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January 2017

Update from the British Science Association:

- Grants extended!

More grants are available for schools to either run CREST Awards for the first time, or embed CREST across the wider school and broaden its reach. If you are working with or approaching any schools please encourage them to apply. Applicants can request up to £600 towards CREST registration fees and other support for running the awards (this could include getting you in to run an activity, CPD for school staff, supply teacher cover, consumables or equipment).  The application deadline is Monday 6 Feb at 6pm.

More information here, applications should be made via the online application form
To check which schools were awarded funding in the first round email Beejal

- Demo Day!
Encouraging schools (both primary and secondary) to sign up to be a part of 2017’s Demo Day – please find some copy below you could include in your newsletters.
Demo Day, held on Thursday 16 March 2017 as part of British Science Week, is an opportunity to celebrate the power that hands-on science demonstrations have to inspire, excite and fuel the imaginations of young people. Both primary and secondary schools are encouraged to get involved and pledge their participation as part of the national campaign, which last year saw over 100,000 participants. There are a host of resources online for both those experienced and brand-new to running demos, with handy hints and tips and links to fantastic example demo activities. Pledge your class or school to take part, and get a free marketing pack including stickers and posters to help you celebrate the day.  Share what you get up to by tweeting photos to #DemoDay17 and award your students digital badges on MakeWaves.

New job opportunities in the world of STEM Support – North of England helping to match Year 12 students with project providers. For more information ...

News from the Royal Society of Chemistry about a new competition:

You need to provide two pieces of work to be entered for shortlisting. We must receive both of these no later than the closing date of Friday 31 March 2017.

  • A written essay that would be suitable for publication in Chemistry World of no more than 800 words excluding headline and references
  • A video of no more than two minutes, showing us how well you can present your chosen topic. It’s not about Hollywood production values, so webcam or mobile videos are fine

Please make sure to read the terms and conditions and eligibility criteria before entering.

Over 40 visitors to our three sessions at ASE. Thank you one and all for your attendance and input. A big thank you to Philip Harris for supporting us on the Electronics session and with supplies of components and kits for those who learned the basics of soldering

Starting with a very Happy New Year to you all, we are busy with preparations for running three sessions at the ASE Annual Conference 2017, based at the University of Reading.

Our program this year:
  • Thursday 5th January 2017 10:00 - 11:00 Electronics - a disappearing dimension in schools - W06
  • Thursday 5th January 2017 14:00 - 15:00 Activities for STEM Clubs - W39
  • Friday 6th January 2017      15:00 - 16:00 Everyone should be able to solder! - W97

Electronics. If you remember MFA Boards, they can still provide worthwhile learning from KS2 onwards.
STEM Club activities. These do not need to cost a fortune. Many paper based activities are,almost, as 'cheap as chips'.
Soldering, is still a valuable skill to pass on to young learners. It only needs practise and some basic equipment.

We hope you are able to visit the conference and please do call if you have time for a chat.

December 2016

Latest News from Young Engineers who wrote to us last week:

There is always a fantastic buzz at our National Final; which competing teachers and students massively enjoy, irrespective of who walks off with the award! It’s a great opportunity to come together with your like-minded counterparts from across the UK to inspire and be inspired.  

See more info and apply click here

With more information available at:young-engineers-tv

If you have any questions then please do get in touch.

Kind regards
The Young Engineers Team
Their mailing address is:
Young Engineers
Chiltlee Manor
Liphook, Hampshire
GU30 7AZ

And the heat turns up with a blast of cold weather - to keep you busy why not look at this new
Science Journalism Competition 2017 organised by the Manchester Branch of the British Science Association.

The public gain most of their understanding of scientific advancement through news reports and we want to help the next generation of scientists and communicators successfully navigate the world of science in the media.

This new competition is for AS/A-level students across Greater Manchester and offers them the opportunity to try their hand at some real life science journalism.

On Tuesday the 7th of March 2017 - Students will have the opportunity to attend a day-long mock press conference at the University of Manchester, where they will meet a range of academics, hear about their work and interview them, before submitting their own lay science article for judging.

One Winner will receive a £50 Amazon voucher while two runner-up articles will receive £25 vouchers and all winning entries will be published online on a popular science blog! – for more details and to sign-up your college/sixth-form visit our competition web page.

November 2016

After a quiet year so far the heat has been turned up!

Firstly we opened our new website in support of The Northern Powerhouse in the late spring. Political changes followed the plebiscite on our membership of the European Union, but there is still an energy flowing into the concept of investment and development of our historic Northern economic force.

Latest news comes from the British Science Association who have funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to promote a new Challenge series - Youth Grand Challenges
There is one week left to apply for a Kick Start grant! 
Kick Start your British Science Week 2017 with a grant of up to £700 for schools in challenging circumstances. You could start a STEM club, run an activity, do a demo, get parents involved, get a presenter, go on a trip, anything to celebrate science. This year we want everyone to get involved, not just the science teachers. Applications for creative cross-curricular events and events that reach members of the local community are welcome.
If your school has a high proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium, over 30% BAME pupils or is in a remote and rural area you can apply. Grant applications, the deadline has now been extended until 12 Noon on Monday 28 November.

Meanwhile our work continues both in schools with classroom sessions and providing new and wider experiences for those in Years 11 - 13 with Nuffield Projects. We have also provided places for over 400 Year 11 / 12 students to visit one of the many Engineering Your Future sessions around the north-west of England.

Lastly - we offer three CPD sessions for the next ASE Conference at the University of Reading in January 2017. So if you have an interest in Electronics or classroom activities for primary or after school clubs we hope to meet up with you soon.

January 2016

Visiting ASE conference held at the University of Birmingham provided a great chance of a meeting up with colleagues and keeping in touch with some recent  developments.

