STEM is based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.
By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM related concepts, they can develop a passion for it and introduce them to jobs in the STEM field.
At Rainford we like to offer STEM opportunities both within school and with offsite visits that provide career provision set out by the Gatsby benchmarks.
STEM-based activities in real life situations enable students to learn about industries available to them as a work place, and gain a valuable insight into possible future STEM careers. This interaction with employers offers benefits that cannot be reached in the everyday classroom.
Some examples of the partnerships we have recently had include;
- VEX Robotics
- Bill Gates Youth Grand Challenge
- CAL International
- The Big Bang Fair
- All About STEM
The Science Curriculum is enriched with STEM based learning opportunities including the completion of Year 7 and 8 STEM projects celebrating scientific milestones i.e. The 50th Anniversary of the moon landing. Year 8 students visit Chester Zoo to gain insight into the practical implications of Conservation and Biodiversity. Year 10 and 11 students attend the GCSE Science Live lectures providing them with the chance to see and hear some of Britain’s top scientists, all working at the cutting edge of their specialisms.
Lessons are enriched with a variety of hands on practical activities designed to engage and inspire students to want to develop their ideas relating to STEM outside of the classroom. The following links are recommended for use at home:
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