Inspiration for STEM Club Activities

Inspiration for STEM Club Activities

There are many good reasons for starting a STEM Club if you don't already have one.

Students are introduced to a broader range of STEM topics than those covered by the curriculum, so there is more scope for finding something they really love and increasing their enthusiasm for STEM in general.

Teachers and teaching assistants can try out new ideas in a less pressured environment.

You can ‘employ’ older students to act as mentors for the club, which is great experience for them. This improves their CV for employers and universities, and could develop into success stories to use in publicity

Students learn about troubleshooting their experiments, and will likely be more self-sufficient in class due to increased confidence in their problem-solving abilities.

And it’s good publicity for the school!

We can help you set up a STEM Club and provide you with some great ideas to get started in the section below.

  • Read the latest STEMClubs Newsletter for resources, competitions and inspiration to help you plan for next year!
  • The Polli:Nation project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is now OPEN for primary and secondary schools to take part and apply for support. For more information about the project please visit http://www.ltl.org.uk/pollination To begin your application please follow this link http://www.ltl.org.uk/pollination/getinvolved.php

  • Applications for the UK CanSat Competition 2015/16 are now open! Now in its third year, the UK CanSat Competition involves groups of students engaging on a sixth month STEM project to build, test and fly electronics inside a tin can. The finals of the competition are held at the National STEM Centre, in March 2016. 

  • Why not participate in an OPAL Citizen Science project? OPAL have expanded their range of surveys so now people of all ages can contribute to scientific research in their local area on everything from invasive species to environmental quality.  Find out more. 

  • Marsballoon is a free project which will launch student Mars science experiments 30km up into Earth's atmosphere! At this altitude, conditions make it very similar to the environment of Mars, making it ideal for trying out anything humans or robots might do on Mars in the future! Register now for the next flight; they will be launching up to 100 student experiments, each of which should fit into a Kinder Egg toy capsule.  After the flight the experiment capsules will be returned to the schools for analysis by the students! There is no cost to take part other than the cost of the experiment materials and postage. Visit the website to find out more (including a teachers pack) and register your Club!

  • Create your own product competition! Think your students have got the skills, scientific knowledge and enthusiasm to think up and explain an idea for a brand new bath bomb or shower gel? Enter the Scrub Up On Science challenge!

 

  • Fantastic Plastic is a web based resource that explores the various aspects of modern themes in plastics. The centre piece is a "Video Lecture" by Prof Macdonald of Reading University, that can be used as a 1 hour show. The "Polymer Biz" section is where the students can see and hear several "Talking Heads" discussing what they do and why they entered the plastics industry.
  • The ETG (Educational Techniques Group) has a partnership with the BSA (British Science Association) called "Genetics and Smell Chemistry." The purpose of the project is to gather data that will show how much one's ability to correctly identify aromas changes from parent to child. They send you a cotton ball with a smell and ask you and your family to smell the cotton ball and all fill in the survey provided. Here is the url for the website http://geneticsandsmellchemistry.weebly.com

  • Raspberry Pi Resources from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. These are a series of resources to support those wanting to use Raspberry Pis in classrooms (or elsewhere).  They might be particularly useful as Club projects, and would lend themselves well to STEM Ambassador club support. 
  • Set within a Global context, Practical Action's science, design, technology  and geography resources really engage pupils. Have a look at their STEM challenges if you are looking for a fun activity to deliver at you STEM or Science club.

  • The Learn Chemistry website has lots of great ideas for STEM Club activities. Why not have a look at the one for measuring the amount of Vitamin C in fruit drinks.

  • Salters Chemistry Clubs website has lots of fantastic activities for Chemistry Clubs to try for students of all ages. Take a look on their website where the activities are available to download. 

  • Take a look at the amazing project carried out by the STEM Club at Calthorpe Park School. Pupils designed equipment and programmed technology to gather weather information and to capture the curvature of the Earth through photographs and video footage using a helium filled weather balloon. An insulated capsule, containing a high-resolution camera, GPS tracking equipment and weather measuring sensors was sent 32 km up into the edge of “near space” — an altitude of over 104,000 feet. Watch the balloon flight here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TdMtXLq56I

  • As part of MP Futures support for CREST a range of exciting new resources have been developed that provide contextualised challenges and investigations relating to the CREST Awards. Trialled in schools and with support from CREST LCs, the challenge topics bring to life scenarios associated with the quarrying, mineral products and mining sector, providing real engineering situations to apply STEM related curriculum topics in schools. www.britishscienceassociation.org/Pages/FAQs/Category/crest-mpfutures 

  • Here are some ideas for funding your STEM Club

  • The RI has lots of interesting activities inspired by the 2014 Christmas Lectures. See the website for more information.

  • MerseySTEM have come up with the fantastic idea of 6 week STEM Clubs. Their website contains excellent information on how to set up the club and along with activity ideas. Browse the information on their website and have a go!

  • Formula Gravity is a project which aims to highlight engineering in schools and colleges with particular emphasis on the automotive industry. If you are looking for a big and exciting project for your STEM Club this could be it! The project aims to give an overall experience of running a race team. All aspects of an engineering project can be done by the school. Information on the project can be provided to help schools obtain funding. See the website for further details. http://www.formulagravity.co.uk/index.html Help is available for your school's project from volunteer engineers - please contact David Ackroyd 

  • The award winning computing clubs, TechFuture Girls, are now available free to all schools. TechFuture Girls, formerly known as CC4G, is a well-established resource for after school or lunchtime clubs, aimed at girls aged 10 - 14. The mix of activities, games and projects are all designed to build girls’ skills and confidence in technology. Register on their website.