The Learning Renaissance

Gender and STEM Achievement

A recent UK report suggested that there was a chronic shortfall of STEM specialists at technician and graduate levels of some 200,000 individuals. Ironically, it was suggested that such a … Continue reading

May 31, 2021 · Leave a comment

How to Set Up a School Science Fair During the Pandemic | Edutopia

Last year we brainstormed together, writing ideas like these on sticky notes in the classroom. This year, we’ll use Padlet or Whiteboard.fi so that both in-person and remote students can … Continue reading

February 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Beyond STEM…Creativity

The headlong rush to promote STEM activities as the foundation of learning has had a detrimental effect on other areas of the curriculum, not least creativity. I’m not saying there … Continue reading

February 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

A World Class STEM Challenge for your pupils … but you need to move quickly!

It has been very gratifying to see that despite the present difficulties in learning in the Coronavirus pandemic, so many schools are determined to bring their pupils the very best … Continue reading

November 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Enrol your school to be part of a world-class STEM experiment design project in association with NASA and have your experiment flown to the International Space Station

As well as authoring books on future learning, one of my great joys has been to work with ISSET to inspire young people to world on world-class collaborations with NASA. … Continue reading

November 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

STEM Activities to do at home during lockdown | BostonTechMom

This seems like an interesting US site which outlines a massive range of STEM-related activities which can be completed at home during the lockdown. Thanks to Cyndi Reitmeyer for compiling … Continue reading

June 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Latest ISSET podcast considers Making a Home in Space with astronaut Bill McArthur Jones

Making a Home in Space – FREE Live Interactive Astronaut Show Tuesday 26th May Astronaut and Test Pilot Bill McArthur Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live … Continue reading

May 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

FREE Live Interactive Astronaut Show Tuesday 19th May ‘Searching for the Secrets of Space’ Astronaut and Test Pilot Greg Johnson Joins ‘Space to Learn

Have you ever wondered what space is made of? Greg’s last mission launched into space the tools to tell us what is ‘out there’ and help us know more about … Continue reading

May 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Space to Learn: “To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to the Body in Space” with surgeon and astronaut Dave Williams

FREE Live Interactive Astronaut Show This Tuesday Dave Williams Astronaut, Brain and Heart Surgeon Joins Space to Learn. To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to the Body in … Continue reading

May 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

ISSET Brings you ‘Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe’ with astronaut and test pilot Greg Johnson

This Thursday 7th May at 7pm BST/2 pm EDT, join astronaut and test pilot Greg Johnson. His last Space Shuttle mission involved the deployment of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer which … Continue reading

May 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

It is rocket science and it is brain surgery… the latest ISSET webinar with astronaut Dafydd Rhys Williams: 30th April 19.00 BST

LIVE Webinar: Space Talking with An Astronaut  Astronaut & Brain Surgeon Dafydd Rhys (Dave) Williams My Brain in Space This Thursday 30th April at 7pm BST, astronaut, neurological and cardiac … Continue reading

April 29, 2020 · 2 Comments

Space to Learn: Painting the Perfect Planet with Astronaut Nicole Stott Tuesday 28th April

Nicole Stott – Astronaut, Environmentalist, Engineer, Pilot and Artist – Joins Space to Learn Painting the Perfect Planet A FREE live Interactive astronaut episodes are beamed out every Tuesday in … Continue reading

April 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

Webinar: Keeping Your Cool in a Space Disaster with Astronaut Michael Foale, CBE

Every Thursday an astronaut will give a LIVE presentation and q & a. The programme is designed for adults and families and is for a limited sized audience. This Thursday … Continue reading

April 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

The latest Space Talking with an Astronaut. Tonight Steve Swanson, ISS Commander!

LIVE Webinar: Space Talking with An Astronaut With Space Station Commander Steve Swanson Today at 7pm BST/2pm EDT Every Thursday an astronaut will give a LIVE presentation and Q&A. The … Continue reading

April 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

FREE Live Interactive Astronaut Show with Space Shuttle Pilot Tony Antonelli Tuesday 14th April. 7pm BST/9am and 2pm EDT

FREE live Interactive astronaut episodes are beamed out: Every Tuesday at 2pm and 7pm BST/9am and 2pm EDT in our “Space to Learn” series. Inspirational, fun and an Out of … Continue reading

April 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

The second ISSET free Astronaut webinar takes place today featuring Tony Antonelli on Piloting the Space Shuttle!

LIVE Webinar: Space Talking with An Astronaut Thursday 9th April 7pm to 8pm (BST) UK time Featuring Space Shuttle Pilot Tony Antonelli Book your ticket HERE Every Thursday an astronaut … Continue reading

April 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Place of the Arts in the Curriculum

In all the clamour for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the curriculum, Arts subjects are increasingly marginalised. Sometimes it feels like they are regarded as ‘the icing’ on … Continue reading

January 22, 2020 · 3 Comments

Marginalising the Arts: A Travesty of Learning!

There has always been a hierarchy of subjects in school, ranked according to their perceived value. Although we need to qualify the word value, depending on the perspective of those … Continue reading

November 13, 2019 · 2 Comments

Women in science: ‘Go for it’ | BBC News

Only a third of scientists are women but Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn wants young women to persist. Confidence and asking for help, she says, are the two ways to get … Continue reading

September 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

5 Ways to Get Girls into STEM | Edutopia

Engineering consultant and author Karen Purcell stresses the importance of capturing young girls’ interest in STEM subjects and career paths, offering five strategies to make this happen. …the lack of … Continue reading

August 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

International Women’s Day: Every Day Should Be Women in Science Day!

One example of the sheer waste in talent that the education system allows is the under-representation of women in science. A few years ago it was estimated that the UK … Continue reading

March 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ken Ham on the Shuttle and ISS

I’ve had the pleasure of spending some time in the company of Ken Ham, and here he gives some insights into his days as a Shuttle Pilot and Commander as … Continue reading

July 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Women Who Watched ‘The X-Files’ Pursued More Careers in STEM | www.fastcompany.com

The phenomenon has been known as “The Scully Effect”–named after Gillian Anderson’s character Dana Scully – and the Geena Davis Institute proved it’s real. Women who watched The X-Files regularly … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

How the Different Fields of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science Fit Together | Open Culture

Ask anyone who’s pursued a career in the sciences what first piqued their interest in what would become their field, and they’ll almost certainly have a story. Source: How the … Continue reading

May 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Teachers And Those Magical OK Go Videos: A Match Made In Science? | NPR

If you’re a rock band, and thousands of teachers and students are using your hugely popular music videos in the classroom, why not help them out? Sure, OK Go is … Continue reading

April 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Arts in Our Futures | TheConversation.com

Despite the utilitarian march of governments towards an emphasis on STEM subjects as being the antidote to current Labour Market shortages, the Arts are a critical element in the creativity … Continue reading

March 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Education and the Fourth Industrial Revolution | Learning {Re}imagined | Medium

A fascinating article from Graham Brown Martin on the impact of technology on learning… Learning to thrive in a transforming world. Read the full article here: Education and the Fourth … Continue reading

February 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Careers of Passion

An interesting article validating research that most teachers could confirm from their own experience… that passion is as important as subject knowledge in supporting young people in developing excellent careers. … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Science in the Classroom: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation is a UK-based science promotion organisation which celebrates applied STEM projects to enliven the curriculum. Here is a link to their extensive website for ideas for … Continue reading

November 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Meet the Guides encouraging girls into science and tech | BBC News

Can girlguiding encourage more girls to take up science, technology, economics and maths? The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is updating its image with a number of … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

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