West Yorkshire STEM Events and Opportunities

Please see below details of various event and opportunities for students within your school We work closely with University of Leeds and we are delighted to be able to offer you the following events and opportunities available in the coming months for Bradford schools.


How to request one of our STEM Ambassadors


Want to request one of over 900 (FREE) volunteer STEM Ambassadors?  We currently manage over 900 STEM Ambassador volunteers in West Yorkshire, who have expertise in the following areas:


Molecular biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Radiation, Mass spectrometry, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Design engineering, Nanotechnology, Climate change, Engineering geology, Earth sciences, Mathematical modelling, Statistical modelling, Psychological profiling.


All of our STEM Ambassadors have also undergone an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check) to enable them to work with young people in school; and they have also attended an induction session with West Yorkshire STEM staff on how to approach classroom and school-based teaching support sessions. You can make a request by completing our request form here.


Ask an Ambassador – using web-conferencing to link up with our STEM Ambassadors


Would you like your students to be given the opportunity to put STEM-related questions to our Ambassador experts? Do you run a STEM club that would benefit from engagement with STEM Ambassadors? We can moderate an exchange between our Ambassadors and your school at a time that is convenient for you through organising a web-based video-chat. You can see a short example here of one of our STEM Ambassadors explaining what he does as an expert who looks at disease in human tissue (he’s a histopathologist). If you’d like to access our STEM Ambassadors in this way, get in touch with us.




How can we secure the future of food and deal with waste? Free demos, cooking tips, quizzes


Friday 9th May 2014, 10:30 - 15:00, Chancellors Court/Sustainability Gardens at the University of Leeds

Come see how we are designing, securing and solving the future of food and waste at Leeds - meet our bees, watch live cooking demos, pick up seeds, take part in our quizzes, and talk the teams who work on these problems every day. Find out more about what we can be doing in the vital areas of food production, food security, sustainability and the environment. Open to all public.

Schools may be eligible for a bursary to cover transport - please get in touch with STEM@leeds.ac.uk



Starting A STEM Club? an event for teachers, TAs and Technicians


Following on from our successful events last year  we will be running a new series of workshops open to teachers wanting to start their own STEM club. The events will be across our region so you can choose the best one for you to attend. 

Leeds University Tuesday June 10th
York University Wednesday June 11th
Sheffield Hallam University  Wednesday July 2nd
HETA Hull Thursday July 3rd

All events are 4.15-6.00pm (people can stay on later to network if so desired and share ideas)
At each event we will cover the following areas
•    Practicalities  of starting a club
•    What you can be done on a limited budget
•    Celebrating STEM
•    Embedding STEM 
•    Including activities to get you started  
 All attendees will be provided with a pack of resources to get a club started plus a memory stick of materials to take away. Refreshments will be provided.
If you think that you or a colleague would like to attend this session then please e mail Sandra Baker to book a place Sandra.Baker@shu.ac.uk.




Higher Apprenticeship opportunity: chemistry


This Higher Apprenticeship with funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry guarantees that as well as an interesting job and structured training, a student would obtain a foundation degree without needing to pay back a student loan. The company are an exciting small business in Leeds http://www.viclabs.co.uk/

To apply and for more information see here.





Could you change someone’s life this summer?


Nuffield Research Placements (NRP) provide over 1,000 Year 12 students each year the opportunity to work alongside scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians over a 4-6 week period in their summer holidays. We are looking for people to provide our students with placements in summer 2014. Can you help? If you are interested, email Sophie Robinson (srobinson@nuffieldfoundation.org). The process is straightforward and your regional coordinator will provide help and guidance throughout. 




Get set... Demonstrate: free STEM practical activities for schools


The Powerful Practicals training is part of a suite of projects funded by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation that encourage practical activity in schools. One of those projects is Get Set…Demonstrate, run by the British Science Association, which inspires teachers to run demonstrations in their lessons. Although Demo Day has already passed, there are still free films showcasing interesting demonstrations at www.getsetdemo.com/films.


Space dinners: What do astronauts eat? Let your pupils decide!


The UK Space Agency, in collaboration with the British Nutrition Foundation and the European Space Agency, will be launching an exciting challenge for pupils throughout the UK to create a meal for British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s visit to the International Space Station. The meal will need to be healthy and tasty, be easy for Tim to eat in space and showcase food from the UK.
A range of curriculum-related resources will also be made available – helping to bring the challenge to life. These will look at food in space, healthy eating and drinking, and healthy bones.
Diary date! The competition will be launched in April 2014 – with all entries due by the end of June 2014. Please can you note these in your school diary to start planning and creating a truly out of this world meal for Tim. Full details about the competition will be available in early April from the UK Space Education Office web site and also from the UK Space Agency site.


New Dimensions in Optics Workshops the science of vision and careers in optics


The Royal College of Optometrists are offering workshops in schools on the science of vision and careers in optics.  Each free-of-charge one hour workshop has been carefully created to match KS3/4 biology curriculum, and each workshop is demonstrated by trained optometrists who will guide your students through the interesting subjects of eyesight and perception.
If you would like to find out more or request a workshop, please contact teachers@newdimensioninoptics.org or visit the website.



















































































Published: 02/05/2014
Audience: All Secondary Headteachers, Science Leaders and Teachers
Contact: Fiona Binns

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