Starting as we mean to go on…
Day one of four so far this academic year and it is VERY clear that we will have to increase the capacity for next year with more frequent events. We had children from three schools come and meet six STEM ambassadors kindly arranged by STEMnet around the themes of technology. We have a strong belief in this centre that the more we can engage students with the ‘real’ world, the possible employment opportunities that they could pursue when they are older, the more they will be engaged in the process of learning and enjoying their school work. STEMnet already do a huge amount of work, completely for free, in our secondary schools but following meetings during the Summer they are more than happy to support a primary focus too.
Inspiring children when they are younger also helps with developing aspiration and motivation from a younger age, a habit that is harder to get rid of during the teenage years. Alongside the four days that we have booked at the centre this year we are also brokering the support for schools to get STEM ambassadors into their classrooms. Studying forms of energy? They will find you a wind farm engineer or someone from Hartlepool power station…or both. Just let us know what you would need and we will help to make it happen.
The day itself had a range of activities including children exploring lighting effects, building computers, examining social media and testing 3D systems. Programming and controlling robots was very popular as was an exploration of how microwaves work! Don’t try this at home! Schools were not charged a penny for the day and it was important to us to put on a good lunch that would grace any conference buffet…the children were treated as part of the team with the expert adults.
The next day is on 10th December and there are a few places still available. Please let us know if you want to book your students on to future events (bring 2 bring 70 we don’t mind as long as there are places available!).