STEM education study

(4 Posts)
PastSellByDate Fri 23-Nov-12 16:25:05

Hi stemeducation:

DD1 in Y5 aged 10 now and from our experience STEM gets very little time at primary school.

Maths homework 10 minutes a week - DD1 was struggling we went off plan and joined Mathsfactor because school was only sending home pattern work (colouring in cars, caterpillars, train cars, etc....) for most Y1 & Y2. All children on 'top table' do maths work at home and find school merely review of concepts they already know.

Science: basically given an afternoon a week + forest school. I'd say it's introducing concepts and some experiments. DD1 enjoys this - but often find that it isn't very well linked into further work (reading, literacy, homework, etc...)

Engineering: School is expanding and currently a great deal of building work going on - yet they aren't really exploring any of that - hydraulic systems, working out number of bricks for facing of building, curve of roof, carrying capacity of crane, etc...

Technology: after school computer club - but very little mechanical engineering/ physics/ construction component at school. Building a little robot or something would be fantastic. D&T is usually arts and crafts to be honest.

Find it very sad to be based in an area with such a rich history of engineering - and yet so little is done to discuss it. Trains, canals, sewage systems, etc... all taken for granted without any real appreciation for the amazing engineering achievements these are.

StourValleyArts Wed 21-Nov-12 15:27:51

Hi, we do a lot of work with schools and have recently announced a STEM challenge to engage children and young people with art and environment issues through STEM. You may also be interested in our research publication Science Nature & Identity - you will find details of both and the exhibition which resulted from a four-year project with over 300 local young people on our website www.stourvalleyarts.org.uk/ScienceNatureIdentity

BackforGood Wed 17-Oct-12 00:33:23

What do you want to know ?

stemeducation Tue 16-Oct-12 18:36:08

I'm interested in speaking to parents about science, technology, engineering and math education, especially for girls 9-12. I'm an MBA student doing research on this field and would find any input on challenges or any insights into teacher approaches or student attitudes extremely helpful.

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