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  • eNews October 2012Discover and share ideas and resources for STEM teaching and learningLSIS STEM Support Regional STEM Advisers work with providers to identify, support and disseminate effective practiceacross the FE and skills sector. To help use share ideas and resources, please do forward this email to your colleagues.Organisational STEM Lead Development Day: 26 November 2012, YorkThis one-day event offers support for advancing your organisation’s provision in science, technology, engineering andmathematics (STEM). Experts from across the sector will build a picture of current provision and consider its suitability tomeet the needs of learners and of the economy. Examples of innovative practice will offer effective ideas and supportedaction-planning will identify realistic targets and trigger support for improvement. Ideal for Managers and leaders acrossSTEM subjects, this event builds on the success of OSL Development Days held earlier this year and in 2011.Visit LSIS portal for more information>Experience of apprenticeshipsThe FE in STEM team wants to share effective practice about science apprenticeships. Therefore, we would like to hearyour experiences of running science apprenticeships. Do you have any case studies you can share? What problems haveyou encountered, more importantly how have you overcome them? As a result, do you have any advice to share? If soplease join the FE in STEM community on the National STEM Centre and post your experience.Post your experience on the FE in STEM community>Proven impactThe national network of Science Learning Centres continues to show the impact it is having on schools and colleges in itslatest impact report, which is now available online. The network runs a number of courses specifically designed for the FEsector including the upcoming course, Success in Applied and Vocational Science in Feb 2013.Find out more about the course>Development for techniciansThere is a new high-profile professional register created by the Science Council to acknowledge the vital role sciencetechnicians play in teaching and learning. Technicians from across education, research and industry can become aRegistered Science Technician (RSciTech) if they demonstrate the required competencies and commit to ongoing CPD.Technicians with RSciTech can offer a college up-to-date, cutting-edge expertise which can help create engaging practicalsthat inspire students. The first step in achieving RSciTech is to join one of the professional bodies who have been awardedpilot licenses for the new RSciTech. Three of the licensed professional bodies are already closely associated with scienceeducation: The Association for Science Education (ASE), The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and The Society of Biology(SoB), so are ready to offer support.Find out more about the technicians register>The Big Bang Fair: 14-17 March 2013, LondonBooking is now open for the national Big Bang Fair. Over 60,000 students from across the UK are expected to come toLondon ExCel to enjoy hands-on activities created by industry leaders, universities and STEM organisations. Students aged11-18 can also enter a project to compete in the National Science + Engineering Competition held at the Big Bang Fair.Students can enter their project online at NSEC by 31 October. Students of all ages can come along to the Big Bang Fairwhich is free to attend.Get involved in The Big Bang>Keep up to date with all the news in STEM at
  • The Challenges of STEM Provision for Further Education CollegesWe are keen to share with you the findings of the latest report from the 157 Group, titled The Challenges of STEMProvision for Further Education Colleges, supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and in partnership with theAssociation of Colleges (AoC).The delivery of training and education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects is a keypriority for many Further Education (FE) colleges, driven by their focus on responding to local, regional and nationalpriorities and employers’ demands for up-skilling and reskilling their workforces. High‑quality vocational provision is vitalin ensuring that STEM sector employers have access to the skilled individuals they need for business productivity andcompetitiveness.For colleges there are, however, several challenges involved in delivering STEM programmes, which this project hassought to explore, focusing in particular on the financial challenges associated with the higher capital and revenue costsrequired for delivery.As a membership organisation, 157 Group are alsoincreasingly concerned about current, multiple changes toFE policy (such as the introduction of FE loans andreductions in overall college funding) and wanted to explorethe perceptions of college staff of the impact of thesechanges on the predicted offer and take-up of STEMprovision, particularly at higher levels of learning.157 Group are especially pleased that this project involved anumber of colleges that are not 157 Group members,including Petroc from the South West region. They areincreasingly seeking to involve non‑member colleges intheir project activities and would like to thank all those thattook part in this project for their commitment andcontribution.The report concludes with a number of recommendationsto further support the critical role that FE colleges play inproviding a wide and responsive range of high‑quality STEMprovision.Click here to download your copy of the report>Turn over for your news for the South West >Keep up to date with all the news in STEM at
