Science Industry Partnership

BeInspired Teacher Resources

Welcome to the BeInspired Project

This project aims to increase participation in the labour market and improve social inclusion and mobility. It is part-funded by the European Social Fund.

The BeInspired project has developed information, advice and guidance material that is particularly focused on encouraging greater take-up of Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths (STEM) subjects. As part of the project, Cogent Skills has developed a set of resources with a particular focus on Science.

Teacher Resources:

The resources are linked to the science curriculum and will enable teachers to deliver real-world context activities to their classes. The materials will suit pupils between the ages of 11 and 16 and include take-home key messages to ensure that parents are also engaged.

The following set of lessons are linked to the science curriculum and have a Cheshire and Warrington regional focus. The lessons are designed to be flexible in terms of delivery and can be used as single lessons or as a set that will provide students with a journey exploring careers in science.

Each lesson contains all the accompanying materials that can be downloaded and printed, including a lesson plan outlining:

  • lesson duration
  • aims for the students
  • skills developed
  • resources required
  • preparation needed

Lesson 1: 

This 45 - 60 minute activity aims to inspire pupils about STEM, establish what they already know about STEM and STEM careers and challenge any myths or stereotypes they have.

In this lesson pupils will:

  • Discuss famous STEM professionals and STEM discoveries and how they have impacted our lives.
  • Look at the science or engineering behind everyday items such as Gore-Tex or fragrances to show how important STEM is and how it improves our lives.
  • Team exercise to draw a STEM professional and their workplace in order to challenge myths and stereotypes.

  Teachers Resource Lesson Plan 1

 Teachers Resource L1 Discoveries A5 X-Rays 

  Teachers Resource L1 Discoveries A5 Perfumes 

  Teachers Resource L1 Discoveries A5 Penicillin

  Teachers Resource L1 Discoveries A5 Gore-Tex

  Teachers Resource L1 Professionals Brian Cox

  Teachers Resource L1 Professionals Tim Berners-Lee

  Teachers Resource L1 Professionals Marie Curie

  Teachers Resource L1 Professionals Mae Jemison

  Teachers Resource L1 Discoveries A5 Fingerprint Analysis

Lesson 2: 

This 30 - 45 minute activity will allow pupils to learn about people working in STEM within Cheshire and Warrington. This will showcase the breadth of careers that are available and inspire pupils with local real-life stories.  Ambassadors’ stories include things such as route to their careers, a day in the life, qualifications and skills required, careers progression, proudest achievements and advice from the ambassadors. This lesson will utilise and signpost pupils to the case studies.

In this lesson, pupils will:

  • Learn about a breadth of jobs in STEM
  • Interact with the case studies 
  • Complete the case study quiz to test learning

  Teachers Resource Lesson Plan 2 

  Teachers Resource L2 Case Study Chris Chirnside 

  Teachers Resource L2 Case Study Lynn Maloney 

  Teachers Resource L2 Case Study Gordon Russell Wilson  

  Teachers Resource L2 Case Study Pam Harrison 

  Teachers Resource L2 Case Study Dr Nicholas Weise 

  Teachers Resource L2 Case Study Emma Stokes 

  Teachers Resource L2 Case Study Emma Roberts 

  Teachers Resource L2 Case Study Richard Davies 

  Teachers Resource L2 Stem Stories Quiz questions 

  Teachers Resource L2 Jargon Buster 

  Teachers Resource L2 Stem Stories Quiz questions and answers 

Lesson 3: 

This 45 – 60 minute activity will give the pupils an overview of STEM industry careers in Cheshire and Warrington and look at the pathways into some of those careers using the Cogent Skills Careers Navigator.

In this lesson, pupils will:

  • Learn about STEM industry and careers in the region
  • Explore the Careers Navigator

  Teachers Resource Lesson Plan 3 

  Teachers Resource PPT CW 

Lesson 4: 

This 90 minute activity will see pupils work in teams on a real STEM challenge (this has been developed in partnership with GSK who have provided all of the STEM content. The challenge is for the teams to develop a new toothpaste for the teenage market.

In this lesson, pupils will:

  • Distribute team roles based on individuals’ skills. The roles are Market Researcher, Scientist, Project Manager and Commercial Marketing Manager
  • Develop a product name and packaging design
  • Select what active ingredient(s) should be in the toothpaste (using the GSK STEM information sheets) and understand what they do 
  • Set a price and marketing strategy 
  • Pitch to the rest of the class

  Teachers Resource Lesson Plan 4 

  Teachers Resource L4 STEM A5 Card 

  Teachers Resource L4 Challenge Brief 

  Teachers Resource L4 Pupil Worksheet 

Lesson 5:

This 30- 45 minute activity provides pupils with hints and tips on how they can improve their chances of entering the STEM workplace in the competitive job market.

In this lesson pupils will:

  • Understand what employability skills are and why they are important
  • Complete the STAR model to learn how to showcase their skills

  Teachers Resource Lesson Plan 5 

  Teachers Resource L5 STAR Model Worksheet 

Talking Head Videos

The Teacher Resources include 4 videos of Science Ambassadors working in the industry in Cheshire and Warrington, produced by Cogent Skills. The videos have similar content to the written case studies and include the advice that the Ambassadors would give to their younger selves. There are an additional 2 videos from Siemens produced by Cheshire East as part of the BeInspired project which give information on the benefits of Apprenticeships to businesses and to individuals.

Please note: The European Social Fund (ESF) is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for 2014-2020. The ESF is funding six operational programmes in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Gibraltar, including €206 million for the Youth Employment Initiative.  Its aim is to help people get better jobs and ensure fairer living standards and job opportunities for all EU citizens to increase labour market participation, promote social inclusion and develop the skills of existing and future workforces.