Useful links to even more STEM education resources
The IET has a range of Education Partners - organisations that share our passion for engaging young people with engineering and technology. Our partners provide many of the UK's best engineering-themed enhancement and enrichment activities, which are designed to capture students' imaginations and interest.
Listed below are web links to the websites of our Education Partners and other STEM education organisations that you may be interested in for further information on even more STEM resources.
The Bloodhound SuperSonic Car is a jet and rocket powered car designed to go at 1,000mph. The car is a mix of car and aircraft technology, with the front half being a carbon fibre monocoque like a racing car and the back half being a metallic framework and panels like an aircraft.
The Bloodhound SSC education programme takes this project into the community with resources for primary and secondary school students, as well as for families and groups.
Copper Development Association (CDA) supports education through the provision of curriculum-related materials for KS3, KS4 and 'A' level Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Much of this material is available from the Association for Science Education's website, www.schoolscience.co.uk. In addition, posters and CDs are available, free of charge, directly from CDA, to schools in the UK and Ireland.
The James Dyson Foundation is dedicated to encouraging young people to think differently, make mistakes, invent and realise their engineering potential.
The JDF teaching resources include ideas boxes and teacher's packs to introduce students to various engineering processes with hands-on and practical activities; as well downloadable posters, videos and challenge cards to provide a real-world context to engineering and quiz the students on what they have learnt.
The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) Go4SET programme puts teams of up to six students together with a local company or university to work on a ten-week environmentally-themed project. The programme includes team-building exercises, and helps students develop skills including project management, report writing and seminar presentation. Completed projects are entered in the Go4SET national competition and can be submitted for CREST awards.
The Engineering Development Trust (EDT) Year in Industry (YINI) provides students with paid, relevant work placements for their gap year, either before or after starting university. Placements last between nine and 12 months.
EDT supports students in the application process and provides mentoring, management training, and travel opportunities (through YINI combo) as well as regional and national competitions.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is an independent charity which supports schools and teachers in using the framework of a circular economy to present a real alternative for students to discuss and debate.
The Foundation has worked with teachers, subject associations and education professionals to bring you a wide range of free downloadable teaching resources focused on the circular economy. The aim of these resources is to enrich the curriculum and enhance young people's skills as critical and creative thinking will be key to their future prospects in a changing world.
The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge tasks students with using CAD/CAM software to design, analyse, manufacture, test, and race a miniature compressed air powered F1 car of the future. Competitors race against other teams in regional, national and international finals.
Available throughout the UK, F1 in Schools is suitable for Key Stage 3-5/S2-S7 and links to the Science, Design and Technology, Manufacturing, Business Studies, Engineering, ICT, Maths and Physics curricula.
Jaguar Primary School Challenge - supported by Jaguar Ltd, the Primary School Challenge follows the same principles as F1 in Schools, but involves designing and building small-scale cars of any style instead of Formula 1 racing cars.
Supported by Land Rover, 4x4 in Schools is a national competition where teams work to design, build, test and market a radio-controlled four wheel drive (4x4) vehicle. Competing teams have their vehicles rigorously tested in regional and national heats to find the UK's champions. Available throughout the UK and suitable for Key Stage 3-5/S2-7, with curriculum links to Science, Design and Technology, Manufacturing, Business Studies, Engineering, Electronics, ICT, Maths and Physics.
Gradcracker.com is designed to enable young people to search internships and graduate opportunities currently available for engineering and technology students.
Students can upload their CV and let employers find them or be more proactive in their searching and manage their own job hunting using the dashboard provided.
The Greenpower competitions allow students to create their own electric racing cars. They then compete against other teams at regional and national race days at racing circuits around the country, with the season finale taking place at Goodwood Motor Circuit. There are three classes in the Greenpower competitions:
IET Goblins - for primary school students
IET Formula 24 - for teams of students aged 10-16 years
IET Formula 24+ - for teams of students aged 16-25 years from schools, further and higher education institutions and companies, including apprentices.
LEGO® Education plays a decisive role in igniting pupil engagement in learning by giving them a hands-on experience that encourages learning through physical and digital creation.
LEGO Education strives to provide a distinctive experience for teachers and pupils that combines relevant curriculum links, the LEGO system of bricks, teacher training and professional development with our unique principles for teaching and hands-on learning. Through this approach to teaching and learning, LEGO Education is helping teachers develop successful pupils who learn more about curriculum subjects and develop strong 21st century skills in a playful learning environment.
