Maddie helps us all have fun

We have added another wonderful website to our Fun at Home section following a great suggestion from Maddie. She has found lots of things to do with her family and friends during lockdown. We look forward to seeing them working in STEM in the future…

“Some of our favourite things to do as a family over this last year have been family movie and game nights (we love board games)! My son and husband have been playing old video games, and my daughter and I have done a bunch of crafts and activities together. With summer near, I want to have some new and fun games and activities we can enjoy over the next few months.

The Fun at Home page was perfect in leading me to a bunch of new, fun, and educational activities! Thank you so much for taking the time to put this page together. This is exactly what I was looking for!

My daughter, Maddie, was actually really interested in finding some new activities and she found a page full of STEM projects and activities! Here’s the link:

Maddie’s motivation and optimism inspires me! She has kept a positive attitude through this entire pandemic and I think it’s really cool that she found an educational activities page on her own. She actually shared it with her group of girl friends and they think it’s really cool too! “

Engineering Together for National Apprenticeship Week

As a Top Former Apprentice on the 2019 WE50 list and the 2020 North East Apprenticeship Champion our Chair has shown she is very passionate about apprenticeships.  This year was no different.

In National Apprenticeship Week we can all help provide information to future apprentices and help them make well-informed decisions.  Find out more about local networks in her article for The Tees Online or listen to her chat with Hartlepool FE and interview with CVFM Radio to find out why apprenticeships are a great option.

It’s High Tide we celebrate Tomorrows Engineers Week

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week is a community-wide campaign that has taken place every November since 2013. The Week is all about showcasing modern engineering careers to young people, their teachers, parents and other influencers.

Our very own Tees Valley based High Tide Foundation interviewed Paula to shine a spotlight on the world of engineering and opportunities in the sector.

Watch to hear more.


Well done to Lily Johnson Age 7 who has created a happy living space for the LGBT community from her Lego.

Lily fully supports STEM and has a keen interest in Science and Engineering (Architecture).

Lily loves Gay Pride, Ru Paul and Lego.

We hope you all love this as much as we do.

What will you do to enter our competition? 

For details see

Mrs Briggs and her amazing exploding rainbows

Hello, I am Leonie Briggs a science teacher and STEAM lead at a large secondary school in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Voluntary I am a STEM Ambassador plus Crest Assessor taking on these roles with the aim of inspiring a new generation into an interest and career in STEM.  I’m passionate about this as believe these young people will provide fantastic opportunities benefitting us all for many years to come. 

Lockdown brought a great number of challenges but ever the optimist I began on a mission to turn a negative into a positive really thinking about people of all ages at home. Taking to my teacher twitter @MrsBriggsDA I began completing science and STEM at home experiments following a step by step guide to allow everyone to join in no matter of age, ability or location.

All materials were available around the house using safe equipment and no stress, independent learning. Included are just a sample of worksheets you’d be able to complete at home. Some are demonstrated here on YouTube…

And here are a sample of my worksheets

News soon spread and I was honoured to be involved in STEM Ambassadors live! it was heart warming to watch thousands of people up and down the country performing my exploding rainbows experiments from the event. My aim was then to include rainbows in a number of my experiments as a symbol of hope during these difficult times. I’ve lost count of the number of experiments now completed to allow everyone to follow along!

Watch Dallas Campbell introduce me doing MY AMAZING EXPLODING RAINBOWS on

Tees Valley Careers website now even better has been entirely redeveloped in response to the coronavirus pandemic to create a new look and feel that is more accessible for students and their parents, offering the best advice possible to help them find a new job or training course.

The £3million UK-first initiative, spearheaded and launched by Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has taken another step to provide youngsters with information and opportunities helping them on the path to a successful career.

If you are a young person, parent, school or business who would like more information on careers advice or the wider initiative, visit