STEM is curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.
STEM is a huge priority for pupils and staff at Outwood Academy Valley. We aim to provide a stimulating and engaging environment for pupils to learn and become inspired in all things regarding STEM.
Outwood Academy Valley is committed to promoting careers within STEM and works closely with CareersInc to provide pupils with exciting opportunities to interact with prospective employers. The Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy recently visited the Academy as part of their STEM Roadshow. They illustrated the vast amount of science and engineering that goes into aircraft and ships through a variety of interactive demonstrations.
A group of pupils also recently attended the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham. The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of STEM for young people in the UK that is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits and careers information from STEM professionals. Pupils had the exciting opportunity to experience ‘real life’ STEM applications and take part in things such as piloting a fighter jet, handling live insects, solving a crime scene, experiencing virtual reality, and much more.
We celebrate STEM in the Academy on a regular basis. STEM Club is held after school every Monday in room 311. STEM Club includes various exciting experiments, such as launching bottle rockets, creating and igniting rocket fuel, making slime, building catapults, and much more. As STEM Club couldn’t run without the pupils who attend, if you have any ideas, let our STEM Ambassador, Mr Booker, know and it might just happen!
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