STEM at Valley Gardens middle school has been celebrated through extra curricular activities, STEM and Science week as well as throughout our curriculum. This year 2021/2022 we have joined with 8 other schools in the North Tyneside Learning Trust to become part of the STEM Enthuse program.
All pupils from Year 5 to Year 8 will participate in various STEM projects and have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities. The long-term plan includes enhancing its curriculum to deliver a combination of theory and hands-on practical activities and assignments for all pupils, not just those who choose to join an after-school activity. This will ensure Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths is fun, inspiring and engaging. As a result, pupils will apply skills and knowledge to science, design, technology, mathematics and digital technology in creative and innovative ways.
STEM Extra Activity examples
- Street Science – pupils will explore science through hands-on quick science experiments.
- Car club
- STEM Assemblies
- F1 in schools
- STEM Careers
- Women in engineering
- Code club
- Lego League
STEM themed lesson examples
- Design and make a marble run
- Design and make a moving vehicle
- Design and make a mini Rube Goldberg machine
- Design and make an automata
- Design and make a variety of nutritional meals
What is STEM education?
STEM education is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Through STEM, students develop key skills including: problem solving. creativity and the interconnected nature of these subjects.
Science, design and technology play an increasing role in all our lives. Therefore, it is important for children to learn STEM principles, knowledge and skills here at Valley gardens middle school.
What are the benefits of STEM education?
- It teaches the skills of problem solving, creativity and the practical implementation of ideas
- Teamwork, collaboration, communication and leadership
- Encourages experimentation, research and evaluation
- Encourages the use of technology and its role in driving innovation
- It introduces practical application to learning
- Supports the importance of broad cross-curriculum learning
- Builds resilience and confidence