We are a key provider and coordinator of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education activities and support in Essex. These are for students at school and home, and are designed to both stimulate an interest in STEM and to open possible career paths.

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Including our flagship annual TEXPO for schools, projects and online competitions throughout the year.

Imagine! STEM Club

Out-of-school clubs, masterclasses and projects to enhance learning with fun, practical activities.

My Smarter Essex

Interactive conferences attended by students, industry partners and the public sector.

STEM Club Bursary

Financial and in-kind support for your STEM Club, project or activity at school.


Careers guidance, STE(A)M activities, ideas and other material for all ages both in school and at home.

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Congratulations to our Giving Voice 2022 winners

Congratulations to our Giving Voice winners

A huge thanks to everyone who took part in our 2022-2023 schools' project Giving Voice: Stories of STE(A)M through the technology of radio, which saw several teams of students produce podcasts and posters about influential figures from the world of Electronic Communication.

We are pleased to announce that the podcast episodes are now available to listen to, and the prize winners are as follows.

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Photographic Competition 2023 – Deadline Extended!

We are pleased to advise that our Centenary Photographic Competition 2023, this year on the theme of Electronic Communication, is now open until Friday 23 June 2023 to allow for further entries.

We want you to take photographs (up to 3 entries) that express what electronic communication means to you, or how it impacts health and environment (for better or worse).

The competition is open to primary or secondary aged students living or educated in Essex. We will be looking for photos that are creative in their approach, with an innovative angle on the subject or a creative interpretation of the themes.

There are two categories of entry: one for primary school students and one for those at secondary level. Cash prizes are available!

You can read the full details here or click below to submit an entry.

Click here to submit your entry »

Happy snapping!

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Photographic Competition 2023 winners announced

Photographic Competition 2023 winners announced

Images on the theme of "Electronic Communication"

Thank you to everyone who entered our 2023 Photographic Competition on the theme of Electronic Communication. This year, we received some particularly witty and poignant entries that we very much enjoyed reviewing!

You can see all of the photographs at our web gallery here.

Congratulations to our winners, whose entries are shown below. Prizes this year were £50 (first) and £20 (second) in both the primary and secondary age categories.

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TEXPO 2023 – enter now

TEXPO 2023 – enter now

CSES Schools' TEXPO: Fri 30 June 2023, ARU Chelmsford

For Y5-13 | Show your project to scientists and engineers | Cash prizes | Free lunch!

Are you in a STEM club at primary or secondary school? Have you made or investigated something fantastic in technology or science lessons? Have you been doing interesting technical projects at home?

Are you a teacher who'd like to showcase your pupils' / students' work? Or are you a parent, guardian or tutor whose child has been working on an exciting project?

If your answer to any of these questions is YES, then exhibit at the annual CSES TEXPO. There is prize money to be won and we even provide lunch!

We welcome projects from all STE(A)M disciplines. You don't need to do any additional work: bring your project(s) as they are. This could be something you've made, software, experiments, reports, posters, videos, presentations etc.

Your project does not need to be unique to TEXPO – in fact we would encourage reuse! We welcome coursework and projects originally from other competitions and schemes.

Click here to find out more | Click here to enter your project(s)

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