STEM Challenges are an ideal activity for your school STEM Club.

STEM Clubs are a fun, rewarding way to boost enjoyment and learning across Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) outside of the classroom.

STEM Challenges provide an ideal STEM Club activity for students

If you are looking for guidance on setting up a club or developing an established one, then STEMNET can help you. We offer free, impartial, locally targeted advice on activities, resources, support and funding opportunities, and can link you with volunteer STEM Ambassadors to enhance your sessions. The STEM Challenges are also CREST accredited so can support students in gaining the Bronze CREST award.

Visit www.stemclubs.net for guides, more activity ideas, resources and links to your regional STEM Clubs contact.

STEM Ambassadors can enhance your STEM Club sessions

The STEM Ambassadors is a volunteer role model programme, linking those with expertise and passion for STEM subjects (science, engineering, technology and maths) with young people across the country. There are over 26,000 volunteers from Orkney to Truro, Belfast to Norfolk, all working with local STEM Ambassador teams to help young people in their area.

To find out more about how you more about how STEM Ambassador volunteer(s) can support your school, visit www.stemnet.org.uk/contact to find out details of your local STEM Ambassador contact. Alternatively you can request a STEM Ambassador now by completing the this form.

Other points to note:

  • The resources are targeted at students aged 11-14 years although there may be elements of the resources that schools may find useful for other age groups.
  • Curriculum information is provided in all the resource packs for 11-14 year olds in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They are designed to be worked on as an activity for around 6-8 school weeks although this timescale can be adapted as required.
  • Each STEM Challenge asks students to ‘pitch’ their entry to a panel of 3 judges by providing a 10 minute presentation outlining how they have worked together as a team to tackle the STEM Challenge in question. This should be followed by 10 minutes of questions from the judges.
  • STEMNET (or one of its Contract Holders) can select independent and trained STEM Ambassadors to support any judging sessions at your school (all STEM Ambassadors have DBS clearance).
  • STEMNET suggests the team ‘pitch’ should be followed by 10 minutes of questions from a panel of a minimum of 3 judges. Judges should ideally be STEM Ambassador volunteers although they could be other teachers or students.
  • It is completely up to you what judging criteria you would like to use. A suggested judging form template can be downloaded at the link below.
    Judging Criteria Template.docx .

STEMNET and those carrying out work on behalf of STEMNET can not be held responsible for any accidents or injuries that occur as a result of the challenges. It is the responsibility of the teacher (or adult leading the challenge) to ensure a full risk assessment is carried out before starting any practical work and that the correct health and safety measures are in place.