How do you get pupils interested in STEM subjects?
I think it is fair to say that our STEM Days are often the first events that get completely booked up when we release dates each year. To try and compensate for this we have upped the numbers by 20% this year and still the waiting list grows!
A fantastic day saw the usual amazing support by Connor from Cleveland Bridge, Julie from Inspiron Learning, Teesside University (both Student Ambassadors and Dale) and the fantastic ladies from WSP. 120 children from 3 schools were split into smaller groups and spent nearly an hour with each of three workshops. The feedback has been brilliant and pupils seem to love the fun aspect but also having meaningful interactions with adults that that they wouldn’t normally come into contact with. In essence, that is why we create these days. To inspire but also broaden the social and cultural capital that is developing fro each child.
As usual we finish the day with a science showcase in the auditorium with some bloke in a fancy jacket and top hat. And no he isn’t Willy Wonka! The aim of this is not just to leave a really exciting memory of the day, it is also an opportunity to build in some of the really exciting information about the local area in terms of developments and ultimately employment for the children in their futures. And after this week’s announcements that information gets even more exciting!