We are a key provider and coordinator of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education activities and support in Essex. 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:

  • Schools' 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, in partnership with other local and national organisations.

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.

In addition, our website is packed full of resources for STEM activities, as well as your stories for inspiration.

If you would like to discuss STEM support in your school or at home, please contact us.

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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Chelmsford primary schoolchildren create LEGO designs for the Year of Engineering

Press release: 25 June 2018

Children from Trinity Road Primary school were invited to attend the 2018 CSES Schools' Engineering and Technology Competition at Anglia Ruskin University to present work they'd prepared as part of a school competition celebrating the Year of Engineering.

Children from Trinity Road Primary School proudly display their entries for the CSES competition at Anglia Ruskin University
Children from Trinity Road Primary School proudly display their entries for the CSES competition at Anglia Ruskin University

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CSES secures IET Faraday Challenge 2019

CSES secures IET Faraday Challenge 2019

IET Faraday Challenge, 30 January 2019, Anglia Ruskin University

We are pleased to announce that we have secured a Faraday Challenge Day from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on Wednesday 30 January 2019. The event will be held at Anglia Ruskin University.

We now need six schools to take part, each of which will submit a team of six year 8 students, and are offering schools the chance to register.

If you are interested, please contact us as soon as possible. Spaces will be offered on a first come, first served basis, and schools must be able to guarantee their attendance.

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