Welcome to this free special issue of Creative Teaching & Learning! As you may know, one of our key aims as a magazine this year is to bring our readers some of most exciting and innovative developments in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education. Inspiring young people in STEM is so important, not only for the sake of the future labour market but for its intrinsic benefits to the development of thinking skills and positive attitudes to learning such as curiosity, creativity, and the ability to take risks and learn from mistakes. Most young children adore the freedom to imagine, design and invent, but unfortunately, as they grow older, their interest in STEM declines. This especially applies to girls, who are severely underrepresented in this field.