Events

Last updated: 21 September 2021

September

Natural Resources Wales - Acorn Antics. 13  September to 18 October

Collect seeds from trees and help raise funds for your education group.

Each year we run our Acorn Antics campaign to highlight the importance of seed collection and help grow more trees from locally collected seeds. 

This year we need acorns from sessile oak trees.

The acorns that are collected will help us grow native trees from the seed of healthy, local, tree stock whilst encouraging learners big and small to get outside in the fresh autumnal air and connect with our wonderful Welsh natural environment.

All details here.

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.

IOP Wales Physics Forum. Thursday 23 September 7-8pm. Online

The Physics Forum 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 etc. and it is a good opportunity to see what other teachers are doing in these unusual times.

We hope to see you there.

Book here.

Financing for the Future: workshop offer and insight. Tuesday 28th September 4pm – 5pm. Online

Join STEM Ambassadors Kirsty and Sian who deliver interactive workshops for yr 9 – yr 13 students.

Financial Foundations and literacy are one of the themes in the new curriculum for Wales forming part of the Health and Wellbeing area of learning.

A variety of themes are included relating to Financial and Numerical literacy including

  • Understanding and managing budget
  • Cyber fraud protection
  • Calculating finance and financial product
  • Case study investigations and discussion

STEM Ambassadors will be able to gain insight into a session using practical maths activities related to everyday learning and development.

Teachers have the opportunity to book free sessions at their school either by live video link or in school as preferred.

Details and booking here.

ASE Teachmeet - New Urban Nature Project with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum. Tuesday 28 September 4-5pm. Online

Do you have an Outdoor space that you would like to incorporate more into your science teaching?

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales is inviting schools in Wales to get involved with Explore: Urban Nature, part of the Natural History Museum’s Urban Nature Project which aims to inspire and empower teachers and students, aged 9-14, to investigate the nature on their doorsteps.

Come along to this online event to find out more about the programme, book a free workshop, and get a taster of the resources.

Our Urban Nature Project includes:

• bilingual lesson plans and background notes, fact checked by Museum scientists

• hands-on outdoor Museum and free school-based workshops where students can investigate challenges facing nature in urban areas

• An Online teacher training programme on outdoor STEM investigations

Details and booking here.

Science and the Senedd. Tuesday 28 September 10:30-12:30.Online

Following the Royal Society of Chemistry’s subsequent decision not to hold events for the remainder of this year, Science and the Senedd will now take the form of a zoom webinar on 28th September from 10:30 to 12:30 BST.

Designed to foster close relations between policymakers and the Welsh science and engineering community. 

The theme will will deal with aspects of Climate Science and Sustainability, ahead of the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November. 

Register by 26 September.

Details of speakers and registration here.

“Using space as a context for STEM”. FREE primary CPD. Thursday 30 September 4-5pm. Online

This session will be repeated on Thursday 14 October 7-8pm 

The topic of Space is fascinating for all ages. But did you know that we can use “Space” as a context of delivery through which much of the primary science curriculum can be taught? This is a great way of engaging young students and inspiring them in those all-important STEM subjects. 

This free online session will show you a fantastic range of quality assured resources developed by European Space Agency (ESA) and ESERO-UK (the European Space Educational Resource Office) which can be used free of charge to support your teaching. These ESERO-UK sessions are aiming to support teachers in Wales but are open to any UK primary school teacher. 

From material science to forces, plants to chemistry, there is something for everyone. Each resource is designed to link specifically to the National Curriculum and is laid out in a way that is easy to follow and implement. 

We will also help to support your school to reflect on your long-term planning for science and help colleagues to gain confidence in transforming either individual classrooms or indeed whole schools into “space rich” learning environments.

Book here for September 30th. 

October

Menter Môn/Dark Sky Wales: Argo Navis Conference 2021 - Follow the Stars. 4 - 5 October. Online

Join us at a virtual, worldwide conference ‘Argo Navis – Follow the Stars’ on the 4th and 5th of October to celebrate Anglesey and Gwynedd’s Dark Sky.

The event organized by Menter Môn in conjunction with Dark Sky Wales and in partnership with Austria, Lithuania, and Estonia to celebrate our Dark Sky will be jam packed with interesting speakers such as Apollo legend Jerry Bostock, Katie King from Cambridge University, Dr John Banantine of the International Dark Sky Association & many more including local speakers from Anglesey County Council and our European partner regions.

