STEMNET has developed inspirational activities for STEM Ambassadors to use on their school visits. The STEM Ambassador programme run by STEMNET has over 25,000 STEM Ambassadors from all walks of life who go into schools to inspire young people into the STEM arena. Feedback from STEM Ambassadors suggests that off-the-shelf activities are extremely useful to facilitate school visits, and when delivered effectively they can increase the impact ambassadors have with school students.
A series of six activities has been developed in collaboration with both STEM Ambassadors and teachers, which focuses on linking information on career routes with hands-on sessions in priority sectors such as life sciences. The activities will be aimed at Key Stage 3 level to support the transition from primary Key Stage 2 to secondary school, a phase when interest in science is known to drop off significantly.
The Society of Biology endorsed resources were trialed in six schools, with very encouraging feedback. In particular, teachers commented that the activities were engaging, tied well to the curriculum and included lots of opportunities for stretching students' knowledge and understanding. They saw them as an excellent way to get the students relating to science in the real world.
You can find out more about the project here.
The resources are available for download here.