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Events

Last updated: 13 June 2021

June

Cheltenham Science Festival. 10 - 13 June. Online

How long is a piece of string? What makes the world turn? And why does chocolate taste so good? Nothing is off limits at Cheltenham Science Festival. Every year we are joined by the world’s greatest scientists, futurologists and thought-leaders to help make sense of the world around us.

With past speakers including Brian Cox, Helen Sharman, Giles Yeo, Helen Czerski, Robert Winston, Alice Roberts, Hannah Fry, Richard Dawkins, Jessica Barker, Dallas Campbell, Stefan Gates, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Maddie Moate and Greg Foot the festival is the perfect place to expand your mind. Join us for debate, discovery, experiments, enjoyment and hands-on fun.

Find out about this year's online festival here.

The Great Science Share for Schools. 15 June 7pm online

Join an online celebration of the  annual campaign to inspire young people to share their scientific questions with new audiences.

The Great Science Share for Schools is the award-winning campaign that invites 5-14 year olds to share their own scientific questions and investigations, to raise the profile of science in schools and communities, and inspire young people into science and engineering. 

Join us to share your ideas and resources and listen to how others have made the Great Science Share for Schools a success

So much preparation is already underway to make 2021 even more successful. Keep up to date with what’s on when by registering your interest here or book a place at our online event

Spotlight on CGI: Innovating Careers for students. Tuesday 15 June 4 - 5pm. Online

CGI STEM Ambassadors are launching their new STEM offer at a session for teachers in Wales only

CGI is among the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world, offering end-to-end IT services and IP-based solutions for government and industry clients. With 6000 members across the UK, CGI have 21 offices, including Bridgend and St Asaph in Wales.

This session will cover an introduction to CGI, our EmployABILITY programme and an overview of our Apprentice Programmes. We currently offer Higher and Degree Apprenticeship opportunities in Wales and have been ranked as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer.

Suitable for teachers and STEM Ambassadors.

Details and booking here.

Royal Society of Chemistry - Chemistry in COVID. Tuesday June 15. Online

Join us for a live and interactive session on the Chemistry in Covid-19 and associated support by the RSC and others. This session will be delivered by Delwen McCallum and supported by Laura-Alexandra Smith, who are both RSC Education Coordinators. It is best suited for secondary chemistry teachers, non-chemistry specialists, early career, NQT or technicians.

Aims - To introduce current research into covid taking place at Universities.  To look at how this could be brought into secondary teaching and the associated articles and resources.

How

  • We will have a look at current Covid-19 research focussing on
  • Chemistry links
  • Roles and Careers
  • How the research is funded and supported
  • Associated RSC resources
  • Associated non-RSC resources

By the end of the session you will:

  • Be familiar with some current covid-19 research
  • Be familiar with linked careers
  • Be familiar with the structure of research teams, co working and funding at universities  
  • Have ready-to-use ways in which to use them in your teaching

This session has been designed to demonstrate the ways in which we can embed current research into teaching.  We will be focussing on careers and linked resources.

Details and booking here.

Royal Society of Chemistry Steps into Science session - Practical Science: making measurements. Wednesday 16 June 4 - 5pm. Online

Join the RSC for an interactive session to support you with experiments specifically focusing on measuring. This session will be delivered by RSC education coordinator Dr Joanna Buckley. It is particularly suited for teachers of pupils aged 7-11.

Aims: Understanding the importance of measuring is key to quantifying the world around us. Chemical scientists continually measure and calculate when carrying out experiments and testing their theories. Developing these skills is vital to demonstrate its importance in everyday life.

The main focus of the session will be to gain ideas for relevant practical experiments that relate to making measurements, all of which are straight-forward to replicate and fun to perform.

By the end of the session you will:

  • Be more familiar with suitable experiments that demonstrate the importance of measuring.
  • Grow your confidence in delivering these experiments.
  • Gain a better understanding of our Steps in Science website by being able to navigate, find and use our resources.
  • Discover the wealth of freely available support from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Details and booking here.

