Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) What is it? Promotes careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics using diverse and engaging activities across all key stages Why is this important? Over the next 20 years 62% of all new jobs created in the UK will be STEM related, and we currently have a skills shortage. These jobs are essential to keep the UK competitive within global markets. STEM graduates will earn on average £250 000 more than non-graduates over their lifetime. In Partnership What we offer: Activities across all key stages including: KS3 – STEM club, CREST Star Awards, Rotary club competitions, IMYC link projects. KS4 – Trips (e.g. Science Live), visits from industry (e.g. Rolls Royce, RSC) CREST, STEM Leaders awards. KS5 – Headstart work placements, Visits (Rolls Royce, Festival of Science), invited expert speakers. Throughout the academic year we provide a wide range of STEM related activities which our students can become involved in. We also have a weekly STEM related form time fact sheet and computer screen saver we send out to all students and staff to promote and raise awareness of STEM related activities. Dr Shaw within the science department is happy to speak to any parent/carer or student who wishes to get more involved in STEM related activities. How you can help at home: Use STEM career activity packs for parents/carers (e.g. futuremorph.org). Watch Science, Technology and Engineering programs on TV/ internet together. Access and discuss current news articles linked to STEM subjects. Visit local STEM related attractions: Eureka National children’s museum, Sheffield, Magna Science adventure centre, Rotherham, Science, Technology and Medicine Museum, Leeds. Leeds City Museum
Activities
  • Leeds Festival of Science
    In 2015, Year 12 students attended interactive presentations about cloud chemistry in an airship, and monitoring the marine environment. This picture shows our inventors designing a marine buoy. In 2016, Year 12 students listened to an interactive presentation about the use of Sound waves in STEM careers, including the aging and preservation of fine wines
  • BAE Systems, Royal Navy, RAF STEM roadshow
    In 2016, all of Year 7 watched an interactive presentation about the use of sound by engineers in the Royal Navy and the RAF, and how more girls can get into engineering careers
  • Rotary club Technology tournament
    In 2015 and 2016, teams from Years 8, 9 and 10 entered this competition to design and solve engineering problems. In both years, we have had winning teams!
  • European space agency/ UK space agency/ RHS
    In 2016, Abbey Grange was one of the lucky schools chosen to participate in a UK wide study where we will grow rocket seeds which have been on the International Space Station for 6 months, to ascertain the effects of gravity on growth. The picture shows British ESA astronaut Tim Peake, who took the seeds into space.
  • GCSE Science Live Conference
    Every year, Year 11 students attend the Science Live conference at the Town Hall in Leeds, where they hear inspiring lectures given by many prominent scientists. Speakers have included Prof. Robert Winston and Prof Alice Roberts. These events have made some of our students choose a STEM career.
  • Smallpeice Trust/ Shell Energiser event
    For three years, Year 9 students are involved in an energy challenge, whereby they look at the impact of engineering as a career to solve emerging global problems such as the energy crisis. The students particularly enjoyed designing and racing their solar powered cars.
  • University of Leeds ‘world of physics’ event
    Year 10 students attended this event, where they investigated the impact and importance of physics as a STEM career choice, listening to many experts in this field.
  • My Kinda future Nestle Zero to Hero challenge
    In 2016, Year 9 students entered the zero to hero challenge, whereby they had to design a useful product derived from Nestle product waste. If they win, they will have the opportunity of work experience with this global company.
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