Twig Secondary: Award-winning STEM videos for your secondary students

We know that many teachers spend a lot of time sourcing appropriate STEM videos to use in the classroom—valuable time that could be spent on other tasks. That’s why our goal is to provide teachers of all grade levels with standards-aligned, age-appropriate, and engaging video content and lesson materials. 

Twig Secondary is our award-winning online resource for ages 11–16, containing thousands of STEM videos, activities, and supportive learning materials. Twig Secondary videos are perfect for making your science lessons more exciting, while allowing you to connect STEM topics to the real world. Let’s find out more:

High-quality videos

Twig Secondary videos use high-quality footage from reputed sources such as NASA and the BBC, and are edited by our experienced in-house production team. There are four types of Twig Secondary videos:

  • Curriculum videos cover key learning points from international curricula.
  • Context videos ground scientific concepts in real-world phenomena.
  • Science glossary videos act as a visual glossary of science terminology.
  • Experiment videos take students through hands-on experiments, from set-up to analysis.

These videos can be peppered throughout your lesson plans to improve engagement, or can be assigned to your students for them to watch in their own time.

View by standard or subject

You can explore videos either through our Standards view tool to find the right videos and learning materials for your lesson, or using the Twig Secondary Mindmap, which is organized into subjects, modules and topics. The unique design of the Mindmap makes it a great tool for showing your students the depth and breadth of a subject, and to illustrate how topics relate to one another. 

Teacher support and learning materials

Every video comes with extension activities, worksheets, diagrams, classroom images, multiple choice quizzes, key learning points, and review sheets. These support materials can be used together to form a full lesson, or you can cherry-pick what you need and add to your existing lesson plan. 

Student assignments

The Twig Secondary assignment feature allows you to save valuable teaching time. You can easily assign films and quizzes for your students to watch and complete before attending their lesson, saving valuable face-to-face time for discussion and extension activities. This function is especially helpful in a distance learning environment when teaching time is even more precious. 

Multilingual support

Twig Secondary videos all come with voiceovers and captions in several languages, including Standard and Simplified English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Portuguese, and Spanish, allowing you to support your bilingual students and your English learners. 

Twig Newsdesk

The Newsdesk is updated regularly with articles about current science events, and means that you can connect your students’ learning to topical news stories from the world of science.

Want a taster? Watch some example videos now:

Head over to Twig Secondary to request a free trial now!

Back-End Web Developer

Glasgow, United Kingdom

At Twig Education we’re passionate about our products and the future of science education. We care about what we do and how we do it.

Since launching in 2011, our resources are now used by over 150,000 teachers, in over 60 countries and in 19 different languages. Our award-winning videos, digital resources and lesson materials are created in our head offices in Glasgow, near Kelvingrove Park, by a team of around 80 filmmakers, designers, developers, writers, teachers, academics and parents.

We have a technical team of over 20 developers, testers and cloud dev-ops people. As a developer with Twig, you will be able to connect with other talented people working with modern front and back-end technologies to develop our cloud platform.

The technical team works with all areas of the business, but we organise ourselves around upcoming projects and tasks with the help of product owners and UX gurus. The team takes ownership of their work from requirements gathering, through development, to completion. The technologies and tools we use are researched and selected by the team. We use an agile approach to our work and are continually evolving and adapting our processes. 10% of everyone’s time is set aside for personal development and team improvement.

It’s not expected that any single candidate would have expertise across all of these areas but you may be a good fit for this role if you:
  • Thrive in a collaborative environment involving different stakeholders and subject matter experts.
  • Enjoy and have experience of building APIs and microservices.
  • Like to keep things as simple as possible when writing code. We mainly use Node, Typescript, GraphQL and Python, but we understand that languages come and go. We care much more about your skills as a coder and realise that languages and frameworks can be learned.
  • Have experience with systems and security at scale.
  • Have experience debugging production issues across services and multiple levels of the stack.
  • Support your fellow team mates by offering honest and supportive reviews of their code.
  • Take pride in your work but are able to accept constructive criticism.
  • Hold yourself and others to a high standard when working with production systems.
  • Have ideas on improving engineering standards, tooling, and processes within the technical team.
What is it like to work at Twig?

As a company we strive to maintain an open, fair, relaxed and flexible culture where hard work is
recognised and rewarded. Plus our Glasgow office is dog-friendly!

Some other benefits of working at Twig include:
  • Salaries are in line with market rates and commensurate with skills and experience
  • Free refreshments including breakfast, hot drinks and snacks
  • We offer flexibility around working arrangements
  • Cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers, pension contributions and other benefits
Think you might be right for this role? We’d love to hear from you!

Send your CV and cover letter to csuares@twigeducation.com