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...




CERN is the European Organisation for Nuclear Research.
It is host to Scientists and Engineers from around the world who are engaged in a range of experiments in elementary particle physics which aim to improve our knowledge and understanding about the Origins of the Universe.

These three videos are based on interviews with Scientists and Engineers at CERN, including the Director of Technology and Accelerators, Steve Myers, who is originally from Northern Ireland. They are accompanied by teachers’ notes and are to be used as stimulus material. They are intended to provide teachers with ideas for developing further activities on the Key Stage 3 topics of Forces and Energy and the Earth and Universe.

The video opposite is based on interviews with Steve Myers (CERN, Director of Technology and Accelerators), Professor Nicholas Gisin, Dr Alison Lister (University of Geneva) and
Dr Conor Henderson (CERN, Research Fellow). It introduces pupils to CERN and the type of research and work that is undertaken there.

CERN is an international scientific community engaged in the world’s largest scientific experiment to investigate the origins of the Universe. Scientists and Engineers talk about how they are trying to recreate what happened when the Universe came into existence around 14 billion years ago. They use instruments such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to investigate the elementary particles which result from collisions between protons. By analysing the results of their experiments scientists hope to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of how the Universe works. Work at CERN has also led to the development of ‘spin off’ technologies including the Internet.