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SIG 18 - Engagement in STEM

A research project focusing on the challenges and opportunities to embedding Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in year 3 and 4 teaching and learning.

In an ever changing world with growing demands on young people, families and schools it is becoming increasingly important for education to deliver a rich menu of learning opportunities and pathways.

‘The curriculum, learning and teaching need to enthuse children and young people about learning in ways that include both the vital contribution of discipline-based learning and the knowledge, skills and dispositions that will help them to meet the needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow.’ (Donaldson, G. Successful Futures, 2016)

The aims of the project were to increase awareness of STEM in the classroom while also equipping teachers and learners with new skills and approaches to STEM across the curriculum. The project aimed to support teachers to work collaboratively to create and share innovative STEM lesson plans, activities and events to allow for sustainable impact across all SIG 18 schools.

Comments from participating schools on the project: 

'We learnt new skills, linking play with Science and Technology, and the children love LEGO so love doing We Do.' - Llanfair Primary

 'We learnt to programme LEGO, team building skills, collaboration and creativity!' - Brynmenyn Primary

 'The project was engaging, purposeful and fun - Great classroom team work for all children' - Albert Primary

 'Our collaboration and social skills improved. The project was great for computational thinking and working to solve real life problems and it helped with enthusiasm through learning.' -  Glenboi Primary

 'Children were communicating and developing team building. They  took control of their learning and felt proud of what they had achieved. They developed problem solving skills and learnt to work towards their role/job in the group.' -  St David's CIW Primary

'Pupils were completely engaged in their learning and used real life problems and solutions to overcome problems. They gained in confidence and were able to collaborate within their groups. LEGO Ambassadors took an active role in supporting the learning. An Awesome life-long learning project that has had an IMPACT on our whole school.' - St Mary's & St Patrick's RC Maesteg

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