  • STEM Teaching and Learning in the South WestBloodhound SSC: A South West Project for Your South West LearnersIf you haven’t heard about the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car already, wherehave you been for the last four years?!? Some of you may have seen thecoverage of the Bloodhound rocket test-firing at Newquay Airport on thelocal news on October 3rd, but may not know much about the project. In anutshell, Bloodhound SSC is Richard Noble’s latest attempt to break theworld land-speed record, targeting an incredulous 1,000mph! You can findall the details on their brand new website: Why are we telling you this in your South West STEM eNews, you may be wondering? Quite simply, Bloodhound has everything to do with STEM Teaching and Learning in the South West. The Bloodhound SSC mission statement is to, “Confront the impossible and overcome it using Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics”. Their motivation is, “to participate in an engineering adventure that will inspire, prepare and motivate the next generation, who will be building and living in the Low-Carbon World”. You can see, therefore, that education is at the core of the Bloodhound project. The South West region is central to the Bloodhound project, with the car currentlybeing constructed in Bristol, with development work also taking place at the University of the West of England.Other major South West partners include Goodridge (fluid transfer systems) in Exeter and Supacat (support vehicle)in Dunkeswell, near Honiton. As previously mentioned, Bloodhound’s hybrid rocket was tested for the first time afew weeks ago at the Aerohub facility at Newquay Airport in Cornwall, the results from which can be seen here: is the most exciting STEM project forthe South West since Concorde, so it isdown to ourselves as STEM professionalsto maximise the opportunities thatBloodhound can offer us in ourclassrooms today. And you are not on your own – the STEM Bloodhound Education team at Petroc are here tosupport you. Petroc have run a large number of Bloodhound events and workshops, ranging from a three-day eventwith the full-size prototype on-site to an afternoon of workshops at a host school, so we have a great deal ofexperience of how to integrate Bloodhound into your curricula and your classroom. We can provide you with accessto a variety of CPD events and opportunities to inspire you in your engagement with Bloodhound in your teachingand learning. If you have specific areas where you would like help in developing your STEM provision, please docontact the STEM Bloodhound Education team at up to date with all the news in STEM at
  • Putting the ‘T’ and the ‘E’ into STEM: a FREE CPD event, 16 November, TivertonAs teaching professionals in the fields of Technology andEngineering, we are all aware of the need to enthuse, engage andinspire our learners, and to promote our subjects to the nextgeneration of learners. In today’s teaching environment it can bevery difficult to find the time to innovate within our own teams andcolleges, so we need to take full advantage of what the LSIS STEMprogramme and partnership working can offer us to improve thelearner experience. This one day event aims to equip you withfresh resources, ideas and inspiration for your classroom, team andorganisation.Learning Objectives: • Provide colleagues with fresh knowledge of existing opportunities for inspiring learners in the fields of technology and engineering (including F1 in Schools) • Share our collective pool of opportunities for inspiring STEM learners and improving the quality of our teaching and learning • Provide colleagues with resources that can be used to engage learners, with experienced testimony as to the value they can add to the learner experience • Explore the opportunities that the Bloodhound SSC project can bring to your classroom and how it could improve teaching and learning in your subject area • Demonstrate opportunities for cross-curricular collaboration between technology and engineering disciplines and other subject areas, that will enhance the offerings of all parties with shared effort and resources (including a case study on the use of microcontrollers and exploring the opportunities that the Raspberry Pi will bring to the teaching and learning experience) • Examine the challenges and opportunities for learner progression in these disciplines, recruiting from Secondary to FE and onwards from FE to HE or into industry • Share avenues for employer engagement and partnership working, and discuss cross-college cooperation on STEM programme deliveryPlease come prepared with your ‘rabbits’ you pull out of the hat to inspire your learners, so we can share these ideasfor quality lessons with one another.Event Details: Cost: FREE Venue: Petroc, Bolham Road, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6SH Date: Friday 16th November 2012 Time: 10am-3.30pmTo book your place, please e-mail Jan Rowe – up to date with all the news in STEM at
