The draft programme of study for science at Key stages 1-2 unveiled in February contains changes to the current curriculum. These include the inclusion of new topic areas such as evolution and inheritance, and some changes to when topics are taught. There is also an opportunity to link history with history of science, and guidance for finding out about the work of key scientists both contemporary and… Read more
Posted by Rachel Jackson on 1st May 2013
Posted by Allan Clements on 23rd April 2013
Sixty years ago this month on 25 April 1953 a paper published in the journal Nature by James Watson and Francis Crick described the now famous and well known double-helical structure for one of the most important biomolecules deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). I was nearly one at the time and I’m not sure my parents were aware of the significant impact that this work would have in the next 60 years.… Read more
Posted by Steve Lyon on 18th April 2013
There have been a lot of stories in the news recently about school students writing a whole series of amazing APPS for use on phones, iPods, iPads and the like.
Nick D’Aloisio hit the headlines when his ‘Summly’ app, which summarises news items, was bought by Yahoo for ‘dozens of millions’ of pounds. Nina Dewani designed a password-prompting app and Tom Humphrey launched… Read more
Posted by Steve Lyon on 16th April 2013
I don’t usually like reality TV shows, and generally avoid watching ‘Big Brother’, ‘I’m a Celebrity, ‘X factor’ and the like. Yet I sat down, with the rest of my family, eagerly anticipating the new series of ‘The Voice’.
I’m not sure why I like watching the Voice, but I do - there I’ve said it! One reason is that I like the judges.… Read more
Posted by Tom Lyons on 19th March 2013
A think tank report reveals that there is a 40,000 per year shortage of home-grown graduates in STEM.
The Social Market Foundation’s report, In the Balance: The STEM human capital crunch, uses the latest industry figures to analyse the mismatch between the future employment requirements and the supply of home-grown skills in the STEM sector.
The study notes that there has been a long-running… Read more
Posted by Steve Lyon on 26th February 2013
‘Smile and the world smiles with you’ so the saying goes. At the National STEM Centre we have something to bring a smile to the faces of mathematics teachers in primary and secondary schools up and down the country.
Visit the eLibrary and explore the wealth of resources produced by the Secondary Mathematics Individualised Learning Experiment or SMILE. There are two collections, SMILE… Read more
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