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.

Get involved

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.

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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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 Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society (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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