As we mentioned last month, this will be the final Sparxx newsletter. We hope you have enjoyed reading previous editions and have found some exciting activities to get involved in. Educating girls (and boys) about careers in engineering, and the opportunities it provides for girls, is an important way of addressing the current gender imbalance.
Although Sparxx will no longer be connecting you with science, art, technology ideas and activities, there are many other organisations that will continue to be able to support you in this. Listed below are some other organisations who offer information on activities and careers.
Firstly, if you are looking for female engineers who are willing to speak to schools please look at WES' register
. Please do get in touch if you don't have any luck finding an engineer, as I can also reach out to our membership base to see if anyone is available
Also remember International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 23 June - celebrates the achievements of women in engineering and encourages more girls to consider engineering careers.
The following organisations provide information on activities and career information for young people and schools:
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Welcome to the last issue of the Sparxx monthly newsletter!
In the month that the potentially life supporting solar system 'TRAPPIST-1' and
the hidden continent
'Zealandia' off the coast of Australia were discovered we bring you the last edition of the Sparxx eNewsletter.
On the theme of discoveries in the Did You Know section you can find out about the TRAPPIST-1 solar system that raises the hope of life beyond our solar system; Jocelyn Bell Burnell who found anomalies in the research data that led to the discoveries of pulsars; and Paige Brown who, after detecting pollution in her local streams, invented a water filter from hair clips, foam, a T-shirt and gel. If you'd like to get involved in some research have a look at Zooniverse in the DIY section.
Our Sparxx of the Month Kate Mactear studied mechanical engineering and is currently a BAE Systems Graduate engineering new technologies for Olympic and Paralympic sports. We have two Blogs this month - Building Towards Your Career from Francesca Loader and SSE Graduate Scheme Blogs from Ruth McKelvie and Rachel Powell. You can discover your STEM Type using the quiz in the Fun Stuff.
The Career Wall is dedicated to National Apprenticeship Week 2017 coming up next month with advice for people considering apprenticeships, views from apprentices and apprenticeship schemes approved by the IET. Find out more about apprenticeships as a lab technician, trainee broadcast engineer and with the Royal Opera House in the Video of the Month section.
Exam season will be here before you know it, so if you're looking for revision aids check out the Organisation of the Month 'Science Rocks UK' and the maths revision app in
Fun Stuff. There are two books about the stories of the women working as human computers at NASA in the
Book Review section - perfect for when you need to take a break!
In the News International Women in Engineering Day 2017, British Science Week 2017, National Apprenticeship Week 2017, new Smallpeice courses Biomedical Electronics and Design for 3D Printing, The Girls' Day School Trust Engineering and Architecture Conference.
For Our Educators new film from Stemettes 'Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat.', Antibiotics
Unearthed, resources from the Royal Society of Biology, Practical Action's 'Stop The Spread', upcoming school and teacher events at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and a new exploring engineering Facebook page.
As Spring approaches and the days get longer there are lots of exciting
Events to go to and nine new Competitions this month with more on the website.
Sparxx of the Month
||Kate Mactear - February Sparxx of the Month
This month Sparxx caught up with mechanical engineer Kate Mactear who is on the BAE Systems Graduate scheme. Kate, a triathlete, has always been into sports and is currently engineering new technologies for Olympic and Paralympic sports.
In her STEM Ambassador and WES Young Members' Board roles
Sparxx of the Month
Kate acts as a role model, educates young people about engineering and encourages them to pursue it as a career.
Read the full interview here
Finding solutions to real life problems
Check out our Competitions
page to find out about more exciting challenges.
- My Tech Future competition for primary & secondary school students
As part of the My Tech Future campaign, the Tech Partnership is giving primary and secondary school-aged students a chance to win one of 2 Samsung Galaxy Tablets in a brand new competition to get them thinking about tech.
Secondary school entrants are asked to put their innovation hats on and think about how tech can enhance a musical experience. Primary school students are encouraged to think about how they'll use tech in their job when they grow up. So, if you know any budding techies in the making, make sure you spread the word.
DEADLINE: 17th March 2017
- The Royal Photographic Society International Images For Science 2017
nternational Images for Science is calling for images that cover all breadth of science from medicine, forensic science, zoology, engineering, astronomy, all scientific fields. The competition is open to all, RPS members and non-members. There are three age specific categories: Aged 17 and Under, Aged 18-25, Aged 26 and Over.
