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STEM Opportunities 9.4

STEM Opportunities Newsletter

STEM Opportunities is our monthly newsletter for teachers which details upcoming events and information that may be of interest.

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Leeds Festival of Science Schools Events - don't miss out!

Our 2019 festival is open to bookings online.  Check out the festival programme here. Once more the festival is packed with activities for Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 5 and teachers involving science, maths, engineering and geography.  Some of which give the opportunity to bring students onto campus to help them understand what a university is and the opportunities it provides.  Other activities are “roadshows” which can be brought into schools, or events held in local museums.

Browse our programme and complete the online request form by Friday 1 February to request activities. Send your requests in early, as we begin allocating places at the start of January.

View programme and book online at

Enriching the teaching of A level statistics - A Study Day for Teachers

Saturday 9th March 2019 11am – 3pm, University of Leeds

Enjoy 'Some Statistical  Starters' session from Stella Dudzic - MEI before a networking lunch and an afternoon session  Darren Macey of Cambridge Mathematics looking at 'Statistical software and simulation in the classroom'.

For more details and to register for the study day please e-mail Alan (  Registration fee £30 (includes lunch).

This event is held in collaboration with the Yorkshire Branch of the Mathematical Association.

Spinal Angles, Statistics and Scoliosis

New Maths roadshow session available in February for KS3.

This session explores how to determine and measure the Cobb angle for understanding scoliotic curve severity from spinal x-rays and analysing results for orthopaedic healthcare applications/professionals.

Curriculum Area: Geometry and Statistics – KS3 Mathematics
Target Audience: Mid-attaining pupils Year 8/9

Limited availability Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays February 2019.

Contact to request a session.

Leeds Loves STEM talks

Target Audience: KS4 or KS5
Duration: 1 hour (includes two student talks)

Our student ambassadors will give a presentation and answer questions about their degree subjects, career paths and their experiences of studying at the University of Leeds.

These talks are a chance for your pupils to find out more about specific STEM subjects and opportunities in higher education. They allow pupils to explore some of the options available for further study and would be ideal for pupils making decisions about which subjects to study at a higher level.

Contact to request a session.

Salters Festival of Chemistry

Tuesday 21st May

Inspire and motivate your Y7 and 8 pupils with this exciting opportunity to take part in a lab-based competition.  For more information and to enter a team of four students please visit  Schools from disadvantaged areas are encouraged to apply.

STEM Summer Schools

What is it really like to study STEM subjects at university and what opportunities could they lead to? Your students will have the chance to find out during one of our residential summer schools this June and July. They can choose from Biosciences, Food Science, Maths and Physics. Applications open shortly. For more details please visit

Two new maths roadshow sessions available for Y11-13

Pigeon-hole principle and (ir)rationality of numbers

Curriculum Area: Proof
Duration: 1 hour

Through riddles students will build an understanding of the pigeon-hole principle and of how it can be used. Then, we will apply this rule to deduce that rational numbers can be always presented as a recurring decimal.

Coordinate system through a board game

Curriculum Area: Coordinate geometry
Duration: 1 hour

Students will be introduced to a board game played in pairs, with move choice limited by some mathematical rules. Scoring points will involve writing the equations of the lines formed.

Limited availability in January and February 2019.

Contact to request a session.

Atmospheric Chemistry: Planets and Life Beyond Earth

A new online course is available.  Find out more at:

Females of the Future event hosted by PwC

Monday 18th February 2019 10am - 3pm, PWC offices Leeds.

Females of the Future is an event that is designed to inspire and support girls to navigate potential career opportunities with PwC.

The day-long event (10am-3pm) is open to Year 10-13. Held at a PwC office, it will consist of a series of fun activities with guest speakers, a healthy and tasty lunch, and the opportunity to ask lots of questions in a relaxed environment, allowing students to learn about what it's like working at PwC.

Sign up is via their website here.

This event is organised by PwC and has no affiliation to the University of Leeds.