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...


Reaching Out



Who Lumen Christi Grammar School and Model Primary School
Duration 6 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 Citizenship
Business Links Graham’s Engineering and Ilex

The ‘Reaching Out’ theme for this project was intended to convey two meanings. In the literal sense it referred to how a bridge allows people to cross from one place to another and how two cranes working on opposite ends of a bridge reach out towards one another. However, the ‘Reaching Out’ concept was also used in a metaphorical sense to illustrate the importance of ‘Reaching Out’ as way of promoting peace between communities. In this sense it provided an opportunity to highlight key messages about Citizenship and building ‘good’ relations.

The main focus of the project was on pupils designing and building cranes and models of the Craigavon Bridge. This provided the framework to explore Scientific and Engineering concepts such as stability, equilibrium, and the ‘Principle of Moments’, and how these are applied in real world contexts to cranes and bridges. The project’s real world connection was enhanced by visits from representatives from Graham’s Engineering and Ilex whose role is to plan and develop the social and economic regeneration of the Derry City Council area.