DEADLINE: midnight on 30th April 2017
- £10,000 Longitude Explorer Prize
The Internet of Things has the potential to make us happier, healthier and more connected, transforming the way we live. We challenge young people to develop innovative, practical solutions that use the Internet of Things to improve health and well-being of people in the UK.
Areas of particular interest include childhood obesity, physical activity, mental health and pollution, but ideas can relate to any other health issues.
Deadline for entries: 3 March 2017
- The Royal College of Science Union Science Challenge 2017
The Science Challenge is the Royal College of Science Union's annual science communication competition. This competition is open to all students at Imperial College and participating schools. Requiring entrants to demonstrate their skills in scientific debate and reasoning, the Science Challenge tests the ability of today's young scientists to teach the public about the science that affects their lives.
The RCSU Science Challenge welcomes school pupils to attend the launch and take part in the competition. Find out how to get your school involved in the Science Challenge, and take this exciting opportunity to meet students and academics from a world top 3 university.
DEADLINE: noon 1st March 2017
- Raspberry Pi PIONEERS CHALLENGE
Raspberry Pi are looking for Pioneers (aged between twelve and 15) to use technology to make awesome things. Get together in a team, make a thing, and share it online. The most impressive, interesting, and ingenious makes will win money-can't-buy prizes and cool swag.
They've set a challenge to inspire you to get creative with technology. Your challenge? Make us laugh! This is not a joke. Come up with a hilariously genius gag, prank or caper that involves some kind of technology to make it happen. Register your team for more support.
DEADLINE: Wednesday 22 March
Make any musical micro:bit invention, share videos of it with Maplin
on social media and the best will win a £1000 maker bundle.
Knock out some killer tunes on a micro:bit
Make mad micro:bit music
Build an instrument powered by micro:bit
- BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) Competition
AGED BETWEEN 10 & 18? COULD YOU BE THE FUTURE OF GAMES?
Whether you love to code, draw or write the story, BAFTA YGD gives you an insight into the world of game making, as well the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with top game makers through our annual competition.
The competition allows you to explore the different areas of making a video game: enter the Game Making Award or Game Concept Award. If you're chosen as a finalist, you could see your gaming idea turned into a reality, win amazing prizes and get to meet the some of the biggest stars of the industry at a glitzy awards ceremony in London!
You can also nominate an inspirational leader for our YGD Mentor Award.
YGD also provides information, support, and resources for teachers and code club leaders who want to include game creation and the YGD competition in their teaching, afterschool clubs and
DEADLINE: 3 May 2017
- Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge
The TDI Challenge has four categories, and is open to anyone who has created an impressive Design & Technology project at school or college. * Individual student aged 14-16 (GCSE/KS4/BTEC L2) * Individual student aged 17-19 (A-Level/BTEC L3) * Student group (3- 6 members) aged 14-16 (GCSE/KS4/BTEC L2) * Student group (3-6members) aged 17-19(A-Level/BTEC L3)
Students can win prizes including an iPad, GoPro, Minirig, Drone plus many more. The winning school in each category will also win £1000 of vouchers to spend on D&T equipment for the classroom. Many students enter with their existing coursework projects, so it is not necessary to spend a lot of time creating a new project, although we also welcome projects developed especially for the TDI Challenge! Plus, finalists get a tour of a modern manufacturing plant and the opportunity to build links with their local engineering firms.
For more information and to download an application form, please visit
DEADLINE: 12 May 2017
- 2017 Schools Aerospace Challenge
Schools Aerospace Challenge is a competition for 16-18 year-olds, challenged to submit design solutions to a fictitious, but realistic, RAF Operational Requirement.
Each year, teams from schools, Air Training Corps or other youth organisations, answer a realistic aerospace design challenge set together with the Royal Air Force. Shortlisted teams get to experience lots of what the aerospace world has to offer in a five-day Summer School at Cranfield University.
Winners are announced at a prestigious reception in London, with a prize of £3,000 for first place, and £1,000 to two runners up.
So, what are you waiting for? Have you got what it takes? Get started on the Schools Aerospace Challenge 2017.
DEADLINE: 31 May 2017
Did you know?
Astronomers discover 7 Earth-sized planets - BBC News
|Astronomers discover 7 Earth-sized planets - BBC News
Astronomers have identified seven planets orbiting a single nearby star. This new solar system
raises the hope for life beyond our solar system.
The researchers say that all seven could have liquid water on the surface - the key to life as we know it, depending on the other properties of those planets. However, the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone. They hope to know whether there is life on the planets "within a decade".
You can read more from NASA here.
