This STEM VIPS: Volunteers in Primary Schools booklet offers teachers and STEM professionals the chance to stop, read and reflect on how we can make visiting primary children the best experience for all. As a leading UK University, we hold Social Responsibility as one of our core goals. Our outreach programmes thrive allowing cutting-edge research and teaching to be shared beyond our doors to inspire, motivate and challenge others and ourselves. Engaging with teachers is key to our strategy, working together to collaboratively identify the links to school curricular. Looking ahead, we know how powerful it is to broadening children awareness and understanding about roles and careers in STEM from an early age – something they go on to share with families too!So take a look inside – the booklet brings together established ideas, some things you’ll already know and some may remind you of things you’ve forgotten. The booklet was written as an outcome from an innovative project designed to develop and enrich the pre and post-placement experience of a STEM volunteer working with primary teachers. We collaborated to question what could be done to enhance the quality of the experience. Why? To enhance the quality and the fruitfulness of the volunteering experience for all groups involved – students, teachers and pupils alike. Enjoy the read!
Dr Lynne Bianchi, DirectorScience & Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub
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