Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Teachers from over twenty local schools sought inspiration for extra-curricular school activities at the ‘Ideas for Your STEM Clubs Programme’ event, organised by the University of Worcester at the University Arena.
from different organisations, including the British Science Association, the
Smallpeice Trust, The Infirmary Medical Museum and many others, showcased
examples of their educational resources which could be used by teachers in
extra-curricular settings for after school clubs.
The broad choice of activities ranging from smart textiles activities, computer aided design and 3D cutting to novel chemistry experiments and simple robotics, were described as ‘excellent’ and ‘very valuable’ by teachers.
Liz Turner, Science teacher at Whitecross Hereford High School, said: “Thanks to this event, I have lots of ideas for the STEM Club, which we are trying to set up at our School at the moment.
“The fun element of activities showcased today could generate more interest from pupils, and it is important to us, teachers, to show that Science could be fun and it can be accessible to everybody,” she added.
Linda Scott, STEM Project Manager at the University of Worcester said: “There was a fantastic ‘buzz’ throughout the room with everyone involved exchanging great ideas for involving youngsters in STEM related activities and longer term projects.”
As STEMNET’s sub-regional partner for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire region, the University of Worcester works primarily with schools and colleges to help young people and their teachers access a range of exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Computing) Enhancement & Enrichment opportunities.
Using clubs to enrich and extend curriculum topics in this way is a valuable contribution to school life and is encouraged by the Department for Education and praised by OFSTED Inspectors when they visit schools.