STEM Connect has been developed to present relevant and real-world problems that the next generation will be having to address.
The resources are divided into four levels: Foundation/KS1; Lower KS2; Upper KS2 and KS3.
Foundation/Key Stage 1
- Helping local habitats
- Water where you need it
- Keeping warm and staying cool
- Crops and climate
Lower Key Stage 2
- Energy from the sun
- Surviving a natural disaster
- Plastic pollution
- Feeding a community
Upper Key Stage 2
- Turbine power
- Sustainable cities
- Providing fresh water
- Global cafe
Key Stage 3
- Tackling climate change
- Our robot future
- Water emergency
- Foods of the future
Each topic is split into 4 learning paths: introduction; challenge; design and solve.
Each learning path could be taught as a separate session, or two sections could be covered in an hour-long session. Alternatively, each topic could be used in afterschool STEM clubs or for STEM projects.
The format of each topic is specially structured to encourage the students to:
- ask questions and conduct research so that they fully understand the precise nature of the challenge
- plan carefully how to make investigations to build their knowledge and to check assumptions
- design solutions and then evaluate their effectiveness, making improvements and iterations where necessary
- learn more about future STEM careers and where their education can take them.