Imagine! STEM @ Home

Imagine! STEM @ Home

A DIY Imagine! STEM competition during lockdown

As the series of Imagine! masterclasses we had planned for Essex 2020 have had to be postponed, we are publishing the courses online.

You could win a prize

Build a model bridge – using only old cereal boxes, string, sticky tape and glue – which will support a 300g can of baked beans.

Make a video clip of your successes and/or failures. Send it to us before 1 July 2020 and you could win a prize. That's all you have to do.

Go to our ideas, links and resources section to find out more about "bridges, levers and tools" and how to enter.

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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

We know that CSES events matter to our members, and that it is especially important to keep our community alive and connected during these unusual times.

We are therefore moving many of our planned events to a virtual setting, and will reschedule the remainder. Our partner organisations are doing the same.

Please keep an eye on the events section for the revised programme. Members who are subscribed to email updates will continue to receive these as usual.

If you have any queries, please do get in touch via the usual channels. All administrative operations continue as normal and the committee is continuing to hold its monthly meetings virtually.

Thank you for your understanding and best wishes for the coming months. Stay safe!

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Imagine! Returns with 2020 Masterclasses

Imagine! Returns with 2020 Masterclasses

Our hit STEM Club is back with an expanded programme for Essex 2020

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we will unfortunately have to postpone these sessions until the next academic year.

We are very pleased, however, to publish our "Simple Machines and Bridges" masterclass (originally scheduled for May) as a DIY activity pack. See our ideas, links and resources section to find out more.

This is part of Essex 2020 – a Year of Science and Creativity.

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Essex 2020 Podcast: Marconi and The Making Of Chelmsford

Essex 2020 Podcast: Marconi and The Making Of Chelmsford

Featuring Chris Neale and Alan Pamphilon (CSES and Chelmsford Civic Society)

Listen to the podcast on the Essex 2020 website here

CSES and Chelmsford Civic Society have recorded a podcast for Essex 2020, part of a series which goes behind the scenes of the UK's biggest celebration of science and creativity. In each episode, Essex 2020 project director Richard Freeman meets some of the brilliant people and organisations who are working to create, inspire and discover Essex's past, present and future.

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20 surprsing and inspiring inventions from Essex

20 surprising and inspiring inventions from Essex

Essex 2020 is officially launched with address from CSES

At the Essex 2020 launch event, held at Teledyne e2v on 20 January 2020, CSES Vice President Adam Wood talked about 20 surprising and inspiring inventions from Essex.

As well as the big names there are some things that you may not know came from Essex, and we are pleased to promote these in collaboration with Essex 2020 and BBC Essex. The diversity and significance of these, and other, inventions from our county is truly both surprising and inspiring!

Read on to be fascinated by the list of 20 inventions. If you know of any others, please tell us as we are collecting a catalogue of Essex inventions throughout 2020.

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More FREE Digital Skills Training – this time by Google

More FREE Digital Skills Training – this time by Google

We are pleased to inform you that due to the success of the Facebook Digital Skills workshop, our partners Braintree District Council are now hosting a Google Digital Garage! This opportunity is also open to anyone.

Get new skills for a digital world! Braintree District Council are partnering with Google Digital Garage to offer FREE training to help grow your career or business.

Join the session at Colchester Institute (Braintree Campus) on Tuesday 17 December and take part in up to three workshops.

Register now for your FREE place via Eventbrite. This is an opportunity not to be missed: tickets are limited to 60 per session.

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Welcome to our 2019-2020 season!

Welcome to our 2019-2020 season!

Essex 2020: A Year of Science and Creativity

The coming year (2020) is a big one for Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society (CSES): it's our centenary. It also marks the 100th anniversary of the first radio entertainment broadcast by Dame Nellie Melba from the Marconi works at New Street, and the exciting news that Chelmsford will be hosting the 2020 British Science Festival.

All of this is brought together as Essex 2020: A Year of Science and Creativity.

CSES will be holding its usual programme of talks, socials and school activities, but look out for more events throughout the year as the celebrations take place. With our partner organisations we will be holding special events, some of which will continue in the future.

Our events pages have all the details.

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Our Essex 2020 season

Our Essex 2020 season

Essex 2020: A Year of Science and Creativity

Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society (CSES) celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020. To mark the occasion the Society, in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, bid to host the British Science Festival. We were successful in bringing this international festival to Essex for the first time its 189-year history.

The occasion inspired Essex Partners to launch Essex 2020 – a Year of Science and Creativity to mark this prestigious event.

The British Science Festival has been postponed until next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however we are pleased to advise that we will be holding many of our Essex 2020 (and regular) events online. The rest are being rescheduled to our next (2020-21) season.

Read on or see our events pages to find out what we've got planned.

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FREE Digital Skills Training by Facebook

FREE Digital Skills Training by Facebook

We are pleased to advise that our partners, Braintree District Council, are working with Facebook to deliver a FREE Digital Skills training course in November in Braintree. Details are below and bookings can be made on the Eventbrite page. This event is open to anyone and we look forward to seeing you there!

Are you equipped with the digital and soft skills necessary to thrive in the new economy?

Whether you are a start-up founder, executive, manager, employee or student who is about to begin your journey into the world of work, the skills you need to prosper and thrive in today’s digital world have changed.

New technology is being developed at lightning speeds and yet the growth of the necessary digital and soft skills has not kept pace with the ever-accelerating digital economy. This digital skills gap could cost the UK economy £141 billion in GDP growth according to Accenture.

Great news! The FREE Digital Skills Workshop by Facebook (in partnership with Buzzstart Academy) is coming to Braintree Campus on Tuesday 19th November to help equip you with some of the fundamental digital skills needed in the new economy and you are invited!

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Volunteer mentors sought for local engineering challenge with Teledyne e2v

Mentors sought for Teledyne e2v schools' engineering challenge

Are you able to help for 5 evenings in Nov and Dec 2019?

Teledyne e2v (Te2v) and Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society (CSES) are launching an engineering challenge that will see local schools working with Te2v apprentices and CSES volunteers to develop prototype solutions to real engineering problems faced by Te2v production staff.

This will be a pilot scheme which, if successful, will be run annually. We are starting with a small number of local schools and need CSES volunteers to help the apprentices to mentor the student teams.

Can you help? Remember that any time spent volunteering counts as Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

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