Events

Last updated: 10 January 2022

January

RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch. January to February

Like so many things, Big Schools’ Birdwatch was a bit different in 2021. But in 2022, we’re really looking forward to things being more normal, with teachers and pupils once again coming together to count the birds they see at school.

Taking part is as easy as 1,2,3 

1. Register today, and we’ll send you a fantastic pack with everything that you and your class need to take part in Big Schools’ Birdwatch. All our resources are differentiated to support curriculum learning and are available in Welsh. 

2. Get counting in your school grounds! Your free pack includes helpful ID resources, handy survey sheets plus everything you need to know to get your Wild Challenge award. 

3. Submit your results online. It’s easy to do with your class interactively on the whiteboard. We really want to know what you see, even if you see nothing at all.

Register here.

ASE RSciTech online session to find out more. Wednesday 12 January 1.30 - 2.30pm. Online

This session will enable participants to find out more about RSciTech - Registered Science Technician -  and to go through the form to understand what is required.

We will go through all the sections of the form and look at examples of what you could use as evidence.

Register here.

IOP Wales Physics Forum. Thursday 13 January 7pm. Online

Join us for the IOP Wales Physics Forum  - an opportunity to discuss ideas and resources  as well as developments that are ongoing in schools. It is a chance to join other teachers of physics online from across Wales and beyond to share ideas and resources.

All are welcome e.g. Teachers (physics specialists and non-specialists), NQT’s, PGCE students and those with an interest in Physics. It is a good opportunity to see what other teachers are doing in these unusual times.

Register here.

Gemau Ymholiad Gwyddonol. Thursday 20 January 4 - 5pm. Online

This is a WELSH LANGUAGE SESSION introducing the book, Gemau Ymholiad Gwyddonol.

Information and registration here.

ASE Wales: Down on the Farm. Wednesday 26 January 4.30 - 5.30pm. Online

Find out about engaging bilingual cross-curricular STEM projects for primary school children tailored for the new Curricuolum in Wales.

As former primary school teachers, the NFU Education team understand the challenges faced by the profession so Farming STEMterprise has been designed with three main goals in mind: to save teachers time and reduce workload; to spark learners’ passion and enthusiasm for STEM subjects and to convey important messages about food and nutrition through a cross-curricular, project-based approach.

Farming STEMterprise engages learners through real-life, meaningful problems as part of engaging cross-curricular projects. The projects take children through each stage of setting up a farm shop business: considering seasonality when deciding which crop to grow, growing their own ingredients, considering nutrition when designing their recipes, using market research to test their ideas out with potential consumers, working within a budget when buying additional ingredients, learning knife skills when making their products, calculating expected profit, designing responsible packaging and more.

Join the creator of Farming STEMterprise for a 30 minute introduction to the projects and how you can use them in your classroom and find out more about Cows on tour and Farmer time as well as CREST Awards and other relevant projects.

Register here.

Anglesey and Gwynedd Schools Webinar: NRW environment projects Wednesday 26 January 12.30pm and repeated at 3.30pm 

Exclusive to Primary and Secondary School teachers Anglesey and Gwynedd

Meet Jim Langley of Natures Work introducing teachers from Anglesey and Gwynedd to an opportunity engaging your pupils with environment projects linked to your local area.

‘Wild Landfill – Rewilding the post industrial landscape’ is a Natural Resources Wales multi agency project to regenerate local brownfield waste sites into multiple benefit nature areas. You will be offered a combination of school visits, resources, school site visits and onsite workshops all linked to the new Curriculum for Wales.

The project has a core focus on educational outcomes and aims to connect with schools in Gwynedd and Anglesey.

Register here.

Uniformed Groups STEM information session. Monday 31 January 5:30 – 6:30pm.Online

This information session provides an opportunity for leaders of uniformed youth groups (e.g. Scouts and Guides) to share what kind of support you could use to enhance and enrich activities, work towards badges and develop young people's knowledge and understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) by inviting volunteers with STEM skills to help support your young people.

It will also be for STEM Ambassadors to learn about all the wonderful badges and activities they can help support in their local group and how they can offer their skills and knowledge.

Register here.

STEM in Storytelling. Twice-daily sessions January 31 - 4 February. Online

World Book Day 2022 will take place across the country on Thursday, 3 March. National Storytelling Week is a chance to promote and encourage storytelling in your classroom and takes place 29 January - 5 February, 2022.

