogger: Lawrie Peck, Derbyshire Education Business Partnership

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New report from Science and Learning Expert Group

by Guest Blogger: CathyB 5. March 2010 13:41

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' (BIS) Science and Learning Expert Group has recently released a report Science and Mathematics Secondary Education for the 21st Century

The report outlines five priority areas for improving STEM learning in schools and colleges;

  1. Recruit more STEM graduates into teaching, then train and retain them
  2. Improve the content and assessment of science and maths at GCSE and A-Level (including having expert groups advise on the design and development of qualifications and assessment)
  3. Clearly differentiate the learning pathways available to young people
  4. Integrate IAG into science lessons and enrichment, and develop HE and workplace links
  5. Foster a commitment to excellence in science and mathematics in schools and colleges through accountability mechanisms and incentives. 

There’s a good article about the report on the BBC website.  You can see the responses from Schools Minister Iain Wright and Science and Innovation Minister Lord Drayson on the BIS website.

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Crown Hills Community College Launches Lab_13… A pioneering science space managed by young people for young people

by JenniferD 25. February 2010 15:19

I have now settled in as scientist in residence at Lab 13 at Crown Hills Community College and look forward to our official launch on the 25th of February. There is a buzz going around the school fuelled by those who have discovered Lab_13 and have enjoyed the experience.

The lab has so far seen a number of Lunchtime clubs (exploring the science used in hollywood films) and an inventors club where students have had the freedom to design their own innovative project. A Come Alive With Science project (looking at the science behind fashion) has also taken place in the lab.

The experience of working with the students in Lab_13 at Crown Hills has also helped me to grow as an individual as I have had to manage the expectations of a school, a group of confident students as well as the aims and objectives of the project as a whole. Apart from all the amazing experiments I have been able to demonstrate so far, I have also learnt not to show students how to make slime and to leave decorating the lab to the art department! 
 
Tom Carter, Scientist in Residence, Lab_13, Crown Hills Community College

Find out more about Lab_13

 

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BBC Journalist and Camerawoman Champion STEM Student Journalist Workshop, 11 February 2010.

by HannahB 18. February 2010 10:29

The fifth regional East Midlands STEM Student Journalist Workshop took place last Thursday 11 February.  Hosted at the Roundhouse, part of Derby College, the half day interactive workshop was led by BBC Business Correspondent Rob Pittam and BBC News Camerawoman Sara Shepherd.  The event was a great success with Rob and Sara giving students an insight into their jobs and the world of journalism.

Later in the day, students enthusiastically took part in a news room simulation activity where they adopted the roles of editors, sub editors and reporters, looking at STEM related press releases on topics such as climate change, developments in sports science, the ‘toyota’ issue in the world of engineering and technological advancements at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, giving students a taste of what it is like to come up with a news agenda and cope with a running story. The day concluded with the opportunity for students to ask Rob and Sara questions.

The workshop was attended by over 60 students, primarily from Derbyshire, but also from Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire. Analysis of the workshop evaluation saw 85% of students rate the day as useful, with 89% finding the sessions run by Rob and Sara interesting and helpful. Rob and Sara said they “enjoyed meeting STEM reporters, being able to pass on tips and share our experiences with the next generation of journalists...."

Students commented on the event saying that it gave them “a valuable insight into the world of journalism”, and teachers attending on the day said they were “impressed by the quality of their students work during the news room simulation activity”.

The forthcoming National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW), 12-21 March, will be an ideal platform for the students who attended the workshop to put their new STEM reporting skills into action and enter the NSEW STEM Student Journalist Competition to win an iPod Nano. For more details click here.   

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The views expressed in this Blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the East Midlands STEM Partnership, its partners or funders, including East Midlands Development Agency.

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