  • BTEC Applied Science Level 3 – Inspiring, Designing and Sharing Assignments FREE CPD event, Wednesday 5 December, TivertonAnyone delivering the BTEC Level 3 Applied Science course is fully awareof the demands of writing inspiring, realistic assignments in very littletime as dictated by an already crammed timetable and working week.Recent staff feedback has suggested that a collaborative approach toassignment design would have the dual effect of improving quality andsupporting staff. Thus this one day event will provide attendees with thetime to design assessment tasks and assemble them into relevant,realistic and inspiring assignments.The event will focus on two units that are common to a range of theBTEC Applied Science courses offered at Level 3.Unit 2 – Working in the Science IndustryUnit 5 – Perceptions of ScienceSession 1 – Dissection of the Unit into small individual assessment outcomes.Session 2 – Small groups will take an individual assessment outcome and design a range of engaging tasks thatwould provide evidence to achieve that outcome.Session 3 – Resourcing the tasks.Session 4 – Mix and match the task to build your assignment.All staff will receive a USB stick to take their resource bank away with them.Time will be given to plan the date, time and location of the next meeting.(Note: Any assignments written will need to be subjected to your own in college internal verification process.)On registration for this course, please state if you would prefer another unit to be addressed; where possible we willtry and accommodate these requests.Event Details: Cost: FREE Venue: Petroc, Bolham Road, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6SH Date: Wednesday 5th December 2012 Time: 10am-3.30pmTo book your place, please e-mail Jan Rowe – up to date with all the news in STEM at
  • High Impact Chemistry to Make Your Lessons Go With a BANG! FREE CPD event, Monday 19 November, Barnstaple SAVE THE DATEConfirmed so far: 1. Professor Jacqueline Akhavan (Cranfield University) will give her very popular spectacular extravaganza Pretty, Pretty, Bang, Bang in the Stanbury Hall. Jackie uses quick fire questions to get minds engaged. How are fireworks made? What makes them fizzle, crack and pop? How do they produce their different colours and effects? 2. The Royal Society will run interactive workshops that centre around Quantitative Chemistry and The Mole 3. Achieving Outstanding in Chemistry -Share and discuss the recent experiences of Petroc Science Department who have been graded as Outstanding by Ofsted in March 2012. One of only 3 colleges nationally to receive an ‘Outstanding’ judgement by Ofsted since 2009 * Outstanding Science Teaching, Learning and Assessment * Discuss what outstanding student outcomes mean in practice.Event Details: Cost: FREE Venue: Petroc, Old Sticklepath Hill, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 2BQ Date: Monday 19th November 2012 Time: 10am-3.30pmTo book your place, please e-mail Jan Rowe – up to date with all the news in STEM at
  • Get Better at Teaching MathsA FREE 1 day course for apprenticeship and vocational course tutors - Friday 30th November 2012Many apprentices and vocational learners need to develop their maths skills and mathematical thinking as part oftheir programmes. Specialist numeracy teachers may take the lead here, but vocational teachers and tutors alsohave a key role to play.This continuing professional development session aims to support vocational tutors to develop differentapproaches and also offers support to participants who wish to develop their own numeracy confidence.What the training will doThe training workshop will enable participants to:• identify effective ways of supporting vocational learners / apprentices to develop the mathematical skills and knowledge they need in their chosen careers;• identify effective ways of working alongside or with mathematics / numeracy• specialist teachers so that learners have a coherent learning experience;• be aware of and explore a range of useful learning materials and support networks;• be aware of and explore ways of developing their own confidence in numeracy / maths; and,• be aware of current policy and initiatives in this area.Programme Outline10:00 Arrival and registration (tea/coffee available)10:30 Welcome and introductions10:45 Setting the context: • Recent policy and initiatives on skills for individual advancement and for economic growth • Evidence about how best to support vocational learners to develop the mathematics skills they need11:00 What mathematical skills, knowledge, needs, attitudes and aspirations do apprentices, vocational learners and their teachers bring? Analysing scenarios and generating solutions.13:00 Lunch14:00 Building your resources: • exploring some learning materials and approaches • building the mathematical confidence of participants • building networks of vocational teachers • building links with specialist mathematics / numeracy teachers15:30 Recap and review16:00 CloseEvent Details: Cost: FREE Venue: Petroc Tiverton Campus, Bolham Road, Tiverton, Devon. EX16 6SG Date: Friday 30th November 2012 Time: 10am-4pmTo book your place, please e-mail Jan Rowe – up to date with all the news in STEM at
  • Launch of Teaching and Learning Coach Programme to include the STEM Elective Moduleand News from the LSIS Regional Response Fund ProjectsYou can now enrol to attend the South West ‘Big Issues’ Conference which will be held on Wednesday 14thNovember from 9.30am to 3.30pm at Taunton Rugby Club, Hyde Lane, Taunton TA2 8BUTo enrol, please go to  This event is FREE to attend for LSIS account holders and will launch the Teaching and Learning Coach Hub in the South West and update colleagues on the outputs of all the projects supported by the Regional Response Fund.  It will also introduce the new Teaching and Learning Coach (Advanced Certificate) programme - there will be an opportunity to explore the modules of the programme, hear about the support available, eligibility criteria and how to get involved.  Your colleagues at Learning South West are organising this event, please note that there is no charge to attend this conference (for LSIS account holders) and details re content and how to enrol (via LSIS event weblink) are stated above plus also detailed in the attached flyer.Should you require any additional information about this event, please contact John Gibson on 01823-365650 or byemail at: up to date with all the news in STEM at
