The iSTEM+ approach
`iSTEM+’ (read “i-STEM Plus”) stands for `integrated STEM education including more subjects, skills and people’. It is an organisational tool to support a whole-school approach to embedding joined-up STEM education & skills in the curriculum for all learners 5-19. Such schools are called `Skilful Schools’ and they work with other partners including nearby schools, parents and employers in `iSTEM+ local clusters’ providing cross-curricular opportunities for the development of both STEM and employability skills. An online presentation of the aproach by Dr. Tony Houghton is here. The accompanying pdf file `The iSTEM+ approach' gives a full description of the approach. The purpose of this iSTEM+ online community is to support each other in using the approach to ensure all learners 5-19 have access to a world-class technological education to equip them with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to play a full part in an increasingly technological world. Please contribute to the community by telling others what you are doing, sharing information and raising questions. For a great example of a Skilful School in practice see what Gomer Junior school in Gosport is doing every Wednesday morning with all classes. Their gSTEM curriculum was visited by DfE Minister, Caroline Dinenage, at the end of last year. There is a YouTube video made by Year 9 media studies students at nearby Bay House School. These are both founder partners in the Gosport iSTEM+ cluster. An update on iSTEM+ progress is also posted here.
The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) is now promoting the approach in schools via its network of Schools' Liaison Officers. Their invitation is in the accompanying pdf file. Discussions are now underway on developing a coordinated approach with the IET, the Careers & Enterprise Company's Enterprise Coordinators, the Tomorrow's Engineers' network of Employer Support Managers and the STEM Learning contract holders. A supporting paper is at `Regenerating UK technological education'. A proposal to involve local employers and Local Enterprise Partnerships in developing school-based centres to support local iSTEM+ initiatives is in the paper `iSTEM+ Innovation Hubs June 2016'. The `Skilful School A4' file is designed to colour printed on card, which can be used to create a 3D model representing the components of a Skilful School. Written evidence submitted to the House of Commons Science & Technology Select Committee is online here, and our letter to its Chair, Nicola Blackwood, is in the accompanying pdf file. A presentation about the iSTEM+ approach used at the Tokamak Energy seminar at Harwell in April 2016 is in the `Tokamak Energy Slides April 2016' file.
The key thing in the iSTEM+ approach is that completely open-source and any school, organisation or even Government can adopt it and make it work. Post Brexit it is even more important that the education community responds to the skills needs of our industries.
- The iSTEM+ approach.pdf - 641.66 KB
- IET Schools Liaison Officers iSTEM+ invitation.pdf - 102.42 KB
- Regenerating UK technological education.pdf - 233.79 KB
- iSTEM+ Innovation Hubs June 2016.pdf - 393.39 KB
- September 2016 iSTEM+ update.pdf - 641.59 KB
- Digital Skills enquiry written evidence.pdf - 397.73 KB
- Tokamak Energy slides April 2016.pdf - 1,206.80 KB
- A quiet iSTEM+ revolution.pdf - 399.25 KB
- Skilful School A4.pdf - 463.00 KB
- BETT 2017 Microbit Education Foundation.pdf - 474.94 KB
- WCIT STEM Skills Gap response.pdf - 855.34 KB
- Recipe for a Skilful School.pdf - 364.77 KB
- The STEM Agenda Bringing Learning to Life.pdf - 912.63 KB
|Subject(s)||Computing, Cross curricular, Design and technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Science|
|Age||5-7, 7-11, 14-16, 16-19|