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General presentation on 'where can STEM take you' which comprises images and quiz questions. Takes approx 20 mins to deliver but can be reduced to 10 mins by omitting quiz or exanded to whole lesson by adding in talk about your own route into STEM career and a quick practical challenge to illustrate the skills you use in STEM jobs.
A website I have created that displays free STEM activities, challenges and projects for STEM ambassadors, teachers and parents alike.
The UK Centre for Astrobiology (UKCA)-NASA Astrobiology Summer Academy is a one-week duration residential summer school designed to give high school students and teachers the opportunity to experience research, engage with scientists and learn at the interface of some of the most exciting cutting edge questions in science today such as: How did life originate on the Earth? Is there life elsewhere?
Astrobiology is an interdisciplinary field that engages with diverse subjects from astronomy to biology, chemistry and geosciences. The science of astrobiology seeks to understand and ultimately answer some of the most fundamental questions in science, such as how life originated and whether the Earth is the only planet with life.
The Astrobiology Summer Academy (ASA) uses astrobiology to bring the excitement of science to high school students and teachers in a real research setting.
At the academy, attendees learn about how planets form; how life adapts to extreme environments on the Earth, such as deep sea hydrothermal vents and cold Antarctic environments; whether life exists on other planets; the latest advances in the exploration of Mars and the possibility of human bases on other planets and moons.
The Academy provides an ideal framework to accomplish several objectives in secondary education:
Give students an idea of what different sciences involve and help them make decisions on university degree choices.
Support teachers in using Astrobiology to create classes, workshops and lesson plans to explore a wide range of scientific questions (teachers will create new astrobiology lesson plans as part of the academy).
Exposure to researchers and the excitement of active scientific research.
Teach new scientific knowledge in cutting edge areas and in interdisciplinary fields.
Engage with overseas scientists and see how science works across international boundaries.
Give them access to NASA and UKSA scientists and the opportunity to talk to them about their work today.
The current run of The Sky at Night ends in December. The BBC is reviewing with a view to replace it with something else possibly after April 2014. So far, over 31,000 people from around the world (!) disagree. Add your voice to keep this important STEM/outreach programme going.
Teachers notes for a new STEM challenge called Beat the Flood..
Suitable for KS2-3 (age 7-14) pupils use their STEM skills to help them design and build a model of a flood- proof house. Activities to help them with their design include testing materials (for strength and absorbency) and structures.
Set on a fictitious island coping with the devastating effects of flooding caused by climate change Beat the Flood is perfect for STEM and science clubs, curriculum enrichment days, and providing a great context for science and D & T lessons.
All material to support delivery of the challenge including PowerPoint, teacher’s notes, pupil worksheets, certificates and a poster are freely available online. Printed posters will be sent upon request.
The challenge can be used to gain a CREST Discovery (secondary) or CREST Investigators (primary) award and entered into Practical Action’s competition, which has prizes of £250 for winning schools and £25 vouchers and wind up radios for pupils
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