  • Post 16 Science Provision in the South WestScience Learning Centre South West – Continuing Professional Development Courses (CPD)Getting to Grips with A Level Physics Working with Glass Apporaches in A Level Biology Approaches in A Level Physics Science Subject Leader Conferences’ supporting A Level Physics as a Science Technician – An Introduction to the role Health and Safety for Technicians An Introduction to Making Solutions and Handling Apparatus Safely Any teacher, lecturer or technician from a maintained school or college in England can apply for an Impact Award for eligible courses marked with an Impact Award logo. . The value of the Impact Award is £150 for teachers and lecturers or £100 for technicians where they see the logoFor further enquiries or to book a course, please visit or contact Science Learning Centre South Westat or telephone 0117 915 7257Keep up to date with all the news in STEM at
  • Making Ecology Accessible for Your Learners Using the Rocky Shore as an OutdoorClassroom: a FREE CPD event, 27 February 2013, Westward Ho!, North DevonSpecifications place considerable emphasis on practical workincluding fieldwork. This one day course will provide comprehensivecoverage of fieldwork techniques on the rocky shore at Abbotsham,to support teachers in helping their learners to gain a strongunderstanding of ‘How Science works’; through the developmentand practice of investigative skills and through the consideration ofhow scientific evidence may be used to assess Man’s impact on theenvironment.Learning Objectives: • Develop colleagues understanding of key ecological concepts • Provide colleagues with experience of key practical ecological techniques and an understanding of the justification and limitations of those techniques • To apply those skills in a habitat known for it’s rich diversity – UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve (1 of 2 in the UK and 537 in the World) • Show how skills and concepts can be transferred to other habitats and allow colleagues to experience a range of experimental designs and establish the need for replication and controls • Develop species identification skills for common rocky shore species • Explore a range of graphical and statistical techniques for the analysis of ecological data and make clear the links between experimental design and methods of analysis • Emphasise the justification and limitations of different techniques for the presentation and analysis of data • Give colleagues the opportunity to develop confidence in the design of the sampling to be undertaken • Explore the synoptic links between ecological studies and other areas of the specification • Discuss education for sustainable development and how we could be embedding sustainability throughout our curriculum • Discover how colleagues in the South West and beyond could be utilising our National Biosphere Reserve to provide enhanced learning opportunities.Event Details: Cost: FREE Venue: Pier House, Merley Road, Westward Ho!, North Devon Date: Wednesday 27th February 2013 Time: 10am-4pmTo book your place, please e-mail Jan Rowe – up to date with all the news in STEM at
  • Save The Date 27th June 2013 at The University of ExeterDevon EBP is proud to announce that The Big Bang South West is back. Put the 27th June in your diary for this hugeevent in the STEM calendar and more amazing science shows, national and regional STEM competitions, interactiveexhibitions and a glitzy award ceremony. To get a flavour of last years event see our youtube video you or any of your colleagues attending the AOC Conference on 21st November 2012?If you are at the Conference you will be able to attend a CPD Session which addresses how to facilitate a Big BangEvent at your organisation.AOC Session DetailsCreate a Big Bang in your college! Engage your students, promote your STEM courses and develop your staff. Basedon case studies, this session looks at The Big Bang programme of STEM Fairs from the perspective of a range ofcolleges. Discover how delivering a Big Bang Fair has enhanced their student recruitment, provided cross-curricularlearning opportunities and how they’ve accessed funding to make it happen. Find out how your college could do thesame.Attendees will;• Learn how to tap into the funding and support available to deliver a Big Bang Fair• Challenge and debate the benefits of hosting a Big Bang Fair, including developing links with business andindustry• Understand how to use STEM Fairs as part of your student recruitment programme, to appeal to yourcurrent students, motivate staff, provide engaging teacher CPD and add value across the curriculumSarah DevonportRegional Development BANG Education CICTel: 0203 206 0428Mob: 07887 up to date with all the news in STEM at
