Primary Thematic Units: STEM

Supporting the statutory requirements for the Areas of Learning of the NI Curriculum at Key Stage 2. Read more...

Norn Iron's Ordinary Heroes

A comic celebrating people who have achieved extrordinary success in the areas of STEM. Read more...

STEM in Minecraft

Pupils develop empathy for how people lived in Viking times by overcoming a number of problems encountered through everyday Viking life, in Minecraft! Read more...


Case Studies

Promoting STEM through the NI Curriculum

Making Learning Connections

STEM Innovation

CCEA adopted innovation as a tool that could be used by schools to bring about lasting change in terms of adding value to their STEM provision. Schools were given the opportunity to gain an insight into and discuss innovation in STEM education. Read more...

Assessing UICT through STEM Futures

This case study shows a good example of how careful selection of curriculum material leads to work which satisfies several statutory requirements at once. Read more...

STEM Heroes

Schools across Northern Ireland had the opportunity to celebrate and share STEM Heroes in their local community. This booklet gives a summary of some of the exciting work that was carried out by pupils in both Primary and Post-Primary schools. Read more...


Space Explorers: Mission to Mars



Who Antrim Grammar School and Antrim Primary School
Duration 6-8 weeks
Key Stages 2 and 3
Subject Strands Science, Technology and Design and Mathematics
Cross-curricular Skills Using Maths and Using ICT
Key Elements Employability and Spiritual Awareness
Business Links Randox Laboratories

The Space Explorers: Mission to Mars project was organised over an eight week period in Antrim Primary School and over six weeks in Antrim Grammar School. During the project Year 6 and Year 8 pupils worked within their own schools on a variety of activities. Pupils also met on occasions at Antrim Primary and Antrim Grammar schools to participate in common activities. The project concluded with a celebration day at Antrim Grammar School. 

Pupils from both schools participated in a range of inquiry based practical activities which were all linked to the main project challenge. The challenge for pupils was to design, build and test a model of a Space Explorer. The link to the world of work was provided by an Engineer from Randox who visited pupils in both schools and talked about the role of an Engineer and the importance of STEM subjects.