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We blog about all things STEM! Our posts are full of STEM education advice, recommendations of books and apps, and reviews of STEM activities.

The Big Blog of Seasonal STEM Books

If you're looking for real world inspiration for your STEM activities then the seasons are a great place to start. We've recommended our favourite seasonal STEM books, dividing them between Spring, ...
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How To Organise a STEM Week

The idea for HowToSTEM first came about when I organised a STEM week at my primary school. Full of enthusiasm, I turned to the internet for inspiration, only to find... well, ...
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The Big Blog of Maths Picture Books

Picture books are a fantastic way to explore mathematical concepts. We've selected our favourites and matched them to the following areas of the curriculum: place value, calculation, fractions and measurement ...
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Teaching Soft Skills Through STEM

The Prince’s Trust recently surveyed teachers, parents and pupils to ask them about the place of soft skills in education. Their Results for Life report (see here) was published in ...
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autumn stem ideas

Autumn STEM ideas

Autumn (or Fall for our American readers) is well and truly upon us. We love everything about Autumn, from the colourful leaves and cosy clothing to the harvest celebrations and ...
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cardboard marble run

15min STEM: Cardboard Marble Run

The cardboard marble run 15min STEM activity really is incredibly simple to resource. All you need is a marble, non-marking tape and a good supply of cardboard tubes. If you're planning ...
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women in stem books

Women in STEM books

The gender gap in STEM is widely reported with women underrepresented compared to their male counterparts. One possible explanation for this is are gender stereotypes and biases such as the perception of ...
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oreo moons

Space STEM: Oreo Moons

This activity is a great way for children to learn about the different phases of the moon. We've tried it out and have put together a blog of how we ...
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Marshmallow Constellations

Space STEM: Marshmallow Constellations

Marshmallow Constellations is one of the activities taken from our Space section. The purpose of the activity is for children to learn more about stars and constellations and develop their ...
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top 10 space books 7-11yrs

Our top 10 space books for 7-11yrs

If you're preparing to blast off into space, you'll probably want to take a good book. The same can be said if you're about to embark on a space topic ...
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top 10 space books 4-7yrs

Our top 10 space books for 4-7yrs

If you're preparing to blast off into space, you'll probably want to take a good book. The same can be said if you're about to embark on a space topic ...
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bottle rockets

Space STEM: Bottle Rockets

Making bottle rockets is so much fun and guaranteed to excite even the most reluctant young rocket engineer. We've had a go at this activity and have put together a few ...
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Developing spatial awareness through STEM education

STEM skills open the door to a wide variety of exciting career paths including some of the highest paid and most in-demand jobs in the country. What’s more, the demand ...
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How to Watch A Solar Eclipse

On Monday 21st August the contiguous United States will be treated to a solar eclipse. Those in the path of totality will experience a total solar eclipse, during which the blue ...
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lefties in stem

Lefties in STEM

August 13th is international left-handers day and as a left-hander myself I can think of no better way to mark this than by celebrating some of the many famous lefties in STEM ...
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rocks and soils

Our top 10 rocks & soils books

We don't know about you but right now we're really digging all things rocks and soils (see what we did there?!) Our book recommendations link perfectly to the UK science ...
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15min STEM: Marshmallow Towers

As soon as the children saw the marshmallows and spaghetti their eyes lit up. They knew straight away that we would be building marshmallow towers and couldn't wait to get ...
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Our top 10 dinosaur books

Our top 10 dinosaur books

Most children go through a 'dinosaur phase' at some point in their early lives. We don't blame them - dinosaurs are incredible! We've compiled a list of our top 10 ...
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5 ways to teach stem with qr codes

5 ways to teach STEM with QR codes

Nowadays QR codes can be found everywhere. We see them on websites, flyers, packaging, adverts, in restaurants and shops... the list is endless! We've got some great ideas for how ...
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paper helicopters

15min STEM: Paper Helicopters

This 15min STEM activity is incredibly easy to resource; all you need are the helicopter templates, paperclips and scissors! Here's our review of the activity... We began the session by comparing ...
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5 ways to promote STEM education in your school

 STEM skills open the door to a wide variety of exciting career paths including some of the highest paid and most in-demand jobs in the county. What’s more, the demand ...
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15min STEM activity: Newspaper Towers

This has to be one of our favourite 15min STEM activities for three simple reasons:   It's so easy to resource. All you need is newspaper and tape!   It ...
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6 summery STEM books

Summer is truly upon us now and what better way to mark the season than with some summery STEM books! We've focused on texts that celebrate nature and have suggested ...
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10 STEM apps to get kids coding

We've listed our top 10 STEM apps to get kids coding. What's more, they're all free! No. 10 - Swift Playground SUMMARY: In this game, players write code to help ...
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15min STEM shape columns

15min STEM activity: Shape Columns

We've had lots of fun testing out our 15min STEM activity 'which shape column will hold the most weight?' This activity couldn't be more simple; all you need is paper, ...
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15min STEM activity: How many drops of water can a penny hold?

 Here's our review of the 15min STEM activity 'how many drops of water can you fit on a penny?' We began by collecting up our resources and found it was ...
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6 STEM books about making mistakes

With today's pressures to do well in exams and succeed at school, it's no wonder that children sometimes feel like failures if they do something wrong. Whilst we may pretend ...
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Let’s embrace STEM and bring ‘real world learning’ into primary classrooms

Very early on in my teaching career, a student responded to an activity I had set during a maths lesson with a very simple question: 'what's the point?' This is ...
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