to Oct 30


A Commonwealth of Communities of Science: Voice of the Child

Stranmillis College, Belfast

October 28-30, 2019

One of the projects that CASTME supports currently is to encourage mothers and carers of young pre-school children to recognise the everyday science in their lives and point such to children hence increasing science experiences, of both the adults and the children, as well as their communication literacy skills.

CASTME is interested in the science inherent in play, particularly in less affluent areas.

List of Topics

  • climate change

  • the environment food justice and

  • the use of technology.

Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts registration deadline May 1, 2019

Submission deadline June 1, 2019

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:

* Full papers describing research concerning the themes and topics of the conference

* Posters describing initiatives undertaken concerning the themes and topics of the conference List of Topics

* The Environment and its impact on the child, education, how to educate for a better environment, education for environmental awareness, action, care, and conservation

* Climate Change and its impact on the child, education, how to educate to mitigate climate change

* Use of Technology and its impact on the child, education, how to educate for safe, wholesome use of technology

* Food justice and its impact on the child, education, how to educate for better food safety, food availability

Local Organising Committee

  • Dr. Tom McCloughlin

  • Dr. Shauna McGill

  • Dr. Cliona Murphy

Invited Speakers (confirmed)

  • Dr Jaya Naugah (Mauritius)

  • Dr Sue Dale Tunnicliffe (UK)

  • Dr Balasubramanyam Chndramohan (UK)

Workshop Facilitators

  • Dr Richard Greenwood

  • Dr. Tom McCloughlin - making catapults


CASTME 2019 proceedings will be published in an electronic book


The conference will be held in Stranmillis University College, Belfast.

Contact details

All questions about submissions should be emailed to the conference email account castme2019@gmail.com


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6:30 PM18:30

The Dennis Chisman Memorial Lecture 2019 - 6.30pm - 30 April 2019

The Dennis Chisman Memorial Lecture 2019

by Professor Robin Clark of WMG, University of Warwick

The Engineering Education Conundrum – Defining a Path for the Future

Time and Date: 6.30pm – 30 April 2019

Venue: Boardroom of International Students House (Gulbenkian Room), 229 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PN

(Event organised in association with the International Students House, London)

Reflecting on the current state of Engineering Education in schools and colleges, both nationally and globally, this talk will explore some of the major achievements of recent years and ask the question ‘What next for Engineering Education?’

Knowledge and understanding through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education are essential for successful engineering capability, but so is the development and application of problem-solving skills through experience such as work-based learning. Such capability leads to comprehensive competence through the application of the skill-sets necessary for a professional engineer to be successful.

Whether considering the connections between different levels of education, the authenticity of the learning experience, the use of creative and technological approaches or the long-term value to business and society, the talk will suggest that Engineering Education is at something of a crossroads and that our next steps could have a profound effect on the future of our world.

Your contribution to the discussion will be very much valued: teachers, engineers, students, anyone with an interest in the future of engineering education from early years to the workplace.

All are Welcome

Contact: j.g.ling@btinternet.com

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to Jul 11

CASTME STEM Challenge at Royal Holloway, University of London

CASTME Primary  STEM Challenge

Jan-June 2019

For 5-11 year old students to ‘Solve an Everyday Problem using Everyday Materials’

Fostering creativity, scientific awareness and problem solving through a competition open to children in the UK.

CASTME STEM Challenge at Royal Holloway,

University of London


 Solve an Everyday Problem using Everyday Materials!

Are you aged between 5 and 11 years old?

Do you enjoy creating new things?

Then this challenge is for you!


CASTME is inviting groups of students to solve an everyday problem with everyday materials.

Once created, make a video clip no longer than three minutes which shows your final product and explains how you arrived at your final design.

Email your video clips to Dr Anush Yardim: Anush.Yardim@rhul.ac.uk

Closing Date: 30th April 2019

 Schools selected to make their presentations at Royal Holloway will be notified by the end of May

 Or, you can post your designs with a written description about your final product and how you arrived at the design.

Post to Dr Anush Yardim, The Shilling Building, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX

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