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Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society is a key provider and coordinator of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities, mentoring and financial support in the local area. These are for students at school and home, undergraduates and recent graduates, and are designed to both stimulate an interest in STEM and to open possible career paths.

Get involved

We offer an annual programme of events to promote STEM subjects. Our main education activities 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.
  • My Smarter Essex: an initiative to engage citizens in the design of a smarter future Essex, with the opportunity to meet with local companies.
  • Imagine! STEM Club: out-of-school clubs and masterclasses to enhance the science curriculum with fun, practical activities.

Click here to see upcoming CSES events for schools and families.

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 our Education Lead.

Further information and opportunities

Our website includes further ideas for STEM activities, as well as:

  • 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 our Education Lead.

Imagine! STEM @ Home

Imagine! STEM @ Home

A DIY Imagine! STEM competition during lockdown

As the series of Imagine! masterclasses we had planned for Essex 2020 have had to be postponed, we are publishing the courses online.

You could win a prize

Build a model bridge – using only old cereal boxes, string, sticky tape and glue – which will support a 300g can of baked beans.

Make a video clip of your successes and/or failures. Send it to us before 1 July 2020 and you could win a prize. That's all you have to do.

Go to our ideas, links and resources section to find out more about "bridges, levers and tools" and how to enter.

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CSES Schools' Competition 2020

Due to the COVID-19 situation we will unfortunately be unable to hold the CSES Schools' Competition this year.

If you were thinking of entering, we will gladly allow entries from this year to be presented next year. We'll announce the details once confirmed.

Thank you for your understanding, and the very best wishes for the coming months. Stay safe!

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Greensward Academy at the CSES Schools' Challenge

12 students from the Greensward Academy attended the CSES Schools' Competition

On Friday 28th June, 12 Greensward students attended the Chelmsford Science and Engineering Societies’ Annual Schools’ Competition. The event was hosted by Anglia Ruskin University where the students presented the 3 projects they had been working on, either in STEM club, or as part of the Engineering Education Scheme, to a range of judges from the local science and engineering community.

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Greensward Academy at the IET Faraday Challenge

Students from the Greensward Academy attended thee 2019 IET Faraday Challenge, supported by the CSES

On 30th January 6 year 8 students attended the Faraday Challenge, run by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, supported by the Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society. The students (Isabella Vitney, Noah Garner, Jack Kelley, Austin Bateman, and Charlie Bracken) were given a problem to solve (the details are sworn to secrecy, as this is part of a National Competition) making use of circuits and various construction/engineering materials. They were expected to work as a team; design, create and promote their idea, keep to a budget, and obviously, come up with a solution.

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