All about STEM chosen to boost club provision in Merseyside schools

ALL ABOUT STEM in Liverpool has been chosen as the STEM Club Champion for Merseyside, West Lancashire, Warrington, Cheshire West and Chester.

The STEM business and education consultancy forms part of a new, 22-strong network responsible for helping teaching professionals inspire more pupils in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) subjects through out-of-timetable clubs.

The network has been set up by STEM Learning, the largest provider of STEM education and careers in the UK, following a grant from the Gatsby Foundation, and builds on the organisation’s popular STEM Club programme.

As STEM Club Champion, the organisation will provide face-to-face support for teachers across Merseyside, through regular workshops, that will help them start, or develop existing, STEM subject clubs.

Representatives from All About STEM will work with secondary schools, as well as Sixth Form and FE Colleges, to deliver a programme of STEM club CPD (Continuing Professional Development) workshops and networking events, starting in March. These will enable teachers and club leaders to share ideas and best practice, and also meet local ambassadors who can support their clubs.

Teachers will gain access to a range of resources to help maximise the impact of their clubs.  Collectively, STEM Club Champions will target nearly 3,000 schools during the course of the programme.

The workshops will cover themes such as how to start a STEM club and making an existing club thrive. Another important focus is enhancing careers knowledge and club leaders will be signposted to the support available from STEM Learning’s network of over 30,000 STEM Ambassadors, who together represent more than 2,500 employers.

Sessions for schools are currently scheduled as follows:

Getting Started STEM Club Workshop

Tuesday 24 March – 16.00-18.00 – Baltic Creative Campus, Liverpool

Saturday 28 March – 10.00 – 12.00 – Baltic Creative Campus, Liverpool

All About STEM was chosen due to its strong connections with the local school community and experience of supporting and engaging with teachers.

Michelle Dow, Managing Director of All About STEM said: “All About STEM has worked to promote STEM clubs in schools across the region since the company’s conception in 2011. Clubs help raise attainment and provide our young people with the opportunity to explore all aspects of STEM in a relaxed, informal setting, helping develop their curiosity and understanding of the practical applications of STEM knowledge and skills.”

“We are excited to be STEM Club Champions and extend our outreach further and offer our schools even more! Coming up, we have a variety of STEM Club Champions workshops on how to manage and facilitate STEM Clubs and how to create a ‘successful and thriving’ STEM Club in school. Those attending will also have the chance to take home a fantastic STEM resources kit. We hope to see all of our amazing teachers there.”

To find out more visit www.stem.org.uk/stem-clubs/workshops,  or sign-up to a workshop email STEMclubchampion@allaboutstem.co.uk or visit www.allaboutstem.co.uk/stem-club-champions/