Advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is a critical focus for Daven Primary School. We understand the importance of educating our young people in these areas and teaching them about the real life links to each of the four STEM areas. We believe that engineering is hugely under-represented in primary schools and this needs to change. Children should understand about their role in the rapidly developing world around them and the impact that they can have. We want to inspire the next Neil Armstrong, Hedy Lamarr or John Logie Baird.
Every year 3.2 million jobs in the STEM fields go unfilled, mostly because there is no one qualified to fill them and the way to change that is to start from the primary school classroom and work upwards.
To do this, we are developing a STEM Hub where children will have the opportunity to learn and get 'hands on'. They will learn about robotics and develop projects such as the Goblin GreenPower Car. Children will be taught how to use CAD/CAM operations and produce products using 3D printers and cutters which they can then evaluate, develop and improve. Science will involve beakers, heat sources, circuit boards and microscopes not Powerpoints and worksheets. Children will build giant structures and work together to find innovative ways to solve global issues such as flooding and extreme weather.
Your donations will fund this development in multiple ways from purchasing the consumables to the higher end product. Our Hub is currently an empty room so we are raising money for work surfaces, storage, health and safety equipment and subject specific resources. These include the basic resources such as beakers, test tubes, scales and even rocks! We are also raising money for interactive display tables, a 3D printer, a laser cutter and accompanying sofware. With access to all this amazing equipment means that we can participate in national events such as F1 for schools or First Lego League.
It's important that children realise that STEM doesn't just occur in the classroom, therefore we are raising money to develop our outdoor STEM provision too which will include nature observation areas and outdoor construction materials.
The Hub will be home to a weekly STEM club, where children will have the opportunity to further explore alongside parents, STEM ambassadors and high school students.
Due to budgeting restrictions, high end items are not available through our normal LEA budget however such items give children an exceptional opportunity to explore through STEM.
Tell children about STEM and they will forget. Teach them and they might remember. Involve them and they learn.