How we’re supporting Teachers in STEM

Last week we held our first ever STEM Teach Meet. Find out what went on at it and what we’ve got planned for our future meets…

We wanted to hold a STEM Teach Meet so that educators and industry could get together and discuss how we can help close the digital skills gap in the region, so we did just that last Monday at Campus North. With a talk from Alison Shaw from the UTC bringing to light some hard-hitting facts about STEM in the region, it’s clear that we all need to be working together to ensure that young people with the relevant skills will be able to take advantage of the 60k jobs in science and tech over the next 10 years!

We also had Christine Kemp-Hall and Craig Nicholson from North Ormesby Primary Academy along to chat about how they’ve taken their school from Requires Improvement to Outstanding in just 2 years, as well as how they incorporate digital skills throughout the curriculum. In their most recent OFSTED report, it was recognised that, “the academy’s use of information and communication technology is exceptional and permeates all of its work. It is used effectively to help improve teaching, communicate with parents and extend pupils’ opportunities to learn at home.” They shared some pearls of wisdom too, as well as resources and ideas via Tim’s Teaching Tools, an online bank of resources available for anyone to access.

Christine and Craig from NOPA

And, of course we had some wine and nibbles too to keep us going throughout the night…

So, following the success of last week’s, we’re taking the next one on the road to North Ormesby in a bid to build a community of likeminded people with one simple aim; by teachers and industry sharing anything from problems and ideas, to pearls of wisdom and pitfalls, we’ll build an invaluable learning network that we can all tap in to and benefit from. In doing so, schools and industry will develop stronger relationships, and children will become more exposed to the many different types of jobs and careers available in STEM in the region.

Why Tech for Life?

If you’re not entirely sure about who we are or what we’re doing, you can read all about the launch of Tech for Life here. Through various events and activities we put on, we became more and more aware of the disparities in schools teaching coding and digital skills, so that’s why we put together industry-led CPD sessions for teachers in coding and electronics. We want to support our local teachers, so that they can become more confident in teaching computing, as well as integrating tech throughout all of their lessons.

From a family of teachers, and having dabbled in teaching myself a couple of years ago, I for one know that teachers don’t need anyone else pointing the finger of blame and telling them what they should and should not be doing. That’s why we want to be available to provide this support network, so that instead, teachers can feel empowered and confident in integrating STEM in their own, creative way and open up a world of opportunities for their students.

As Campus North’s education initiative, we feel we’re in a good position to facilitate these STEM Teach Meets. Campus North is the place to be to spark conversations and connections in the tech community. We’re home to around 15 different tech meetups each month, and much like meetups, we see teach meets as the perfect opportunity for teachers to meet like-minded people, whether they’re teachers of STEM, interested in integrating more STEM throughout their lessons, or indeed industry professionals who work in STEM fields.

Want to get involved with our next STEM Teach Meet?

  • We’d love to have you along at our next Teach Meet at North Ormesby Primary Academy on Monday 13th March @ 4.30pm. It’s the perfect chance for you to see what amazing work they’re doing in their school, and whilst we appreciate it’s not on everyone’s doorstep, we promise you won’t be disappointed! If you fancy coming along please register here.
  • We want to hear from YOUR school too! Have you got any STEM related lesson ideas, resources or activities that you want to shout about? We’ve got two 10-minute slots available for you to share your story. Get in touch if you’d like to speak at our next Teach Meet: hello@techforlife.co.uk
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