We’re in our fourth year of partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Connecting STEM Teachers

We support its flagship schools programme Connecting STEM Teachers, designed to address the UK’s shortage of engineers and help to improve pupils’ experience of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects in primary and secondary schools across the country.

The Connecting STEM Teachers programme works to:

  • Create a national network for STEM subject teachers with regular meetings.
  • Fund dedicated teacher coordinators who work with local teachers to disseminate resources and training.
  • Improve the perceptions of engineering amongst young people through teacher advocacy.
  • Support student progression to STEM subjects post-16.
  • Increase the appeal of engineering careers amongst female students and other under-represented groups.

In 2018/2019, more than 900 teachers attended 173 network meetings and 1,261 STEM teaching and learning resource boxes are now being used by pupils in schools across the UK. In total, 68,000 pupils engaged in STEM and engineering activity, 51% of which were female.

More than 340,000 pupils have been involved in the programme to date.

STEM resources

Mission to Mars, was produced to engage young people in the engineering of space exploration. Students can discover how to build an aerodynamic nose cone for launch and how to grow food in Martian soil. This year also saw the launch of the education resource hub; engineering-themed activities for teachers and students to use.

With our support, the resources aim to:

  • Provide hands-on learning.
  • Develop enquiring minds, team work, reasoning and career awareness.
  • Encourage young learners to express their thoughts, ideas and learn from mistakes.