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell made one of the greatest astronomical discoveries of the 20th century when she detected radio pulsars while completing her PhD at Cambridge University in the late 1960s.
Born in Belfast in 1943 her Quaker parents encouraged her early interest in science with books and trips to a nearby observatory. Jocelyn excelled in science classes at the Quaker school she attended and went on to graduate from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Physics.
After graduating in 1965, she studied radio astronomy at the University of Cambridge where she helped build a large radio telescope designed by Anthony Hewish (her PhD advisor) and Martin Ryle to monitor quasars. Jocelyn was tasked with analysing the data from the radio telescope and noticed some strange radio pulses coming from a single point in the sky that didn't fit with the patterns produced by quasars. By a process of elimination the team were able to deduce that the sources of the radio-pulses were made by rapidly spinning neutron stars.
Although only Hewlish and Ryle received the Nobel Prize for Physics for their work (which some regarded as a scandal at the time), Jocelyn has earned countless awards and honours establishing herself as an esteemed leader in her field.940s.
Find out more about Jocelyn Bell Burnell here
|Finding curious solutions with STEM, Paige Brown - TEDxDirigo
Paige Brown, a high school student, has designed a filter system housing gel-magnesium out of a block of foam, hair clips and the sleeve of
a T-shirt. After an experiment in her science class she discovered that the local water might not be as clean as she had thought, so she studied the streams and designed a filter to remove the phosphorous (a serious pollutant) in them. The filtration buoys are designed to float in local stormwater retention ponds, absorbing phosphorous from the water
Building Towards Your Career; Francesca Loader's Story and SSE Graduate Scheme Blogs:
Ruth McKelvie and Rachel Powell
This month we have two guest blogs - one from STEM Sussex and the other from SSE.
STEM Sussex asked Francesca Loader, a 23 year-old recent graduate with a master's degree in Civil Engineering at Brunel University, about studying engineering and what advice she would give to others.
Ruth McKelvie a Graduate Network Investment Engineer and Rachel Powell an IT Graduate describe their experiences on the SSE Graduate Scheme.
International Women in Engineering Day 2017
Fri 23rd Jun 2017
In 2017 NWED is going international. It's now time to start planning for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN ENGINEERING DAY 2017 www.inwed.org.uk
Talking Science Series 2016-17
Wed 7th Sep 2016 - Fri 16th Jun 2017
FREE stimulating talks on science, maths and the Universe, for families, public and schools
Wed 8th Feb - Sat 2nd Sep
Throughout history, artists and scientists have sought to understand what it means to be human. The Science Museum's new Robots exhibition will explore the deep-seated drive to recreate ourselves, revealing the remarkable 500-year story of humanoid robots.
Set in five different periods and places, the exhibition features a unique collection of over 100 robots, from a 16th-century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern-day research labs. Twelve of the robots will be working models and you may even get the chance to interact with one.
The Robot Zoo
Sat 11th Feb - Sun 29th Oct
How do chameleons change colour? What makes grasshoppers leap so high? How do bats see at night? Enter the fascinating world of the Robot Zoo and discover the mechanisms that give animals their amazing abilities.
This family-friendly exhibition features larger-than-life animals that have been innovatively recreated using a variety of familiar machine parts and gadgets to reveal how their real life counterparts see, eat, hunt and hide. Interactive exhibits also give you the chance to try jet-propelled squid racing, shoot a chameleon's 'tongue-gun' and even design your own 'mutant' robot creature.
Electricity: The spark of life
23 February 2017 - 25 June 2017
The story of electricity is the story of life itself. From the structure of the atom to the functioning of our brains, this invisible yet vital force is intrinsic to human life. For centuries electricity has captivated inventors, scientists and artists alike, and in the modern era it has transformed our world.
From the first breaths of Frankenstein's monster to the brutal simplicity of the execution chair, this exhibition contemplates the contradictory life-giving and death-dealing extremes generated by electricity, and traces the story of how humanity has striven to understand, unlock and gain control over this invisible yet all-encompassing force, which continues to mystify and amaze.
Three celebrated artists have been commissioned to create three new artworks for this exhibition.
British Science Week 2017
Fri 10th Mar - Sun 19th
A ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths organised by the British Science Association (BSA).
Across the UK: www.britishscienceweek.org/
Sheffield Festival of Science & Engineering
Thu 2nd Mar - Thu 16th
Over 50 fun, inspiring and free events taking place during March 2017.
