SCENE at Newcastle College would like to invite teachers to bring groups of 5-10 of their Year 10 students to an exciting free event at Newcastle College on Friday 29th June.
The "Rio +20 Youth Solutions Conference" will give students a chance to debate the same global issues to be discussed by world leaders at the "Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development" in June.
Young people will have the opportunity to see how these issues are affecting the North East as part of the College’s role in the UN Regional Centre for Expertise (RCE) in Education for Sustainable Development. Through this they aim to give young people a voice about sustainability issues. The solutions from the event, suggested by young people, will be discussed at the next annual meeting for the global RCE.
Debates will be facilitated by passionate Sixth Form Students from the College, industry experts and professionals, and teachers will be invited to support debates. Also during the day we hope to provide information to students about careers and training in sustainability and the environment sector.
Issues to be discussed on a local level:
• Flooding and Drought
(More information about Rio+20 can be found at www.uncsd2012.org/rio20)
The event will be suitable for gifted and talented students as well as subject areas like citizenship, sciences, geography or a school eco-committee. Please register with Rachael Little via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0191 200 4453.
Newcastle University is hosting its annual Oceans of Opportunities Careers Fair on Friday 9th November 2012 for Years 10, 11, 12 and 13. Teachers should get booked in quickly and it is recommended that you get in contact soon to avoid disappointment.
The university have an impressive array of companies and organisations lined up to meet and provide information to your pupils in the areas of:
· Renewable Energy
· Marine sector
· Science and Technology
They have hands-on interactive science activities, prizes to be won, and ‘conference-style’ presentations by undergraduate students on their inspiring project work overseas.
There is limited availability and places are allocated on a first come-first-served basis. The closing date for registration is Friday 28th September. This event is free to all schools.
Attention teachers! There will be a second STEM Teacher Network Meeting at Moorbank Botanic Garden, Newcastle University on the 5th July. This will take place between 16.30 and 18.30 with complimentary refreshments and snacks served from 16.00.
The meetings provide a good opportunity to meet University staff and discuss accessing University resources and facilities, transition to HE and CPD for teachers. In addition you will be updated on progress since the first meeting in January and how the university are implementing the suggestions put forward. They will also present some new activities and projects and hope to solicit your views on these.
They will also be offering guided tours of Moorbank Botanic Garden and an opportunity to meet their education officer. The team at Moorbank is currently revising their education programme and are keen to hear your views on what schools and colleges would like to see made available.
This event is open to all teachers and advisors in the STEM discipline, including those who have not previously attended. If you wish to attend, please complete the online registration form by Friday 22nd June and you will receive an email confirming your place.
St Thomas More School, in North Tyneside, is offering a select number of schools the opportunity to be involved in a fantastic day. This is for four Year 9 students from your school that may be interested in pursuing a career in civil, mechanical, design engineering or maths industry.
Teams of four will be competing against 19 other local schools using expert advice from industry specialists. An accompanying teacher (from a Maths, Science or Technology background) is also invited to attend a STEM Club CPD session to learn about and test the type of activities you could run with a small group of students in your school. You will be involved with the Athlete or Machine training, a session informing you about free STEMNET resources that are available and you will have the opportunity to be involved with a STEM Ambassador activity.
Lunch will be provided for teachers, please ask student to bring a packed lunch. Please email Jonathan Powell (JPowell@stmschool.org.uk) with subject heading CHALLENGE DAY to book your place.
This year the CREST Awards turns 25! CREST are looking to find at least one award holder from each year since 1986 to help us celebrate the occasion. Whether you received a CREST Award last week or back in the 80s, you can join the CREST Alumni Network.
The British Science Association will keep you up to date with the latest CREST news, events, winners’ trips, competitions, funding and other opportunities.
On 27th March and 18th April local heats The Royal Society of Chemistry (Analytical branch) competition were held at Sunderland and Northumbria University respectively. A total of 54 students from 18 schools in the region competed and the winners were announced as: Emmanuel College in Gateshead and Central Newcastle High School; with runner up Newcastle College.
“It was a wonderful success. We had double the number (of teams) this year… The university sponsored lunch, provided a student ambassador, and a work placement student. There was a wonderful young and fresh feel about the whole competition!” – Roger Reeve at Sunderland University.
Emmanuel college and Central Newcastle High School will now be judged along with 4 other winners for a chance to go to the final.
Calling teachers! STEMNET would like to know more about your club and what you would like from the STEM Clubs Network. To make your voice heard about what you value about the STEM Clubs Network and what more you would like from it, please complete the online survey. You can find the survey here:www.keysurvey.com/survey/430489/ba2e/.
The closing date for the survey is the 25th May 2012. More than one person per school can complete the survey, so please feel free to complete it yourself and encourage colleagues who might like to have their say as well. A £200 voucher will be up for grabs in a prize draw from all the completed entries with the winner announced on the STEMClubs Network website on the 29th May 2012.
The results of this survey will be used to shape the future of the STEM Clubs Network, your opinions are really important. Have your say today!
A limited number of grants of up to £500 are available for you to have a STEM E&E activity take place at your school in 2012, to be chosen from those listed in these online STEM Directories.
The aim of STEM Directories Grants Scheme is to foster the use of the STEM Directories, enable wider access to activities listed and support STEM teachers. The scheme is designed not only to raise awareness of E&E activities but to support your professional development and enhance the experience in your school by helping integrate E&E activities in curricular practice. All state-funded schools in England are eligible to apply. Applications are particularly welcome from both schools in underprivileged areas and high achieving schools, but the successful applicants will be chosen at random from the eligible applicants.
For more information, please look at the Grant Terms. To apply, fill out an Application Form. The deadline for this round is 5pm on Thursday 31 May 2012.
This is a competition for 11-16 year olds to design a video game.
The competition is split into 2 categories, the concept award and the making award.
The concept award is geared towards students who like the way video games look and enjoy creating their own set of video game characters and inventing a whole new world for them to live in.
The game making award is for students fascinated by how video games get made and enjoy using some of the game making software available to create their own mini games at home.
Students don’t have to choose between them however and can enter both.
Students can enter as a team of three, as a pair or on their own.
Students can take a look at last year’s contestants and see what sort of games made it into the top 10. They can also look at the ‘Make a Game’ page and have a go at creating your very own game right now.
Keep your eyes peeled on the website for more updates. Students can also attend workshops taking place this Summer across the UK. Find out more here.