STEM into Action

Supporting the development of a modern STEM related curriculum through modernising design and technology.

The D&T Association are focussed on supporting the development of a modern STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related curriculum. STEM into Action was a new initiative to improve the STEM teaching and learning experience at Key Stage 3 in secondary schools. It was made possible by the Mayor of London’s Education Programme: London Schools Excellence Fund.

The D&T Association engaged with Technical Labs to deliver the web application platform required to facilitate the scheme. We chose Umbraco CMS with ASP.NET C# MVC to develop a solution to fulfil the project requirements. The resulting web application enables members to access their own area, engage with the community in forums, download free resources whilst up-selling to paid resources on the main D&T Association website, as well as allowing the community to upload and showcase their successful initiatives to share with their peers.

Supporting the development of a modern STEM related curriculum through modernising design and technology.

Technologies Used


  • ASP.NET MVC C#
  • Umbraco
  • Angular JS
  • SQL Server
  • Zendesk

Technical Labs were introduced to us by IndigoBlue in 2013 as we urgently needed a digital supplier willing to work very collaboratively, and flexibly to demanding deadline. As a small organisation we lacked in-house expertise and wanted to rely on expert advice from a supplier, placing a lot of trust in them in this respect. We were not disappointed! The project was complex and required a balance of technical integration and design, integration of payment systems, CRM and the implementation of paperless direct debit. They have invaluable knowledge of how to balance user experience with the critical commercial aspects of a site like ours, which is effectively my organisations shop front. The project was completed in September 2013, it proved at times very demanding and required good ongoing communication and significant additional effort at no additional cost to deliver successfully. The project was recognised in the 2014 Agile awards as the Best Project in the Not For Profit Sector, for its excellence in approach to project management. Since then we have continued to work with the team through 2014 and 2015 on numerous other projects and we remain impressed by their drive for quality and focus on delivery at affordable prices.

Richard Green MA, The D&T Association

Richard Green MA Chief Executive, The D&T Association

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