Sheffield's Festival of Science & Engineering, celebrating world-class research in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), is back. This diverse programme will fascinate, entertain and engage children, young people and adults alike - with events, talks and activities for all. Events take place all over the city in university labs, lecture theatres, museums, pubs, the Winter Garden and even the Moor Market.
Come and be inspired. Find out how the world around us works, uncover our evolutionary story and experience technologies of the future. Everyone welcome.
Stemettes BeepBoopforChange Robotics Hack - IWD 2017
Sat 4th Mar 10:00am - 4:00pm
Stemettes and Salesforce.org invite you to a Saturday of creativity, robot arms and making with women in STEM, to celebrate International Women's Day 2017. This year's global theme is 'Be Bold for Change' and our event theme is BeepBoopforChange. Join us to experience directing a robotic arm to draw and create something bold - using some techniques used by companies like Salesforce.
Girls aged 5 all the way up to 22.
Women in Science Technology and Engineering Career Insight Day
Thu 9th Mar 9:00am - 2:00pm
Make Life Happen: Work with Water
We all know that science and engineering careers are not 'just for boys', but how much do you know about what it's like to be a woman working in the water industry?
To find out more about where water could take you meet Severn Trent at their woman's careers networking event during National Apprentice Week.
To register your interest, email email@example.com with your name, educational background and area of interest.
Bath Taps into Science
Sat 11th Mar - Sat 18th
Looking for things to do with your class during British Science Week? Got a budding biologist at home? Always had a passion for particles? When it comes to getting people excited about science, Bath Taps into Science has it covered.
We've got a week of hands-on workshops, demos and activities, rounded off with our huge schools fair and family science fair. It's free and open to all; thousands of schools and families come to discover something new, year after year.
The Big Bang Fair 2017!
Wed 15th Mar - Sat 18th
Exciting theatre shows, hands-on activities, interactive workshops, excellent careers information, and much more!
Give your students or children a unique opportunity to explore where their future can take them at the UK's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people.
They will be spoilt for choice with 12 mind-boggling theatre shows, over 150 hands-on activities and the opportunity to talk to thousands of scientists and engineers from leading companies across the UK, including young people who have just started work.
Physics in Perspective
Sat 18th Mar 9:30am - 1:00pm
Aimed at Year 11, sixth form and college students, Physics in Perspective offers insights into many different aspects of modern physical science.
Md & Stemettes "FAKE" Hack - March 2017
Sat 18th Mar 10:00am - Sun 19th 5:00pm
Methods Digital and Stemettes invite you to a weekend of creativity and making with women in STEM. Hackathons are about bringing people together to create amazing things using computers. Join us to experience building your own website and seeing how it's done at companies like Methods Digital.
Girls aged 5 all the way up to 22.
Maker Faire UK
Sat 1st Apr - Sun 2nd
aire UK is the greatest show (and tell) on Earth! Taking place on Saturday 01 - Sunday 02 April 2017 at Life Science Centre in Newcastle, it's a two-day family-friendly festival of invention and creativity.
Maker Faire UK brings together over 300 hackers, crafters, coders, DIYers and garden shed inventors from across the globe - people who love to make stuff and who want to share their passion with the public.
Newcastle upon Tyne:
Ely Cathedral Science Festival: From Dinosaurs to DNA
Tue 9th May - Sun 18th Jun
A month long event of interactive fun and discovery exploring science and the natural world through art, music, exhibitions and fun activities for all ages.
This extraordinary festival will involve science shows, live experiments, prehistoric creatures and fascinating talks by leading experts. Highlights include a lecture by Prof Robert Winston, a dinosaur dig with a life size T REX and a Sci-Fi Prom featuring music from favourite composers and movies.
Laboratory of Molecular Biology Open Day
Sat 17th Jun
The Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge will be opening its doors to the public on Saturday 17 June 2017, as part of the Medical Research Council's Festival of Medical Research. There will be family-friendly hands-on activities, tours of our world-class laboratories and facilities, fascinating talks and the opportunity to talk to our scientists about their cutting-edge research.
To help make this year's Open Day a similar success, we are launching a monthly e-newsletter - containing science activities, sneak peaks into the LMB and details about the Open Day.
Sign up here:
University Options Day in Science, Maths and Engineering
Wed 28th Jun 10:00am - 4:00pm
ou like to explore your university options available with Ma
ths, Physics and/or Chemistry A levels? Year 12 students are invited to a free one-day event to experience hands-on activities, demonstrations and short lectures to give you a taste of what studying science and engineering at university involves. Here is a taster of what to expect.
. Places are limited so please register your interest early.
Have a look at the Events
page to see what else is coming up next year.
