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New opportunities: GET North resources, Whole School Gender Equality, Computing resource grants

If you’re the sort of person who’s involved and engaged with NUSTEM’s work, these opportunities might be right up your street:

Great Exhibition of the North Teaching Resource Creators

The team running GET North 2018 are looking for help developing teaching resource packs for use across England at Key Stages 2 and 3. Separate packs will be produced to tie into the themes of the Exhibition:

  • KS2: Science, Art and Design, and Design and Technology
  • KS3: Computing, English, and Design and Technology

The organisers are looking to recruit resource creators; professionals who can provide current industry context and support to the resource; and SEN consultants.

Interested? Get the full details and the application form at the GET North website. Deadline 12 noon, 1st December.

IOP Whole School Gender Equality Programme

The Institute of Physics have a long-running project looking at improving gender balance in physics. Their reports and research are valuable and highly influential (they’ve been a key influence on NUSTEM, for example!). Currently 40 schools are part of a whole-school programme, making small changes in their environment which can lead to big changes in student outlook. Funding has recently been secured to expand this programme.

Participating schools will receive whole-school CPD on unconscious bias and gender equality; can nominate a Gender Champion to attend a free 2-day residential course; and will have access to funding to support further work, including dissemination to other schools and partners.

For further details and the contact email through which to express an interest, see the IOP’s website. Also, do keep us informed (nustem@northumbria.ac.uk), as we’re keen to assist in these efforts ourselves.

Community Foundation Raspberry Pi kit funding

This just in… the Community Foundation have up to £2,000 available to support the purchase of Raspberry Pi kits and CPD by primary schools, as part of a new project launched recently by Make Stuff NE and Tech for Life. For more information and to apply for funding, click those links. At the time of writing things aren’t quite working correctly; we think the relevant grant scheme may be this one, in which case it’s a very straightforward (online) form.

The Amazingly Enormous STEM Careers Poster

Here’s a neat resource from the terrific folks behind the globe-spanning celebration of the achievements of women in STEM which is Ada Lovelace Day: the aptly-named “Amazingly Enormous STEM Careers Poster”.

We’ve used it a couple of times and can recommend it. The only thing we’d say is that – as with all these sorts of resources – it can be slightly tricky to convey the idea that the list of jobs isn’t exhaustive. That’s particularly challenging when there’s little apparent connection between the job and the degree course… which is rather the point of this particular poster.

So: this is a really nicely-prepared resource, which benefits from a little thought and care about how you introduce or use it.

It’s available for download and self-printing, or you can buy physical posters, both via the links.

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The 2015 Solar Eclipse

Your Guide to the Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun – a rare occurrence. Don’t miss your chance to watch celestial mechanics in action, on 20th March 2015, from 08:30 to 10:44.

Observers across the UK will be able to watch as the Moon’s orbit passes in front of the Sun. The transit of the Moon across the Sun will begin at 8:30am.  As the eclipse reaches its maximum (90%) coverage at 9:35am, the sky will darken and the temperature will drop.

Although there will be more partial eclipses in the coming years, the next total eclipse viewable from the UK won’t happen until 2090. So there’s no excuse not to download our eclipse viewer (see below) and head outside on the 20th March to watch the eclipse as it happens.

The video (below) from SciShow Kids is a great introduction for young children on the mechanics of the solar eclipse.

Looking directly at the Sun is a really, really bad idea, even during an eclipse. Please observe the eclipse safely.

Download: Solar Eclipse Viewer (PDF, 600Kb)

Print this out onto thick card, and follow the directions upon it to view the eclipse safely.

CLEAPSS have produced a guidance leaflet for schools:  GL170 – Managing pupils safety during an eclipse.  All schools that are members of CLEAPSS can access this leaflet from their website www.cleapss.org.uk

A word of warning: the viewing times in the PowerPoint and viewing card are Newcastle upon Tyne specific. You will need to adjust the PowerPoint if you are elsewhere in the UK. The Time and Date website will help you calculate the correct eclipse time for your location.

What is a solar eclipse?

When we draw pictures of the Moon’s orbit around the Earth, and their orbit around the Sun, we tend to draw them flat – like the diagram below. Looking at that, you’d think the Moon would pass in front of the Sun every month. It doesn’t, because the diagram is over-simplified.

In reality, the Moon’s orbit around the Earth and the Earth’s around the Sun are inclined relative to each other by about 5°. The points where the two orbital planes meet are called lunar nodes, and solar eclipses only happen when a new Moon occurs near a lunar node.

There’s one other feature of the Solar System that makes solar eclipses possible: the Sun is 400x further from the Earth than the Moon, but it’s also 400x larger. So to us, standing on Earth, they appear to be the same size in the sky. This is a staggering coincidence, and we get to enjoy the spectacle of an eclipse only because of that accident of geometry.

Solar eclipses are regular and predictable, but because everything has to be in the right place simultaneously they’re also very rare. Experiencing one is astonishing.

The diagram shows how different parts of the planet experience a solar eclipse. The small area in the centre, in the track of the moon’s shadow across the Earth, is called the umbra. That’s where we experience a total solar eclipse. The more extended region to either side is called the penumbra: there, you’ll experience a partial solar eclipse.

So on 20th March, Newcastle is in the penumbra.

Different types of eclipse

Partial eclipses

“Partial solar eclipse Oct 23 2014 Minneapolis 5-36pm Ruen1” by Tomruen – Own work.

In the penumbra. You’re much more likely to see a partial eclipse than a total eclipse.

Next viewable from Newcastle:
21 August 2017

Total eclipses

“Solar eclipse 1999 4 NR” by I, Luc Viatour.

In the umbra. The pattern around the Moon’s disc is the Sun’s corona, which you normally can’t see as the Sun’s disc is too dazzling.

Next viewable from Newcastle:
23 September 2090

Annular eclipses

“Annular Eclipse. Taken from Middlegate, Nevada on May 20, 2012” by Smrgeog – Own work.

Remember that an eclipse works because the Sun and Moon appear to be the same size in the sky. Sometimes the geometry works out so that’s not quite the case, and the Moon appears just a little too small to cover the Sun’s disc. Then, you see a dazzling annular eclipse.


Want more eclipse information? We’ve got you covered.

Watching the eclipse online