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JoeWicks, The Body Coach, announced as BBC Children in Need’s first ever Schools Ambassador


Wicks has been appointed as the charity’s first BBC Children in Need has announced that Joe


teamed up with the charity and its Official ever Schools Ambassador. JoeWicks has


empower thousands of schoolchildren to get Education Partner Twinkl to inspire and


Appeal, whilst getting active and feeling good. fundraising for BBC Children in Need’s 2019


In addition to inspiring children to fundraise for the charity, Joe’s ambassadorial role will see him reprise his hugely popular Schools Tour programme to support the charity’s fundraising efforts. Ahead of BBC Children in Need’s 2019 Appeal ten lucky UK schools will receive a visit


from Joe, where he will run a fun-filled mini workout session designed specifically for students and teachers. Schools simply need to register for a free fundraising kit before the end of September to be in with a chance of receiving a visit from The Body Coach himself. The tour’s crescendo will see Joe undertake a live workout on Appeal day 2019 – Friday 15 November. The ‘BigMorningMove’ workout will be live-streamed to schools up and down the country with school children being


encouraged and empowered to have fun and get active whilst raising money for the charity. JoeWicks commented on his newrole,


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saying: “I am incredibly proud to be BBC Children in Need’s first ever School’s


health, wellbeing and happiness and hope that “As a Dad, I am passionate about children’s Ambassador, it really is an honour.”


“There is something amazing about children active, we can make a real and lasting impact. by inspiring children to get together, and get


coming together to help other children, and I


schoolchildren up and down the UK once again can’t wait to kick things off and see


go the extra mile to make a difference!” www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/


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xperience hands-on 50 London pupils


STEMchallenges at Big Bang London


A new STEMlearning service to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers was


ren and stripes’ success for Welsh youngsters through


‘Sere Welsh Government programme


To mark American Independence Day, young people participating in theWelsh Government’s Seren programme celebrated the announcement that a record number of students will take part in US summer schools this year and nine Seren students will attend top prestigious American universities from this autumn.


either Yale or Harvard University to get a taste of US univ A record number of students – 53 in total – will spend


a fortnight this summer at


students fromWales than from any other part of the UK University’s Yale Young Global Scholars programme (YYGS).


or Europe attending Yale ersity life, with more


NineWelsh students have also secured places at Yale and Stanford. These students have been supported by the Sutton Trust Programme and have received an average financial aid package of $284k (£223k), which will go towards their travel and living costs.


Last year saw the launch of the partnership with YYGS for 16 students to participate in a summer programme. This year will welcome 30 students in total, with 28 students going to Yale in Connecticut and two to the Yale Center in Beijing. This is the first year a group of Seren students will take part in the Harvard Summer School Pre-College programme which was originally open to five applicants from Wales, but the quality and volume of applications meant the programme was expanded to offer 23 places.


In addition, 27 Seren students have been selected by the Sutton Trust to take part


Commission. The programme gives students a one-week visit to the US and provides in its US programme which is delivered in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright


huge celebration event in Cardiff Bay to mark the successes of Seren since it was fully All Seren students involved in the US partnerships were welcomed to take part in a application support and events to help guide students to study in the US.


established in 2016, namely its growing educational relationship with US universities, the expansion of Seren to students in years 8 – 11 and an increasing number of Welsh students getting offers from Oxbridge .


July/ y/August 2019


showcased by Discovery Education at The Big Bang Fair in London this month.


learning to life for primary activities to bring STEM exciting resources and provide teachers with STEMConnect will


and secondary pupils in Key Stages 1 to 3.


Offering enquiry-based activities, hands-on challenges and dynamic video content, the new service will help pupils to make the link between STEMsubjects and real-world issues.


Based around themes from the United Nations Sustainable Goals, STEMConnect inspires pupils to explore the future challenges faced by our planet. Practical investigations show children how they can make an impact in addressing issues such as climate change and plastic pollution while shedding light on future STEMcareers. Designed to be used flexibly within timetabled lessons or in after- school STEMclubs, STEMConnect helps problem-solving skills as they develop an


d apply solutions to important pupils to build valuable


real-world challenges. Exploring key STEMthemes, it also consolidates learning in science, technology and maths, giving children a head-start in these subjects and helping them to see the interconnectedness of knowledge.


STEMConnect was showcased at The Big Bang London, a regional fair organised by Big Bang UK, the United Kingdom’s largest celebration of STEMfor young people. Held over two days at Westminster Kingsway and Newham College on 3rd and 4th July the event welcomed schoolchildren from across the capital, with many trying out the new STEMConnect resources for the first time. Pupils igned and built miniature wind turbines and learned about how d energy is harnessed for electricity .


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www.discoveryeduca ww cation.co.uk/ k/stemconnect www.education-today.co.uk 9


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