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Inspiring Young People In STEM: Planning Activities
Learn how to plan and design effective STEM activities that engage young people through your volunteering.
Discover how to plan inspiring and engaging STEM activities
Bringing to life science, technology, engineering and maths with practical activities is one of the best ways to engage young people in STEM subjects. As a volunteer you have a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw upon, but how do you best inspire young people?
On this course you will learn how to plan, organise and design practical STEM activities effectively. You’ll learn how to select STEM activities to suit different contexts, such as running an activity with a teacher in a school, or being a guest speaker to a Guides or Scout group in a village hall.
What topics will you cover?
This two-week, self-paced course will guide you through the planning stages for a volunteering activity, asking you to consider:
What is engaging and inspiring for young people.
How to link activities with the STEM curriculum and other frameworks.
Discussing your activity with educators in schools and non-school settings.
Risk assessments, plans and practising activities.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…
Develop an engaging and inspiring STEM-related activity for young people.
Demonstrate an appreciation of the STEM curriculum by communicating, negotiating and agreeing an activity with educators and group leaders.
Design a practical activity to be delivered within a school or non-school organisation, with an awareness of the audience, ability and age group.
Produce an activity plan to use when delivering a practical activity in a school or non-school organisation.
Who is the course for?
This course has been created for anyone volunteering with young people in STEM. This includes STEM Ambassadors in the UK, youth volunteering group organisers, field trip educators, scout groups (and similar), outdoor pursuit centres, outreach from NGOs. You will need knowledge of STEM subjects or experience of working in a STEM environment.
To get the most out of this course, learners should complete the introductory course beforehand:
Resources and diversity
STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from all STEM disciplines and backgrounds including engineers, designers, architects, scientists and technicians.
Join this course
Access to this course for 4 weeks
Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes