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...


Scrapheap Challenge



Who St Peter’s High School and Long Tower Primary School
Duration 9 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 Education for Sustainable Development
Business Links Action Renewables

The project began when Year 7 pupils from Long Tower Primary School were introduced to the Year 8 pupils from St Peter’s High School through an online course, hosted on LNI. Over the duration of the course pupils from both schools investigated different sources of energy and their impact on the environment and explored alternative forms of energy for vehicles and the benefits of recycling. This included a visit to a local wind farm. The main challenge for pupils was to design and build a vehicle from recyclable materials. Pupils used the software package ‘Comic Life’ to record their work as a comic strip story board.