Projects specially designed to develop student fascination with science include the East Midlands STEM Partnership, which aims to stimulate enthusiasm for working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, the Centre for Effective Learning in Science (CELS) at Nottingham Trent University, and a significant part of the Widening Participation Outreach Programme at The University of Nottingham and NTU.
The East Midlands STEM Partnership is the voice of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the region. Through its members – STEM partners, educators and business – the Partnership provides the stimulation, skills and support for STEM professionals of the future.
For more details about how we are getting young people in the region fired up about STEM, visit the website at www.emstempartnership.org.uk
The Centre for Effective Learning in Science (CELS) works to develop and trial new approaches to teaching and presenting science to students. These include the imaginative Kit in a Kase activities taken into schools for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils.
Teacher comments for Kit in a Kase activities include:
“We really enjoyed you coming. All sessions have been superb. All kids inspired by it.”
“All really enjoyed the session. Very enthusiastic and well planned. Thank you, my class were buzzing afterwards.”
“Allowed kids to see role models and ask questions one to one."
The Widening Participation Programme at The University of Nottingham and NTU includes outreach work to raise aspirations, attainment and progression to university and internal ‘inreach’ work to support student entry and retention. Many of these activities are STEM related.
Comments from people involved in Widening Participation events and the associated Advantage Nottinghamshire scheme include:
“I would never have come across the career I am enjoying so much now had it not been for the Sutton Trust summer school.” - Summer school attendee.
”These masterclasses have transformed my students.” – Head of Sixth Form.
“I never thought my daughter would get so involved – she can’t wait to get back next week.” – Parent of masterclass participant.