If you are a student, parent or teacher interested in finding opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM), then you may have concluded that there is little point in looking until the pandemic is under control. However, you may be pleased to learn that despite the new restrictions on daily living, there are still many ways to access tremendous opportunities that will help to shape and teach young minds about the great benefits that STEM has to offer.
The Smallpeice Trust has been offering a range of STEM opportunities for children aged 11 – 17 for many years. With residential courses, online sessions and school workshops, they are dedicated to bringing STEM education to life and showing young people the value of it in the real world.
There is a fee for each course, but there are scholarship options available so that no one needs to miss out on these opportunities. Each residential course has an industry focus, and they take place at university campuses all over the UK.
University STEM Outreach
With the UK education system beginning to understand the significance of strong STEM requirements, universities are working hard to offer transition opportunities to students who may be interested in following a STEM pathway.
Despite COVID-19 restrictions, universities like Imperial College London are offering STEM programmes for learners in their GCSE and A-Level years. These courses are utilising the online space for the time being but hope to offer face to face sessions as we move forward from COVID.
If you are looking for an opportunity for a younger child or one that does not require ongoing input, then there are a vast range of STEM competitions open to learners across the country. With the UK Space Design competition, UK Junior Water Prize, The Big Bang Young Scientists and Engineers competition and many more, your child will be spoiled for choice!
Competitions are not only a great way to get a child involved in something, but they also help them to understand what they are interested in and how to access learning in a different form for the classroom. There are competitions planned across 2020 and 2021, meaning that there is never a reason not to get involved!
The CREST Awards are a great way to get children as young as five interested in STEM. They offer a range of challenges and grow with your child up to university age. These awards can be done in school, but they can also be done at home as an extra-curricular opportunity that fosters a love of science.
When a challenge is complete, your child will earn a certificate and badge that they can then use to support academic applications. The CREST Awards are very well known and respected STEM challenges and will support children who want to take a STEM path to show their willingness to expand their knowledge.
Tuition From Phi
Despite the increased level of restrictions, here at Phi, we have a range of STEM tuition opportunities that will help to develop your child’s potential and support their passion for STEM. With experts in the field ready to offer online or face to face courses, you can be confident that their academic scores will increase and their love for STEM will grow too. Get in touch today to find out more or enrol.