Volunteering in the Classroom: Adapting Resources for STEM Activities

Learn how to find quality STEM resources and volunteering activities, and create an inclusive classroom that supports diversity.

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Adapting Resources for STEM Activities
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Learn how to ensure all young people get a chance to explore STEM subjects

Anyone working within STEM subjects will know that making science, technology, engineering and maths relevant to all young people is vital. As someone working in a STEM career looking to volunteer with young people, you can inspire diverse young audiences with practical STEM activities and resources, tailored to their interests.

Find resources for inspiring STEM activities

This training looks at how to identify quality science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) resources and practical STEM activities that support all young people, including those with special educational needs and those from a disadvantaged background. You will also learn how to promote racial diversity and gender diversity in STEM education.

Learn to identify, adapt and use credible, high-quality STEM resources that will inspire young people in the classroom.

Become a more effective school volunteer by promoting diversity in STEM education

Engage students in science, technology, engineering and maths activities more easily and inspire young people in STEM subjects.

This course will help you identify how to build a more inclusive classroom. By examining the challenges around diversity in STEM education, you’ll gain the knowledge and approaches to promote diversity in race and gender when developing or delivering STEM activities.

This course will further your professional development as a school volunteer, ensuring you understand the current best practice approaches to inclusivity within STEM education.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 0 seconds [Angela] Are you passionate about science? Are you developing new technologies or collaborating in engineering projects? Are you aware of how mathematics is integral to your work? Could you be the inspiration for the next generation of scientists and engineers? [Michael] We know that engaging with volunteers in industry, such as STEM Ambassadors, can have a real positive impact upon young people. Educators can sometimes struggle to help students see the connection between the curriculum and the real world. STEM Ambassadors can provide a link between the classroom and the workplace inspiring students from a range of different abilities and backgrounds to consider following STEM careers they may have never dreamed of before.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 seconds [Angela] By participating on this course, you will develop your knowledge and skills to identify and choose appropriate STEM resources for diverse audiences. We’ll introduce you to a range of STEM resources which have been quality checked and especially curated for volunteers, and support you in tailoring resources to the young people you work with. This course is the first in a series of four that will guide you through resourcing, planning, delivering and reviewing practical STEM activities. [Michael] Engaging young people through practical STEM activities enriches the curriculum and can help to embed learning and encourage further discovery.

Skip to 1 minute and 27 seconds Whether you are a STEM Ambassador or working elsewhere in the voluntary sector, delivering an activity in a school, community group or outreach project, channel your enthusiasm for STEM and inspire young people. [Angela] So, how can you convey your insight into a subject to a diverse audience? Join us online now to find out.

What topics will you cover?

This two-week, self-paced course will introduce you to:

  • What you can do as a volunteer in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) working with young people in schools and non-school settings.
  • How to draw upon special collections of resources to support practical activities in STEM with young people.
  • Working with young people inclusively, with an introduction to special educational needs settings, gender bias, minority and disadvantaged groups.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore current research on diversity and the implications for STEM communication and apply this to their own interactions with young people.
  • Identify the range of resources available that support practical activities that inspire young people in STEM subjects.
  • Evaluate and adapt resources for a specific audience and specific activity with young people, reflecting the diversity and the context for the activity.

Who is the course for?

This course has been created for anyone volunteering with young people in STEM. You may be part of a formal volunteering scheme and known as a STEM champion or STEM ambassador, or you may be a youth volunteering group organiser, field trip educator, working with scout groups (and similar), outdoor pursuit centres, outreach from NGOs.

You will need knowledge of STEM subjects or experience of working in a STEM environment.

This course is not designed for teachers. Please see other courses from STEM Learning for teacher professional development in STEM subjects.

Who developed the course?

National STEM Learning Centre

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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