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Wales Coding Challenge hosted by DVLA Swansea

Over the last months Primary and Secondary Schools across Wales have worked on building a computer game based on a theme set by the DVLA and associate partners. Teams could select from:

  • Preventing Fire Hazards in the home

  • Identifying and avoiding Cyber Crime

  • Life on Planet Gaia

  • Air Ambulance transfer

  • Plastic pollution

  • Earthquake response

The final was a high energy event with over 250 pupils attending from as far away as Conwy and Llanidloes to Usk and Caerleon.

All school finalists were awarded prizes and a new initiative this year was the category for 11 to  14 yrs pupils.
The final was hosted by Lucy Owen of BBC Wales - each team accompanied by a DVLA STEM Ambassador was interviewed before a live vote and judging panel (X-Factor style!)
STEM AmbassadorsKaren Pitt and Mark Jones are to be congratulated for their diligent work on this successful project.

Congratulations to

  • The Cathedral School Cardiff winning the Secondary School category for Identifying Cyber Crime Game

  • Blaenbaglan  Port Talbot winning the Primary category with the theme Life on Planet Gaia

Chemistry in the Community 

Image result for chemistrySee Science  will be offering Community Groups such as Brownies, Guides, Scouts, Urdd, and Youth Clubs the opportunity to take part in a free Chemistry workshop  between 1 March and 30 June. The workshop will offer a carousel of 4 different activities which will focus on the Chemistry of the High Street and will also provide an opportunity for leaders to encourage young people to participate in a CREST Award if they wish. All materials  will be provided free of charge. 

For more  information about booking a Chemistry in the Community workshop please contact Llinos at llinos.misra@see-science.co.uk

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STEM Networking Pembrokeshire

 Pembrokeshire College kindly offered their venue for a network evening with teachers. The evening was very important to the Hub offer, we are keen to raise new requests In the County and ensure that STEM Ambassadors in the area have a strong profile.

The evening network on the 5thDecember welcomed teachers from Ysgol Dewi Sant, Henry Tudor School, Milford Haven School together with 14 STEM Ambassadors.

Ambassador Peter Philips delivered a short session on how he presents his career in the Oil Industry to Secondary Pupils, teacher Edward Male (Henry Tudor School) demonstrated practical activities which he uses at his STEM Clubs. The session focussed on a discussion of local employment skills, specific needs in the area and how to access ideas for engagement and resources.

Based on the success of the Pembrokeshire event STEM Networking events will be held at Techniquest, Cardiff and The Parkway Hotel Cwmbran  in February. For more information please go here.

Join the CREST Teacher Advisory Network

The CREST Awards team have relaunched their Teacher Advisory Network (TAN), and we'd love to get you on board.

The purpose of the TAN network is to help teachers improve and make the best use of CREST, whilst shining a spotlight on those who go above and beyond.

The network provides an opportunity for members and their colleagues to generate ideas, as well as develop and test projects or approaches related to CREST.

If you're interested in getting involved, please fill in the registration form.

Six exciting new STEM Clubs resources are here!

HomeHow can STEM help us survive and thrive? Have your students ever wondered about the earth’s wild and wonderful weather? How about the science involved in surviving an asteroid impact?

These are just a few of the questions posed by an exciting new set of STEM Clubs resources.

The six resources are free to download, and have been developed specifically with club leaders to provide engaging and easy-to-use material to STEM Clubs around the country.

The STEM Clubs programme aims to create opportunities at all levels of school to explore and try new fun, hands-on things, increasing young people’s enthusiasm and interest in STEM subjects and related careers.

The six new resources are:

·      Extreme elements (7-9 years)

·      Sounds amazing! (9-11 years)

·      Survive an asteroid impact (11-14 years)

·      Survive on a desert island (11-14 years)

·      Survive a zombie apocalypse (11-14 years)

·      Save the world with STEM (14-16 years)