Getting started - STEM club workshop GX001

STEM Clubs are an ideal opportunity to enrich secondary schools' student learning, understanding and enjoyment of STEM subjects, helping to improve skill sets through fun and creative extra-curricular sessions. Utilising the knowledge of experienced club leaders, the workshop explores best practice, ideas, opportunities, hints, tips and advice that will assist new and inexperienced club leaders to maximise the benefits a STEM Club can bring to students, schools and themselves.


Summary

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

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