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Last updated: 16 June 2022

Llanelli WWT - FREE nature-connection programme for primary schools in economically disadvantaged areas

It all starts with a story... The Generation Wild programme follows the story of Ava, a mysterious part-bird, part-human character. Children are introduced to her story in school, meet her at the wetland centre and follow her on a magical adventure back at school and at home. Can your children help Ava to re-connect humans and nature whilst unlocking some of nature’s wildest secrets along the way.

You will get:

  • A free school visit for your class (suitable for years 1-6) to one of our WWT wetland centres (including free transport) 
  • A free family visit for every child in your class and their family 
  • School and family access to a website following Ava’s journey and containing over 50 different nature-connection activities 
  • Curriculum resource packs with activities linking to the project 
  • Specially-designed certificates and badges for your pupils 
  • A chance to win the construction of a mini-wetland in your school grounds

Details here.

Engineering Experience - Wales Residential Course. 15 - 17 August. University of South Wales

Ignite your potential and learn more about the dynamic world of engineering. This course dares you to imagine the world of tomorrow, and introduces you to leading engineering organisations, which have previously included Aston Martin and the RAF. Try solving problems faced by real-life engineers, work on projects with like-minded young people and experience life away from home by staying at the University of South Wales. This course is for Years 9/10.

We will help you to develop the key skills employers look for, by getting you to work on four hands-on engineering projects: creating a water filter; building an electric car; creating a renewable energy power plant; and making a strong bridge.

Students are exposed to the different types of engineering they could study at university, including hydraulic, energy, civil, and automotive. The course also encourages students to get creative and improve their teamwork, communication and leadership skills. 

Details here.

BAE Systems Work Experience Opportunities

Inspiring young people in their career choice.

BAE Systems is an inclusive employer and values diversity. Everyone has the opportunity to be themselves and fulfil their potential no matter what their background.

Between May and October, BAE Systems offer a range of work experience opportunities with different Business Units, including Digital Intelligence and Maritime Services. Many of the opportunities are virtual.

The Work Experience Programmes are very popular and places on the programme are limited. To register interest in the Work Experience Programme, simply complete the four sections of the form.

Details and applications here.

ICE Wales Engineering Team Challenge 2022. 

Register now for sessions across South Wales in September.

This is a challenge run by the Institution of Civil Engineers Wales for enthusiastic 16 to 18 year old students who are interested in pursuing a career in a STEM subject.

There are 4 different workshops, all running from 9am to 3pm, with limited places at each:

  • CARDIFF - Monday 26 September 
  • PONTYPRIDD - Tuesday 27 September
  • SWANSEA - Thursday 29 September
  • CARMARTHEN - Friday 30 September

To register interest or if you have any questions, email ryan.davies2@atkinsglobal.com

Mission X: train like an astronaut 

Mission X: train like an astronaut is a free educational project for students aged 8-12 by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the UK Space Agency (UKSA), facilitated nationally by the European Space Education Resource Offices (ESEROs) and volunteer National Organisers. Since its inception in 2011 by the original project developers, NASA, Mission X has engaged over half a million students across the globe.

Developed by space scientists and fitness professionals working with astronauts and space agencies worldwide, Mission X uses the excitement of space exploration to inspire students to learn about science, nutrition, exercise, and space.

Each year from January to May (extended in 2022 until July), teams of students can participate in the Walk to the Moon Challenge. During the challenge, teams complete the Mission X activities and submit them to earn points. Points are translated into steps which help the Mission X mascots, Luna and Leo, walk 384 400km – the distance from Earth to the Moon. 

Learn more about the challenge here.

FREE Books for Schools - Deep Space Diary

Applications are now open for the 2022 free book offering, celebrating the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. Thanks to the STFC and Webb Telescope UK, 36,000 copies of the Deep Space Diary  are available to schools in the UK.

If you are currently teaching in the UK you are eligible for a free class pack containing 30 copies of the Deep Space Diary (KS2 activity book for students), stickers, a welcome letter and a classroom poster.

Details and registration here.

RSB Gopher Science Lab free online training for KS2 and KS3 teachers

Gopher Science Lab was created and developed by the Royal Society of Biology in collaboration with the Biochemical Society. The Gopher Science Lab activities are simple, fun, hands-on activities designed to engage and inspire children and encourage them to explore their natural curiosity to find out how and why everyday things work. The activities are particularly designed to facilitate the learning of primary-aged pupils and to ease their transition from primary to secondary education. 

This interactive online training course has been produced thanks to generous funding from the Welsh Government's National Science Academy and is designed to support the continual professional development (CPD) of teachers. The course is aimed at non-specialist primary teachers who would like to develop their confidence and ability to teach science, as well secondary teachers looking for simple hands-on activities to engage and inspire their younger learners. 

Details here

Renishaw workshops for schools

For students at primary (yrs 5 and 6) and secondary schools throughout South Wales, Renishaw's education outreach workshops provide an exciting hands-on experience of real-world engineering. For teachers, they offer an ideal opportunity to pro-actively engage classes in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

Held at our state-of-the-art Fabrication Development Centre (FDC) in Miskin, our half-day and full-day workshops are completely FREE and can even be tailored to meet the needs of individual school curricula.

With strong core curriculum links, the workshops offer a range of different engineering STEM oriented activities including: Considering a career in engineering; 3D printing and Computer Aided Design (CAD); Electronics; Engineering; Coding and software; Science - Superstar CREST awards

More details here

FREE Schools Outreach Visits by the RSPB in Cardiff & FREE RESOURCES for all schools

Our trained educators will facilitate interactive, enquiry-based discovery of the natural world in your outdoor space.

We have a selection of fantastically engaging, age-appropriate, curriculum-linked sessions, all contributing towards RSPB’s Wild Challenge Award, Eco-Schools Programme and John Muir Awards. Our trained educators bring resources and specialist equipment, adding value to the workshops.

All details here.

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is an international non-profit organisation working to close the gender gap in technology by teaching girls computer science, bravery, and sisterhood. Our free programming is now available in the UK.

Women make up 50% of the UK workforce but less than 15% of STEM jobs.

Computing is where the jobs are — and where they will be in the future — but women and girls are being left behind. While interest in computer science declines over time, the biggest drop-off happens during a girl’s teenage years. By university, women account for less than a third of STEM undergraduates in the UK.

Girls Who Code is changing that. Since launching in the United States in 2012, Girls Who Code has reached 185,000 girls through its programmes, and 100 million people through campaigns, advocacy work, and 13-book New York Times best-selling series.

Girls Who Code Clubs are free programmes that get girls ages 11-18 excited about coding and computer science. Clubs can run before, during or after-school, on weekends or over the summer. In Clubs, girls engage in fun and simple online coding tutorials, build community through interactive activities, learn about inspiring role models in tech, and work together to design solutions to real-world problems facing their communities.

More details here.

Free Marine Science Workshops for Schools

The Sea Cadets with Seafarers UK are offering marine science workshops to KS3 students across the UK, completely free of charge.

This fun and informative two-hour workshop session focuses upon buoyancy, exploring some of the scientific principles behind buoyancy and displacement and ends with a team challenge to float a vessel to support the most cargo.

More information here