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...


Futures - Technology & Design - Straight to the Heart of it


Pupils take on the role of product designers in a company that specialises in advanced medical robotics. They design and make a prototype nanobot that can enter the bloodstream to clear built-up cholesterol from the arteries. They then program and control their nanobot to carry out a simulated medical intervention.

Teacher Resources

Straight to the Heart of it STEM Futures Technology and Design ResourcePDF, 2.9 mb

Straight to the Heart of it Illustrated ScenarioPDF, 1.2 mb

Resource Downloads:

Straight to the Heart of it (Heart Image)PNG, 280 kb

Straight to the Heart of it (Heart Image)BMP, 24 mb

Related Video Case Studies

Randox Laboratoriesfrom the Life & Health Sciences sector