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Volunteering in the Classroom: Bringing STEM Industry into Schools

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Develop your effectiveness as an industry volunteer to champion STEM subjects and inspire young people with STEM careers.

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Plan engaging STEM activities and develop your classroom communication skills

Become a more effective school volunteer for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects with this ExpertTrack.

Designed for those working in STEM careers and looking to volunteer with young people, these courses will help you bring your expertise into the classroom and inspire the next generation of STEM professionals.

Use feedback tools to create inspiring STEM activity plans

Feedback from young people and fellow educators is highly valuable. We look at the different types of classroom feedback and find out how to use this information to assess how effective you are during STEM activities.

By understanding which student feedback tools to use when teaching science, technology, engineering, and maths in schools, you can begin to deliver more effective STEM lessons linked to the taught curriculum in your country.

Discover quality resources for planning practical classroom activities

Learn how to identify quality classroom resources for STEM activities. Discover ways to adapt your science, technology, engineering, and maths resources and teaching tools according to the needs of the group to encourage student engagement.

On this ExpertTrack, experienced educators, volunteers and coordinators will guide you through the process of resourcing, planning, delivering, and reviewing how you work with teachers and students to deliver STEM activities.

Develop your communication skills for volunteering with young people in STEM

Good communication in the classroom is key to your role as a volunteer as it helps you engage with students when you’re leading STEM activities.

This ExpertTrack will help you to hone your verbal and non-verbal communication skills so that you can develop as a school volunteer and continue inspiring young people in STEM in schools.

Learn how to create an inclusive classroom that encourages diversity in STEM lessons

We look at the current rates of diversity in STEM education and learn how you can promote diversity to encourage more young people into STEM careers.

After completing this ExpertTrack, you’ll have the skills and confidence to inspire young people into further STEM education or STEM careers. Your employer may also value this type of outreach work and encourage you to make connections with your local schools or colleges.

Key skills you will learn

  • STEM Activities
  • Feedback Tools
  • Volunteering
  • STEM Resources
  • Communication
  • Planning
  • Outreach
  • Youth engagement
  • Diversity in STEM
  • Evaluating Resources
  • Risk Assessment

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Identify a range of resources to support practical STEM volunteering activities.
  • Modify resources for a specific audience and activity, reflecting the diversity and context of the activity.
  • Collaborate with educators and group leaders to plan and arrange volunteering activities as part of a formal programme in your country or region.
  • Produce activity plans to use when delivering practical activities in schools or youth organisations.
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communication with young people.
  • Develop your confidence, skills and ability to do practical activities with young people.
  • Collect immediate feedback for young people about practical STEM activities, using different tools.
  • Contribute towards employer and programme evaluation of STEM volunteering activities.

Experience required

This ExpertTrack would be suitable for you whether you’re new to volunteering with young people or experienced in working with STEM in schools and youth groups.

This course was created for both for those starting out in a volunteer role, as well as individuals looking to develop their skills and improve their practice.

To get the most from this course, you should already be part of a programme in your state or country that works with schools/colleges. They will provide safeguarding (child protection) and health and safety guidelines which do not form part of these courses due to local variatio

Getting started

This ExpertTrack is suitable for anybody who has a career related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, or any other STEM subject. Working within a STEM industry means you have the potential to engage young people in your profession. This course guides you through how to get started as a volunteer how to work with schools and colleges and how to develop effective communication skills when volunteering with young people.

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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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Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Works for STEM Learning as the Training Coordinator for the STEM Ambassador programme.

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