IOP Wales Physics Forum. Thursday 17 June 7pm. Online

Join us for the IOP Wales Physics Forum  - an opportunity to discuss ideas and resources  as well as development 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.

It is really good to listen in to these and you can take part as much or as little as you want.

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.

Y Coleg Cymraeg Science Conference. Thursday 17 June. Online

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A WELSH LANGUAGE EVENT

Following a year off due to the constraints of the pandemic, the Coleg Cymraeg is delighted to announce the return of the Science Conference this year. It will be a Virtual Conference, and we hope this will stimulate and enable a new audience to join us, as well as our regulars!

It will be held on 17 June starting at 09:30 am. The Conference is held in Welsh and everyone interested in the sciences is welcome to register for the Conference, whether academics, students, members of the public or learners in schools and colleges of further education.

Details and registration here.

International Women in Engineering Day. Wednesday 23 June

The theme for 2021 is Engineering Heroes

This year we’ll be celebrating the amazing work that women engineers around the world are doing, and not just to respond to the pandemic but also to support lives and livelihoods every day.

We’re profiling the best, brightest and bravest women in engineering, who recognise a problem, then dare to be part of the solution; who undertake everyday ‘heroics’ as much as emergency ones.

Want to get involved? Submit your events, download resources and join in! 

Details here.

Royal Society of Chemistry Steps into Science session - Introducing careers in primary science teaching. Wednesday 23 June 4 - 5pm. Online

We are very happy to invite you to our career session, where we will be covering some easy ways to engage your pupils in STEM careers and we’ve invited along some scientists who are interested in getting involved in careers in schools. This session will be delivered by Kate Whetter and supported by Katie Nuttall who are both RSC Education Coordinators. Anyone teaching or supporting primary aged school pupils is welcome to attend, you do not have to be a school science lead or science specialist.

Aims: To briefly cover what career support is available from the Royal Society of Chemistry, and provide a networking opportunity between teachers and scientists working outside the classroom.  

We will have a look at current research and best practice suggestions, with a brief activity. We know how busy teaching can get, especially in the past year, so we are keen to ensure we signpost you to quick, easy to use and therefore time-saving resources. There will be time for discussion and asking questions.

By the end of the session you will:

  • have tools/resources that can be incorporated into the classroom
  • have an opportunity to network and share ideas

Details and booking here.

Big Bang Digital. 23 - 25 June

This year, the Big Bang Digital is expanding its horizons to look at how we can build a brighter and greener future using science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) – a future that will be in the hands of the brilliant young people who are studying the subjects right now.

Aimed at 11 to 14 year olds, the 3-day event (Weds 23 June to Fri 25 June) will be packed full of inspiring and interactive sessions, opening young people's eyes to future developments they could be part of.

Big Bang Digital could be the spark for young people to see how the very subjects they're studying can lead to some of the most interesting, exciting and fulfilling careers.

Register here.

Financial Foundations secondary school workshop for Teachers and STEM Ambassadors. Thursday June 24, 4 - 5pm. Online

Confidence in managing budgets and finance is a key skill for all pupils and an important pillar of the curriculum, including health and wellbeing.

To assist teachers STEM Ambassadors from Nat West will introduce you to their Financial Foundations workshops covering year groups in Secondary Schools. These workshops are delivered in schools but can also be experienced in online classes.

Suitable for teachers and STEM Ambassadors this session will cover Financial Skills as key skills and help Health and Wellbeing.

STEM Ambassadors will gain experience in how to develop an interactive session to engage 15 yrs + students

Book here.

NEON and Tomorrows Engineers Webinar for teachers 30th June 4pm – 5pm. Online

Neon brings together the UK's best engineering experiences and inspiring careers resources to help teachers bring STEM to life with real-world examples of engineering.

Finding engaging activities to show where engineering is used in the real world can take time. So, we do the hard work for you, curating the most brilliant experiences so you know they are engaging for your students, are linked to up-to-date careers information and highlight real-world applications of engineering. 