  • Engineering OpportunitiesFREE Bright Links Engineering E-mentoring programmeThe Royal Academy of Engineering have been working with our partners at the Brightside Trust to develop the freeBright Links Engineering E-mentoring programme for students studying engineering courses at Levels 2 or 3(Scottish Levels 5 or 6) within further education colleges.The e-mentoring scheme matches students up online with practicing engineers from industry who are all enhancedCRB checked. By having their own online mentor, an engineer from industry can provide your students withencouragement and support throughout their engineering FE studies and can offer guidance on further training andemployment opportunities that their studies could lead to. Students will communicate with their mentorselectronically over a period of a few months.Please see below a link to a film showing a student from Croydon College who participated in the scheme lastacademic year who talks about the benefits he has received from it. I would urge you to show this film to yourstudents during tutorial sessions over the next few weeks and encourage them to participate in this rareopportunity which gives them access to engineers from industry. At the end of the film students are told where togo to register for a mentor.The film can be shown directly to your students using this link OF AVAILABLE FUNDINGThe Royal Society’s Partnership Grants scheme is now open for applications – closing date 2 November 2011.The scheme offers up to £3000 for schools to work on creative investigations in science and engineering, working incollaboration with a practising scientist or engineer. We welcome applications from schools and colleges across theUK teaching 5-18 year olds, and from scientists/engineers partnered with a school.For further details see flier on next pageKeep up to date with all the news in STEM at
  • Partnerships for excellence in science and engineeringThe Royal Society’s Partnership Grants scheme is now open. Schools can apply for up to £3000 to work withscientists and engineers on creative investigations that inspire students with the excitement and wonder of cutting-edge science or engineering research.Funds are available for projects working with students aged between 5-18, as long as the project involves a UKschool or college, and a practising scientist or engineer. The next round for applications closes on 2 November 2012.For more details about eligibility criteria and to find out how to apply via our online application system, go to are the benefits?A Partnership Grants project offers students the chance to get really ‘hands-on’ with science or engineering, anddevelop their practical and critical thinking skills whilst enhancing their scientific knowledge.“We find putting our science into the classroom, and bringing the school pupils out to see the science in action,tremendously rewarding. The kids ask fantastic questions, frequently challenging us on our ability to explain basicprinciples and often opening discussions on novel research topics.” Professor Jonathan Sharples, Liverpool UniversityBringing a scientist or engineer into school can be a fantastic source of careers inspiration, and long-lastingpartnerships such as these can benefit schools for years to come. Partnership Grant projects allow teachers to gobeyond the curriculum, engage with cutting-edge research and access new equipment and skills."As a teaching staff we recognise that we were incredibly lucky to have such experienced and passionate scientistscome into our school to share their knowledge. I know that the scientists are passionate about their jobs and this issomething that really came across." Claire Powell, Halton Community Combined SchoolWhat can you apply for?Teachers, schools and their partner scientists and engineers from across the country have come up with a wholerange of different projects that have captured the imagination of students. A Partnership Grants project is a realopportunity to exercise your creativity. Find ideas for projects by reading the case studies at .If you have a great idea for a project, but need help in finding a partner, then please contact us.Royal Society staff are happy to discuss ideas for projects, and can be reached or 0207 451 2571.Keep up to date with all the news in STEM at
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  • National STEM Centre E-LibraryThe National STEM Centre in York provides support for STEM teachers and lecturers as part of itsleading role within the government’s STEM Programme, and via a large library of teaching andlearning resources. The Centre holds the largest collection of such resources in the UK for STEMsubjects across the 5-19 age range. These collections include multimedia, print, practical teachingmaterials, and research publications. In addition to contemporary resources the National STEMCentre is building a sustainable archive of resource materials from the 1960s onwards. The Centre’slibrary can thus provide a treasure chest of inspiration for schemes of work to inform curriculumdevelopment, and to support the implementation of STEM across a school or college. The physicallibrary is open to teachers and STEM partner organisations, with on-site accommodation available forvisitors. In addition, from 2010 onwards selected resource collections are being made availableonline through the Centre’s e-Library.The National STEM Centre is funded by the Gatsby CharitableFoundation and the Department for Education. For more information explore the Centre up to date with all the news in STEM at email has been sent to you to support your involvement in STEMteaching and learning across the further education sector. If you wouldlike to unsubscribe please email up to date with all the news in STEM at