Encouraging engineering through STEM clubs
A report bringing together evidence on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) clubs and their ability to encourage students’ into engineering and technology careers, has been released by EngineeringUK.
EngineeringUK's report looks at the delivery mode, evaluation, and key findings from engineering and technology-related STEM clubs.
In summarising the existing evidence, the report aims to draw out learnings on STEM clubs that can be used by STEM outreach providers to encourage aspirations around engineering and technology careers.
The key learnings for STEM club curation highlighted by the report publishers include:
- Engage students through practical activities – get students ‘doing engineering and technology’, rather than studying from a textbook
- Engage experts in the design of club content – such as educational specialists and industry professionals who can ensure that activities are also closely aligned with current industry practices and trends
- Involve role models in club activities – their involvement can expose students to educational or professional STEM pathways
- Provide comprehensive training to teachers responsible for delivering club content – effective facilitators need to have the relevant skills to lead club activities
- Consider including competitive elements in clubs – this reportedly has the potential to enhance engagement and foster enthusiasm and motivation among students
Jess Di Simone, Senior Evaluation Manager at EngineeringUK, comments, ‘Given the limited presence of engineering and technology in school curriculums, high-quality STEM clubs can play a key role in complementing or broadening the STEM curriculum – thereby expanding young people’s aspirations for engineering and technology careers. So, it’s really important we understand how to make these initiatives as effective as possible.’