- Do you want to find out more about engineering, and possible careers?
- Does working with industries and businesses on real STEM projects sound interesting?
- Do you want to spend time at a University?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, STEM Cymru can help you. We aim to help students gain further knowledge and understanding of STEM subjects, as well as developing skills in these subjects and highlighting future career opportunities.
We provide 11 to 19 year olds with the opportunity to get hands-on experience working with industries, businesses and higher education, by providing them with the opportunity to work on real STEM projects.
If you would like to get involved with us, you can find out about our different strands by following the links below.
- Are you in Primary School? Find out more about Primary Activities
- Are you in Year 7 to Year 13? Find out more about the F1 in Schools Challenge.
- Are you in Year 12? Find out more about the Engineering Education Scheme Wales.
- Are you in Year 12? Find out more about Headstart Cymru.
- Are you in Year 9 or Year 10? Find out more about i2E and Go4SET.
What do we do?
We aim to enlighten young people about the challenges and opportunities presented by STEM areas through high quality activities involving schools and industry. Our aim is to show that STEM areas are diverse and stimulating, and can provide an intellectually challenging career.
We provide a great opportunity for students to develop a wide range of skills, in a number of disciplines. Whilst engaging in exciting STEM activities students can develop and gain accreditation for Essential and Key Skills, earn UCAS points, as well as achieving CREST Awards. Additionally, students can strengthen and develop their team working skills, project management techniques, public speaking and presentation abilities, as well as report writing.
These experiences develop valuable employability skills and enhance UCAS applications, CVs and provide discussion points for interviews.
Students participating in the various strands of STEM Cymru can gain CREST Awards, which is Britain’s largest national award scheme for project work in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
There are three different levels;
Students participating in EESW will have the opportunity to gain CREST at Gold or Silver level, whilst i2E/Go4SET and F1 in School students can gain Silver or Bronze level. UCAS recognise CREST awards for inclusion in students’ personal statements – they are well regarded and a tangible recognition of success.
For further information or to register students for CREST awards, please contact us.
For further information on CREST Awards, please visit: British Science Association
Essential & Key Skills
Engagement with the STEM Cymru/EESW Programme will help gain Essential and Key Skills qualifications at Levels 1 to 3 through the activities undertaken.
To find out more about Essential Skills Wales, please visit: Welsh Government
WJEC Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification
The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is an officially accredited and established qualification, giving broader experiences than traditional learning programmes to students across Wales and is designed to suit the diverse needs of young people. The emphasis on learning through doing and the same value is placed on vocational as qualifications.
The EESW sixth form project is aligned with the assessment criteria for the Work Related Education and the Individual Investigation core components of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma. It will link teams from your school with a local company and the students will be given a real engineering project to undertake over a sixth month period.
The Core section at each level is studied alongside a range of appropriate academic and/or vocational optional qualifications. The Advanced Diploma counts for 120 UCAS points. To gain a Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma candidates must achieve the core certificate and optional qualifications.
Core Certificate at level 3
- Three Essential Skills Wales/Key Skills at level 3, together with the other three ESW/Key Skills at level 2. At least one of the qualifications, Communication, Application of Number or ICT must be included.
- Completion of compulsory Candidate Diary
- Individual Investigation at level 3
To pass the Advanced Diploma candidates must achieve one of the following:
A maximum at Level 3 which total 720 GLH or 108 credits or 100% of the Level 3 threshold or Principal Learning (Level 3)Project qualification Level 3.
For more information see Skills Challenge Certificate