Queen’s University Belfast is currently coordinating an outreach project that will help support the teaching of STEM in Northern Ireland. One of the aims of the project is to target Schools in the greater Belfast region that serve economically disadvantaged areas.
The initiative is called “Reimagine STEM”. It is a pioneering initiative led by the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Queen's (QUBEPS) and aims to support school science and engineering education in order to address global challenges of the future. The program will provide GCSE and A Level STEM teachers in Northern Ireland with a range of teaching materials and events to improve student performance and engagement with STEM subjects at GCSE and A-level.
The first part of the project will involve teachers completing a feedback survey which will look at the challenges faced teaching STEM subjects. It will also draw out any support or resources teachers feel would be beneficial in helping them to teach their subject more effectively. Following on from this survey, the team at Queen’s will develop support materials for teachers over the new few months. From this September, participants will be offered a series of masterclasses and QUB student-led activity sessions, which will contain useful information and resources specific to their subject. Participants will also take part in a 'Dawn to dusk' structured day of STEM activities to bring teachers together and help strengthen a supportive network between school and university STEM educators. The final part of the programme will involve a QUB Teacher conference bringing teachers together to offer focussed support alongside networking opportunities.
Given current restrictions, the above activities are planned to be offered online. However, it is hoped that some on-campus activities will be offered in the future if teachers would prefer this.
At this stage, Queen’s would like to gauge interest from teachers. The team will then follow up follow up with the STEM Feedback Survey. Please feel free to pass on this information to other STEM teachers within your school.
If you feel this is something you would like to be part of, please reply to Colleen Murray, EPS Education Project Coordinator (email@example.com)