Getting Started - Stem club workshop – building engagement and interest for STEM subject success GS001 / B01

Start date
19 Jan 21
Learning Method
Remote Delivered CPD

Summary

Join this short online funded course to gain techniques and ready to use materials to engage secondary students in STEM activities – either at home or when back at school -  to build their engagement and interest.  This is particularly suitable for trainee and new teachers who wish to develop a toolkit of remote support for their students. 

  • Improve outcomes in STEM – particularly for disadvantaged students
  • Help students see STEM as relevant to them
  • A toolkit of ideas and strategies to increase science capital in your school
  • Support meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks for your school

Have you considered setting up a STEM Club – an excellent opportunity to do all of the above and more. This would be a great opportunity for either an experienced teacher or someone early in their career as a development opportunity. Currently fully funded for maintained schools, these suite of online live-facilitated sessions will give you everything you need to implement a vibrant, engaging and valuable STEM sessions for your learners.

The workshops aim is to assist schools to start and sustain STEM subject clubs through their first 18 months. Providing valuable information that will support and guide club leaders. The workshop is open to secondary schools, Sixth Form and FE colleges across England with KS3, KS4 and KS5 provision. Designed as an online course it will take place as three sessions across 3-4 days: Session 1: 1 hour interactive session, Session 2: Self-learning tasks and Session 3: 1 hour interactive session.  The workshop includes practical activities, opportunities to network and the sharing of best practice. 

The workshop explores the following topics:

  • defining what a STEM Club is and what makes it successful and thriving
  • how to gain support from senior leadership, colleagues and other departments
  • scrutinising the benefits and impact of clubs, how they enrich the curriculum and enhance student learning
  • how to maximise club leaders skill sets and support best practice in the classroom
  • where to find support: STEM Ambassadors, parents, colleagues, older students, local industry etc
  • where to look for funding and resources and how to ask
  • planning your club, needs analysis and methodology; how long, how often, when and where, which age group, how many students etc
  • how to advertise and market the club to students and colleagues
  • exploring ideas for first activities and longer term projects
  • top tips on how to reward students and maintain attendance 
  • stretching student capabilities, promoting essential skills and knowledge of potential careers
  • monitoring success and gathering evidence

    Outcomes

    By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

    • identify the benefits of your school running a STEM Club for school and the benefits for attendees
    • utilise best practice techniques from experienced club leaders to ensure a successful first 18 months, including how to recruit students and gain support from colleagues
    • discover potential sources of funding and resources
    • explore avenues of support including working with STEM Ambassadors, parents and local industry

    Sessions

    DateTimeLocation
    Getting started - STEM club workshop19 January 202115:30-16:30Virtual
    Gap task20 January 202100:00-00:00Virtual
    Getting started - STEM club workshop21 January 202115:30-16:30Virtual

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    Cost

    Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£80.00 +VAT
    State-funded school or collegeActivity feeFree

    Participants from outside the UK will be charged the course fee and an additional £120 per day plus VAT.

    Outside the UK? Fee information

    Additional information

    For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 

     

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