They’ve been a staple of the classroom for generations now but Casio calculators are far from stuck in the past. Here, Gerard Dummett, UK Education Manager at Casio, explains to QA Eduction editor Victoria Galligan how Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is helping Casio to bring education into the 21st Century… 

• Tell us about Casio products in the classroom – what are your biggest sellers? How do your products enhance learning?

The Farmvention competition – which aims to get primary school children designing and creating their own food and farming products – has been launched by the National Farmers' Union (NFU).

The launch comes ahead of the next school year to give teachers time to plan for the competition and applications will be open from 6 September.

The competition, which provides a choice of three problem-based challenges, will focus on engaging children with STEM topics as well as getting them thinking about the everyday challenges farmers in Britain face.

Dan Sullivan, founder of Empiribox - a whole-school solution that makes it easy for primary schools to deliver inspiring, thought-provoking science in their classrooms - shares his thoughts on the UK deficit in the STEM workforce and the need to nurture the next generation of scientists by embedding a love of the subject at primary school. 

In the 2017 Government Green Paper ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’ 50% of UK businesses reported a shortage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates when recruiting. 

Dan Sullivan, founder of Empiribox – a whole-school solution that makes it easy for primary schools to deliver thought-provoking science in their classrooms – shares his thoughts on why practical science should remain strongly within the primary national curriculum…

A grant from the Dudgeon Community Fund will enable Reepham High School to make greater use of its Observatory, supporting student STEM studies and enabling the local community to gain a greater understanding of the night sky in a county that is famed for its ‘big skies'.

The school stages community Stargazing evenings at its Observatory three times a year, and the STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] teaching and support team is keen to keep its activities innovative by doing something different each time.

The Cambridge Mathematics Symposium heard that the standard of maths in the UK is "not up to scratch" and experts are developing a new framework to address the problem in schools.

Representatives from the international mathematics community came together at the British Academy in London in March to hear a progress update on the new mathematics framework. 

With 3D printing making a splash in industry, schools are beginning to invest in the technology to help prepare students for future careers. But with the cost relatively high and the technology still emerging, is it worth handing over much-needed funding? Here, we review the Dremel DigiLab 3D45 model to explore whether 3D printing is a realistic avenue for schools to explore.

Creative pupils at a Tyneside school harnessed the power of green energy as part of a learning programme to ignite their interest in science and technology.
 
Year 4 and year 6 pupils at Rowlands Gill Primary School have been working with Gateshead College on various activities designed to raise awareness of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related challenges. 
 

According to a recent report published by Sir John Holman, president of the Royal Society for Chemistry, high-stake exams are preventing schools from carrying out enough practical science activities. Many have responded by highlighting the importance of practical lessons, however, perhaps we need to take it further. 

Draisci Studio, the award-winning London-based architecture and design studio, introduces STEM - a new sculptural feature created for the Science and Technology Building in the long-established Oundle School, Northamptonshire.