FIRST LEGO League 2023-2024

There are still spaces at these events and grants available to help towards costs!

The 2023-24 FIRST LEGO League MASTERPIECE season has officially begun! This season is all about putting the Art in to ‘STEAM’, with teams imagining and innovating new ways to create and communicate art across the globe. We are really excited to see all of the amazing and creative ideas that we know will be produced this season.

We will be  holding  4 regional events across Wales -

  • Pembrokeshire
  • Merthyr Tudful
  • Ebbw Vale
  • Cardiff/hybrid (Welsh Medium)

For more information, contact

Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) - Welsh examples now available

The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project is based at Bath Spa University and funded by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT). TAPS aims to develop support for a valid, reliable and manageable system of primary school science assessment which will have a positive impact on children’s learning.

In this resource you will find:

  • A database of plans that focus on the assessment of enquiry skills (working scientifically) and focused assessment examples of children’s learning
  • A pyramid tool that provides a framework to help schools evaluate and develop their primary science assessment processes
  • Guidance documents on how to use the TAPS resources effectively
  • Newly uploaded lesson plans and work examples from Wales, available in English and in Welsh

Find them here.

Primary teachers - your help is needed with this survey please!

The Nuffield Foundation, Bath Spa University and the University of Manchester are currently running a project to create new guidance for practical work in primary science. In order to do this they are asking teachers and other stakeholders to share their thoughts and experiences in a brief survey. 

This is a UK wide project, but at the moment views from Wales are under-represented. If possible, please could you complete the survey so that the project outcomes will meet your needs in Wales. 

Thank you!

Find the survey here.

Royal Institution Christmas Lecture Live Screening - The truth behind AI

12 December, 5.30pm. Merthyr College CF48 1AR

See Science are the only livestream hosts  in Wales for this year’s CHRISTMAS LECTURES from the Royal Institution. Running for almost 200 years, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES were started by Michael Faraday to inspire and engage young people with science, and this year Professor Mike Wooldridge will be exploring the truth behind Artificial Intelligence (AI), the most rapidly evolving field of science.

This event is perfect for secondary school pupils. Children and people of all ages can come and watch the magic of the Lectures unfold in real time as they’re filmed in front of an audience in the Ri’s Theatre in London. They’ll have the chance to get involved with hands-on activities, and be the first to learn the truth about AI. 

Not since the World-Wide Web emerged 30 years ago has a new technology promised to change our world so fundamentally and so swiftly as AI does. Today’s AI tools such as ChatGPT and AlphaGo are just a hint of what is to come. The future of AI is going to be quite a journey, and the 2023 CHRISTMAS LECTURES to be broadcast on BBC Four and iPlayer in late December, will give us a guided tour. 

Across the series Michael will be joined by some major figures from the AI world, including scientists from the world’s leading AI companies. He will also introduce a range of robot friends, who will demonstrate what robots today can do – and what they can’t. Perhaps he may even surprise the audience with some Deep Fake guests who are not quite what they seem. 

Tickets are limited. Register your interest here.

The Edina Trust Science Grant Scheme

Calling Primary Schools in Denbighshire, Newport, Torfaen

The Edina Trust offers £700 primary school science grants and £500 early years science grants. Grants are available in a local authority area for three years, after which we move on to new areas.

It’s quick and easy to access as the grants are non-competitive, meaning you are guaranteed to get funding if you are in one of the current areas. 

Schools can use their grants for: 

  • Science resources 
  • Science weeks 
  • Scientific visits (in or out of school)
  • Improving the school's grounds for science
  • Gardening equipment
  • Science subscriptions

Details of the simple application process are here