EYF Venue - Manchester 26th February 2016 is a return visit to Siemens, Manchester.

Phillip Harris

This well known supplier will be celebrating 200 years in 2017 and they are making a plea for any of their old equipment which you may have:

Get in touch via email:

December 2015

Latest update on web site.

The Manchester Branch of the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET) again hosted the annual Christmas Lecture at The University of Manchester's Sackville Street Building on December 2nd, 2015.

Picture Gallery added at:
Picture Gallery - IET 2015

November 2015

Young Engineers

Recently updated their web site:
... membership to the Young Engineers is free and to be eligible you simply need to be taking part in a Young Engineers activity this year - access to the Members Area is granted as soon as students are registered for any of our many activities ...
For more details of this scheme visit:

Nuffield Research Projects - Celebration Nov 2015

Students presented their research findings by way of a poster and presentation session held at The University of Manchester 1824. their work also suited their application for a gold CREST Award. Photos:

Engineering Your Future (EYF) 2015 - 16

Many of the Professional Institutions fund these special events to widen the knowledge of the engineering profession to students preparing to make the move from School or College into their next stage before finally settling on a career. Engineering offers many routes to a well paid job which will provide opportunities for travel and varied work contracts.

See some of the photos from the Preston event held in November 2015 here:

July 2015

"Free STEM activity days in your school or college applynow to host an IET Faraday Challenge Day in partnership with BBC micro:bit"
The IET are taking part in a pioneering partnership led by the BBC where they are sending a personal coding device free to every child in Year 7 across the whole of the UK.For more information follow this link or the 'Faraday IET' link in menu to left.

June 2015

Engineering Your Future (EYF) 2015 - 16

This informative and hands-on event is aimed at students between 17 - 18 years old who are studying science, maths or engineering at GNVQ or A-Level, together with their STEM subject teachers ... (more).

Dates/venues for EYF events for 2015-16. 

November 2015: 6th at Siemens Plc, 13th at Preston Grasshoppers 19th at Burnley FC

26th February 2016 - Venue yet to be confirmed

April / May 2015

The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) Engineering Education Scheme (EES) ran a very successful event at The University of Liverpool at the end of April and feedback received from sponsors, mentors and staff and students from participating schools and colleges was very complimentary and reassuring for more information a précis of their report is available - click here.

February 2015
A visitor to ASE 2015 from Norway enjoyed participating in a number of the CPD sessions we ran.
Following the success of the Institute of Physics event at Loreto College in December the Greater Manchester STEM Centre presented six sessions at the Annual Conference 2015 of the Association for Science Education. This was held at the University of Reading in January. The ASE have reported it as a very successful event and the feedback we received from our sessions was very complimentary and reassuring. 

Many of our CPD sessions for teaching staff were enjoyed by visitors from overseas.

The next annual ASE conference is planned to be held at the University of Birmingham in January 2016.

November 2014

We thought you might like to hear about the Institute of Physics Young Person’s Poster and Lecture Competition Teacher Networking Event:
IoP Young Person’s Poster and Lecture Competition Teacher Networking Event at Loreto College on Tuesday 16th December 2014, 4:00–6:00pm
The Institute of Physics is hosting a networking event to promote our Young Person’s Poster and Lecture Competition.  The event will bring together teachers, researchers and competition organisers to provide some information about the competition, examples of topics students have presented in the past, provide teachers with the opportunity to talk to each other about their work, and allow people to identify opportunities for collaborating.
Attendees will have the opportunity to:
  • Understand the aims and objectives of the Young Person’s Poster and Lecture Competition
  • Hear from teachers, students and researchers about previous successful presentations by young people and research they have carried out
  • Explore possible collaborations through an informal networking session over refreshments
The networking event will be of interest to secondary or post-16 teachers of physics and maths interested in engaging themselves and their students with a research topic for presentation at the competition in March 2015.

16.00-16.20: Registration and Light Refreshments
16.20-17.00: Overview of the competition and case studies from teachers, students and researchers
17.00-18.00: Refreshments and networking fair for teachers and researchers
18.00: Close

September 2014

Bright Sparks - now has a page of its own!

CLEAPPS Courses can be arranged to suit your needs

IET Christmas Lecture - bookings for Schools & Colleges now open

June 2014

Bright Sparks sessions remain very popular and a brochure is available on request

ASE Conference 2015 - University of Reading 7th - 10th January

Great CPD opportunities with over 300 sessions covering all science subject areas

Excellent key speakers, ideas from the forefront of science research and lots of resources for you take away.

Visit over 100 exhibitors in our marquee market place, share idea and network with like-minded science educators from all over the world.

 New for 2015 - our seminar:

MicroElectronics for All


"Looking backwards - looking forwards"

will revisit aspects of teaching

Electronics in Schools
over the last 30 years.


If you have mfa kits
- MicroElectronics for All -
in your store cupboard
learn more about this old treasure trove.


Bookings for ASE open in September 2014

CPD Sessions
for you and your colleagues are available all year round and can be delivered either
at your school / college or we can arrange an external venue should this better suit your needs.
Click the link above or follow our menu link on the left to CDP - for further information about our sessions.

The IET Manchester Network Christmas Lecture 2014

Engineering Your Future
- new dates for October and November 2014.

Be sure to book places early for you and your students as these events are usually oversubscribed

April 2014  visit our new website pages with:

Special sessions are available on DNA and these include:

March 2014

Why not visit us at the National Primary Science Conference ASE?

Date: Friday, 13th June 2014.

Venue: The National Science Learning Centre, York.

We will be exhibiting on behalf of the British Science Association.

Do let us know if you can call and we will set time aside to meet with you.

Email: David Ward or phone us

© The Greater Manchester STEM Centre - 2016