Enter `Race For The Line’ now – and kick-start iSTEM+ into action by 2020.

Entries for season 3 of the Bloodhound model rocket car competition are now open for secondary schools until Tuesday 25th July 2017.  Details are here.  You will need to enter the whole of your 2017 Year 7 entry to take part, and you will receive up to 75 free kits, together with a collection of STEM subject teaching resources.  As with previous events, BBC micro:bits are used to capture data in real-time.  Online briefings are being held every Wednesday 15.30-16.00 until 18th July.  Every school will have its own Race Day during Spring Term 2018, which will be arranged by 1st October 2017.  The winning team from each of 30 schools will be invited to one of 35 regional finals held at Army, RAF and RN sites at the beginning of the Summer Term 2018.  The National Final will be held at the end of June 2018.  This is a marvellous opportunity for c1000 schools and c200,000 students to take part in an inspirational cross-curricular STEM project built into the Year 7 timetable for Autumn Term 2017.  The Dendrite platform is being rebuilt and will have an iSTEM+ community at its core. 

The new ‘Race For The Line’ project is the first step in a 3-year programme to embed joined-up STEM in the Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 curriculum.  At Key Stage 3, there will be similar projects for Year 8 in 2018/9 around an Airlander hybrid air-vehicles drone competition, and for Year 9 in 2019/20 around a robotic handling competition designed by the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.  Plans are also being made for a parallel approach for primary schools at Key Stage 2.  The whole initiative is designed to make cross-curricular STEM project opportunities available to a much larger body of students 8-14 than has ever been attempted before.  It also opens the way for schools to organise their own cross-curricular projects drawing on other aspects of STEM applications such as the life-sciences, the environment, technology & engineering, the arts, the community and the digital economy.  This also provides opportunities for schools to cooperate in these developments and to draw on additional expertise from STEM Ambassadors, IET regional organisations, Enterprise Advisers, local employers and University outreach.  Volunteer students from Years 10 and 12 can work with school staff to help develop inspiring resources and activities for fellow students through the Student Digital Ambassador SDA initiative.       

Together these form a 2020 vision for a staged initiative to introduce cross-curricular STEM into the Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 curriculum between now and the end of 2020.  iSTEM+ clusters and hubs are very powerful ways of creating local self-help organisations.  Teams from iSTEM+ schools are competing in this year's Race For The Line finals.  Information about the Gomer Junior School progress is here.  Year 10 Student Digital Ambassadors from Park House School, Newbury, have also reached the final, and mentored Year 5 students from a local Primary School who qualified for their Regional Final. 


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