Hi everyone, Phoebe here! Near the end of 2020, I started this STEM Response Team Blog as one of our new online channels during the COVID19 pandemic. All but 2 of the articles on our page are written by myself, so this blog has kind of been my baby over the last 6 months or so.

Today (19th April 2021) is my very last day working with the STEM Response Team, so I thought as my final piece, I’d chat to you all about my journey into Science Communications, and why the STEM Response Team will always hold a special…


On the afternoon of the 32nd March 2021, in the forest of Cannock Chase, one of our expert scientific photographers took this incredible photograph of what is believed to be an entirely new animal!

This creature was spotted by the eagle-eyed member of the STEM Response Team at 4:65pm near the stepping stones in Cannock Chase forest, Staffordshire. When asked about it’s strange appearance, the team member stated:

“It was haphazardly hopping around, almost as if it was looking for something. It was carrying some colourful eggs — what I can only assume is it’s offspring. Perhaps it was searching…


We might not have much interesting weather in the UK, at least not very often! Strange weather phenomena have been recorded throughout history — originally blamed on acts of deities, some were later found to have simple explanations, and a few are still mysteries to this day…

A painting of Wizard of Oz storybook, courtesy of Tara Lesher.

Monsoons

Most typically seen in Asian regions, monsoons occur due to a difference in temperatures between land and nearby ocean. The sun warms the water and the land at different rates, which causes the winds to sometimes switch directions and bring the cooler, moister air towards the land and away from the ocean.


Hi everyone, Phoebe here from the STEM Response Team. This post is going to be a little bit different to what I usually write — I’m going to tell you all my experience getting a COVID19 vaccine! I feel incredibly lucky that I was able to get my first dose on Saturday 6th March 2021, just under a year after the whole country went into it’s first lockdown. So I’m going to answer some questions about the process, and talk through my NHS mass vaccination experience step-by-step.

Courtesy of The NHS.

How Did You Book Your COVID19 Vaccine?

I had been in touch with my GP to ensure that my medical…


It’s Careers Week 2021 (1st — 5th March 2021) — now we all know about some of the incredible careers STEM can open doors to — from aerospace engineering on rockets, to biomedical sciences in hospital treatment and diagnosis. Today, we’re going to explore some of the paths STEM can guide you to that you might not expect!

Careers Week 2021, courtesy of NCW.

Studying the sciences can give you direct access to some incredible careers in STEM, but there are also plenty of non-science pathways that can open up once you complete your studies. This is because studying the sciences gives you a variety of…


This week (21–27th February) is Engineers Week 2021 — a time for celebrating all types of engineers all over the world. In this article, we’ll be exploring the basic definitions of engineering, and taking a look at some awesome examples of exemplary engineering feats in recent years.

Courtesy of Pembrokeshire College.

What is Engineering?

Engineering is the application of maths and science to solve real-world problems. An engineers role is to find out how things work, and then find practical uses for these scientific discoveries.

Engineers design, develop, test, install and maintain a huge variety of systems and products. They also recommend materials and processes, supervise manufacturing/construction…


The 11th February is Women and Girls in Science day — where we celebrate all of the achievements that women have made in the STEM field. Here’s a whistle-stop tour of just a handful of accomplishments that women in STEM have made throughout history.

Ada Lovelace

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace was an English writer and mathematician that’s known for her work on Charles Babbage’s mechanical computer: the Analytical Engine. It’s believed that she was the first person to come to the conclusion that this machine had other uses beyond mathematical calculations, and then proceeded to publish the first ever algorithm


Cancer has been both metaphorically and physically under the public microscope for decades — with 9.6 million deaths globally in 2018 alone, it’s no wonder that scientists have been on the hunt for better treatments, possible cures, and preventions. However, when other diseases are successfully treated, cured, and sometimes eradicated using modern science, then why is Cancer so hard to defeat, once and for all?

A digitally enhanced image of what metastasizing cancer may look like. Courtesy of Moffitt Cancer Centre.

What Causes Cancer?

Even though scientists aren’t 100% certain of the exact causes of certain types of cancer, they have determined a list called ‘The Hallmarks of Cancer’, which covers some of the base causes of cancers.

The Environment

One…


Usually through of as a disease of the past, leprosy in fact continues to affect millions of people across the globe, with hundreds of thousands of new diagnoses every year, as well as many who go without a diagnosis. Leprosy is easily curable, not highly contagious, and most people will have a natural immunity to it — however a lack of knowledge and understanding about this disease is one of the predominant challenges as scientists seek to eliminate leprosy in it’s entirety.

Leprosy is an infectious disease caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae (a relative of Tuberculosis). It is…


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

No, we aren’t talking about Christmas (that’s a whole 320 days away), we’re on about the Big Garden Birdwatch! Hosted by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the Big Garden Bird Watch is the world’s largest bird survey.

What’s all the fuss about?

As well as being the world’s largest bird survey, it’s also one of the most popular citizen science projects. Citizen science projects are a great way to collect large amounts of data from large areas; something that would take scientists a long time to do and would cost a lot of…

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