Dan Powell from EngineeringUK will give you a guided tour of the Neon platform and lead a discussion on how it can be used to help you inspire your students to consider a career in engineering.'

Register here.

July

IOP Wales Physics Forum. Thursday 1 July 7pm. Online

Join us for the IOP Wales Physics Forum  - an opportunity to discuss ideas and resources  as well as development 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.

It is really good to listen in to these and you can take part as much or as little as you want.

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.

Bangor Physics Teachers' Conference 2021. Saturday 3rd – Friday 9thJuly. Online

The traditional day we go to Bangor has moved online again this year.

There will be a range of sessions over the week, details will be posted on Eventbrite as soon as they are confirmed.

Open to anyone with an interest in Physics teaching.

For more details contact Anthony Clowser via bangorphysicstc2021@gmail.com

Register here.

ASE Cymru - Chemistry in the Curriculum for Wales. Tuesday 6 July 4.30 - 5.30pm. Online

This session will explore the Royal Society of Chemistry's Chemistry in Curriculum for Wales: curriculum planning support (progression step 4), including how to best use it. We will look at how different progression statements are linked and how chemistry skills and knowledge can be taught in a local, relevant context. There will be an opportunity to discuss and share possible contexts with other teachers.

This session is best suited to science teachers who are seeking ideas and support with how to include chemistry in their new curriculum.

This session will be repeated in September (see below)

Details and booking here.

Cardiff University - Spring into STEM. 6 - 8 July. Online

Spring Into STEM is our first online event that highlights careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) with input from a range of different disciplines across the University.

Between 6 and 8 July 2021, we will be running a series of panels, workshops and discussions.

During the school day, there will be up to five sessions, aimed at demonstrating the career pathways that have their foundations in STEM subjects.

After school, there will be sessions for teachers and educators which will aim to inform, provide discussion and offer support.

This event is open to any students that are interested or studying STEM subjects at university.

The content will be provided bilingually in Welsh and English and there will be access to recordings and additional resources after registration.

Details and registration here.

ASE Techmeet - Technician Meeting Wales. Wednesday 7 July 1.30 - 2.30pm. Online

This as an informal meeting to share ideas, resources and good practice. We will share experiences about working in schools during the first 2 weeks of July and some the barriers that technicians face when returning in September.

Please indicate when registering if you wish to share anything in the meeting.

Register here.

The Magic of Maths in Numeracy: webinar for Teachers and STEM Ambassadors. Wednesday 7 July 4 - 5pm. Online

STEM Ambassador Alan Jackson introduces a series of fun activities in Maths for primary and secondary pupils.

Alan Jackson’s session makes use of Numbers 1 – 10 demonstrating curricular links to ‘What Matters in Mathematics and Numeracy’.

Covering areas of the new Curriculum for Wales but applicable to all teachers and Ambassadors. The session can be adapted for upper Primary and yr7 - 8 Secondary pupils

• The Numbers system

• Algebra to represent mathematical relationships

• Statistics in everyday use

• Geometry and mathematical relationships

Alan worked with the Welsh Government as a Statistician. As a member of the Magic Circle Alan has used Maths in his shows as a Magician.

Register here.

IET Engineering Open House Day. 23 July

On Friday 23 July, we will be bringing together engineering and technology companies from across the UK to host a range of online activities geared to inspire young people about the world of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Now in its sixth year, Engineering Open House Day aims to help children aged 5-16 years and their parents understand what it’s like to work as an engineer or technologist by giving exclusive behind the scenes access to a range of organisations.

More information and registration here.

August

September

ASE Cymru - Chemistry in the Curriculum for Wales. Monday 20 September 4.30 - 5.30pm. Online

This session will explore the Royal Society of Chemistry's Chemistry in Curriculum for Wales: curriculum planning support (progression step 4), including how to best use it. We will look at how different progression statements are linked and how chemistry skills and knowledge can be taught in a local, relevant context. There will be an opportunity to discuss and share possible contexts with other teachers.

This session is best suited to science teachers who are seeking ideas and support with how to include chemistry in their new curriculum.

Details and booking here.