STEM requires us to work scientifically; to identify problems, suggest, test and iterate solutions. It requires curiosity, integrity, and creativity to name but a few qualities, however not all STEM workers wear white coats!
We will start with small toys and work up to NASA scientists solving the mysteries of our solar system! What skills and values will you see in each story, how are they reflected in yourself? All resources have been hyperlinked for your ease.
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Lesson: Design your own electrical game
Optional lesson: Make your own torch
Summary: Ethiopia. Find out how Asalif uses what he finds around him to make new toys and devices for his home. We will discover how circuits work and you will design and evaluate your own wire loop game.
National Curriculum Links: KS2 Science; KS2 Design and Technology
Lesson: How to be a citizen scientist
Summary: Philippines. Learn about conservationist Nay Elaine, discovering how she works to protect rare eagles. Consider protected environments and read about how to become a citizen scientist before collaborating with your class on a conservation project plan.
National Curriculum Links: KS2 - KS3 Science; KS2 - KS3 Geography
Lesson: Lego challenge (KS2)
Summary: United Kingdom. Find out how two people in the UK have identified problems and are working in creative ways to solve them. Lead an enquiry to design a new purpose for wasted telephone boxes
National Curriculum Links: KS2 Design and Technology; KS2 PSHE; KS2 Science; KS2 Geography
Lesson: Volcanoes (primary)
Summary: Spain. Meet a scientist responsible for studying an active volcano and using his findings to support his community in the shadow of a volcano. Deep dive into geology and bring the rock cycle to live through an immersive process-mapping exercise.
National Curriculum Links: KS2 Geography (KS3 Geography);
KS1 - KS2 Science (KS3 Science); KS2 PSHE
Lesson: Astronomy and STEM skills
Summary: United States. Donya is a NASA engineer responsible for Space Mission Lucy: a project that is sending a satellite toward Jupiter. Hear about her passion for STEM and the skills that have helped her before finally considering all you have learned to think of what it would take to pursue a career in STEM.
National Curriculum Links: KS2 - KS3 Science; KS3 - KS4 Design and Technology
Further content linked to the theme of Working scientifically in the real world:
Assembly: Careers in space science
Summary: United States. In this lesson we will find out about the work of engineer Donya and space scientist Cathy, at NASA.
Assembly: Careers in STEM
Summary: Spain. We will meet Pedro and find out about the work of a volcanologist.