Why not download for FREE the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 software, and see for yourself how easy-to-use it is for teaching Computing and STEM.
This project aims to show teachers and pupils how easy it is to construct simple electronic circuits and how much fun it is to use them in all sorts of exciting, ingenious projects.
Starter kits containing 60 assorted light-up circuits together with all the tools you need to build them are supplied, as well as a half day's training at one of their regular training sessions throughout Scotland.
Maths Doctor provides more than 250 free interactive QR worksheets with supporting online video tutorials to make both teaching and learning maths easier.
An annual competition for children aged nine and upwards and engages students in an exciting and motivating mathematics-based project. Students work together in small teams using a wide range of basic mathematical skills to design and race virtual cars. The teams compete against each other in an effort to win a Grand Prix type race and become UK Champions.
Make IT Happy is an annual competition for primary schools run by the Parliamentary IT Committee (PITCOM). Pupils at Key Stage 2/P4-7 must demonstrate how they have helped people in their local area get online and learn new IT skills. Regional and national prizes of up to £5,200 are awarded to the best projects.
Primary Engineer works with teachers to deliver the practical application of science, maths and ICT through design and technology through CPD events and digital learning resources. Available throughout England and suitable for Key Stages 1-2 with curriculum links for Science, Design and Technology, English, Maths and ICT.
They also have Primary, Secondary and Advanced Leaders Awards for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. This free award is open to students between the ages of 5 to 19yrs.
The Rampaging Chariot is a powerful, radio controlled featherweight sporting robot that is used by schools and youth groups to compete in a tournament to determine the Robotic Games Champion. It is a project aimed at interesting young people in engineering organised by the Rampaging Chariots Guild.
You receive the robot as a free kit and your team builds it and tests it (this takes about 12 hours work). You can then design unique bodywork and think of ideas to improve its performance.
The climax of the Rampaging Chariots Project is the annual Scottish Robotic Games . It is held at the Selex ES factory in Edinburgh. Schools Young Engineer & Scientist Clubs and Air Cadet teams battle it out in Football, Sumo, Assault Course and Tug-of-War for the Scottish Grand Champion trophy.
The Smallpeice Trust promotes dynamic careers in engineering to students, aged 10-18, through in-school STEM Days and clubs and four-day residential courses.
These are available throughout the UK, are suitable for Key Stage 3-4/P7-S5 and include associated costs.
Teach First works to improve the life chances of children from low-income communities by recruiting exceptional graduates to teach and lead in schools in challenging circumstances. In the long term, Teach First is creating a movement of leaders with a life-long commitment to raising the achievements, aspirations and access to opportunities of children from low socio-economic backgrounds.
Inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with The Bright Ideas Challenge. This competition, launched by Shell, invites secondary students in Great Britain, aged 11-14, to imagine creative solutions to power cites of the future. With the chance to win up to £5,000 to support STEM teaching, there’s every reason to think big!
Teachers can download the free curriculum-linked classroom resources and find out about the prizes up for grabs on the website. Terms and Conditions apply.
Through My Window is a multimedia engineering education website that engages children and young teens in engineering through the use of narrative in their native digital environment.
Through My Window uses stories to engage young people and support deep learning. Right from the start, learners will be immersed in the story which features relevant, diverse characters with whom they can interact in novels, graphic novels, and online learning journeys.
Tomorrow's Engineers is an initiative led by Engineering UK with the support of Lloyd's Register Educational Trust, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the IET.
It supports a range of well-established engineering-themed enhancement and enrichment projects. These provide a continuum of activities that take place from primary school through to the end of secondary school.
Find a whole host of careers materials for students and ideas and resources you can use in the classroom.
Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland (YESC) is a Scotland wide primary and secondary school education programme run by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.
The projects are designed to grow interest and spark enthusiasm in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects by encouraging young people to have a go at fun, hands-on activities and experiments. Pupils work alongside their teachers, real engineers and scientists putting their problem-solving skills to the test on themed investigations that will feed their curiosity and fire their imagination.
Young Engineers exists to inspire young people to develop an interest in engineering. It runs a range of competitions, including the national Young Engineer for Britain competition, the Airbus Project Eggs Factor, BAA and Royal Navy challenges and the Junior Engineers for Britain K'Nex Challenge.
They also help students engage with STEM activities by helping primary and secondary schools run their own after-school Young Engineers Club, and also by delivering hands-on Challenge Day activities for schools or science and engineering clubs.