Engineering Clubs Clusters for KS2/3
This initiative is to help schools to embed Engineering & Technology into their ethos and curriculum using micro:bits as a catalyst. It was piloted in MATs in rural and coastal Norfolk as part of an initiative to increase aspiration and educational opportunities in smarter rural and coastal economies. Over a term of 1 hour after school meetings, a group of c10 students work together to design engineering projects using BBC micro:bits and a range of components, supported by an adult volunteer. These in-house expert Student Engineering Ambassadors and adult volunteer then help their teachers provide stimulating project-based learning activities in STEM using micro:bits with KS2 classes. Working in a local partnership with a cluster of primary and secondary schools they share, kit, expertise, ideas and expertise, as well as plan joint events and KS2->KS3 transition. The projects can qualify from CREST and Suoerstar awards. This bottom-up approach to improve provision for STEM in the schools' ethos and curriculum is also what Ofsted is now looking for in the new inspection criteria.