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 ideas and 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 our Education Lead.

2010 Competition results






Y 7 – 9, Design

Kerri Crockford

Louise Moss


Electric free amplifier for iPhone/MP3

Hylands School

Highly Commended

Gemma Frith

Abigail Graham

Lisa Wong


Rucksack that distributes weight evenly

Westcliff High School for Girls

Highly Commended

Rachel Watts

Lauren Saunders


A cloche frame made from fizzy drink bottles

Hylands School

Highly Commended

Y 7 – 9, Systems & Control

Julia Gibb

Kelly Thompson

Sana Chaudhry




Medicine dispenser that prevents overdose

Westcliff High School for Girls


Y 10 – 11 Design

Simon Potter


A classic occasional table design revisited.

Tendring Technology College


Jake Tyrrell


A garden mood light

St Martin’s School


Kiera Sherlock


A mood light with personal effects storage

St Martin’s School

Highly Commended

Josh Wright


A table formed from sculpture and function.

Tendring Technology College

Highly Commended

Y 10 – 11 Systems & Control




Electronic die



Richard Cooke


DJ Battle mixer sound system

Colchester High School

Runner Up (joint of 3)

David Wood


Electronic die


Runner Up (joint of 3)

Alex Lambert


Electronic metronome


Runner Up (joint of 3)

Matthew Davies


Swimming reaction timer

Colchester High School

Highly Commended

Y 12 – 13 Design

Alex Fountain


A modern take on the classic art easel

Tendring Technology College


Charlotte Snow


Baby play mat with activities set out like a puzzle

Tendring Technology College

Runner Up

Jamie Marshall


Work station for 5-10 yr-olds.

Tendring Technology College

Highly Commended

James Dixon


Feature table - Ash & MDF

Braintree sixth form

Highly Commended

Ben Coughan


Shelving unit, oak & chrome supports

Braintree sixth form

Highly Commended

Y 12 – 13 Systems & Control

Matthew Mooney


Stable bike

Great Baddow High School


Kate Bannatyne

Timothy Spence

Fraser Hubbard

Nathan Turner


Automatic rain cover for equipment used in the field

St Martin’s School,

Runner Up (joint of 2)

Ciaran Sanford

Lewis Chatt




Battery replacement buggy


Runner Up (joint of 2)

Jamie Jones


Bath monitor for a baby

Tendring Technology College

Highly Commended


Daniel Wright

Tony Duck

Rhys Smith-Allen

Richard Simmonds

Ricky Zimmer


Mini ROV Project

Selex Galileo Limited

Highly Commended

Lewis Bourke

Lewis Hazell

Harry White


Safety Control system based on company products

ICS Triplex

Highly Commended

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Schools' Competition - CCHS

On Friday 29 June 2012, the Chelmsford Engineering Society held its annual school/college competition and exhibition in which various students from different schools brought in their projects to show to judges and other technology enthusiasts. Each school/project was given a stall, time to organise themselves, and encouraging smiles from others around, but with more than 60 projects in the competition, it was bound to be a long day.

The projects on display representing CCHS included the Year 8 Go4SET Eco-Classroom, the Engineering Education Scheme projects and A-Level Product Design projects from Megan Copnell and Rebecca Shelford. Throughout the day judges came and went, not just inspecting our projects but inspiring us through their incredible experience in technology and impressive careers.

At the end of the day, once the judging was complete, everyone was summoned to a lecture hall and the price giving ceremony began, along with a motivating talk straight after. The G04SET team achieved a Highly Commended and the EES team in the Systems and Control category came runners-up in their age group.  These two groups will attended the Prize Ceremony on Saturday 14 July. Many thanks again to the Chelmsford Engineering Society for being so inspirational to our young engineers.

Written by a student from Chelmsford County High School for Girls

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Graduate's View - Jack

Should I Consider Engineering?

Find out more about what life in an engineering related career is like - and why you might like to work in an engineering company yourself.

Engineering. Sounds pretty dull doesn't it? That is until you start working in engineering. I am now a graduate in electronic engineering, and below I'll try to tell you how I managed to get a job that lets me work on some pretty awesome military equipment (don't ask I can't you...), travel round the world and get paid a good amount of money for it!

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Should I host the IET Faraday Challenge at my school?

By Bob Easby, Westcliff High School for Boys

I first attended a Faraday Challenge with a group of Year 8 students from Westcliff High School for Boys on a cold January day in 2012. I was initially impressed at how a school hall, full of 36 excited 13-year-olds suddenly fell silent when the Faraday presenters began describing the day's challenge. The mood hardly changed with all the teams working diligently in, what for 13-year-olds, seemed to be total silence for the whole day. The boys were so enthusiastic on the way back to Westcliff that I resolved to try to host the event the following year.

Find out more from the IET website

Faraday Challenge Days are one-day STEM activities developed by the IET for six teams of six students aged 12-13 years for secondary schools, and also available for self-delivery in primary schools. The challenge days take place over approximately a six month period at schools throughout the UK.

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Smallpeice Residential Engineering Courses

By James, Year 12

I have been fortunate enough to be able to attend two courses with the Smallpeice Trust. Each was an incredibly informative insight into the world of engineering, and they have together helped me in choosing my path through Sixth Form - guiding my options choices - and in cementing my desire to pursue a career in engineering. During these courses, I had opportunities to speak to many professional engineers, across varied disciplines of engineering, and was fortunate enough to be able to visit a Power Station, along with a Gas Turbine Station - both on a course sponsored by National Grid. These were fascinating experiences, visiting sites which would regularly not be open to the general public.

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