Shiregreen school STEM sessions success

Young people at a Shiregreen primary school have showcased their work to Master Cutler, marking the end of an educational programme introducing them to STEM subjects.

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Young people at a Shiregreen primary school have showcased their work to Master Cutler, marking the end of an educational programme introducing them to STEM subjects.

With funding from Sanctuary Housing, Hatfield Academy joined forces with the work-wise Foundation to provide STEM sessions (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) for the pupils and their families.

The work-wise Foundation is a charity established by local businesses to enable employers to better connect with schools, children and the community to help young people understand, explore and prepare for work.

The sessions included designing, building and racing rocket cars, understanding buoyancy and constructing boats as well as creating alternative power sources from potatoes and oranges to power personally designed circuit boards.

Designed to demonstrate the link between STEM learning and the world of work, the programme showed families just how easy, fun and low cost it is to re-create at home.

Those who participated were challenged to capture their own STEM family learning journey in a scrap book competition. All the scrap books demonstrated great imagination, but pupil Zyra Kovacs and her family’s book which captured fun and experiential learning across STEM really impressed the judges.

Zyra’s Mum Csilla was presented with their prize of £100 vouchers for a family day out at a STEM learning centre of their choice by Master Cutler during a special assembly to mark the success of the sessions.

Paula Smith, communication and engagement officer from Hatfield Academy, said: “It’s lovely to see families learning together and connecting school life and home life. It’s been a pleasure to be part of this experience.”

Melanie King, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “Education is vital, even from an early age, so we want to do all we can to support our residents and their families in developing skills for the future.

“There is such a big focus on getting people into STEM subjects these days so we’re delighted to be able to play some part in this.”

This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.

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