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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.

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We offer an annual programme of events for local schools, which is run under the Future Engineers and Scientists (FES) brand by the younger members of the society Council (who are themselves at an early stage in their careers), to promote STEM subjects to students.

Click here to see upcoming CSES events for schools.

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.

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 explore STEM. If you would like to discuss options for STEM support in your school, please contact the Schools and STEM Liaison Officer.

Further information and opportunities

This section of the website also includes further details of STEM opportunities:

  • Students' zone: information and articles about events, courses and activities in which students can get involved, both in and out of school.
  • Teachers' zone: articles and links for teachers of STEM subjects, STEM club leaders and careers advisors.

If you would like to get in touch with us about any school-related matters not covered above, please contact the Schools and STEM Liaison Officer.

Local schools participate in Faraday Challenge

IET Faraday Challenge hosted by CSES and Anglia Ruskin University, Wed 18 Jan 2017

On Wednesday 18 January 2017, teams of six Year 8 students from Greensward Academy, Westcliff High School for Girls, Westcliff High School for Boys, Colchester Royal Grammar School and King Edward VI Grammar School took part in the Faraday Challenge run by IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) and CSES (Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society) at Anglia Ruskin University.

They were set the task of working together to design and build a product to solve problems. As the Challenge is a national competition, the exact nature of the task is a secret but involved coding a computer to respond to feedback from various sensors, and then presenting the final product, at the end of the day, to two judges from the IET.

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Now open: 2017 Schools' Competition and Big Bang Eastern

Schools' Engineering and Technology Competition: Wed 28 June 2017, Anglia Ruskin University

Our 2017 Schools' Engineering and Technology Competition is now open for entries. The dates are as follows:

  • The competition will take place on Wednesday 28 June 2017
  • The awards evening will take place on Wednesday 19 July 2017

(Note that the competition has moved from a Friday to a Wednesday).

See our school events listings to add these to your calendar.

Find out more about the competition, and how to enter, here.

This year we are working in collaboration with the Big Bang Eastern to hold a joint event. We strongly encourage you to enter the Big Bang if you are also entering our competition (follow link and click "Book places to attend"). All the judging will be done in parallel so you stand a greater chance of winning some prizes and can effectively attend both competitions on the same day.

We look forward to seeing you in June!

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Press release: Local schools to take part in UK engineering challenge

IET Faraday Challenge hosted by CSES and Anglia Ruskin University, Wed 18 Jan 2017

Begins: Local schools to take part in UK engineering challenge

Students from King Edward VI Grammar School (KEGS), Westcliff high School for Girls, Westcliff High School for Boys, The King Edmund School Rochford, Colchester Royal Grammar School and Greensward Academy are taking part in an IET Faraday Challenge Day (FCD) sponsored by Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society and Anglia Ruskin University. The students will become real-life engineers for a day when they research, design and build solutions to real engineering problems as part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology's (IET) Faraday Challenge Day on Wednesday 18 January.

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Thurstable School EPQ

Thurstable School EPQ

We were pleased to present a bursary cheque to Thurstable School following a successful application for funding for an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) requiring some specific materials.

We look forward to welcoming Correy Andrews at our 2017 Schools' Competition to demonstrate an engine using an oxyhydrogen generator as its power source.

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