What is STEM?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Aims of the BISP STEM Academy:
- to engage students with these important subjects and to help them recognise how the Science, ICT, DT and Mathematics that they study at school are interrelated and can lead to rich and varied career pathways.
- to make links with the world of work using varied contexts to help young people relate school STEM subjects with real-world experiences.
- to create critical thinkers and to increase scientific and technological literacy and numeracy amongst BISP students
- to create a “stage” where our academic students can be stimulated, challenged and celebrated, providing them with a richer experience in their education which would enhance their university applications.
STEM education is cross-curricular and collaborative in nature. Through undertaking STEM activities, students gain practical, teamwork and leadership skills. It is hoped that students involved in STEM activities will grow in confidence and motivation, and develop an interest in pursuing careers in the sciences, technology or engineering.
STEM at BISP
- The STEM academy will be run by representatives of the Science, DT, ICT and Maths departments.
- Students from year 7-13 will be invited to apply to join the STEM academy
- The STEM academy would initially run twice a week during after school activities starting in September 2015.
- It is envisaged that the Academy will start with small scale projects and subsequently build up to more complex, student-designed and led projects.
- In addition to the core activities undertaken by the academy students it is hoped to introduce STEM projects across the entire secondary school during student development week and at other points in the school year.
- STEM academy students will to act as ‘ambassadors’ to the rest of the school and help lead the projects and activities.
Potential STEM projects at BISP:
– Hydroponics and micro-farming projects
– Sustainable energy
– Drones and remote sensing
– STEM fair in student development week for Years 7, 8 and 9
The STEM Directors are:
Science: Iain Richardson
Technology: Jonathan Clark
Engineering: Malcolm Perry
Mathematics: Andrew Chambers
For more information about STEM, contact Iain Richardson: [email protected]