STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths)
STEM at Ashbury Meadow
It is never too early to encourage our pupils to get involved and interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). At Ashbury Meaodow, we aim to instill a life long interest in these subjects amongst our pupils, to develop positive attitudes in our pupils toward STEM learning and to inspire our pupils to take up STEM subjects in their future academic careers and beyond.
We run STEM clubs for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils which extends pupils' experiences in these subjects beyond the requirements of the National Curriulum and provides pupils with the chance to explore aspects of STEM, for example, through learning about and applying the Engineering Habits of Mind: curiosity, collaboration, resourcefulness, resilience, open-mindedness and reflection. Our clubs are an important outlet to ignite new interest in STEM subjects through more imaginative scenarios, activities and challenges which get pupils thinking in more innovative ways.
Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge
Our Key Stage 2 STEM club is taking part in the Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge this year. This involves pupils designing a community to support sustainble living and residents' well-being. Some of the pupils taking part in the club recently visited the University of Manchester to participate in Day 1 of the challenge. This involved pupils presenting designs to an audience, working collboratively with pupils from other schools, creating models of their designs and listening to Keynote speakes including female engineers. The children really enjoyed taking part!