Join us for 15 minute sessions during the week - Monday to Friday at 12.45 and 3.45 - when STEM Ambassadors will be reading an excerpt from a book and providing a short discussion about the book afterwards with a link to STEM and careers. Details of each book will be highlighted on the eventbrite page and on twitter #STEMinstorytelling

You can join the session live or request a recording of the session and all participants who attend the event will be entered into a prize draw to win a copy of the book.

Register here.

February

Maths Inspiration. Tuesday 1 February 10am - 12.30pm. Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Please note that the first 5 pupils from each school go free, then there is a charge of £9 per pupil.

Maths Inspiration is a national programme of interactive maths lecture shows for teenagers. We give 14-17 year olds a chance to experience the UK's most inspiring maths speakers presenting mathematics live in the context of exciting, real-world applications.

The show is primarily aimed at:

  • Year 11s who you think have the potential to get Grade 6 or above at GCSE (that's roughly a high B grade in the old system)
  • All Year 12s and FE College students who are studying maths to at least Core Maths or AS Level.

An important element of our shows is demonstrating how topics that feature in the curriculum (such as Pythagoras, vectors and conditional probability) are used in important real world applications. Every show will contain ideas that should enrich regular study in the classroom. However the main message of our shows is "There is more to maths than taking exams". Our shows also feature maths ideas that are important but outside the curriculum, and Year 11s in particular will experience some maths concepts that they may not have studied yet. 

Details and booking here.

RSC: Chemistry at Work for Teachers. Tuesday 1 February 3.45 - 4.45pm. Online

This an online event for secondary teachers organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry as part of our Curriculum for Wales support.

Do you need inspiration to link chemistry to local industries? Our Chemistry at work for teachers event aims to connect you with several STEM Ambassadors who will talk about their industry and how it links to the new Curriculum for Wales. This event will be an excellent way to learn more about career implementation in your teaching.

This is a fully funded event aimed at secondary science teachers, technicians and subject leads. 

By the end of the session, you will:

  • have a number of local, relevant contacts who will be happy to talk to your students about their chemistry careers in Wales
  • have learnt about careers across Wales
  • have examples of chemistry used across Wales

More information and registration here.

IOP Wales Physics Forum. Thursday 3 February 7pm. Online

Join us for the IOP Wales Physics Forum  - an opportunity to discuss ideas and resources  as well as developments that are ongoing in schools. It is a chance to join other teachers of physics online from across Wales and beyond to share ideas and resources.

All are welcome e.g. Teachers (physics specialists and non-specialists), NQT’s, PGCE students and those with an interest in Physics. It is a good opportunity to see what other teachers are doing in these unusual times.

Register here.

Information session - Get involved in British Science Week 2022. Thursday 10 February 4 - 5pm. Online

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths that will take place between 11-20 March 2022. This year’s theme is Growth.

Getting involved in British Science Week is really easy, and you can take part in lots of different ways:

  • Download the BSW Activity Packs – these are full of ideas on how you and your pupils can get involved in school and at home, including many activity ideas, all based on Growth. There are separate packs for Early Years, Primary and Secondary.
  • BSW Poster Competition – There are age categories from 3 to 14 years old.
  • Smashing Stereotypes - Celebrate the diverse people and careers in science & engineering!
  • CREST Awards – Everyone from FP to KS3 could earn a CREST Award during BSW!
  • STEM Ambassador visits – Invite a STEM Ambassador to get involved with your school - in person or virtually - during BSW.

Join us for a walk-through of some of the available resources and to ask any questions you may have.

Register here.

ASE Cymru - Techmeet Wales - IT resources. Wednesday 16 February 1.30 - 3.00pm. Online

An opportunity for school and college technicians to share resources and ideas in the prep room - this session will focus on datalogging and IT resources.

This is an informal meeting to share ideas, resources and good practice focused on IT and datalogging. We will share experiences about working in schools and some of the barriers that technicians have faced since returning to school

Please indicate on the eventbrite if you wish to share anything in the meeting.

Register here.

March

British Science Week. 11 - 20 March

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths that will take place between 11-20 March 2022.

This year’s theme is Growth.

Find ideas on how to get involved, including Activity Packs for all ages and a Poster Competition on the BSW website here.