Helping young people understand the importance of Stem
WHAT have horse racing, the internet and finger- prints got in common? They all use Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) in some way or another and they are all part of Stem In Action 2012, taking place at the KC Stadium on Thursday, November 29, and Friday, November 30.
Pupils from schools across East Yorkshire will be attending and this year the theme will be finding out what happens to people's waste.
Let's become the internet, sending messages from Paris to New York before moving along to building models from rubbish while learning about the importance of recycling.
Next it might be on to Bloodhound SSC to see how the 1050mph record- breaking attempt is progre- ssing and race your hand- made balloon-powered car.
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How about pretending to be electrons and resistors as part of an electrical circuit?
To round off the day's activities, let's make rockets and learn some chemistry.
Science, technology, engineering and maths are an intrinsic part of our everyday lives and yet these subjects are sometimes seen by our young learners as the least favourite and less relevant.
In order to combat this, Heta has been running Stem In Action at the KC Stadium every November since 2002.
During this time, more than 6,000 children from more than 40 different primary schools across the Humber region have taken part in more than 150 activities.
Each year, we invite about 15 companies to volunteer to run hands-on Stem- related activities with groups of about 20 children at a time with a big focus on fun.
Companies such as Arco, BAE Systems, BP, University of Hull, Bishop Burton College, Humberside Police, East Riding Council, and Crown Paints to name but a few have all given their time voluntarily to try to impress the importance of Stem to our youngsters over the past ten years.
The days are hard work and noisy. With 300 nine to ten-year-olds all taking part in fun activities in two large rooms, you can imagine the noise levels.
But, by 2.30pm when they are all lined up ready to get back on their coaches, proudly carrying their models made out of rubbish, CD hovercrafts and sporting the biggest smiles and chatting about what they enjoyed the most, the noise, the aching feet and the headache are well and truly forgotten.
My apologies to those parents who will have to find a place in their homes for their little darlings' treasured "bits of rubbish", but I have to admit, if this helps just one learner understand the importance of Stem in our lives and maybe help to fill the skills gap in a few years' time then I think it's worth it.
So, next time you're parking your car, sending an email or working out whether that three-for-two offer is really worth getting, remember you are using Stem without even realising it.