Formula for success in STEM

The seventh year of the TCAT and United Utilities award-winning engineering challenge got underway in November. 80 pupils from across the trust started work with an engineer from United Utilities on a 20- week green skills project. The final event culminates in a  ‘Dragons Den’ style pitch at the Warrington Wolves stadium where our pupils are put through their paces.


The Science Learning Partnership, led by Jenny Barrowcliff, is available to all teachers at all phases of the trust for support and teacher development in all things Science and STEM. TCAT primaries are all now involved in hubs for computing, D&T and Science – working alongside the Royal Academy of Engineering – it offers some really exciting opportunities for our teachers and young people! The Computing Hub, led by Amy Welch, continues to expand as we now lead teacher development for computing education across Merseyside and Lancashire. Don’t forget that we can support all our TCAT schools with anything computing, IT, Creative iMedia etc – just get in touch. 

A big welcome to Emma Antrobus, our newest computing hub expert, who will be leading on secondary computing across the whole of England for STEM Learning. Over the next few months all of our TCAT primary children will be getting hands-on in the Fablab, based at the STEM centre at BCA. 

Year 5 children from across TCAT will be starting with a biodiversity project to support local wildlife and getting to grips with all the tools and equipment that are on offer. This amazing, award winning, space is available to all TCAT pupils, teachers, schools and the general public to come in and use – get creative with the laser cutters, 3D printers or maybe just a hammer and chisel!


Finally, Warrington Coderdojo rolls into its eighth year.  Every half term the North West’s biggest celebration of STEM is free to all and gives children the chance to fly drones, build robots, try Virtual Reality and get creative with coding – check on Eventbrite for booking details.