STEMPlus is a new and exciting series of masterclasses delivered by Wakefield College for local Key Stage 3 students. Our FREE masterclasses are fun, informative and inspiring, and delivered during the school holidays. Students will have the option of participating in a range of challenging activities in STEM and digital industry related areas.
Who is it for?
STEMPlus is available to students at local secondary schools with a love of all things STEM and/or digital. The sessions plan to build on existing knowledge and challenge students to try new projects, and give an idea of the type of activity that industry professionals undertake. The programme is ideal for students in the Gifted & Talented cohorts at school or students with a genuine interest in a STEM or digital industry related career.
How does it work?
STEMPlus is designed to give your child the opportunity to access areas of study beyond their classroom at school and build on existing knowledge in subjects that interest them – subjects that may lead on to further study at College and University and ultimately into a rewarding and enjoyable career.
It also gives young people a first taste of college life and an opportunity to take part in lessons delivered by new teachers and in new surroundings.
STEMPlus activities will be delivered during half term in October, February and May over a two-year period for students in Year 8 and 9. Students will participate in up to 6 subject-specific sessions over the two-year period, or they can mix and match to get a flavour of different subjects and industries. Students amassing over 20 hours will be rewarded with certification at the end of the programme.
What subjects are available?
As the name suggests the focus for STEMPlus masterclasses are Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, with other digital and technological industry related subjects also being offered. Below are the pathways that will be available:
- Sport Science & Bio-Mechanics
- Structural Engineering & Built Environment
- Digital Web Design
- Music Technology
- Digital Photography
- and more to follow!
Students can follow a specific pathway or ‘mix and match’ over a two-year period. There is no cost to student/parent or school and attendance is completely on a voluntary basis.
What is the School’s role?
Wakefield College will be responsible for all delivery and administration of the programme. We would welcome the help of the partner school in identifying appropriate students for STEMPlus, encouraging participation and distributing termly information to participants. This would require minimum input from a designated member of school staff, for instance a STEM lead or G&T co-ordinator.
In order for students to take part in STEMPlus, we will require parental support in obtaining written permission for children to participate in the sessions during the school holidays. In return, the College will provide schools (and parents on request) with activity details and parents are welcome to come and observe their children in action and receive a tour of our campus.
For more information about STEMPlus, please contact a member of the school liaison team at Wakefield College on 01924 789746 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the leading provider of further education in the District, we are proud of our links with industry, and those links will be utilised to support STEMPlus. We have a number of local industry practitioners who are supporting the programme and we want to share information about Higher Education and job opportunities in STEM with participants.
One of our ambassadors is Faye Banks, a former apprentice and Wakefield College student who won the prestigious Woman Engineer of the Year in 2005 Faye is currently working in her dream role as North East Electrical Transmission and Asset Manager for National Grid.
I feel honored and privileged to be working as a STEM abassador at Wakefield College. We share the same values and have a shared vision of what engineering opportunities will be available to future generations. I am looking forward to utilising my industrial experience to support students in the Wakefield district, and helping engineers of the future.