New DVDs from Maths Inspiration

Best-selling maths author Rob Eastaway and Stand-up Mathematician and broadcaster Matt Parker have teamed up to produce a series of maths DVDs that are set to change the way that teenagers think about maths.

The Maths Inspiration DVDs, which feature six different maths shows filmed live at Greenwich Theatre in front of teenage audiences, are not only entertaining but also reveal the beauty and relevance of maths, in everything from designing rollercoasters to creating new tunes.

The DVDs feature several top communicators from the world of maths and engineering, include Sky at Night presenter Lucie Green, Channel 4 documentary presenter Hugh Hunt and BBC Science expert Steve Mould.
With titles such as "Are You Feeling Lucky?" "What's the Trick?" and "From Juggling to Jazz" the DVDs are designed to appeal to 13-16 year olds, and will be a valuable resource that teachers can use to bring topics such as algebra, trigonometry and mechanics to life.

There are six DVDs, each featuring a show that lasts between 70 and 90 minutes, with two speakers and Matt Parker as the host and each costs £10. For more information and to order please visit
 where you can also see a 1 minute video.

‘I have attended a ‘Maths Inspiration' event, and spoken to students and teachers in the audience, so I know the events are well named! These DVDs will mean Maths Inspiration can inspire more teachers, students and parents with the value and wonder of mathematics, and help encourage more young people to study mathematics to a higher level.'
Charlie Stripp, Director National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM)
‘These DVDs are packed with material that maths teachers can use to generate excitement around topics such as algebra and probability, and to make links across to other subjects in the curriculum
Michael Bennett, maths teacher at Greenwich Free School.


NSEC Challenge Resources

The NSEC Challenge Pack aims to give students, aged 11-16, and their teachers/educators support to create a science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) project that they can enter into the National Science + Engineering Competition.

Through creating a project, young people can explore the real nature of STEM and work on specific topics just like professional scientists and engineers. The Challenge Pack aims to help young people embark on a project, giving them ideas to get started and to take their project forward. The Pack has been developed with leading STEM educationalists and is supported by a range of high profile scientists and engineers.

The Challenge Pack is aimed at 11-16 year olds (Key Stage 3 & 4 in England & Wales) and provides suggestions for teaching materials for this audience. However, teachers and educators can use this Pack as a basis for work with younger or older students as well.

There are 10 downloadable resources:

CREST Award Project Ideas

There are many pick up and run projects for starting CREST awards available on the British Science Association website and that can be found here.

CREST projects often form the basis for competition entries for the National Science and Engineering Competition (at The Big Bang) and local competitions such as the Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society Competition. 

For more information about CREST Awards please contact Jo Cockerton at who will be happy to help.

Apps for Good - support to deliver Computing classes and clubs

Apps for Good are now calling for applications from UK schools for our 2013/14 Apps for Good programme and experts to support the programme.

They are seeking to partner with 400 schools, including primary, secondary and further education schools.  As a charity, their schools programme is generously subsidised by our sponsors. This means state schools receive the courses, including lesson plans, schemes of work and a day of training, free of charge. Independent schools are also invited to apply, for a nominal cost. Our courses are flexible and can be delivered within the curriculum or as an afterschool club.

Apps for Good courses provide a taste of what STEM careers can offer young people, as they learn to create mobile apps to change their world. Programme updates for 2013/14 include more coding lessons for the mobile app course and a new Facebook app development course.

Applications close on 30 May and schools can apply online: and you can email for more information if needed. explore STEM  will also be recruiting STEM Ambassadors to support schools taking part in the programme. 


Siemens Education resources launched

Siemens Education has been developed as a central hub for relevant, engaging cutting edge STEM related content; offering free, stimulating and unique resources that bring STEM to life for students, teachers and parents.The activites have been developed to support the teaching and learning of Science, Technology and Maths.

The portal is highly interactive, with a wide range of curriculum based schemes of work, interactive gameplay and a thought provoking image and film bank. The content is based on some of the ground breaking projects and technologies supported by Siemens across all four pillars of the business; energy, industry, healthcare, infrastructure & cities and includes 11 unique and engaging Schemes of Work 


Research Councils UK (RCUK) Careers in Research

RCUK has published further research career case studies, with researchers telling their own personal story of how they got involved in research, what it takes to be a researcher, and their rewarding experiences from their chosen career paths. The case studies are aimed at young people and highlight the opportunities research skills can give, not only in academia but also in the wider world of business, industry and commerce and cover a wide range of disciplines including arts and humanities; engineering; maths; biology; social sciences; and physics.

The case studies can be found at

Talk Physics

In case you've not come across talkphysics before it can be found at  

Fantastic physics resources and news - don't miss it!


Practical Action - Free resources

Practical Action logo

Simple ideas that change lives forever

Practical Action is an international development charity with a difference. They work together with some of the world's poorest women, men and children, helping to tackle poverty in the developing world through the innovative use of technology.  Practical Action is about bringing positive, lasting change to people's lives.

They have just release some excellent new STEM resources for schools, including:

  • Global CREST Award Challenges
  • Sustainable D&T Challenges
  •  STEM Careers poster and case studies
...and many more. To download these free resources and to learn more about how technology can help change the world, visit the Practical Action Schools website.

Maths in Education and Industry

MEI is developing resources to support level 3 maths in engineering courses and the materials, although still being trialled, can be downloaded from

Developed in conjunction with the Royal Academy of Engineering, there will be about 45 reosurces when finalised and they will always be free of charge. 

Current resourecs (March 2013) include:

Power Demand Planning

Irrigation Channels

 Car Speedometers

and many more. All activites have teacher and students handouts and are designed to last 20-30 minutes. You have to give a school name to access.


RSC Chemistry Resources

Follow this link to all of RSC's chemistry resources including Chemnet for pupils in KS5 and Talk Chemistry