If you're wondering where to find out about events in future download the Stemettes OtotheB App! It's FREE from Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store and targeted at Stemettes aged between 11 and 21.
National Apprentice Week 2017, 6-10 March
With National Apprentice Week coming up next month we have apprenticeship advice from the 'The Get in Go Far' campaign, some views on the best things about an engineering apprenticeship and what employers are looking for in an engineering apprenticeship candidate, as well as a list of approved apprenticeship schemes from the
Institution of Engineering and
Whoever you are, whatever your background - if you want to get your career going, an apprenticeship can be a great place to start. Visit the website to discover how an apprenticeship could kickstart your career.
What's the best thing about an apprenticeship in
What do employers look for in a candidate for an apprenticeship in engineering
IET approved apprenticeship schemes offer apprentices many benefits including streamlined Engineering or ICT Technician (EngTech/ICTTech) application processes and TMIET membership of the IET. www.theiet.org/apprentices/approved-schemes
Organisation of the Month
Science Rocks is a multi-media award-winning platform delivering GCSE revision aids in short, fun, fact-filled videos.
International Women in Engineering Day 2017 #INWED17
In 2017 NWED is going international. It's now time to start planning for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN ENGINEERING DAY www.inwed.org.uk
The Top 50 Women in Engineering 2017 nominations open on the 23rd of February and are available to women in any engineering profession aged 35 and under. Feel free to nominate as many candidates from your organisation as you like. Nominations can be submitted via the online hub from the 23rd of Feb at:
British Science Week 2017
British Science Week (BSW) is coming soon!
Organised by the British Science Association (BSA) and taking place
between 10-19 March 2017, it is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths.
There will be fascinating and engaging events and activities across th
e UK for people of all ages. New for 2017 is a virtual race through space called Run the Solar System. Set to return is a big feature of BSW: citizen science projects, with this year's chosen project being Zooniverse's Pengiun Watch.
National Apprenticeship Week 2017
The 10th National Apprenticeship Week will bring together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and will seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career.
Biomedical Electronics & Design for 3D Printing
Two new Year 12 courses from the Smallpeice Trust
Design for 3D Printing: CAD skills are becoming increasingly important when working in engineering - this course will give you the opportunity to learn how to use CAD software and produce designs that are 3D Printed. This course will also give you an introduction to basic programming techniques, allowing you to develop and produce your own code.
Biomedical Electronics: Learn the relevance of electrical and electronic engineering to biotechnology and how it is at the forefront of engineering solutions to the biomedical industry.
GDST Engineering & Architecture Conference
The Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) are keen to inspire their students to consider careers in areas
where there aren't enough women.
To support this work, on 10 & 11 March 2017 we will be holding the GDST Engineering & Architecture Conference at the Royal High School in Bath, bringing together over 100 sixth formers from across the country. Students will have the opportunity to explore academic study in these areas, test their skills with hands-on workshops and also hear directly from employers across the sector. The event will be supported by Women's Engineering Society Members and staff.
Video of the Month
Have a look at our Videos of the Month to find out more about apprenticeships as a lab technician, broadcast engineer, scenic carpentry and stage engineering.
|Kirsty's Lab Technician Apprenticeship
BBC Trainee Broadcast Engineer Profile: Ruth Loughrey
The Royal Opera House Apprenticeship Scheme: Scenic Carpentry and Stage Engineering
For more inspiring videos, check out our
Mathscard A-Level revision app
Developed from years of research by Loughborough University, the mathscard app contains hundreds of examples of pure maths formulae and graphs/diagrams.
Vectors, numerical methods, circle and coordinate geometry, sequences and series, algebra and graphs, trigonometry and calculus are all covered in this handy resource.
STEM Type™ Quiz
Find a career where you can #DoWhatYouLove!
Each of the 8
STEM Types is based on the real knowledge and skills you need to succeed in a variety of high-demand careers. By taking the quick quiz, you'll see which STEM Type™ is your best match.
So what are you waiting for? Discover your STEM Type™ today!
At the Zooniverse, anyone can be a researcher!
The Zooniverse is the world's largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers-hundreds of thousands of people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers.
You'll be able to study authentic objects of interest gathered by researchers, like images of faraway galaxies, historical records and diaries, or videos of animals in their natural habitats. By answering simple questions about them, you'll help contribute to our understanding of our world, our history, our Universe, and more.
For Our Educators
Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat.
In 2017 the Stemettes are releasing a new documentary called Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat. and we are inviting you to host a FREE exclusive screening at your school, company or institution.
