9th January 1998 at 00:00
* Students and teachers in teams of up to three are invited to undertake projects related to an exhibition or gallery at the London Science Museum and post them on their school or college Internet site by May 1. Those of a suitable standard will be added to a database, as part of the STEM (Students' and Teachers' Educational Material) project accessible through the Science Museum's Website. Entries will be judged in three categories - under-11s, over-11s and teachers. Winning schools will receive powerful Toshiba desktop PCs and televisions. The competition is supported by the National Council for Educational Technology and Toshiba. Details at:

* The Microbiology in Schools Advisory Committee provides support and teaching materials to schools and aims to increase awareness among tomorrow's adults of the science behind controversial topics such as genetic engineering and environmental pollution. It also runs an annual competition for secondary schools on related topics. Details: Janet Hurst, co SGM, Marlborough House, Basingstoke Road, Spencers Wood, Reading RG7 1AE, tel: 0118 988 1809; e-mail:

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