Over these two days we will be covering many different topics such as climate change, tourism, astronomy, biodiversity, light pollution and women in space. The 14 speakers taking part will be speaking from all around the world about these interesting topics.

Details here.

The National Education Show. 6 - 8 October. Online

The National Education Show live online delivers inspiring CPD seminars from sector leaders covering the following topics:
• Mental health & wellbeing
• Cognitive behavioural practices
• Outdoor learning activities
• Memory friendly exercises
• Emotional resilience
• Working with parents
• Vision and value recognition
• Making the learning process irresistible
• Anchoring learners’ attention

Details and registration here.

Masterclass - How to organise a STEM Day with CREST Awards. Wednesday 6 October, 4-5pm. Online

NB: All CREST Awards are FREE in Wales. 

Join STEM NOW & Pana from the CREST Awards Team at the British Science Association to find out how you can organise a day long STEM project for a STEM club, a class or a whole year group.

CREST Discovery Awards offer an introduction to real project work and give students the freedom to run their own investigations. They can be completed in one day, with students working together in self-managed groups.

At the workshop we will be covering planning for the day, facilitating student reflection on their work and several project ideas that you could run with them. In addition, we will demonstrate how easy it is to submit for a Discovery CREST Award on behalf of your students and celebrate with them their achievement.

The session will be followed by a Q&A.

This event is for Teachers/Educators and Approved STEM Ambassadors.

Book here.

Make you Look, Make you Think! , Make you "Talk". Thursday 7 October 4-5pm. Online

Repeated on November 17th

Looking for interesting ideas and activities for the new Curriculum? How do you encourage your learners to be curious and to find their own solutions. An opportunity for them to use their senses, develop good observational skills and learn how to communicate experiences effectively.

This workshop will be based on the book Make you Look, Make you Think!, Make you "Talk". Every school that attends the workshop will receive a free copy of Gaynor Weavers' book in Welsh. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about CREST, the STEM Ambassador Program and Explorify during the workshop.

Please note: The workshop will be conducted through the medium of Welsh

Book here.

Welsh Physics Teachers Conference Brecon 2021. 8 - 15 October Partly on-line

The Institute of Physics Welsh Physics Teachers Conference Brecon 2021 which will have a blended approach. A fabulous free week of presentations and workshops for teachers, technicians and PGCE students with opportunities to network with colleagues.

The event will begin with a quiz which you are welcome to join online on Friday October 8th at 7pm.

Teachers will have an opportunity to meet in the Brecon Beacons on Saturday 9th October where we will be offering workshops at an Alpaca Farm. There will be an opportunity to participate in an Alpaca trek as well as network in peaceful surroundings.

On Sunday we will host a series of workshops on “Physics and Religion” which will provide opportunities for discussion and debate.

We will offer a varied programme of workshops, shows and presentations between 1.30pm and 8pm each evening Monday- Friday which will culminate in a virtual whiskey tasting live from the Penderyn Distillery in the Brecon Beacons on Friday evening. For more details and a full e - programme please visit here.

Booking here

Take part in Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Schools COP. Wednesday October 13. Online

You’re invited to take part in the ninth Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (#TEWeek21) which will take place from 8 to 12 November 2021.

Coinciding with the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, Tomorrow’s Engineers Week will focus on demonstrating how engineering careers can contribute to tackling climate change and achieving net zero.

The first ever Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Schools COP will be the highlight of the Week, where schools and young people around the UK will come together to explore how engineers are at the heart of tackling the climate crisis.

The first stage of the ‘Schools COP’ will be a Summit on 13 October. Schools and youth groups can nominate young people to be a climate change ambassador by emailing schools@teweek.org.uk. Please note places are limited. In the email, please include your school (or youth group) name, postcode, contact details and the year group you propose nominating students from.

The ‘Schools COP’ Summit will then be broadcast on Monday 8 November for all schools across the UK to take part in. Lesson plans and supporting information will be available to give students the opportunity to learn more about engineering and the positive impact that it can have on the climate emergency.

All details here.

“Using space as a context for STEM”. FREE primary CPD. Thursday 14 October 7-8pm. Online

The topic of Space is fascinating for all ages. But did you know that we can use “Space” as a context of delivery through which much of the primary science curriculum can be taught? This is a great way of engaging young students and inspiring them in those all-important STEM subjects. 

