What went on at World Teach In 2015

On the 20th and 21st of November, teachers flocked to the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and Imperial College London for World Teach In.


Now in its second year, the sold-out CPD event had a day for primary teachers (Reach Out CPD Live!) and a day for secondary science teachers (STEM for Schools 2015).


On the Friday, the secondary teachers threw themselves into the hands-on sessions, building robots with Timstar lab suppliers, exploring the science behind certain gadgets and gizmos with the National STEM Centre’s Karen Hornby, and devising earthquake-resistant buildings with Washirasorn Saengsuwan from Suratthani Rajabhat University, Thailand.


punk science

Other popular speakers included BBC producer Simon Baxter, and Imperial College London’s Jessica Wade and STEMNET’s Ashley Tamburello, who discussed how teachers can get more young women engaged with STEM (below).



On the Saturday, CBBC presenter Stefan Gates began the day by sending a fart out across the audience of primary teachers at Imperial College London (pictured top).


Amongst the most popular sessions was author of Reach Out CPD, Danny Nicholson, who provided a range of fun practical ideas to use in the classroom; the Primary Science Quality Mark’s Jane Turner, who shed some light on the difficult subject of assessment; science teacher Harvey Bashaw from North Carolina; and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Marc Neesam, who explored how chemistry fits into primary science.



Both days were powered by discussions of best practice and the high energy levels of the attending teachers, whose enthusiasm truly made the event. One teacher commented ‘this is the best CPD session I’ve done in eight years’. More details of World Teach In can be found here.


teacher laughing at NHM

Twig World keeps getting bett(er)

We are delighted to announce that three of our resources have been selected as finalists for the 2016 Bett Awards.


The Bett Awards is considered to be the world’s most prestigious education technology awards ceremony, celebrating the most creative and innovative learning resources. And this is the fourth year in a row that Twig World has made it to the finals!


This year, our already award-winning primary product Tigtag, which provides short films and learning activities for science and geography, has been nominated for International Digital Resource.


Our new product Tigtag Junior – the baby brother of Tigtag, with short films and interactive games for teaching science to ages 4-6 – is up for Primary Digital Content.


And Reach Out CPD, the much-loved continuing professional development resource for primary science teaching, developed in partnership with Imperial College London, has been nominated for Open Educational Resource.


We are delighted by the recognition that these resources have received, and can’t wait to hear the results in January.


Make sure you drop by our stand at Bett 2016 to see what’s new at Twig World and to pick up some freebies!

2021 Twig Science Reporter Awards!

2021 has been a fantastic year for our weekly science news service, Twig Science Reporter. To celebrate, let’s take a look at this year’s top 5 episodes! Don’t forget to sign up for free and keep up to date with the very best science news.

1. Rare Twin Pandas Are Born

November 14

An oil spill in California, scientists test a robot snake, and twin pandas are born!

2. Moray Eels Catch Prey on Land

July 1

An inflatable prosthetic hand, timber detectives take on illegal logging, and leaping squirrels inspire robot designs.

3. Fishing Nets Recycled into Skateboards

September 16

Fishing nets are recycled into skateboards, metal boxes in Iceland are helping to tackle climate change, and penguins inspire the latest high-tech engineering.

4. A Space Balloon Prepares for Passengers

October 21

A bridge made from recycled concrete, sea otters help tackle climate change, and a space balloon prepares for passengers!

5. Squirrels Inspire Robot Designs

September 2

An inflatable prosthetic hand, timber detectives take on illegal logging, and leaping squirrels inspire robot designs.

Fun Free Festive Resources

Click on the images below to download fun holiday activities and resources you can print out and share with your students, including a Gingerbread Engineering Challenge and instructions on how to build a Snowball Catapult!

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