STEAM Fair and TeachMeet Invitation
A career in engineering is exciting, rewarding and creative, yet there is a big shortage of young people that think it could be a job for them.
Following the hugely successful ‘Science and Engineering: What Wiltshire has to offer’ STEM Fair in October 2018, Wiltshire Council and Learning Resources Hub are holding a second event, the STEAM Fair, on 25 February 2020, once again in the Atrium at County Hall, Trowbridge.
This year, in addition, there will be a TeachMeet, after the Fair, providing an opportunity for our teachers and school leaders to meet up and share good practice and inspirational ideas.
Both events are free of charge to attend and will enable your teachers and pupils to explore engaging curriculum-linked STEAM exhibitions and stands at the Fair as well as opportunities to connect with organisations that can help deliver inspirational experiences in the classroom.
Wiltshire Council wants to help schools inspire the next generation of innovators, creators and problem solvers and these two events will provide plenty of inspiration for teachers, school leaders and pupils.
I am delighted to attach the official invitation, from Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, which gives further information on how to book a timeslot for your pupils and/or a place at the TeachMeet.
I look forward to seeing you there.
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Science and Engineering: What Wiltshire has to offer event
Thank you to the nearly 500 pupils that visited us at our Science and Engineering: What Wiltshire has to offer event last week. It was great to see you!
What an amazing, inspirational day we all had, exhibitors and visitors alike (the young and the not so young).
We hope you all enjoyed meeting our robots, Dash and Ohbot and exploring Space through our new Augmented Reality resource. We had our new Forensic Kit there on show and we also took the opportunity to give you a peak at the droids from one of our brand-new, soon to be launched, WOW! resource collections, STAR WARS – Droid Quests.
Did you see Georgie with her Rainforest animals? What about Brunel, Leonardo da Vinci or the pirate, Jack Sparrow? And how about the Sirius Astronomy stand, did your pupils try on the spacesuit or ignite some rocket fuel? Did you know, these are all available to come into your school through membership with the Learning Resources Hub?
If you would like further information about membership with us, or indeed about any of the resources displayed on our stand, please don’t hesitate to get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.
Sharing learning for delivery of statutory RHSE
Two free events are available to bring together Wiltshire schools, that have been part of the DfE RHSE Early Adopter programme during 2019/20, with other Wiltshire schools.
This will be an opportunity to share learning as schools prepare to plan and deliver statutory elements of Relationships, Health and Sex Education from September 2020.
These events are:
Monday 20th April 2020 13:00 - 16:00 @ St Mark's Junior School, Somerset Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3BL
Monday 11th May 2020 13:00 - 16:00 @ Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Outmarsh, Semington BA14 6JX
and can be booked on Right Choice
Applications for these events will be managed to ensure a mix of early adopter and other schools are accommodated.
Other PSHE CPD opportunities for Wiltshire Schools
There may be further CPD opportunities in the South West organised by the DfE through Teaching Schools in the next few months.
Local PSHE events from Wiltshire Council:
PSHE and Healthy Schools network meeting. 27th February
2020An introduction to PSHE education. 11th June 2020
PSHE and Healthy Schools network meeting. 18th June 2020
Subject Leadership in primary PSHE education. 13th October 2020
PSHE and Healthy Schools network meeting. 14th October 2020
Details of these and more events here
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