STEM Club Workshops online

As part of a 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.

The first 6 workshop sessions were run online in the summer term 2020 and proved to be extremely popular with local teachers. Feedback comments included:

“Definitely lots that I will be taking away with me.”

“Thank you for the useful session and resources.”

“It was helpful and a good food for thought.”

“Really useful, given me lots to think about, thank you!”

“Lots of great ideas to take away.”

We’ll be scheduling further workshops in autumn 2020. We anticipate that initially we will continue to run these online, but when we are able to, sessions will be held at the Science Oxford Centre.

Topics include:

Workshop 1 – Getting started (Tuesday 17th November 4pm at the Science Oxford Centre)
This workshop is designed for new club leaders to generate confidence and guide them through setting up a new STEM club.

Workshop 2 – How to be successful and thriving (Tuesday 1st December 4pm and Thursday 3rd December 4pm – to be held online)
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– 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– 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, 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.

 

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