STEM Connect is our teaching resource developed to inspire pupils with a love of science, technology, engineering and maths.
STEM Connect provides engaging challenges for students of all ages from EYFS to KS3. The challenges can either be used within timetabled lessons, or perhaps in afterschool STEM clubs.
The tasks and challenges are designed to replicate real-world issues and present students with an urgency to their learning. Topics include Plastic Pollution; Foods of the Future; Climate Change and Alternative Energy Sources.
Each topic within the STEM Connect programmes are structured around 4 sections:
* Introduction - this will provide you with all the background knowedge required to lead the lesson, and lists useful resources and timing suggestions
* Challenge - this section presents the problem needing to be solved
* Design - the students decide how to solve the problem and find out more about the real-world STEM professionals who work in this area
* Solve - the students evaluate their success and iterate where necessary
Teachers have access to comprehensive curriculum notes for each topic, stating how the activity links to the English National Curriculum and the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence.
These are all available from the Planning Documents section of STEM Connect.
In this section you will also find a materials and equipment list for easy lesson planning, and an overview of which topics are included in each level of STEM Connect.
In the STEM Connect Contents document, you will also see the UN Goals for Sustainable Development linked to each topic.
For the Challenge, Design and Solve activities of each topic, you will find a tab for Teacher notes and another for Resources and Activities.
The Resources and activities page includes videos, factfiles and printable worksheets - ensuring that all the elements required for a successful lesson are available in one place.
Throughout the topic, the teacher notes give details of the lesson structure to follow, suggestions for further discussion, extension activities and helpful tips and advice to make running STEM sessions as simple as possible.