Defying Gravity: The Archimedes Screw

Who was Archimedes?

Archimedes was a Greek mathematician, physician, inventor and engineer, born in Syracuse, Sicily, in 287BC. He was the son of an astronomer and mathematician named Phidias.

In the third century BC, Syracuse was a hub of commerce, art and science. Archimedes developed a natural curiosity and affinity for problem solving. He travelled to Egypt to study in Alexandria before returning to Syracuse, where he dedicated his life to research and experimentation across multiple fields. read more

A life of Science: Marie Curie

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Background

Marie Curie was born with the name Maria Slodowska on the 7th of November, 1867, in Warsaw, Poland. Her parents were poor teachers and she was the youngest of five siblings. Her father, Władysław, was a maths and physics instructor.

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In 1883, Maria received her high school diploma, achieving a gold medal for excellence in mathematics. Her sister Bronia was at medical school in Paris and to help to finance her studies Maria worked as a tutor and governess from the age of 16. Maria’s goal was to join Bronia in Paris to study at the Paris Sorbonne University. In order to pass the entrance exams, Maria took night courses to learn additional chemistry, maths and physics. read more

The Young Engineers Academy: A Head Teacher’s perspective on STEM in Action™ in the classroom

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In March 2015, our school (Parkfield Community School), which is located in one of the most deprived wards in both Birmingham and England, was honoured (and more than a little shocked) to win the National Pupil Premium Award for 2015. This award was presented to our school due to the attainment of our pupil premium (disadvantaged) children and the innovative approaches we adopted – using our pupil premium funding – to help all of our children to fully achieve their potential. read more

10 reasons why an educational toy isn’t just for Christmas

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We believe educational toys and games aren’t just for Christmas; they inspire a lifetime love of learning! Play nurtures development and is the foundation for all learning, helping children to build everything from communication and language skills to imagination and creativity. With this in mind, we’re confident that our educational toys will be played with all year round and have put together a list of ten areas of development that they support. read more

Tried & Tested – Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set

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Product: Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set

Teacher Name: Kerri Hibberd

School/ Early Years Setting: Woodside Children’s Centre and Primary School

Age group product was trialed with: 4-5 year olds

The Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set is part of the Learning Resources new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) range, designed to bring problem solving to life for young children. The set provides an early introduction to basic programming concepts, enabling children to get hands-on while building problem solving and critical thinking skills as well as encouraging an understanding of position and direction. Colby, the fully programmable robot mouse is ready to follow commands to teach hands-on coding concepts; which is an integral part of the Computing Programme of Study in the National Curriculum for England (2014). Young learners can build a maze from one of the challenge cards included in the set or create their own. The included programming cards then support children to map out the path for programming the mouse to reach the cheese. Team work and co-operation are developed through children working together to solve the problem. read more

What’s Hot? STEM Robot Mouse

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This month you have loved our award-winning STEM Robot Mouse Activity Set, the low cost solution to coding in primary classrooms!

This must-have set provides an introduction to the concepts of coding and STEM learning. We are surrounded by technology like never before including video games, smart phones and tablets. They are all forms of communication that impact our lives every single day and what they have in common is that they all involve coding! This set provides early learners a fun, real-world application of these essential 21st century skills. Children can programme the sequence of steps, and then watch the mouse race to find the cheese! read more

Our STEM in Action range has been recognised as ‘Best Product Innovation’ at the Findel Supplier Awards!

Pictured: Louise Benstead (right), Learning Resources®, accepting the award from Chris Mahady (left), MD of Findel.

Learning Resources’ pioneering work in developing hands-on STEM resources, has been recognised for the second time this year with a Findel ‘Best Product Innovation’ Award!

Launched in January, the range comprises of six teacher-friendly kits meeting the STEM needs of primary classrooms.  STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and defines an approach to learning that asks children to solve real-world problems through enquiry based processes. read more

Imaginations Bloom Over Spring

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Spring time represents a flourishing stage of development with colourful blossoms and longer daylight hours. With only a few months until the end of the school year, it’s the perfect time to support hands-on learning at home as well as encouraging outdoor exploration and discovery. Learning Resources have introduced over 90 new educational toys and games for 2016, and we have selected a few of our favourites, to highlight the key benefits and skills that they help to support. read more

What’s Hot This Month?

Early year’s science!

This month you have loved our early year’s science ranges including Primary Science and GeoSafari® Jr. Science in the early years lays
the foundation for understanding the world and encourages observation, prediction, problem solving and discussion skills.

March has seen young scientists across the UK working scientifically and solving problems in aid of British Science Week- a ten day celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and now that the clocks have sprung forward to British Summer Time and there are brighter evenings, there is even more opportunity to take part in outdoor scientific discovery. There’s plenty of time to prepare for spring term and offer a head start to young learners with inspiring resources that help to foster the development of early STEM skills. read more