42 STEM iPad Apps for Kids

Ready for the some fun STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) iPad apps for primary?

Many apps, with a few exceptions, won’t tell your child how to do a particular method or xactly what is needed so will require some guidance in the first instance . They will however, give him or her practice, repetition, and reinforcement.

42 STEM iPad Apps for Kids (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

Caddisfly Jewellery – STEAM in Nature!

We aren’t the only animals with a penchant for self-decoration. Caddisfly larvae protect themselves by constructing elaborate armors from gravel, sand, twigs, and other debris, which they “glue” together using excreted silk. The tiny moth-like insects scavenge whatever material is suitable from their environments, including anything you choose to give them. French artist Hubert Duprat was among the first to take advantage of the insects’ predilections by supplying them with gold flakes, opal, turquoise, rubies, and pearls. The resulting cases are intricate works of art that can be strung up like beads to create one-of-a-kind jewelry. via Caddisfly Jewelry | Ecouterre.

EU Code Week 10-18 October 2015 – Bringing ideas to life with #codeEU

The third edition of EU Code Week will take place 10-18 October 2015. Millions of children, young adults, adults, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs and policymakers will again come together in events and classrooms across Europe to learn to create with code.
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“Digital skills are essential for a true Digital Single Market and help us understand how our increasingly connected world is built. Coding is not just about computer programming, it’s also about improving problem solving, communication, collaboration and creativity which are needed for the jobs of today and the future.”Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market

The idea is to show how you can bring ideas to life with code, to make programming more visible, demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn. If you are a school, a kid, a coder, a young adult, a parent, teacher, a business – now is the time to start planning your Code Week event and put it on thecodeweek.eu map.

Save the date: EU Code Week 10-18 October 2015 – Bringing ideas to life with #codeEU | Digital Agenda for Europe | European Commission.

Snap Science- free primary teaching resources

The Snap Science programme has been designed to cover the new primary science curriculum with enquiry, exploration, investigation and true progression at it’s core. Every lesson is already differentiated and the lessons aim to make challenging concepts meaningful for students.  At £100 a Year Group it’s affordable enough but to check out the kind of resources and ideas that are presented Collins Connect have made the Year 3 – Plants module available here Collins Connect – free primary teaching resources. Being a plant biologist, I like the way they are approaching the topic in a questions based way. What is this for? Are all roots the same? Why are petals different colours? This is in stark contrast to the labelling parts of a plant on a worksheet which I have seen way too often in the primary clas

sroom. There is also a lot of scope to develop child-led investigations out of the lessons and easy to put in different types of enquiry in experiments such as pattern seeking and classification.  See what you think!

Freddie the Fart Machine and your Portable Chemistry lab…

Stefan Gates is famous for Gastronaut Live: food, science and adventure shows that are staged at major events, food and science festivals, theaters and schools across the UK.  I saw him most recent show at The Big Bang Fair UK 2015 and was hugely entertained throughout. Some of the children who I brought along were so inspired that they introduced some of his fun demos into a mini lecture for school!

Timstar have been given access to a range of exhilarating science demo worksheets, videos and much more from Stephan. There are lots of ideas to show you how to inspire people with fascinating food science. Over the next few months  videos accompanied by demo worksheets, non-video demo worksheets and features will be published. Keep a look out for updated content right on this page.

SFI – SFI Discover Programme Call 2015

logoScience Foundation Ireland, through the SFI Discover Programme seeks to promote the awareness and engagement of the Irish public with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The mission of the SFI Discover Programme is to catalyse, inspire and guide the best in STEM education and public engagement. All applications must clearly outline how the project will address SFI’s goal to enable an engaged and scientifically informed public in Ireland.

Projects should address this by showing how they

  •          promote and support STEM education
  •          promote STEM career pathways
  •          increase the general public’s engagement with STEM and its importance in society

See here for more details and information on how to apply.

MOOCs for Sixth Formers

futurelearn-logoFutureLearn is the UK’s platform for online courses, with more than 50 partner universities and institutions such as the British Museum. Three free online programmes, aimed at helping sixth-formers bridge the gap between school and university, are launching this summer.The university-led “massive open online courses” (MOOCs) will be available on the FutureLearn website.

Sheffield University is providing two courses on applying for jobs and courses and succeeding at interviews.The first includes writing covering letters and personal statements.The second is on interviews, covering how to research organisations, what to wear and how to deal with commonly asked questions.

The third, from the University of East Anglia, includes advice from lecturers and undergraduates on the skills new students will need.This focuses on critical thinking, data analysis and how to sustain a supported argument as well as coping with the university environment.

Courses are free, open-access and can be completed at your own as they are super flexible and lend themselves towards a more relaxed style of learning!

Curious George – STEM Classroom Resources for EYFS and KS1

Active learning begins with curiosity! The Curious George STEM Collection is a great way to help young children understand science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts, such as measuring, building, and simple machines. Lesson plans with Curious George videos offer hands-on investigations and exciting new learning opportunities that will inspire children to explore the world around them. As students ask questions, predict outcomes, share observations, and formulate theories, they establish the science skills and “habits of mind” that lead to academic success and lifelong learning. 

 

Curious 

George STEM | Classroom Resources | PBS LearningMedia.

Problem Prosecco?

uvaGlera is a white variety of grape of Italian origin. Glera is a grape known to many people but perhaps only by it’s former name; Prosecco. Yes, this grape is responsible for that lovely refreshing sparkling wine Prosecco synonymous with warm summer evenings and outdoor dining with friends. The name Prosecco is believed to be derived from the village Prosecco near Trieste, where the grape originated. It has been proposed that it was cultivated already in Roman times, possibly as the vinum pucinum praised by Pliny the Elder, although that is quite a loose link really. But kind of cool.

ruggeri-prosecco-uvaWhat is not so cool is the Glera grapes have suffered a number of poor seasons and many of the vineyards in the Trieste in Italy are reporting significant losses in crop yield this year. Some experts are warning of a very real possibility of a global shortage of Prosecco from this summer.  Roberto Cremonese, Export Manager of Bisol reports that almost 50% of the crop was lost this year due to environmental factors.

“A lot of the vines in the DOC area are newly planted and they ended up soaked – the grapes were rotten and yields were down by half in some cases.”

As a result of this news, my Facebook feed is full of ladies declaring they have stocked up their Prosecco supply so let’s hope this is just scaremongering by a very clever marketing guru somewhere…