This free online session will show you a fantastic range of quality assured resources developed by European Space Agency (ESA) and ESERO-UK (the European Space Educational Resource Office) which can be used free of charge to support your teaching. These ESERO-UK sessions are aiming to support teachers in Wales but are open to any UK primary school teacher. 

From material science to forces, plants to chemistry, there is something for everyone. Each resource is designed to link specifically to the National Curriculum and is laid out in a way that is easy to follow and implement. 

We will also help to support your school to reflect on your long-term planning for science and help colleagues to gain confidence in transforming either individual classrooms or indeed whole schools into “space rich” learning environments.

Book here

Inspiring the Next Generation: training on STEM activities. Tuesday October 19th 4pm – 5pm. Online

Balloon buggies, Cartesian divers and Vibrating brush monsters.

This virtual workshop is aimed at those who wish to inspire and enthuse the next generation through these fun, engaging design and build experiences.

Participants will be guided through how to make working models of a balloon buggy, Cartesian diver and a vibrating brush monster. These tie in with primary curriculum learning objectives in forces, materials, electricity and D&T.

The workshop will be led by professional engineer and STEM Ambassador Caroline Alliston who has 12 years’ experience in STEM education. It will include insights into STEM engagement at primary schools, instructions on how to build the models and explanations of the science involved. There will be opportunities to ask questions after each make and at the end.

Hints will be given about how to conduct the activities in class and a lesson plan, PowerPoint and pupil worksheet for each activity will be made available.

Details and booking here.

November

Primary Climate Science Symposium. 1 - 12 November. Online

The Primary Climate Science Symposium (PCSS) is a free online event for primary teachers and pupils running from 1st - 12th November in parallel with COP26 in Glasgow.

The PCSS is an online forum for children, educators, academics and science organisations to come together to discuss what makes effective climate science education in primary schools.

What to expect:

  • Live classroom sessions - at 11 am we will host live interactive sessions designed for use in the classroom. 
  • Twilight teacher CPD events - from 4-5pm each evening (except Fridays) we will host twilight teacher CPD events.

Details here.

STEM into Christmas! Every Thursday in November at 12.45pm and 3.45pm. Online

November 4/11/18/25

Get ready for the magic of Christmas with some inspirational STEM ideas to share with your learners.

STEM Ambassadors will introduce a practical fun activity based on a Christmas theme which can be easily repeated in the classroom. Join us for a 15 min STEM workshop at either 12.45pm or 3.45pm on any Thursday in November 2nd/9th/16th/23rd/30th or, if you can't make it, book onto the event then receive a link to the recorded session.

Book here.

Technocamps Education Conference 2021: In Touch with Digital. Thursday 4 November 1 - 6pm Swansea and Online

We’re hosting our 2021 Education Conference on Thursday 4th November! The aim is to bring Wales’s digital educators together to share best practice, inform on the newest curriculum changes and promote the available support to them.

The FREE event will be held in-person in the Swansea.com Stadium (previously Liberty Stadium) and live streamed for those who are unable to attend. Talks will be relevant to both primary and secondary school educators.

The event will begin with a buffet lunch at 1.30pm, followed by talks until 5pm. There will then be a networking opportunity for those who wish to stay until 6pm.

Details and booking here.

IOP Wales Physics Forum. Thursday 4 November 7-8pm. Online

The Physics Forum 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 etc. and it is a good opportunity to see what other teachers are doing in these unusual times.

We hope to see you there.

Booking link to follow.

Tomorrow's Engineers Week. 8 - 12 November

The role of engineers and engineering in tackling climate change and achieving net zero will be the main themes of #TEWeek21, taking place 8 to 12 November 2021.

See details of the School COP above, 13th October.

More details here.

Make you Look, Make you Think! , Make you "Talk". Wednesday 17 November 4-5pm. Online

A repeat of the event on October 7th

Looking for interesting ideas and activities for the new Curriculum? How do you encourage your learners to be curious and to find their own solutions. An opportunity for them to use their senses, develop good observational skills and learn how to communicate experiences effectively.

This workshop will be based on the book Make you Look, Make you Think!, Make you "Talk". Every school that attends the workshop will receive a free copy of Gaynor Weavers' book in Welsh. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about CREST, the STEM Ambassador Program and Explorify during the workshop.

Please note: The workshop will be conducted through the medium of Welsh.

Book here.