Starting a STEM club

Hi all,

I'm new to the site and looking into starting a STEM club. I am a maths teacher but have previous experience in engineering and love science and DT. I was thinking of some sort of engineering task for the club's first activity such as the spaghetti bridge challenge and was wondering if anyone had some good recommendations. Also, any general tips for setting up a STEM club would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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Subject(s)STEM Clubs, Engineering
Age11-14, 14-16
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Rachel Collins ...

Hi Luke. 

Here at STEM Learning we have just launched a programme of CPD workshops relating to starting and developing STEM Clubs (https://www.stem.org.uk/stem-clubs/workshops). You don't mention whether your club will be in a school or community group, but these workshops are available to those at state-funded secondary schools, FE colleges and sixth forms in England, however we are hoping to develop similar support for primary schools as well as schools in Wales and Scotland. These workshops will be delivered by 22 STEM Club 'Champions' that we have appointed accross England. If you email me (r.collins@stem.org.uk), I can put you in touch with your local Champion who can let you know when they have workshops running near you. They were also be arranging networking events, connecting STEM Club Leader with each other, allowing them to share their experiences and advice, as well as connecting them with local STEM Ambassadors who can support your STEM club once it is up and running: https://www.stem.org.uk/stem-ambassadors

More specific to engineering, the Royal Academy of Engineering produce activities for clubs and I believe they also do resource kits: https://www.raeng.org.uk/education/schools/teaching-and-learning-resources/activity-resources

Bloodhound Education do similar: https://www.bloodhoundeducation.com/learning-resources/

If there is anything specific we might be able to help with, contact STEMclubs@stem.org.uk and we will try our best to help you.

Good luck with your club.

Rachel Collins

STEM Club Project Officer, STEM Learning.