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STEM Opportunities 9.6

STEM Opportunities Newsletter

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

Check out our most recent issue below and subscribe here to receive future issues!

Leeds Festival of Science Public Events

We are looking forward to welcoming many of your classes onto campus or visiting you in your schools in March and April.  As well as all the school events we have a great public programme. Bring your family, friends or come along on your own - you’re very welcome. Spread the word to pupils and parents!

Pop Maths Quiz

11am - 1pm Saturday 23rd March 2019
Suitable for years 7 & 8
Not registered your team yet?  There is still space for more teams to compete in our annual Pop Maths Quiz at the University of Leeds.  Pupils compete in teams of up to 6 in this pub quiz style maths competition.  All schools welcome (maximum of two teams per school).  Teams should be accompanied on the day by a responsible adult.

For further information visit
Please let us know if you are interested as quickly as possible as the event is fast approaching.

Spinal Angles, Statistics and Scoliosis

New Maths roadshow session available for KS3.

This session is a great way to show students that the maths skills they are developing are used in the real world in various professions.

The students will find out what the "Cobb angle" is and explore how to determine and measure it to understand 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.

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.

For more information and to request a Leeds Loves STEM talk

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

Exotic nuclei: on the edge of existence

Dr Marina Petri (University of York)
Free IOP talk
7.00 pm Wednesday 27th March 2019 (free tea, coffee and biscuits from 6:30pm)
University of Leeds, Michael Sadler Building, Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre

In the laboratory, physicists can create atomic nuclei which we haven't otherwise observed in nature, challenging our understanding of the fundamental fabric of the universe. In this talk I will discuss the role of exotic nuclei in our understanding of nature and I will highlight the exciting research currently undertaken in Nuclear Physics.

See here for more details

Maths Miniatures 2019

– a short film competition for schools and colleges

The University of Leeds have teamed up once more with MathsWorldUKUKMT and IMO 2019 Ltd to run the annual maths video contest for young people. The challenge is for your students to produce a short (less than 3 minute) film on Mathematics in Sport.

Registration is now open for the 2019 competition!

To register for this free competition, and to receive further information, please complete the form here by the closing date of 29 March 2019.  The final videos will need to be submitted by 22 July 2019.