When I was little I used to love all things Science. It was my world, quite literally. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I knew I wanted to push learning and education for a living and encourage future generations to do something they love and help them thrive. I have Tourette Syndrome so growing up had an added difficulty to it but I never let my conditions define me. I graduated from university and completed my Bachelors in Psychology before completing a PGCE in Computer Science.
I am now a qualified secondary science teacher and currently teach in an academy in the West Midlands. I see everyday the difficulties my students face both inside and outside of the classroom. One particular aspect I have noticed is the lack of girls interested in STEM learning and the stereotypes the gender faces in the classroom. I’m a career driven person, the female representation in the STEM industry is astonishing. I want to change that. I want to be a part of removing the gender stereotype associated with STEM careers and I want to show female students how exciting and rewarding a STEM career actually can be.
So, I need funding to open my first STEM centre in the Midlands. This will be in the Staffordshire region so it is central for all to initially access.
The centre will provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics learning to all students who visit. For a fixed fee per week, students will be able to attend the centre after school as a club. The club will also be available to hire for birthday parties and other events as and when required.
Students will learn how to code, how to build their own technologies, how to fix motors, generate electricity. These are just a few examples of the hands on applications that would be used to encourage STEM careers in the centre.
The learning will extend to real world situations after it has been scaffolded. Problem solving techniques would be implemented to apply the knowledge; code breaking activities, ‘who dunnit’ police role plays & how to find the problem and fix a ‘broken’ car.
STEM careers would be incorporated into learning to show students what type of role they could have when they are older; scientist, software developer, aerospace engineer and statistician role play exercises would be used to excite and positively reinforce what is being learnt in their future career choices.
All money raised will go toward the, initial setup costs of hiring a centre, buying resources and equipment for the clubs and marketing materials to promote the STEM learning centre to local parents, guardians and schools.
Thank you so much. I hope you can get on board with this enterprise idea and help promote a love of STEM learning for both our future and our future generations.