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Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society is keen to support schools and students who are interested in Engineering and Science activities. We are a key provider and coordinator of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities, mentoring and financial support in the Chelmsford area.

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We offer an annual programme of events for local schools to promote STEM subjects. Our main regular events for schools are:

  • Engineering and Technology Competition: an annual event at which students from local schools showcase their work and compete for prizes awarded by the judges.
  • Engineering Our Future: themed events focusing on a particular topic, with a series of talks and the opportunity to meet with local technology companies.
  • My Smarter Essex: an initiative to engage citizens in the design of a smarter future Essex, with events targeted at school students and teachers.

Click here to see upcoming CSES events for schools.

Support for STEM activities

CSES actively promotes, enables and supports the provision of STEM in education, particularly in an extra-curricular context. To this end, we have made available a bursary to support the start-up and growth of STEM clubs within schools.

Click here to find out more about the STEM Club Bursary.

We operate in partnership with other local providers of STEM support, including Essex County Council and Anglia Ruskin University. If you would like to discuss options for STEM support in your school, please contact the STEM Outreach Officer.

Further information and opportunities

Our website also includes further ideas for STEM opportunities:

  • For your school: information about activities for students and teachers alike.
  • For your year group: examples of opportunities for people in your school year.
  • STEM links: useful links to regional and national STEM organisations.
  • Your stories: other peoples' experiences and reflections on STEM opportunities.

If you would like to get in touch with us about any school-related matters not covered above, please contact the STEM Outreach Officer.

Frinton-on-Sea Primary School

Frinton-on-Sea Primary School STEM LEGO Club

In LEGO club, we use LEGO to practise STEM skills. We have used LEGO to make boats that float, make bridges that hold at least 2 kg, create models to design specifications and learn basic coding. Our favourite challenge was to design and make a device to send a LEGO figure down a zip line. We also enjoyed building tall towers and figuring out ways to make them stable. We were happy to receive the bursary and hope to use it to get some technical LEGO and power functions so we can build moving models.

— Daniel, Christopher, Maya and Tom (10 years old)

CSES awarded a bursary of £100 to Frinton-on-Sea Primary School in January 2017, followed by the STEM Club Award at the 2017 Schools' Competition.

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IET Faraday Challenge Day 2018

IET Faraday Challenge 2018

IET Faraday Challenge Day 2018 organised by CSES at Anglia Ruskin University

Following the success of last year's Faraday Challenge, we plan to organise another great IET Challenge Day at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in 2018.

We are offering schools the opportunity to register early for this exciting IET event in 2018.

We propose the following dates in 2018:

  • Tuesday 9 January
  • Wednesday 10 January
  • Tuesday 23 January
  • Wednesday 24 January

This is a fun learning experience for all, and if you're not familiar with the format we'd encourage you to check out the IET website.

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Local schools participate in Faraday Challenge

IET Faraday Challenge hosted by CSES and Anglia Ruskin University, Wed 18 Jan 2017

On Wednesday 18 January 2017, teams of six Year 8 students from Greensward Academy, Westcliff High School for Girls, Westcliff High School for Boys, Colchester Royal Grammar School and King Edward VI Grammar School took part in the Faraday Challenge run by IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) and CSES (Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society) at Anglia Ruskin University.

They were set the task of working together to design and build a product to solve problems. As the Challenge is a national competition, the exact nature of the task is a secret but involved coding a computer to respond to feedback from various sensors, and then presenting the final product, at the end of the day, to two judges from the IET.

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Press release: Local schools to take part in UK engineering challenge

IET Faraday Challenge hosted by CSES and Anglia Ruskin University, Wed 18 Jan 2017

Begins: Local schools to take part in UK engineering challenge

Students from King Edward VI Grammar School (KEGS), Westcliff high School for Girls, Westcliff High School for Boys, The King Edmund School Rochford, Colchester Royal Grammar School and Greensward Academy are taking part in an IET Faraday Challenge Day (FCD) sponsored by Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society and Anglia Ruskin University. The students will become real-life engineers for a day when they research, design and build solutions to real engineering problems as part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology's (IET) Faraday Challenge Day on Wednesday 18 January.

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