STEM Club Workshops online
As part of a new national programme supported by the Gatsby Foundation, Science Oxford is delighted to be working with Oxfordshire Science Learning Partnership to deliver free workshops for science teachers to grow STEM Club provision in state-maintained secondary schools. The workshops will offer guidance and support for teachers to start new, or improve existing, STEM clubs and encourage their students in science, technology, engineering and maths. This initiative will also help schools to deliver the Gatsby Career Benchmarks by connecting them to STEM careers and providing opportunities to link with industry professionals and STEM Ambassadors. Science Oxford has been selected as a STEM Club Champion because of its strong links with secondary schools and experience in engaging, training and supporting teachers.
With the UK STEM sector facing a growing skills shortage as a result of too few young people choosing STEM subjects and careers, STEM clubs help to raise young people’s engagement and enthusiasm for STEM subjects at school and an awareness that STEM is for them. STEM clubs provide a space where students can explore topics and concepts that interest them, rather than having to follow a prescribed curriculum. They also give students an insight into STEM careers. Clubs enrich rather than deliver the curriculum and provide new, informal ways to learn. Students can construct solutions to real world problems and work alongside STEM employers.
Until schools open later this year, these training sessions will be run online.
The first STEM Club workshops for teachers will include:
Workshop 1 – 28 April (4–5.30pm) & 14 May (2–3.30pm)
Getting started – this workshop is designed for new club leaders to generate confidence and guide them through setting up a new STEM club.
Workshop 2 – 7 May (10.30–12pm) & 19 May (2–3.30pm)
How to be successful and thriving – this course is for club leaders running more established clubs and focuses on how to sustain your STEM Club and keep it vibrant and thriving.
Workshop 3 – dates to be confirmed
Enhancing employability skills and careers knowledge – the third workshop is to help support the school’s careers awareness agenda and incorporate employability skills into the agenda.
Workshop 4 – dates to be confirmed
Measuring impact and gaining recognition – the last workshop will help club leaders measure the benefit and impact of their clubs on students and their own professional development.
For more information and to book, go to: stem.org.uk/stem-clubs/workshops
For more details contact: [email protected]
A further eight workshops will be made available over the next three years and all are authored by established and successful STEM Club Leaders.