Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds ANDREW: STEM enrichment is what it says. It enriches the curriculum. It gives them that little bit more and a further place to go with what they do. But it also links them up with industry. I mean, the people that we saw and the cars that we saw when we went through the Formula 1 in schools challenge was phenomenal. And there’s no way that we could have provided those resources for people in a classroom. It took going out of the building to a place like the Bolton Institute to see it. But they come away. And they talk about it for months.
Skip to 0 minutes and 34 seconds And then those conversations lead on to others, which get other people interested, which means you’re going round in a big circle. And the recruiting become self-sufficient.
Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds STUDENT: I took part in the F1 in schools competition entry class. And I was a team manager. And we kind of led us to victory because we got the fastest car. And unfortunately, we didn’t win anything for the variable presentation, but we got told our pit stop was good. And we’ve learned for next year, when we continue, we know what we need to look at for development class, that 3D-printed honeycomb, the front and stuff like that, so we know what we can improve on.
Skip to 1 minute and 7 seconds MATTHEW: The Formula 1 was absolutely amazing. They sent the students there. What they’ve done there– they had to design, sort of CAD design, and make a Formula 1 car and scale. They had to do the drag test on it. They had to look at the weight of it. They had to look at the force and efficiency. So all the mechanics and the size you’re putting behind this, and the maths within there. They were entered to race them. And again, eventually it could lead onto an apprenticeship at Williams. So again, they’re inspired by that, our year 7 and 8 boys and girls, into doing those. Absolutely loved it. We had an awards ceremony afterwards. And it’s really building them up.
Skip to 1 minute and 39 seconds Actually, this is open to everybody.
Skip to 1 minute and 47 seconds DIANA: Locally, we do a lot of work. We do open evenings, where young people and the parents can come into our factory and see what engineering and manufacturing is about. We’ve done Women in Engineering Day, where we invited local schools to bring groups of girls. And we did two workshops, where they could build a ladder. And we did one with another company, where they had to do an operation and design something for the operation. So we do lots of things like that to get young people into the environment to see what manufacturing and engineering is all about.
Skip to 2 minutes and 17 seconds NAINA: The last one that we did– and we took part in the competition at Roundhouse, as well as the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham. We made the water wheel, stood three of my students. They worked really hard to design a water wheel. And it did work, as well. It was generating electricity. So that was such a brilliant model and project that they came up with. I mainly sometimes focus on physics. Because I think physics is their weakness sometimes. So they need to take more interest in physics, make it more meaningful and exciting. Other than that, we made cell models, as well, animal cells, plant cells. They have made wind turbines that actually works, generate electricity.
Skip to 3 minutes and 0 seconds So they do all sorts of things. There was a bridge construction model before. There was a tower challenge before. And they do generally, biology experiments. So everything together, we are trying to incorporate and STEM, not only one major science.
Enriching the curriculum with STEM Learning
STEM enrichment allows time for career learning beyond the classroom. In the video above you hear about different examples of enrichment activities. Some of these are organised at department or school/college level, others can be run by individual teachers with employers or as STEM Clubs. As you watch the video, think about the form of career learning that each activity provides.
Beyond formal curriculum learning, there are other frameworks that STEM enrichment activities can support. These include CREST Awards, as mentioned in the video. You can also link to broader essential skills described in the Skills Builder Framework or employability skills highlighted in our own Top 10 Employability Skills poster.
Finding STEM enrichment activities
If you are in the UK, STEM Learning is your main provider for STEM enrichment activities. From STEM Clubs, to challenges and projects, you will be able to find something to suit your school or college and engage your students. If you are outside of the UK, many of our resources are freely available online, so we hope you will find inspiration.
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- STEM Clubs
- STEM Ambassadors
- Skills Builder Hubs
- The Grand Challenges: Our Futures
- Quantum Technologies
- Polar Explorer
- Competitions and challenges
Thinking back to your student survey from Week 1, where might enrichment activities provide something beyond the curriculum that would support your students and appeal to their interests? Do you currently have enrichment activities in your department which link to careers?
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