About STEM Day+

Get your students excited about engineering by giving them the chance to be part of an interactive STEM Day+ at your school.

How STEM Day+ works

STEM Day+ is an interactive CREST accredited workshop to introduce students to the exciting world of engineering and to gain a CREST Discovery award from the British Science Association. Hosted by a Smallpeice Trust trained educator at your school, each STEM Day+ workshop can take up to 60 students and will run during a full school day.

The CREST Awards scheme is the British Science Association’s flagship programme for young people. CREST is a scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers. CREST Discovery Awards offer an introduction to real project work and give students the freedom to run their own investigations. Students work in groups to solve a STEM challenge with minimal adult intervention, and present their work at the end of the day.

All students who take part in a STEM Day+ workshop and complete their CREST passports are eligible for the CREST Discovery award, and to receive a personalised certificate.

Student involvement

A STEM Day+ session starts with students taking part in a Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) exercise to help identify the best role for them in the main project. They then get the chance to put their creativity and problem-solving skills to work with others on fun design-and-make projects.

Project Options

We can work with you to find the most suitable project work for your students. Activities range from designing, testing and refining smart building solutions, programming autonomous vehicles, to building and flying a propelled glider. But no matter what you choose, we will fit the session around the rooms and equipment available. All you need to do is supply the required number of supervisory teachers and technicians in line with statutory requirements.

Supporting the National Curriculum

STEM Day+ activities are designed to complement the National Curriculum in science, technology, engineering and maths by demonstrating the link between what’s taught in the classroom with the wider world. They are especially beneficial for students in the process of choosing Key Stage 4 options.

Time and costs

Some of our STEM Day+ workshops are FREE, location and content depending, thanks to the generous sponsorship of our corporate partners. Schools not eligible for a free STEM Day+ can purchase one at a cost of £995 plus expenses (travel and accommodation, if required).

Benefits

CREST is respected by universities and employers and enhances students UCAS personal statements. Students also get information about future career and HE/FE (higher education/further education) options, can put their creative thinking into action, and learn time management, team work, problem-solving, enterprise, personal and social skills.

Schools can benefit from raising the performance standards of their students, enhancing the curriculum, and meeting requirements for achieving Specialist status in engineering, science, technology and business enterprise.