As well as providing residential courses, we also run in-school STEM sessions. These involve visiting schools for short introductory sessions and working with students with a particular interest in, or aptitude for, problem-solving, design, manufacturing or engineering. STEM Days are for students in Years 6-11 and are especially popular in Year 8 and 9.
Easy to organise, they’re inspiring and fun for everyone taking part. After taking part in an icebreaker activity, groups of up to 60 students are given a Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) exercise to help identify their strongest and weakest skills and to help shape their involvement in the main project. Students will then work together in small teams on ‘design-and-make’ projects to improve their creative thinking and problem-solving skills. For students in the process of choosing Key Stage 4 options, these STEM Day activities are especially geared to run as a complement to the National Curriculum in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
We will work with teachers to decide on the most suitable project work for your students. The activities are varied and range from designing, testing, and refining low emission vehicles, propelled gliders, crash-proof vehicles, reservoirs, wind turbines, railways and bridges. We will fit the course around whatever rooms and equipment are available. All you need to do is supply the appropriate number of supervisory teachers and technicians in line with statutory requirements.
Times are flexible to suit normal school hours and activities can be half or full day. Costs are £595 plus travel expenses. Hotel and meal expenses may be applicable depending on location.
What are the benefits?
STEM Days support the aim of the National Curriculum and schools agenda by linking the curriculum to the wider world and demonstraing that what is being taught in the classroom has direct relevance within the world of work.
To find out how STEM Days compliment the National Curriculum please click here.
The benefits to the learners are:
- provides information about future career and HE/FE options
- Encourages personal development including time management, team work, problem-solving and personal and social skills
- Promotes creativity and enterprise skills
The benefits to the school are:
- Enhances the curriculum and broadens options
- Assist with meeting requirements for achieving Specialist status in Engineering, Science, Technology and Business Enterprise
- Contributes towards improving the kudos of the school
The benefits to the teachers are:
- Provides ideas, projects and skills to transfer to the classroom
- Recognition (internal and external)
- Contribute to continuing professional development programme