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Boost skills by running a STEM Club
STEM Clubs are of significant importance in Secondary Education due to the renewed emphasis on Skills shortage and the need to re-balance the economy.
Within Staffordshire, there are over 20 successful STEM Clubs run by secondary schools. Most of them are afterschool clubs offering exciting and motivating activities. Some clubs give emphasis on boosting skills, others target the gifted and talented. A few offer project top-ups while others concentrate on general interest and leisure pursuits.
STEM Clubs are different from normal lessons as students attend on a voluntary basis.
Sorting out activities can be a tall order on top of a normal teaching and learning load ......But we can help!
Schools running successful STEM Clubs in Staffordshire
To get you started here's where you can find additional resources
STEMNET, the national Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Network has a dedicated section within their website containing suggestions and activity sheets with advice on setting-up and running clubs.
The British Science Association CREST awards can be used as a stimulus for context and reward. Entrust STEM Centre is the local CREST Award Co-ordinator for Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. Awards are available at Gold, Silver and Bronze levels.
The FIRST organisation in America (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organises a Worldwide Challenge each year. The challenge involves problem solving and teamwork in activities developed around LEGO components and computer control interfaces. Teams compete against each other at Regional, National and World tournaments.
Although these Clubs focus on engineering activities, the involvement of Science, Technology and Maths skills is very clear. The club network provides newsletters, resources and competitions. Membership is Free!
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