CERN trip for Clare teacher named ‘most dedicated STEM teacher’ in the country

Stour Valley Community School teacher Dan Stephens won the Most Dedicated STEM Teacher award at the national STEM Inspiration awards. ANL-161125-154433001
Stour Valley Community School teacher Dan Stephens won the Most Dedicated STEM Teacher award at the national STEM Inspiration awards. ANL-161125-154433001

The winners of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Inspiration Awards 2016 were announced on Thursday at the House of Lords, with a Clare-based teacher recognised for his achievements.

Stour Valley Community School teacher Dan Stephens was chosen for the ‘most dedicated STEM teacher’ award - recognising a teacher who has shown a strong personal and professional commitment to STEM, resulting in benefits for their students and school. 

As part of prize Mr Stephens will be taken on an exclusive visit to CERN, The European Organization for Nuclear Research, by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

He will fly to Geneva in January and have the opportunity to see cutting edge science in action, as well as meet with top physicists and engineers.

A spokeswoman for the school said: “Stour Valley is delighted that their technology teacher won.”

Mr Stephens is the STEM coordinator at Stour Valley and for three years has organised an annual STEM Careers Fair, working in collaboration with over 20 different companies and STEM Ambassadors.

More than 500 students attend this interactive careers fair. Mr Stephens is now planning an even bigger fair.

The spokesman added: “This will encourage more students to link with STEM mentors to promote pathways into engineering through Connect Education and Business, and to develop exciting inter-form projects that all students can have the potential to engage in.