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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.

CSES Hosts IET Faraday Challenge 2019

CSES Hosts IET Faraday Challenge 2019

Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society (CSES) and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) hosted another successful Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday Challenge on Wednesday 30 January 2019.

Teams of students from Hylands School, St John Payne, Chelmer Valley High School, Greensward Academy, Chelmsford County High School for Girls, The Gilberd School, Colchester Royal Grammar School, Felsted Preparatory School and King Edward VI Grammar School participated in this tough but exciting challenge.

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Save the date: Schools' Competition 2019

Schools' Engineering and Technology Competition: Fri 28 June 2019, Marconi Building, Anglia Ruskin University

We are pleased to announce the dates for our 2019 Schools' Competition:

  • The competition will take place on Friday 28 June 2019
  • The awards evening will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2019

Please note that the competition reverts to a Friday this year.

Find out more about the competition, and how to enter, here.

We will announce when the competition is open for entries (early 2019), and look forward to seeing you in June!

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The Schools' Competition 2019 is now open

The Schools' Competition 2019 is now open

Schools' Engineering and Technology Competition: Fri 28 June 2019, Marconi Building, Anglia Ruskin University

We are very pleased to announce that this year's Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society (CSES) Schools' Engineering and Technology Competition is open for entries.

A reminder of the dates (both events at Anglia Ruskin University):

  • The competition will take place on Friday 28 June 2019
  • The awards evening will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2019

Please click here for full details and to enter the competition.

The deadline for entries will be Friday 21 June 2019, although please don’t wait for your project to be finished before entering. Spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you have any questions, please ask: you can contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are happy to come into school and discuss or present if this would help.

We look forward to seeing you in June.

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Greensward Academy STEM 2018

CSES support continues to have a positive impact

This article, reproduced with kind permission from Greensward Academy's STEM Roundup 2017-18 newsletter, showcases another excellent year of STEM achievement, facilitated by the CSES STEM Club Bursary and Schools' Engineering and Technology Competition.

Vegetable batteries

A team of year 7 students have been working on a project to investigate which vegetables make the best batteries, inspired by the concept of a potato clock. They have looked at how vegetable batteries work, as well as which metals make the best electrodes. They took their project to the 2018 CSES Schools' Engineering and Technology Competition to show their research.

Vegetable Batteries

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