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STEM

Discussion in 'Design and technology' started by ljcreate, Nov 1, 2011.

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    I have been involved with a few STEM day events in Schools, colleges and universities over the last couple of years around the country.

    We (the school, college or university involved and other organisations involved - such as LJ Create who I work for) basically setup a number of STEM problem solving activities.

    We start to day off with an introduction to STEM and talk about the importance of the STEM subjects to our modern world. We explain the format of the day and introduce the guests.

    We divide the students into groups or teams and then let them work their way around the activities, changing activities at regular intervals. Each activity has a problem to solve as a team - this may be a practical problem or software based task.

    There is also a competition element with a prize for the team / teams that we are most impressed with during the day (behavior, performance, team-working skills etc). We usually also make one or more of the activities an open ended activity with an individual prize for the best solution.

    Having older students act as a supervisor / subject expect at each table works very well. You will need to train the subject expert up first, but that normally just involves them working throughout the activities without the younger kids there. The older students love the responsibility. You do need to make sure that the older students do not try and solve the problems for the younger ones or give too many clues though.

    I have a blog describing one of the events in Watford.
    http://ljcreate.blogspot.com/2010/11/routes-into-stem-watford-football-club.html
    You may also consider contacting any local STEM employers to see if they are happy to come along with an activity. Often big organisations that involve STEM skills have an educational team to promote STEM in schools.
    More information can also be found on LJ Create's Routes into STEM page.

     

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