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...




The STEM Connections Directory is a searchable database with easily accessible information for over 100 businesses and other organisations which are involved in STEM related work throughout Northern Ireland. The companies and organisations listed have been contacted by CCEA and have voluntarily registered on the directory and agreed to support and promote STEM education in Northern Ireland schools.

The purpose of the database is to enable teachers to develop collaborative partnerships with local businesses which are willing to provide support to schools around promoting and developing STEM education and careers. It is hoped that the Directory will be used to bring together educationalists and employers in creating innovative approaches to STEM education which will enhance pupils’ learning experiences. The type of support offered includes on-site visits, outreach visits and educational materials.

Schools can search the Directory by:

  • County;
  • Business sector;
  • STEM areas; and
  • Key words (highlighted by the businesses themselves).

The Directory also shows the location of local companies/organisations on an interactive map.