This revealing documentary follows young female tech entrepreneurs on their journey against shocking industry statistics. It highlights the fact that STEM industries are missing a key demographic - only 14% of those working in the UK STEM industries are women.
The documentary is set in the first-of-its-kind Outbox Incubator - a Dragon's Den meets Big Brother house - where we hear from future tech innovators and entrepreneurs on why the industry has to change. http://outboxjourney.com/documentary/
The film is a heart-warming exploration into what would happen if more girls were to Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat.
Register here now to host a screening of this exclusive documentary
A-level or GCSE Biology students as part of the School Partnership
The aim is to inspire and motivate students by providing them with the opportunity to take part in a biology-related research project focusing on the global issue of antimicrobial resistance. It will teach key biological concepts, enabling students to be fully involved in the research process. Participating schools are linked with their local university, research institute, hospital or company. Applications are now open for the School Partnership programme.
Royal Society of Biology
New biology careers lesson resources
The Royal Society of Biology has developed new resources for teachers to use in lessons to highlight future career options and opportunities available to their students who intend on studying bioscience subjects beyond school. The resources include lesson plans, presentations and activities, as well as reference guides to careers support which students can use independently.
Intermediate Biology Olympiad
This year's Intermediate Biology Olympiad will take place on 26th and 27th June. Teachers can register their students for the competition from March 2017.
Practical Action's Stop The Spread
If you are looking for an inspirational new STEM challenge, linked to the curriculum and perfect for British Science Week (March 10-19) then try
Pupils research infectious diseases then design a hand washing device and education materials for a primary school in Kenya. All support materials are free and include teacher guidelines, student pack, a PowerPoint and even a free poster.
Written in collaboration with the British Science Association pupils can gain a CREST award for taking part and enter the
Youth Grand Challenges competition.
For more STEM challenges go to
Upcoming School and Teacher Events at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
The recent announcement of the discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting a distant star has caused great excitement here at the lab. We'll be running a twilight Big Telescopes Teacher Training session on Thursday 30 March, from 16:00 - 18:00, that will allow you to bring this excitement into the classroom, with simple hands-on activities for Key Stage 3 classes. To book tickets, please visit
Two Apprenticeships Open Evenings, on Tuesday 7 and Friday 9 March. These evenings will provide a great opportunity to find out more about our apprenticeship scheme, talk to current and previous apprentices and learn about the science and engineering that happens on site. https://apprenticeopenevening.eventbrite.co.uk
Teacher training day, Bringing cutting edge research into the classroom - particle physics, on Friday 10 March. For more information, and to book places, please visit https://www.stem.org.uk/cpd/294287/bringing-cutting-edge-research-classroom-particle-physics
RAL will be celebrating the MRC Festival of Medical Research Open Day on site at the Research Complex at Harwell on Tuesday 20 June. This event, for Key Stage 5 students, will run from 10:00 - 13:00 and will include hands on protein crystallization, the chance to see 3D printing in action, an interactive DNA extraction activity and the opportunity of learning more about laser spectroscopy. Register your interest before 24 March 2017 https://mrcfestival-at-rcah.eventbrite.co.uk
Teacher training course focussing on the James Webb Space Telescope. The course runs 21-23 June at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and is followed up on 10 October with a day at the National STEM Learning Centre in York. An Enthuse Award is available to cover costs. For more information and to book onto this course, please visit: https://www.stem.org.uk/cpd/324987/space-context-teaching-science-james-webb-space-telescope
Exploring Engineering Facebook Page
Medieval charity uses social media to engage with young engineers
An ancient charity has taken the next step in reaching out to the engineers of the future. Rochester Bridge Trust, which was founded in 1399, has launched the Exploring Engineering Facebook page as part of its education initiative aimed at inspiring the younger generation.
The page, which includes posts for young people of all ages, shares a range of activities and learning resources related to engineering. Trust Education Officer Caroline Chisholm explained: "The Trust may be an ancient charity, but it has always made the most of whatever modern technology is available. Reaching out to young people and their families on social media is a logical way to connect today. "Facebook is a fun, easy way to communicate and we aim to engage with as many youngsters as possible to help them to realise the potential of engineering - especially bridge building - as a future career."
f like Sparxx you really enjoyed the film Hidden Figures (- not yet seen it what are you waiting for?!?) then why not read these books telling the stories of the women who worked as human computers at NASA?
Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race Paperback by Margot LeeShetterly
Rise of the Rocket Girls by Natalia Holt